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McKesson will be headed to San Diego for its annual ideaShare in June

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO – Only two months away, McKesson ideaShare 2015 is set to take place June 24–28, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center this year, McKesson announced Tuesday. 
 
“For more than 30 years, our annual conference has provided independent pharmacy owners and their staff with a comprehensive experience that puts innovative ideas, expert-led education sessions, networking face-to-face with peers and access to new products and services at the forefront for building a stronger business and delivering the best patient care possible,” stated Mark Walchirk, president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.
 
The annual event kicks off with the opening general session, where McKesson executives and a special guest will discuss investments, initiatives and opportunities for pharmacies to gain access to preferred networks, bring new customers into their stores, expand services, increase revenue and improve their bottom line. The presenters will announce the winners of the Pharmacy of the Year award and showcase their stand-out activities.
 
McKesson's Health Mart division will also hold its annual meeting during the ideaShare. More than 3,800 Health Mart members and prospective franchisees are invited to the Annual Meeting where Health Mart president Steve Courtman, chief pharmacist Tony Willoughby, and guest speaker — former pro baseball player Mike Robins — will share strategies and new solutions to level the playing field so that independent pharmacies can grow their business. The meeting will also celebrate the winners of the new Health Mart Independent Spirit award and showcase how they exemplify the qualities that set independent pharmacies apart, as well as the innovative things they are doing in their communities every day.
 
Complementing the general session and Health Mart annual meeting are several seminars and continuing education courses. Attendees will learn from and engage with industry experts and peers through more than 30 interactive courses, including topics such as medicine synchronization, marketing best practices, legislative and regulatory issues, Medicare Part D, financial management, buying or selling a pharmacy and specialty pharmacy strategies.
 
This year’s Ownership Transfer Luncheon will feature a moderated panel discussion that explores solutions to key issues around starting, buying or selling a pharmacy and highlights how RxOwnership expertise and tools facilitate pharmacists’ ownership goals. Pharmacy students are invited to participate in the “Future Pharmacists” track to learn more about independent pharmacy, find a mentor, build relationships and explore career options.
 
McKesson ideaShare's exhibition floor features more than 200 exhibitors. Participants will discover the newest, most innovative products and services from new and returning suppliers. They can schedule one-on-one demonstrations of the latest in pharmacy technology and services and explore the latest Rx and OTC products. And, attendees can visit the Health Mart model store to learn more about McKesson’s portfolio of marketing programs, design and décor ideas and revenue-generating clinical services.  
 
And this year for the final night party conference participants will celebrate together aboard the USS Midway on the San Diego Bay in a setting featuring historic exhibits, tours, live entertainment and signature California cuisine.
 
The McKesson ideaShare conference and exhibition provides an interactive forum for independent pharmacies across the U.S. to gain practical ideas for driving profits, patient satisfaction, and awareness of the quality care and outcomes they deliver. 
 
 

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Liletta from Actavis, Medicines360 now available in the U.S.

BY Ryan Chavis

DUBLIN and SAN FRANCISCO — Actavis and Medicines360, a nonprofit women’s health pharmaceutical company, on Monday announced that Liletta (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) in 52 mg is now available in the United States. Liletta is used by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years, according to the companies.
 
Liletta was granted Food and Drug Administration approval in February. It’s placed in the uterus by a healthcare professional and provides a continuous release of levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy, the companies stated. 
 
"The availability of Liletta marks another significant achievement in women's health," said Carolyn Westhoff, MD, M.Sc, professor, division director, Family Planning and Preventive Services, Columbia University Medical Center. "It's critical that women have choices when it comes to their preferred contraception and I am pleased that I can offer my appropriate patients this new safe and effective option."
 
Liletta is now commercially available in doctor’s offices. Through the Actavis-Medicine360 partnership, it’s priced lower for public health clinics enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. 
 
"The commercial availability of Liletta represents a remarkable next step for women's health in the U.S., providing IUD-appropriate women, regardless of income and insurance coverage, with a safe and effective contraceptive option," said Pamela Weir, COO of Medicines360. "Through this truly innovative partnership, women will now have an accessible, affordable option for effective, long-term contraception."

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