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Elizabeth Arden has signed a multi-year procurement outsourcing contract with Williams Lea, a provider of corporate information solutions.

Under the agreement, Williams Lea will manage sourcing activities for Elizabeth Arden’s packaging and print requirements. Williams Lea will deliver process expertise and strategic sourcing capabilities, which are expected to secure savings and operational efficiencies for Elizabeth Arden.

Executive News

University Medical Pharmaceuticals, which makes such skin and beauty products for the mass market as the AcneFree line, has appointed Jeffrey Ten as SVP international sales.

Ten, who has 28 years of international senior management marketing and sales experience, will report to Raymond Francis, president and CEO. Prior to joining University Medical Pharmaceuticals, Ten was president of ck Calvin Klein beauty.

Physicians Formula has appointed former Del Labs executive Charles Hinkaty to its board of directors. Hinkaty replaces Jeff Berry, who resigned as a director in May to become interim CFO of Physicians Formula.

The board determined that Hinkaty qualifies as an independent director under the Nasdaq listing rules. Hinkaty also will join the company’s audit, compensation, and nominating and corporate governance committees of the board of directors.

Hinkaty served as the president and CEO of Del Labs from August 2005 through his retirement in January 2008. Prior to that, Hinkaty was COO of Del Labs from January to August 2005, and VP of Del Labs and president of its subsidiary Del Pharmaceuticals from 1985 to 2005.

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E-prescriptions hit 4 million mark at Walgreens in October

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NEW YORK The United States has long been a laggard in healthcare information technology, but the country lately has undergone a Cambrian explosion of e-prescribing, as numbers from Walgreens and the e-prescribing network Surescripts demonstrate. The $19 billion that the federal stimulus package offers as an incentive to adopt HIT likely will accelerate the trend.

 

Walgreens reported Tuesday that the number of prescriptions filed electronically through an e-prescribing program the company started in 1992 reached 4 million in October – a 185% increase over last October – and is projected to reach 45 million by the end of the year. That number was 15 million in 2008.

 

 

Further evidence comes from the e-prescribing network Surescripts, which reported in October that more than 140,000 physicians, physician assistance and nurse practitioners now transmit prescriptions electronically. At the end of last year, by contrast active e-prescribers numbered 74,000 and hit the 100,000 mark in May.

 

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Curtis Circulation Co. to distribute Light of Consciousness

BY Allison Cerra

NEW MILFORD, N.J. Curtis Circulation Co. announced the distribution of “a journal of spiritual awakening.”

Curtis announced that it will distribute Light of Consciousness, a quarterly publication is dedicated to seekers interested in awakening consciousness, personal and global transformation and the timeless wisdom of the world’s religious traditions, the company said,

Curtis Circulation Co., a worldwide periodicals distributor, represents many leading and prestigious publishers. The New Milford, N.J.-based firm is a division of Lagardere Services.

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