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Mylan’s Tony Mauro elected as GPhA chairman

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The president of one of the world’s largest generic drug manufacturers will serve as chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the organization said Thursday.

The GPhA announced that it had elected Mylan president Tony Mauro as chairman. Mauro previously served as the organization’s vice chairman. "With growing populations, economic recessions and increasing healthcare costs, the need for widespread access to more affordable medicine has never been so great," Mauro said. "The generic pharmaceutical industry is stronger than it has ever been, and I see tremendous opportunities ahead for our association and for our industry."

Meanwhile, Sandoz president and CEO Don DeGolyer was elected vice chairman, while Momenta Pharmaceuticals president Craig Wheeler was reelected as secretary treasurer. Other board members include:

  • Debra Barrett, SVP government and public affairs, Teva Pharmaceuticals;
  • Carole Ben-Maimon, president of global pharmaceuticals, Impax Labs;
  • Paul Bisaro, president and CEO, Watson Pharmaceuticals;
  • Doug Boothe, president and CEO, Actavis;
  • Chuck Caprariello, VP corporate communications and government affairs, Ranbaxy;
  • Don DeGolyer, president and CEO, Sandoz;
  • John Ducker, president and CEO, APP Pharmaceuticals;
  • Jeffrey Glazer, CEO, Heritage Pharmaceuticals;
  • David Klaum, SVP and GM, Fougera;
  • Thomas Moore, president, U.S., Hospira; and
  • Joseph Renner, president and CEO, Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA.

Mauro, DeGolyer, Wheeler, Barrett, Ben-Maimon, Bisaro, Boothe, Caprariello and Moore will serve on the GPhA executive committee.

 


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Allscripts, MyCareTeam create integrated diabetes management system

BY Allison Cerra

LAS VEGAS — Allscripts and MyCareTeam have teamed up to launch an integrated diabetes management system, the companies announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and exhibition.

The system combines Allscripts Enterprise Electronic Health Record and MyCareTeam’s MCT-Clinical for Diabetes software application, and enables patients and providers to collaborate to better manage diabetes between visits and in the officem the companies said. Specifically, patients use MyCareTeam’s application to regularly transmit their blood-glucose readings directly from their glucose meters, along with blood pressure, weight, vital signs, caloric intake and exercise to a database via the Internet. With the Allscripts integration, these data automatically connect to the Allscripts Enterprise EHR, and can create user-defined alerts that are routed to a diabetes educator, a care manager, a nurse, the patient’s primary care physician or, if serious enough, an endocrinologist.

UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was the first hospital to use the integrated system, and a second implementation now is under way at University of South Florida Diabetes Center in Tampa, Fla.

"Nationally, diabetes affects 25.8 million people, an astonishing number. Managing a population of this size at the national level requires a truly connected community of health — one that both engages patients in self-management and uses remote health monitoring by a care team," said Glen Tullman, Allscripts CEO and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board member. "At Allscripts, we are committed to an open technology platform that encourages innovative solutions, like this app from MyCareTeam, and drives better outcomes at a reduced cost."

"Caring for patients with chronic diseases is an ever-increasing burden to our healthcare system and a tremendous source of costs," MyCareTeam CEO Jim Mingle said. "Integrating the MyCareTeam clinical app with Allscripts Electronic Health Record was easy to do given their open platform and is already enabling providers and patients to communicate more effectively between — and avoid unnecessary — office visits."


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Former Warner-Lambert CEO receives APhA Foundation’s Jacob W. Miller Award

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Joseph Williams, the former CEO of Warner-Lambert, was named the recipient of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s 2012 Jacob W. Miller Award, the APhA Foundation said.

The organization said it recognized Williams for his leadership and service to the APhA Foundation capital campaign and advisory committee. Williams also served as APhA honorary president from 2004 to 2005.

In 2009, as part of the APhA Foundation capital campaign, Williams pledged $1 million towards the renovation and enhancement of the APhA library, now named in his honor. These improvements within the library have enabled the APhA library to become the key resource for the profession in promoting pharmacy and innovative practices, such as medication therapy management services, the organization said. What’s more, Williams also instrumental to the donation of the Robert Thom Great Moments in Pharmacy Collection, now housed at the APhA Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.

APhA Foundation said Williams has continued to maintain his support of the foundation and his leadership was imperative in helping the foundation enhance its mission of optimizing the role of the pharmacist in improving people’s health.

The Jacob W. Miller award was established in 2000 to honor the service of Jacob W. Miller, who served as the APhA Foundation’s president from 1991 to 2000. The award recognizes an individual who has advanced the mission of the APhA Foundation by demonstrating active involvement in the foundation’s programs, exemplary support in establishing and/or maintaining APhA Foundation initiatives or outstanding leadership in carrying out the mission of the APhA Foundation.


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