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Wolters Kluwer divests pharmacy business

BY Alaric DeArment

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, Netherlands — Wolters Kluwer will sell its pharma-related business, the market research firm said Wednesday.

The company’s pharmacy business, which includes the brands Source and Adis, includes marketing and publications services, business intelligence products and advanced analytical tools and services to life science professionals.

“The planned divestment of the pharmacy business will focus our health division on taking full advantage of our leading positions in professional information and clinical decision support solutions, one of the fastest growing areas of health, to deliver enhanced value to our stakeholders,” Wolters Kluwer chairman and CEO Nancy McKinstry said.

The company said that Lazard Middle Market and William Blair & Co. were acting as financial advisers and that the deal would close shortly after the end of the year, but it did not name a buyer.

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Publix to offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix will offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 Publix stores this year, the grocer announced Wednesday.

“Publix Pharmacy is pleased to offer free diabetes screenings as part of our commitment to the total health and wellness of our customers,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “As both a supermarket and pharmacy, Publix is the ideal setting in which to promote healthy living. Offering these free screenings will hopefully assist our customers in early detection and allow them to benefit from our diabetes program, which launched last March offering free metformin for Type 2 diabetes patients.”

Appointments won’t be necessary and test results will be given onsite within a few minutes. Customers will receive a free blood-glucose test and diabetes educational material.

The screenings will be conducted by CholestCheck, a health-and-wellness screening company, and sponsored in part by Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care.

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Assured Pharmacy slated to open Kansas City location

BY Allison Cerra

FRISCO, Texas — Assured Pharmacy has signed a lease for its fifth pharmacy, which will be located in Kansas City.

Subject to regulatory approval, the Kansas City pharmacy is anticipated to open during fourth quarter 2011, the specialty pharmacy group said.

"The opening of our fifth pharmacy later this year in Kansas City will represent a significant step forward in our natural growth as a company," Assured CEO Robert DelVecchio said. "As we expand our chain to offer services to physicians in new markets, we believe that the advantages of our business model will become more clear. The challenges associated with pain management can be found in every city and town in the country, and ultimately we hope to open pharmacies to serve patients and doctors in the top metropolitan regions across the country."

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