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University of Maryland School of Pharmacy names atrium in honor of graduate following $1.1 million donation

BY Alaric DeArment

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has named its atrium in honor of a graduate who now leads an institutional pharmacy services company.

The university unveiled the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium last week, after the president and CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services. The reception, at which Yankellow was present, was in recognition of her recent gift of $1.1 million to the school, the largest gift ever from a female graduate, and included the unveiling of a new sign bearing her name. Yankellow graduated from the school in 1973 and received her doctor of pharmacy degree in 1996.

"Tonight, we recognize and show our extreme gratitude to Ellen for her generosity to the School of Pharmacy," dean Natalie Eddington said. "We will unveil a visible reminder to all who enter this space of what it means to be a philanthropist and of what it means to give back to an institution that is so proud of you."

 

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Hospira unveils new testing lab at N.C. plant

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Drug maker Hospira is investing more than $200,000 at a plant in Rocky Mount, N.C., that will evaluate and test more than 450 products, the company said Wednesday.

Hospira had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the opening of its new quality and analytics testing laboratory, attended by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other political leaders from the state.

"Rocky Mount’s new laboratory, coupled with our investments throughout the plant, will help ensure that we continue to supply high-quality, more affordable medicines to customers and patients who need them," Hospira VP Rocky Mount operations Marty Nealey said. "Through advanced technology and additional space, we’ve been able to gradually increase our production levels and ensure more consistent release of products, ultimately supporting our ability to provide a more sustainable supply of many life-impacting drugs."

The company also announced Wednesday the launch of the Sapphire infusion system, following its approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The system includes a large, color touchscreen for quick and easy programming, easily upgraded software and flexible infusion modes for all intended uses to simplify patient care across diverse clinical areas. Sapphire has already been launched in Europe and Canada.

 

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Manchester University begins search for new pharmacy school dean

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Indiana’s Manchester University has begun an "immediate" search for a new dean for its College of Pharmacy, the university said Wednesday.

The school is looking for a replacement for Dave McFadden, who will assume the presidency of the university on July 1, 2014, following the planned retirement of current president Jo Young Switzer, announced earlier this week. McFadden became dean of the College of Pharmacy in November 2012.

"We are looking for someone who will move our program forward and continue building strong partnerships in the region," Switzer said.

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