月別アーカイブ: 2014年12月

Walgreens Closes Deal, Begins New Era In Global Pharmacy

Walgreens (WAG) closed its deal with Alliance Boots this morning, launching under a new holding company with its eyes on global expansion, a first for the retail pharmacy industry.

As part of the deal, the new Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) begins today trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “WBA.” Earlier this week, Walgreens shareholders approved acquiring the remaining 55 percent of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots that the U.S. pharmacy doesn’t already own. It completes a process  that began in 2012.

Walgreens, which began with its first corner drugstore in Chicago in 1901, now has a “retail pharmacy network spanning the United States and Europe as well as key markets in Latin America and Asia.”

Combined, Walgreens Boots Alliance has more than 12,800 stores in more than 25 countries with more than 370,000 employees. Walgreens has been the largest U.S. pharmacy chain, ahead of CVS Health (CVS). The companies also distribute products from more than 340 pharmaceutical distribution centers that the companies said serve more than 180,000 pharmacies and other health care entities.

“Becoming global gives us the ability to generate significant and sustainable benefits for local markets and all stakeholders, from consumers and patients, to pharmacists, suppliers, business partners and, of course, our employees,” said Stefano Pessina, 73, who become acting CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance following the retirement of Walgreen Walgreen Co. CEO Greg Wasson, 56.

A search for Wasson’s successor is expected to begin soon now that the deal has closed.

The outgoing Wasson said the deal combines “two iconic brands” with “complementary geographic footprints” and companies that have provided health care and community pharmacy services “each dating back more than 100 years.”

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Bauder Pharmacy keeps its license for now

Bauder Pharmacy’s license remains in effect until at least March.

The license was set to expire on Dec. 31, but has been extended until at last March when the Board of Pharmacy is scheduled.

Move move comes as the owner of Bauder Pharmacy, Mark Graziano, continues to fight drug allegations against him. Authorities raided Bauder Pharmacy in 2012 after an informant said Graziano illegally sold hydrocodone pills. Graziano denied the claims.

The pharmacy has been working with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy to move ownership of Bauder’s from Mark Graziano to his sister, Kim Robertson, but the board reported problems with the plan last week.

The board said Robertson should have should have known that the quantity of hydrocodone tablets ordered was way more than was being legally dispensed and that an individual informed her of the drugs being sold illegally and she did not inform the Board of Pharmacy about it.

The board said Robertson has not complied with a board order earlier this year to prohibit her brother from having access to the pharmacy by building a secure barrier between the pharmacy and soda fountain, which would keep him out.

The board said she has also not submitted required reports. Robertson has denied the board’s claims. Guy Cook, an attorney for the business, told KCCI an appeal was filed showing the assertions by the board are not correct.

Bauder’s has been located at 3802 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines since 1925.

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Checks 'distort' pharmacist role

Pharmacists have hit out at plans to make them responsible for checking whether patients are trying to dodge prescription charges.

The coalition has launched a drive to save £150 million by cracking down on fraud at chemists.

Under the proposals, a new IT system will allow staff to access Department for Work and Pensions records on the spot and see whether individuals are entitled to free prescriptions.

The existing retrospective checks by the NHS Business Services Authority are also being beefed up, with fraudsters facing fines of up to £2,500.

Meanwhile, a new team is being created to tackle fraud and error at dentists – with the aim of halving the £92 million a year bill by 2016.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “We have a duty to ensure that every available penny of NHS cash is available for frontline patient care.

“This abuse of the NHS must stop. Claiming a free prescription when you are not entitled takes money away from other frontline patient services, and reduces the amount of money available to spend on patient care.

“We are taking action to ensure that people who are entitled to access free prescriptions, for the over 60s, are better supported to do so and we are getting tough on those who avoid paying their fair share.”

Chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Keith Ridge said: “These new measures aim to strike the right balance between encouraging the public to abide by the law, whilst ensuring healthcare professionals can meet their primary obligation to provide safe and effective care to their patients.”

But David Branford, board chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), said: “This move to make pharmacists police the Government’s unfair charging system is totally unacceptable to us. We are opposed to any move that adds to the bureaucratic burden of pharmacists without improving patient safety in any way.

“We are concerned the Government is using provocative language to label those with incurable illnesses such as diabetes as ‘fraudsters’ just because they have forgotten to renew their medical exemption certificate. People need better access to their medicines, not a financial penalty for a minor mistake.

“We understand that the IT systems which are being deployed will allow pharmacists to check peoples’ benefit status in the pharmacy.

“We believe this will disrupt and distort the relationship between pharmacist and patient, impacting on the trust that currently exists and creating a culture of fear and uncertainty when asking for a prescription to be filled.”

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