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Purdue Pharma names new SVP and chief commercial officer

BY Michael Johnsen

STAMFORD, Conn. — Purdue Pharma on Thursday announced that Saeed Motahari has joined the company as SVP and chief commercial officer.

"We welcome Saeed to the Purdue team. I am confident that his impressive capabilities will strengthen our organization," said Mark Timney, president and CEO of Purdue Pharma. "Saeed’s experience and expertise make him uniquely qualified to lead our commercial efforts."

Motahari has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience, the company stated. He joins Purdue from AbbVie, where he served as VP U.S. sales and marketing, specialty brands – new launches. In this role, he led launch preparations for AbbVie’s investigational products for HCV, Parkinson’s and Oncology. 

Prior to working at AbbVie, Motahari held roles in sales and marketing at Abbott Laboratories, focusing on the renal, endocrinology, acute care and neuroscience therapeutic areas. Before Abbott, Motahari held various commercial roles in global marketing analytics and new product development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Hoffmann-La Roche.

 

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Hamacher Resource Group’s Wendland to moderate town hall at HDMA’s Business Leadership Conference

BY Antoinette Alexander

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group VP and member of the owners group, Dave Wendland, will moderate the Town Hall session during the Front-End Forum at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s 2014 Business Leadership Conference.

The session, which is scheduled for June 2, will center on practical ways industry leaders can refocus on the independent pharmacy sector.
HRG has been an active member of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association for nearly as long as they have been in business. In addition to partnering with HDMA for ongoing research into the independent pharmacy channel, HRG also has frequently presented at HDMA conferences and webinars, as well as other events.

“Our vantage point in the consumer healthcare industry allows us to bring unique insight to HDMA’s constituency. We appreciate the confidence the association and its members have in our organization and we look forward to providing continued support in the way of research, presentations, data resources and industry-related content,” Wendland said.

The Front-End Forum, part of the 2014 Business Leadership Conference, will be held June 1 to 3 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix.

 

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Publix to offer amlodipine to patients free of charge

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Pharmacy on Thursday announced it will offer free 30-day supplies of amlodipine to customers with a prescription for the medication. Amlodipine combination products are excluded.

Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker and commonly is used to treat high blood pressure and angina.

“The health and wellness of our customers is important to us at the Publix Pharmacy,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “With healthcare and prescription costs continuing to rise, medication adherence may prove challenging. We continue to enhance our free prescription programs and pharmacy services to allow our customers to focus on staying healthy and achieving their overall wellness goals.”

Publix Pharmacy also offers Lisinopril — an ACE inhibitor used to prevent, treat or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, certain heart conditions, diabetes and certain chronic kidney conditions, free of charge, as well as Metformin as part of the company’s Diabetes Management System. 

Publix Pharmacy also offers a free 14-day supply of the following generic oral antibiotics:

  • Amoxicillin;
  • Ampicillin;
  • Ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR);
  • Penicillin VK; and
  • Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP).

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