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Mark Stejbach joins Alkermes

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN — Alkermes has appointed a new chief commercial officer.

Mark Stejbach, who brings 25 years of experience in biotech and pharmaceutical marketing, sales, managed care and finance to his new role, will be responsible for Alkermes’ commercial activities, including marketing and sales of Vivitrol and developing and executing commercial strategies for Alkermes’ late-stage pipeline assets, namely ALKS 9070 (for schizophrenia), ALKS 37 (for opioid-induced constipation) and ALKS 5461 (for treatment-resistant depression).

Prior to joining the company, Stejbach served as chief commercial officer for Tengion, a leader in regenerative medicine.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mark to Alkermes, as we continue to build our commercial capabilities in preparation for the expansion of our commercial product portfolio,” Alkermes CEO Richard Pops said. “We look forward to having Mark accelerate and expand our commercial activities for Vivitrol, as well as provide forward-looking insight into our late-stage pipeline development activities. Our goal is to build Alkermes plc into one of the next great biotechnology companies, and a strong commercial capability is a key strategic asset.”


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NCPA brings back diabetes management, long-term care workshops

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has renewed two of its pharmacy niche programs.

NCPA said it once again will host diabetes management and long-term care workshops. The Diabetes Accreditation Standards-Practical Applications program, which provides community pharmacists with a path to expand their role into diabetes self-management education/training, will be offered April 27 to 29 in Rochester, N.Y., and Oct. 11 to 12 in San Diego. Meanwhile, the Long-Term Care Business Fundamentals, which is designed to teach pharmacists how to efficiently and profitably provide long-term care services to residents in an growing number of settings — including adult day care centers, assisted living facilities, group homes, continuing care retirement communities, hospice, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities — will be offered April 20 to 22 and August 10 to 12 in Richmond, Va., and Oct. 11 to 12 in San Diego.

Registration for both programs now is available at Ncpanet.org/index.php/events or by calling 1-800-544-7447.

“With today’s rapidly aging population and a startling rise in the rate of diabetes, these two niche programs provide pharmacists with the tools necessary to diversify their business models and build profitable, successful niches in two growing areas of pharmacy care,” NCPA president Lonny Wilson said.


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Walgreens garners recognition for many pharmacy core competencies

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — There is one key takeaway from Fast Company’s naming of Walgreens as one of the industry’s most innovative companies — Walgreens wasn’t classified under the industry banner of "retailer," but under the industry banner of "health care." And if that isn’t proof enough that Walgreens’ latest retooling of its pharmacy is making patients rethink what health care is all about, then consider this: Walgreens is the only company in Fast Company’s Healthcare Top 10 that physically interacts with patients — in America that is. There is one hospital system based in India on the list.

(THE NEWS: Walgreens named one of healthcare industry’s most innovative companies by Fast Company. For the full story, click here.)

And it gets better. What that pushed Walgreens into that top 10 was the fact that with the latest "Well Experience" remodels, the retailer has pulled its most-coveted employees out from behind the pharmacy curtain and placed them center stage in front of the customer — "freeing them from some administrative tasks and making them more available as frontline healthcare consultants," the Fast Company write-up read.

Medication therapy management. Health screenings. A focus on "well" across the front-end with a greater allotment toward fresh food and the "iPad-equipped health guide to serve as a roaming health help desk for customers" were the distinctions that earned Walgreens top 10 recognition.

There is even a greater takeaway from this — and it’s bigger than the well-deserved accolades flowing in the direction of Walgreens. Through the buzz created around Walgreens’ latest pharmacy model, retail pharmacy is garnering some pretty mainstream attention for core competencies like MTM and health screenings that can be accessible, and in many cases already are accessible, across many pharmacy operations. And that’s not just good news for the pureplay pharmacy retailer focused on expanding its healthcare touch points with its patients in every conceivable manner; that’s good news for the healthcare industry at large.

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