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Kirby Lester chief executive wins University of Illinois College of Pharmacy award

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The University of Illinois College of Pharmacy has named Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage its 2012 Alumnus of the Year, the pharmacy automation manufacturer said Tuesday.

Zage, who graduated from the college in 1977, purchased Kirby Lester in 2005. He has worked in pharmacy for more than 35 years and focused on pharmacy automation for more than 15 years, the company said, adding that the award recognizes graduates who are innovators, exhibit leadership and have contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession.

"Garry embodies what we are trying to produce in our educational programs at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy," college dean Jerry Bauman said. "His urgent work enables pharmacists to spend more time with patients, which is crucial, as the profession embraces the professional role of the pharmacist."


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NCPA, Purdue Pharma release pharmacy crime video

BY Alaric DeArment

STAMFORD, Conn. — Drug maker Purdue Pharma and the National Community Pharmacists Association have introduced the latest version of a video designed to educate pharmacists and other pharmacy staff about pharmacy crime.

The video, part of RxPatrol, Purdue’s broader initiative to combat pharmacy crime, launched on the initiative’s website. Titled "RxPatrol Pharmacy Safety and Security," it is free of charge, and is part of the NCPA’s Protect Your Pharmacy Now! initiative, which started in 2008.

The video features NCPA member Tony Sumpter and retired assistant special agent in charge of the Virginia State Police Landon Gibbs discussing ways to prevent and deal with internal theft and prescription fraud; touring Sumpter’s store, a Medicap Pharmacy in Adel, Iowa; and evaluating security measures and discussing additional steps to take to prevent internal theft and fraud.

"Pharmacy crime affects our customers, our staff and our businesses," NCPA president Donnie Calhoun said. "As communities across the country experience internal theft and prescription fraud, NCPA is pleased to continue our Protect Our Pharmacy Now! partnership with Purdue’s RxPatrol program to help our members prevent pharmacy crime."


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Reports: CVS Caremark drops 17 drugs from formulary

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The PBM division of CVS Caremark is hoping to get patients to use lower-cost drugs for certain conditions by removing higher-cost drugs from its formulary, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported that CVS Caremark would stop covering 17 drugs starting on Jan. 1, 2013, after removing 30 this year. The drugs include Abbott’s Androgel (testosterone gel) for low testosterone, and Pfizer’s drug Detrol LA (tolterodine tartrate) for overactive bladder.

The company said that the drugs removed from the formulary have alternatives that cost less, including generics, and some of those removed were nonpreferred drugs with lower degrees of utilization, according to the WSJ, adding that the removals are considered voluntary, but clients using the PBM’s services risk getting a smaller share of rebates if they don’t follow the policy.


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