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Irish High Court approves Perrigo-Elan deal

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Irish High Court has approved Perrigo’s pending acquisition of Irish drug maker Elan, the companies said Friday.

U.S.-based Perrigo said in July that it would acquire Elan for $8.6 billion. Elan is best known for the multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri (natalizumab), marketed and distributed by Biogen Idec, while Perrigo manufactures various branded and generic prescription and OTC drugs. The deal between the two companies will give Perrigo a claim to "double-digit" royalties for Tysabri, CEO Joseph Papa said when the deal was announced.

With the Irish court’s approval, the two companies have met all regulatory approval requirements for the deal, they said. Elan’s shareholders approved the deal last month.

 

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Navarro Discount Pharmacy implements EZ Meds packaging system to boost Rx adherence

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI, Fla. — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 33 locations in Southern Florida, has introduced a compliance packaging program, EZ Meds Medicine Packaging System, that organizes a patient’s prescription medications into individual packets with labels and instructions.

“Lack of medication adherence has serious health implications and is the No. 1 reason why people become hospitalized. People taking medications face many challenges, such as consistent timing, interactions with food or other medicines taken and not understanding the need to take their medicine as prescribed,” stated Albert Garcia, Navarro’s EVP of pharmacy and president of Navarro Health Services. “Opportunities, such as EZ Meds, make it easier for people to adhere to their prescription regimens and keep track of their medications thus improving their quality of life and health outcomes.”

Launched by Navarro Health Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarro Discount Pharmacy, EZ Meds is powered by the Parata EZ Med Machine purchased by Navarro for $500,000. The equipment is located in Navarro’s 2,500-sq.-ft. fulfillment center facility at its Medley headquarters where prescriptions are centralized for all of its pharmacy locations, maximizing efficiencies and allowing in-store pharmacists to spend more quality time with customers ensuring world class care.

How it works: Upon receiving a prescription, the Navarro pharmacy staff determines what medications can be packaged with the EZ Med Machine, which then packages the medicine according to dosage. A reusable dispenser box is provided including a roll of EZ Meds packets. Prescriptions enrolled in the EZ Meds program can be picked up at any Navarro location or delivered to a home or office.

 

 

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RetailWeek: Alliance Boots aims to expand Alphega Pharmacy banner to 10,000 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON — Alliance Boots is expanding its network of independent pharmacists operating under the Alphega Pharmacy banner, according to a report published by RetailWeek Friday

There are already 1,000 Alphega Pharmacy locations in the United Kingdom, according to the report. The pharmacy operation is better known throughout Europe, however, where there are 5,000 franchise members.

Alliance Boots hopes to expand that network of 6,000 pharmacies out to 10,000, RetailWeek reported. 

Alphega launched in France in 2001 and broke ground on British soil in 2008. Alphega Pharmacy also can be found in Germany, Italy and Spain, the Netherlands; and in Russia and the Czech republic. 

 

 

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