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Greenstone launches generic Zyprexa

BY Allison Cerra

PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone, the generic pharmaceutical subsidiary of Pfizer, has launched olanzapine tablets.

The drug, which is a generic version of Zyprexa — an Eli Lilly drug used to treat psychiatric disorders — in the 2.5-mg, 5-mg, 7.5-mg, 10-mg, 15-mg and 20-mg strengths.

Generic and branded versions of the drug had sales of about $3.28 billion during the 12-month period ended in January, according to IMS Health.


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Publix represents mass market retail on Computerworld’s ‘Best Places to Work in IT’ list

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — For the eighth consecutive year, Publix has been named as one of IDG’s Computerworld top workplaces for information technology professionals, the grocer announced Monday.

“Our I/S associates’ contributions and commitment to premier service make our department and Publix a great place to work,” stated Publix chief information officer and SVP Laurie Douglas. “Our associates believe so strongly in our company and mission. I’m proud they continue to be recognized for the important work they do for our company.”

Publix ranks No. 88 on this year’s list and remains the only mass retail chain to be recognized. In addition, Publix ranks No. 49 for companies with 10,000 or more associates.

The "Best Places to Work in IT" list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals compiled by IDG’s Computerworld. The full list was published in the June 18 issue of Computerworld.

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NCPA seeks nominations for awards that recognize independent pharmacists, pharmacy educators

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association currently is accepting nominations for awards that will be presented at the group’s annual convention and trade expo this fall.

The NCPA said it is seeking nominations for the NCPA Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award — which recognizes an independent pharmacist for exceptional leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and the community — as well as the NCPA Prescription Drug Safety Award, which recognizes a pharmacist who has served as an outreach resource to his/her community in the provision of education about the benefits of the correct use of prescription drug products and the hazards of their improper use.

The NCPA also now is accepting nominations for the recently established Outstanding Adherence Practitioner and Outstanding Adherence Educator awards, which respectively will recognize a community pharmacist who demonstrates a commitment to improving medication adherence and improving patient outcomes in a community pharmacy setting; and a pharmacy educator who makes a significant contribution to the education of pharmacy students in the area of medication adherence.

The deadline for submissions is July 31. The awards will be presented at the NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, which will be held from Oct. 13 to 17 in San Diego.

"With these awards, NCPA is proud to recognize the work of our members and the invaluable contributions they make every day to our healthcare system," NCPA president Lonny Wilson said.


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