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NCPA offering member pharmacies a discount on screening of new employees

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Members of the National Community Pharmacists Association hiring new employees can get a benefit from the organization, NCPA announced Tuesday.

NCPA is collaborating with investigative consultancy Pedersen & Associates to offer discounts on employee screenings for member pharmacies.

According to industry statistics, nearly one-in-10 background verifications reveal something bad about job candidates. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation last year, most retail loss results from employee theft. At the same time, however, the Small Business Administration says every dollar that an employer invests in employment screening yields a return on investment of $5 to $16 in improved productivity, reduced absenteeism, lower turnover and decreased liability.

“Beyond the hundreds of bottles lining the shelves, the very heart of a pharmacy is its staff,” said NCPA executive vice president and chief executive officer Bruce Roberts. “Now more than ever, as pharmacy crime increases, including internal theft, our members must hire trustworthy people.”

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Judge orders Ely Lilly to unseal Zyprexa documents

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York said Friday he would unseal documents concerning Zyprexa, Eli Lilly’s schizophrenia drug.

Judge Jack Weinstein’s ruling was related to his granting of class-action status to a group of unions, pension funds and insurance companies alleging that the Indianapolis-based drug maker failed to disclose some of the drug’s side effects and marketed it for uses for which regulators had not approved it.

The documents date back to 2004, when several patients sued Lilly, alleging that Zyprexa (olanzapine) caused them to develop diabetes and gain excessive weight.

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New York legislation: pharmacists can administer vaccinations

BY Alaric DeArment

ALBANY, N.Y. Starting Dec. 4, pharmacists can apply to New York’s state government for certification to administer vaccinations, under legislation signed Friday by Gov. David Paterson.

The certifications will cost $100 every three years and require training. The shots will still require prescriptions.

The purpose of the bill, supporters said, was to increase the number of vaccinations in the state; in New York City, this could mean an additional 50,000 elderly.

“Allowing pharmacists to immunize would increase access to vaccinations, as pharmacies are open long hours, on weekends and most holidays,” said Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Long Island Republican who sponsored the bill.

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