FDA approves new Daiichi Sankyo plant
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new Daiichi Sankyo manufacturing center that the company said would strengthen its domestic and global supply chain.
The Japan-based drug maker said it received FDA approval to package products at the plant, in Bethlehem, Pa. The company said it would be the first noncontracted U.S. manufacturing operation. The plant employs 39 people, and there are plans to hire more.
The 140,000-sq.-ft. plant will package some of Daiichi Sankyo’s cardiovascular and metabolic drugs, including treatments for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and lipid disorders.
NCPA marks July as ‘Celebrate Independents Month’
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is celebrating July as the month of the independent pharmacy industry.
Through its new "Celebrate Independents Month" campaign, NCPA is encouraging its members to access free collateral to help highlight their independent status and to thank their patients and community for supporting local, small businesses.
"Independent community pharmacies are proud members of the communities we serve and we contribute to the community’s sustainability and character," NCPA president and Oklahoma City pharmacy owner Lonny Wilson said. "This month, we want to encourage people to shop locally and to recognize the support patients give us year long. Independent community pharmacies pride themselves on providing expert medication counseling, competitive pricing and convenient service. Our members want to thank their patients for their support and encourage others to visit to see what it means to ‘Celebrate Independents.’"
Additional information about the campaign can be found at NCPAnet.org.
Heinz names new head of North America division
PITTSBURGH — Heinz has named Dave Woodward EVP, in charge of Heinz North America, effective immediately.
"Dave Woodward is a proven, results-oriented leader who has distinguished himself over the last six years by driving the exceptional performance of our business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the company’s second-largest market," Heinz chairman, president and CEO William Johnson said. "I expect Dave to lead Heinz North America to new levels of success by leveraging his proven expertise in marketing and innovation, and his keen understanding of consumer behavior."
Woodward was promoted to EVP of the company’s rest of world segment on May 1. That promotion reflected his success in driving strong results in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where he served as president since 2006. In January 2011, his role was expanded to include Africa and the Middle East.
Woodward succeeds Scott O’Hara as president and CEO of Heinz North America, reporting directly to William Johnson. O’Hara is leaving Heinz to pursue other opportunities after six years with the company. He was named president and CEO of Heinz North America in July 2009 after holding a similar post at Heinz Europe for three years.
"I want to thank Scott for his dedicated service to Heinz and I wish him the best in his future endeavors," Johnson said.
Heinz expects to appoint a new leader for the company’s rest of world segment, which includes Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, in the near future.