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Health Station Networks to acquire Sentry Health Monitors

BY Alaric DeArment

SALT LAKE CITY — Health Station Networks will acquire “substantially all” of the assets of Sentry Health Monitors, which owns and operates more than 20,000 health monitors in pharmacies and other locations in the United States and Canada previously owned by Lifeclinic International, under a binding letter of intent.

HSNI — owned by a consortium of strategic partners from the health-and-wellness and digital media industries, and led by former Sony Pictures Entertainment executive Kenneth Williams — expected the deal to close next month. Sentry Health will continue under the leadership of CEO Andrew Bebbington. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Our country is in a healthcare crisis, and SHM’s network of health monitors can be utilized to build effective health-and-wellness solutions,” Williams said. “Our goal at HSNI is to accelerate this transition to the new health monitor platform and to provide more effective health risk assessment and empowerment for individuals and organizations.”

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Bayer extends sponsorship agreement with World Federation of Hemophilia

BY Alaric DeArment

MONTVILLE, N.J. — Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and the World Federation of Hemophilia announced Thursday a three-year extension of Bayer’s sponsorship agreement with the WFH.

The agreement calls for Bayer to serve as the sole sponsor of the WFH’s International Hemophilia Training Centre program and provide support for other activities of the organiztion, such as its website and Congress. The program trains healthcare professionals in developing countries in diagnosis and management of hemophilia and related bleeding disorders.

In addition, Bayer has donated $7 million worth of the hemophilia A treatment Kogenate FS (antihemophilic factor [recombinant]), which will be used for humanitarian aid in countries where people with the disease have limited access to care.

“The International Hemophilia Training Centre program is critical to furthering the treatment of hemophilia and related disorders around the world,” WFH CEO Claudia Black said. “We appreciate our long-standing partnership with Bayer and commend the company on its commitment to the hemophilia community to help us achieve our vision of treatment for all.”

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PTCB, METC prepare federal pharmacy technicians for success

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WASHINGTON — Pharmacy technicians certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board maximize their training experiences at the Department of Defense Military Education and Training Campus in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the PTCB said.

Prior to graduating, students in the METC Pharmacy Technician Training Program are encouraged to take the PTCB’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and gain national recognition as certified pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy techs trained at the METC work in pharmacies operated by the federal government and the military.

“Certification and the expansion of responsibilities and skill sets have empowered pharmacy technicians to practice in groundbreaking areas within the federal pharmacy system,” PTCB executive director and CEO Melissa Murer Corrigan said. “Of the 400,000 pharmacy technicians PTCB has certified since 1995, we are honored that many of these pharmacy technicians are part of the world’s best military healthcare personnel supporting the nation.”

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