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Diplomat unifies infusion companies under new Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group

BY David Salazar
 
FLINT, Mich. — In an effort to bring together its five infusion subsidiaries, Diplomat Pharmacy launched its new brand, the Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group. The brand unites American Homecare Federation, At-Home IV Infusion Professional, BioRx, MedPro Rx and XAS infusion services. 
 
“As we continue to build on the work we have done, we are excited to move forward with the launch of our new Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group brand,” Diplomat CEO and chairman Phil Hagermann said. “Together, our combined resources allow us to continue to build upon our expertise and services for patients with specialized needs.”
 
The company said the Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group companies would continue to offer focused services within such areas as hemophilia and bleeding disorders, hereditary angioedema, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, immune globulin and parenteral and enteral nutrition. 
 
“This brand opens a new door for us,” Diplomat VP and Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group president Phil Rielly said. “Our patients are our driving force. They are our motivation to continue pushing for better therapies and educating on the industry. We are determined to keep working and advocating under the new brand on their behalf—to be the voice our patients don’t always have.”
 
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Sandoz launches generic Latisse

BY David Salazar
PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz on Wednesday launched its generic of Allergan’s Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, 0.03%) in the United States. The medication is indicated to treat hypotrichosis of the eyelashes by stimulating growth, length, thickness and darkness. 
 
"The launch of bimatoprost is an important addition to our industry-leading portfolio of ophthalmic products,” Sandoz president Peter Goldschmidt said. “By expanding our ophthalmic offerings, Sandoz will increase patients’ access to a comprehensive range of quality medicines at affordable prices.” 
 
The drug had U.S. sales of about $75 million for the 12-month period ended October 2016. 
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Publix opens retail pharmacy at Nemours Children’s Hospital

BY Gina Acosta

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets is collaborating with Nemours Children’s Health System to enhance and expand outpatient retail pharmacy services at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City.

The newly enhanced pharmacy, which opened on Dec. 7, offers specialized convenience to children and their families, visitors, guests and health system employees on an outpatient basis.

“Nemours is always looking for ways to improve the experience of our patient families, and our new retail pharmacy from Publix will do just that,” said Dana Nicholson Bledsoe, president of Nemours Children’s Hospital. “With expanded hours and more locations for refills, we expect this new collaboration to make life easier for those who rely on us.”

The Publix Pharmacy at Nemours Children’s Hospital will bring many enhancements to the children and guests including:

  • Operating hours of Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Access to specialty medications for children and employees
  • Bedside delivery to the hospital’s inpatient units
  • Access to refills at any Publix pharmacy location
  • Ease of refilling prescriptions at multiple convenient locations
  • Access to certain medications available free through Publix

Publix operates four additional pharmacies within hospital systems including Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Moffitt McKinley Campus both located in Tampa, Florida, and one within Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Florida.

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