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Snapple officially debuts lightly sweetened teas

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — Snapple officially has debuted a line of all-natural white teas sweetened with just a touch of real sugar.

Snapple lightly sweetened teas, which tout 80 calories per 16-oz. bottle, are available in peach passionfruit and cherry pomegranate. Both flavors of Snapple lightly sweetened teas now are available nationwide at participating retailers in individual 16-oz. bottles for $1.39 and 6-packs for $5.99. Peach passionfruit also is available in 64-oz. bottles.

"Consumers told us they wanted a light tasting, all-natural tea that wasn’t too sweet, and we listened," Snapple VP marketing Regan Ebert said. "Lightly sweetened teas are a refreshing way to enjoy exceptional flavors ‘made from the best Stuff on Earth.’"

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Gary Kadlec joins Diplomat as president

BY Allison Cerra

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has named a new president.

Gary Kadlec has been appointed president of Diplomat, reporting to the specialty pharmacy provider CEO’s Philip Hagerman. As president, Kadlec will support and drive the sales, clinical, managed care, new business and operations teams at the company. Prior to joining Diplomat, Kadlec was president and CEO of ExcelleRx, an Omnicare company.

"Gary is an experienced industry leader with a true passion for patient care and for the pharmacy profession," Hagerman said. "His unique experience as both a business entrepreneur and seasoned Pharmacy executive will be a tremendous asset as we work together to continue Diplomat’s industry-leading growth."


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Amber Pharmacy signs deal with Argus Health Systems

BY Alaric DeArment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pharmacy benefits administrator Argus Health Systems has signed a deal with Amber Pharmacy to provide expanded specialty pharmacy options to patients, Argus said.

The collaboration between Kansas City, Mo.-based Argus and Omaha, Neb.-based Amber will allow Argus to offer customers a new option when selecting a specialty pharmacy provider.

"When selecting a preferred specialty partner, we analyzed all aspects of the specialty pharmacy business," Argus president and CEO Jonathan Boehm said. "Given the emphasis for health plans to increase member satisfaction and improve outcomes, we were very interested in the area of personalized patient care. Being diagnosed with a condition that requires a specialty medication is stressful to the family and the patient; we wanted to be sure our customers had the best available support to offer their members."

Under the collaboration with Amber, Argus’ services will include wellness kits, member education, lab verification, prior-authorization assistance and around-the-clock pharmacist availability.

"The strength of Argus’ service offering, combined with Amber Pharmacy’s unique service model, will enable Argus customers to deliver high-quality clinical care, enhanced value and savings to their members," Amber Pharmacy president Mike Agostino said.


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