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Millennium Pharmacy Systems appoints CIO

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Millennium Pharmacy Systems named John Tauber as its chief information officer.

Tauber served as interim CIO since fall 2010, the company said. Prior to joining Millennium, he most recently served as CIO for MedImpact Healthcare Systems with responsibility for delivering IT services for the prescription benefits management company.

"John (Tauber) has proven his effectiveness and has shown that his goals align with the direction of Millennium. We are very pleased to welcome him to the Millennium family and look forward to his contributions," stated Rich Scardina, Millennium CEO.

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Report: The Little Clinic opens 11th store in Shelbyville, Tenn., area

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has opened a new location inside Kroger’s new Marketplace store in Shelbyville, Tenn., according to a local news report.

The opening marks the 11th clinic in the area.

"Being part of a brand-new Kroger Marketplace allows us to increase accessibility of our services for those who will enjoy the many offerings at this store," Tim Pruitt, divisional VP of The Little Clinic, was quoted as saying.

Kroger is expected to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the first Marketplace store in Shelbyville, according to the report. The 123,000-sq.-ft. store also will include a pharmacy and such specialty departments as furniture, home decor and an expanded Hispanic products section.

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Many nasal allergy sufferers don’t have control over symptoms

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO — Less than 20% of surveyed patients with nasal allergies find their symptoms are completely controlled over a one-week period of treatment, according to a survey performed by drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

The Nasal Allergy Survey Assessing Limitations, results of which subsidiary Teva Respiratory presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in San Francisco Monday, found that nasal congestion, post-nasal drip and repeated sneezing continue to be the most frequently reported nasal allergy symptoms among patients, in addition to emotional problems like feeling tired and miserable, as well as lost productivity at work.

“It’s clear from the NASL 2010 findings that the estimated 60 million people living with allergic rhinitis in the U.S. are still significantly affected, both physically and emotionally, by symptoms,” Gary Gross of the Dallas Allergy & Asthma Center said in a statement on behalf of Teva. “This is a continuing trend we’re seeing in patients having allergic rhinitis as these findings are similar to those released in a past survey evaluating disease burden on patients.”

The study interviewed during May and June 2010 a national sample of 400 adults diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, nasal allergies or hay fever who had experienced nasal allergy symptoms or taken medication for their condition in the past 12 months. A parallel survey of 522 adults sampled by random digit dialing also was conducted, yielding a sample of 400 without nasal allergies. Two hundred physicians and 50 nurse practitioners and physicians assistants also were interviewed.

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