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Meet Diplomat’s leadership team

BY Jim Frederick

Diplomat continues to grow even as it remains bound to its high-touch, patient-focused model of care. DSN takes a quick look at the leadership team behind CEO Phil Hagerman.

Gary Kadlec, president, says his job is to manage Diplomat’s remarkable growth "without losing touch with the patient."

Robert Fleckenstein, VP operations, directs quality controls, staffing, operations and regulatory affairs.

Atheer Kaddis, SVP sales and business development, oversees contract negotiations with providers, managed care, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and retail and hospital specialty networks and infusion services.

Gary Rice, VP clinical services, develops clinical strategies that align Diplomat for continued growth, while minimizing costs through the effective use of decision-making technology and data-mining.

Jennifer Hagerman, senior director of education and quality, oversees internal and external education and quality programs, including Diplomat University.

Jennifer Cretu, VP information technology and marketing, manages Diplomat’s eNAV technology platform, including ongoing system enhancements to boost provider collaboration and improve patient care.

Stephanie Turnbull, director of patient access and member benefits management, oversees benefits management, drug formularies and a team of funding specialists who help link patients with financial assistance.

Cheryl Allen, VP business development and industry relations, works with pharmaceutical companies to assure a successful roll-out of products while they’re still in the drug development pipeline, and to "build programs around new business opportunities."

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Pacific Shore Holdings launch therapeutic, plush heating/cooling toys for kids

BY Jason Owen

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Pacific Shore Holdings, Inc., introduced the new Thermal-Aid Zoo animal "Mini’s". The Thermal-Aid Zoo animals are a 100% natural therapeutic, heating/cooling plush animals specifically designed for kids, to reduce swelling, ease pain and give kids of all ages a "huggable" pal year round, the company stated. The Mini’s are smaller versions of the original Thermal-Aid Zoo animal, which the company founder Matthew Mills calls the "next big collectable."

The new Mini’s are one-fifth the size of the original Zoo Animals The new Thermal Aid Zoo Mini’s are making their debut in Las Vegas at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Expo on August 10th through August 13th just in time in time for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season.

"We are planning a roll out of several different animals over the next three years", states Mills. These zoo animals, when cooled in the freezer or heated in a microwave are designed to reduce swelling or fevers, and relieve growing pains. Filled with patented all-natural corn, and created to hold temperatures evenly for long periods of time. The original Thermal-Aid Zoo animals names are, Jo Jo Monkey, Tiny Elephant, Ollie Koala, Happy Hippo, Baxter Rabbit, Bella Bear and Buckley Bear, along with the new line of Thermal-Aid Zoo Mini’s. You can enter to win and follow the new Thermal-Aid Mini’s on Facebook.

The real success story behind Thermal-Aid is what mothers are saying about this unique kid’s product line. The blogger that simply calls herself "Mama" writes this about her 2-year-old son, Landon: "His molars have been coming in this last month and they’re absolutely horrible. He’s always been really good with teething – no fussing, fevers or sweats, really no symptoms except drooling. This time though, he’s having a terrible time, constantly feverish. I’ve found that a cold Thermal-Aid Zoo animal really helps with his sweats and fever. Many times he’s fought sleep until I give him his Zoo Animal. It’s nice to know that there is something that soothes Landon, when it’s not always possible for me to do it. Also, it fits perfectly in our freezer, next to the Popsicles!" The Thermal Aid Zoo animals retail for $14.95 and the Mini’s will be available soon to consumers at $7.99.

Thermal-Aid Zoo products can be found at a retailer near you or at costco.com and thermal-aid.com.

 

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Cardinal Health donates more than $625,000 in scholarships to pharmacy schools

BY Jason Owen

SEATTLE — As part of its continued commitment to supporting future pharmacists, Cardinal Health today announced that six pharmacy schools across the country will receive more than $625,000 in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program. The company has donated nearly $2.2 million to more than 20 universities through this program since its launch in June 2011.

The six schools that were selected to participate in this year’s Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program were selected based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. These schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy; support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association; endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies; and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings.

"Cardinal Health is dedicated to supporting the essential role community pharmacists play in delivering superior care to patients every day," said Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s pharmaceutical segment. "These universities are leaders in developing the future of independent pharmacy, and we’re proud to support the growth and education of their best and brightest students."

The six schools that received pharmacy scholarship funding from the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2013 include:

  • Chicago State College of Pharmacy (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (Puerto Rico)
  • The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (Columbus, Ohio)
  • The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (Columbia, S.C.)
  • The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Aurora, Colo.)

Currently, Cardinal Health is hosting its 2013 Retail Business Conference in Seattle. To read more about new company initiatives and its plans for community pharmacy, click here

 

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