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Hikma adds generics sales, marketing EVP

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Hikma Pharmaceuticals has tapped Kristy Ronco to serve as executive vice president of sales and marketing for its generics division.

Ronco will lead the company’s generics retail sales, addiction therapy sales and branded sales teams.

“Kristy is a talented leader with significant pharmaceutical industry experience across sales, marketing, operations, market analysis, contracts and pricing, and we are delighted she is joining our team,” Hikma’s generics division president Brian Hoffmann said in a press statement. “I am looking forward to working closely with Kristy and her team to deliver substantial value to our customers, employees and the broader communities we serve.”

Ronco joins Hikma after an 11-year stint at Zydus Pharmaceuticals, where she was most recently senior vice president of sales and marketing. She has also held successive positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, contracts, pricing and market analysis at Teva, Sandoz, Aventis and Johnson & Johnson. She also is a registered nurse with extensive clinical patient-care experience across a range of medical disciplines and specialties.

“I am thrilled to be joining Hikma’s generics business and look forward to helping the company fulfill its vital mission of producing and distributing high-quality generic medicines that each day put better health within reach of millions of people,” Ronco said, in a press statement.

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Genoa reportedly opens clinic pharmacy in Mankato, Minn.

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The Genoa Healthcare pharmacy in Mankato, Minn., recently began providing pharmacy services within Open Door Health Center, a community clinic, according to a report from KEYC 12 News in Mankato.

The center provides medical, dental and behavioral health services, Genoa said. “Having the pharmacy here with Open Door and in Mankato really offers our patients that one-stop shop to be able to get medical, dental or behavioral health services, and also then their pharmaceutical needs all at one place,” Open Door Health Center CEO Doug Jaeger told KEYC 12 News.

Genoa Healthcare’s director of operations William Wrigley said that the addition of an on-site pharmacy offers patients convenience and affordability. “Sometimes there’s a financial burden on folks to be able to get their medications. We have tools that we can utilize in partnership with our clinic partners to try and find options for those patients to make sure that cost isn’t a reason that they are going without medication,” he told KEYC 12 News.

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CVS Health expands efforts to help veterans transition to civilian careers

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CVS Health is growing the resources it offers former soldiers who are transitioning to civilian life. The Woonsocket, R.I.-based company has expanded its participation in the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, which helps servicemen and women transition from military life to private sector civilian careers, to two new locations — Hampton Roads in Virginia and Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Active duty military at these bases can begin training with CVS Health within 180 days of their separation from military service.

“The U.S. Department of Defense estimates approximately 1,300 new veterans and their families return to civilian life every day, many of whom are looking for the opportunity to find meaningful employment after serving,” CVS Health executive vice president and chief human resources officer Lisa Bisaccia said.

“We’re proud to be expanding our opportunities for transitioning veterans, while also helping to build a pipeline of talent with the unparalleled skills and experience that veterans provide.”

As part of the SkillBridge Initiative, transitioning service members are connected to a dedicated CVS Health colleague to learn about available job opportunities with the company. Participants complete classroom curricula and a 12-week internship at a nearby CVS Pharmacy location, and take part in a virtual job tryout to practice their interviewing skills. Following the completion of military service, veterans are eligible to apply for a position at any CVS Pharmacy across the country.

The company’s expansion of skills training to Virginia and Hawaii comes as it marks a year since opening the CVS Health Talent Connect Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. The company said the center combines hands-on support with state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to guide veterans and their spouses through the opportunities available within the company nationwide. CVS Health said that in the past year, it has hired half of those who have completed the curriculum and training programs. It noted that since 2015, 12,500 people with military experience and more than 3,400 military spouses have joined its workforce.

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