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Rite Aid Foundation donates $15,000 to Red Cross tornado relief efforts

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In the wake of tornadoes that hit communities in Kentucky on Friday, retail pharmacy chain Rite Aid has donated to a local Red Cross chapter to assist victims.

The company said Sunday that the Rite Aid Foundation, its philanthropic arm, had donated $15,000 to the Bluegrass chapter of the American Red Cross. The foundation also will provide supplies and items to assist with disaster relief efforts. Eli Lilly Foundation also pledged to donate $100,000 to the Red Cross.

"We are extremely grateful for the immediate support of the Rite Aid Foundation," American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter director of development Winn Stephens said. "Thanks to their generosity, the Red Cross will be able to provide much-needed help and hope to those who need it most."

According to media reports, at least 38 people died Friday and Saturday as an outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across a area that included Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama and Georgia.

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Mark Stejbach joins Alkermes

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN — Alkermes has appointed a new chief commercial officer.

Mark Stejbach, who brings 25 years of experience in biotech and pharmaceutical marketing, sales, managed care and finance to his new role, will be responsible for Alkermes’ commercial activities, including marketing and sales of Vivitrol and developing and executing commercial strategies for Alkermes’ late-stage pipeline assets, namely ALKS 9070 (for schizophrenia), ALKS 37 (for opioid-induced constipation) and ALKS 5461 (for treatment-resistant depression).

Prior to joining the company, Stejbach served as chief commercial officer for Tengion, a leader in regenerative medicine.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mark to Alkermes, as we continue to build our commercial capabilities in preparation for the expansion of our commercial product portfolio,” Alkermes CEO Richard Pops said. “We look forward to having Mark accelerate and expand our commercial activities for Vivitrol, as well as provide forward-looking insight into our late-stage pipeline development activities. Our goal is to build Alkermes plc into one of the next great biotechnology companies, and a strong commercial capability is a key strategic asset.”


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NCPA brings back diabetes management, long-term care workshops

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has renewed two of its pharmacy niche programs.

NCPA said it once again will host diabetes management and long-term care workshops. The Diabetes Accreditation Standards-Practical Applications program, which provides community pharmacists with a path to expand their role into diabetes self-management education/training, will be offered April 27 to 29 in Rochester, N.Y., and Oct. 11 to 12 in San Diego. Meanwhile, the Long-Term Care Business Fundamentals, which is designed to teach pharmacists how to efficiently and profitably provide long-term care services to residents in an growing number of settings — including adult day care centers, assisted living facilities, group homes, continuing care retirement communities, hospice, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities — will be offered April 20 to 22 and August 10 to 12 in Richmond, Va., and Oct. 11 to 12 in San Diego.

Registration for both programs now is available at Ncpanet.org/index.php/events or by calling 1-800-544-7447.

“With today’s rapidly aging population and a startling rise in the rate of diabetes, these two niche programs provide pharmacists with the tools necessary to diversify their business models and build profitable, successful niches in two growing areas of pharmacy care,” NCPA president Lonny Wilson said.


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