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Navarro recognized for community involvement

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — Recognized for its commitment to the community, Navarro Discount Pharmacies won the Top 100 Minority Business Award for large-company community involvement from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Navarro received the award during a special luncheon honoring other minority-owned businesses at Jungle Island in Miami on March 24.

"As a community pharmacy serving Hispanics, it is very important for us to participate in activities and organizations in all of the neighborhoods where we do business," stated Steve Kaczynski, Navarro CEO. "We are grateful to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our efforts in the Hispanic community."

In the past year, Navarro has participated in more than 250 community events. Focused on wellness and families, Navarro created Wellness Wednesdays, which offer free in-store vascular and diabetes health screenings, smoking-cessation classes, a pediatric window for working parents and free prescription delivery.

Navarro also contributes to a variety of causes and local organizations through in-store collections and, in some cases, has contributed with matching collections. To date, Navarro has collected and donated tens of thousands of dollars to a variety of local charities in the community, including the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Amigos for Kids, Centro Mater, the American Diabetes Association, CAMACOL, Dade County Public Schools, Project Vacant Streets, Chile earthquake relief and Haiti earthquake relief.

The Miami-based company was founded in Havana, Cuba, in 1940, and opened its first U.S. location in 1961. There currently are 28 existing store locations, plus three under construction.

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MedPro Rx makes Facebook debut

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. — A specialty infusion pharmacy has joined the social media realm.

MedPro Rx’s president, Nancy McFarlane, said that the company has launched a Facebook page, which will share MedPro Rx’s news, updates, blog posts and photos with its community. Additionally, the page will expand the company’s online presence and customer service focus for clients, healthcare consumers, providers and third-party payers, McFarlane said.

“Our Facebook page is a great tool that will enable us to better communicate our mission, connect information and work with our community," she said. “At MedPro Rx, we are always searching for the latest ways to provide the best possible customer service experiences for our clients, and the addition of Facebook is one more venue we can utilize.”

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Amanda Brown named BioPlus’ Rx coordinators director

BY Allison Cerra

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has promoted its supervisor of Rx coordinators.

Amanda Brown, who joined the company in 2003, now will serve as director of Rx coordinators. In this role, she will manage and train BioPlus’ sales team, but also will be involved in building business relationships with prescribers, achieving territorial goals and maximizing potential revenue for BioPlus.

“Amanda has been a key part of our sales team success, and we are thrilled to promote her to this important position. This promotion is a great example of matching leadership talent to our business priority here at BioPlus, which remains providing medications to patients while eliminating workloads from physician offices,” said Stephen Vogt, president and CEO of BioPlus.

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