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Retailers, pharmacy trade and professional groups sponsor Capitol Hill health fair

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — More than six dozen pharmacists and pharmacy students from in and around the District of Columbia offered free health screenings on Capitol Hill Tuesday as a way to promote awareness of the role pharmacists play in the healthcare system.

The screenings for bone density, body composition, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and consultations were given to more than 200 members of Congress, staff, aides and the general public, sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus.

"Pharmacist-provided patient care is an important service for many people throughout the country," APhA EVP and CEO Thomas Menighan said. "Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare provider, with pharmacy locations in almost eery community in America. Pharmacists demonstrated knowledge and training, combined with this accessibility, makes them a valuable member of a patient’s healthcare team."

Other sponsors of the event included Rite Aid, Albertsons, Walgreens, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.

 

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Diplomat’s Jennifer Hagerman named president-elect of Michigan Pharmacists Association for 2014

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat senior director of education and quality Jennifer Hagerman has been named as president-elect of the Michigan Pharmacists Association for 2014, the specialty pharmacy company said Wednesday.

Diplomat said members of the MPA had voted in Hagerman, who directs Diplomat’s training arm, Diplomat University, as well as overseeing the company’s quality assurance program and directing its Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency Program.

"I am eager to continue Diplomat’s tradition of serving the pharmacy profession, enhancing the company’s strong ties with MPA and staying at the forefront of pharmacy issues as they relate to the state of Michigan," Hagerman said. "I believe strongly in the mission of MPA and look forward to serving as president-elect."

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Ranbaxy Labs marks 20th year in Ukraine

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GURGAON, India — Ranbaxy Labs is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its operations in Ukraine, the Indian generic drug maker said Wednesday.

The drug maker established a base in the eastern European country in 1993 and has since become the largest drug company in the market, whose value is estimated at $3.7 billion, according to the company. Ranbaxy’s products in Ukraine include branded and generic drugs.

"Ranbaxy has been providing high-quality, affordable generic medicines to the citizens of Ukraine for the last two decades, thereby supporting the government to bring down healthcare costs," Ranbaxy CEO and managing director Arun Sawhney said. "We remain committed to the Ukraine market and its people and will continue to operate for our paradigm of quality and patients first."

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