Diplomat takes employees back to school
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. A specialty pharmacy provider is creating an online tool to train and educate new and existing employees.
Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy announced Wednesday the launch of Diplomat University, saying it would use the Web-based tool as a platform for expanding into clinical trials and outcomes research. The company hired Ferris State University pharmacy professor Jennifer Hagerman to develop and implement programs for the project.
“I started my career in pharmacy as a technician at Diplomat and am thrilled to return as the director of education,” Hagerman said. “I look forward to helping implement educational programs for new and current staff, based on their role and specialty area, so they can continue to provide the best care for our patients.”
Dr. Reddy’s to launch generic Prevacid
HYDERABAD, India Dr. Reddy’s disclosed on Tuesday it will market a generic peptic ulcer treatment.
Dr. Reddy’s lansoprazole delayed-release capsules will be available in 15-mg and 30-mg strengths, the drug maker said. The capsules are the generic version of Takeda’s Prevacid delayed-release capsules.
The FDA approved Dr. Reddy’s abbreviated new drug application for the drug on Oct. 15.
Kinney Drugs’ pharmacists address compliance issues
GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. October is American Pharmacists Month, and Kinney Drugs has spent it educating patients about the medicines they take and how a relationship with their pharmacist can ensure the safety and efficacy of their therapies, the regional chain said Tuesday.
Poor medication adherence is estimated to cost the healthcare system $290 billion a year, according to the New England Healthcare Institute, while healthcare market research firm IMS Health estimated that only 25% to 30% of new prescriptions are properly taken.
“Compliance is driven by access and affordability, and it’s easy to be noncompliant when people have to make purchasing decisions, they can’t get to the pharmacy or they are not fully informed about their medication,” Kinney Drugs pharmacy director Mike Duteau said. “Pharmacists can make it easier for people to understand their health care and the value of taking medications as prescribed by their doctors.”
The company is highlighting some of the programs it offers, such as e-prescribing, prescription discount plans, automatic refills, flu immunizations and free Medicare Part D consultations. Kinney will sponsor a Community Medicine Take Back event on Wednesday, designed to help customers dispose of medications in a safe and environmentally sound way.