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Teva appoints new president and CEO for North American generics business

BY Alaric DeArment

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has made some new executive appointments, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Teva promoted Allan Oberman, currently SVP North America generic pharmaceuticals, to president and CEO of Teva Americas Generics. In the new role, Oberman will report directly to Teva president and CEO Jeremy Levin and have continued responsibility for generics in the North American market and overall management of the company’s Latin American businesses.

Jill DeSimone was appointed to the newly created position of SVP and general manager of Teva Global Women’s Health and will oversee all aspects of the company’s women’s health franchise.

Meanwhile, William Marth is stepping down as president and CEO of Teva Americas, effective immediately, and will retire at the end of 2013. Until his retirement, Marth will serve as a senior adviser to Levin.

"These changes are part of our ongoing process to build a premier leadership team and reshape Teva," Levin said. "Allan brings extensive experience in global generics to the company’s Americas teams. Jill brings a great track record and many years of experience in building franchises in specialty medicine. We look forward to her contributions in leading our women’s health business."


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Pa. governor signs legislation enabling indie pharmacies to match reimbursement terms of mail order

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett last week signed into law S.B. 201, a bill that takes critical steps toward leveling the playing field between large pharmacy benefit managers and the mail-order pharmacies they own and local, independent community pharmacies. The legislation was applauded by community pharmacists. 

"By supporting the bill that emerged out of Pennsylvania’s state Senate and House, the governor allows more than 1,000 local mom-and-pop pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania to match the reimbursement terms and conditions that large mail-order pharmacies currently enjoy," stated Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association. "Now the patients will gain greater control over their health care by being able to choose where they get their prescription drug services. That’s fair and is the way the free market should work."

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Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies to offer free antibiotics

BY Rebecca Haughey

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies, located throughout Southern California, are offering free antibiotics based on a 14-day eligible quantity, beginning Nov. 1. The offer includes refills, to anyone with or without health insurance coverage who presents a prescription.

Five different classes of antibiotics are available, which includes amoxicillin (generic for Amoxil), ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (generic for Cipro), penicillin and trimeth/sulfa (generic for Septra or Bactrim).

"Stater Bros. believes in doing the right thing for the right reason," said Jack H. Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and CEO. "As the only supermarket chain in Southern California to offer this program free of charge, Stater Bros. is doing all that we can to ensure accessible and affordable health care to each and every one of our valued customers."

In 2010, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy introduced its Free Diabetic Medication Program, which offers some of the most popular Type II diabetes medications to customers with a valid prescription from their doctor. In addition, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy is pleased to continue its $4 Generic Prescription Program. More than 300 commonly prescribed medications are $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply.

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