MedImpact Healthcare Systems names BioPlus a ‘ChoiceSpecialty’ provider
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A privately owned pharmacy benefit manager has named BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy as one of its top providers, BioPlus said Wednesday.
The specialty pharmacy said MedImpact Healthcare Systems had named it a ChoiceSpecialty provider and one of the preferred pharmacy providers of hepatitis C medications to MedImpact members.
"What I’m excited about with our new relationship with MedImpact is the opportunity to fully collaborate with them to provide the highest-quality care to their clients’ members, going far beyond a simple vendor relationship," BioPlus director of managed care Murali Sastry said. "In addition to being a preferred provider in their specialty pharmacy network, BioPlus’ new role as one of MedImpact’s preferred specialty pharmacies for hepatitis C allows us to provide the members with our best-in-class hepatitis C program, which has a proven track record of enhancing patient outcomes."
Minnesota regional to grow store base to 12 locations through acquisition
CRESCO, Minn. – Astrup Drug, headquartered in Austin, Minn., plans to acquire two independents, according to a report published Wednesday in the Cresco Times Plain Dealer.
The two pharmacies include Hoines Health Mart Pharmacy and Medicap Pharmacy. While the deal has yet to be finalized — the timeline to sell will be in the spring of 2014 — both Hoines and Medicap are looking to sell to a pharmacy operator who will keep the locations in operation.
Astrup Drug plans to operate under the name of Sterling in Cresco, according to the report.
Astrup Drug is a privately held regional pharmacy chain that was founded in 1952 by Leonard Astrup. The chain currently owns and operates 10 community pharmacies, one telepharmacy and one long-term care pharmacy in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. They also operate large gift shops in seven of these stores and gas stations at two of the locations.
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy names atrium in honor of graduate following $1.1 million donation
BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has named its atrium in honor of a graduate who now leads an institutional pharmacy services company.
The university unveiled the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium last week, after the president and CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services. The reception, at which Yankellow was present, was in recognition of her recent gift of $1.1 million to the school, the largest gift ever from a female graduate, and included the unveiling of a new sign bearing her name. Yankellow graduated from the school in 1973 and received her doctor of pharmacy degree in 1996.
"Tonight, we recognize and show our extreme gratitude to Ellen for her generosity to the School of Pharmacy," dean Natalie Eddington said. "We will unveil a visible reminder to all who enter this space of what it means to be a philanthropist and of what it means to give back to an institution that is so proud of you."