Senderra Rx is More Than a Pharmacy

The world of specialty pharmacy can be a tangled mess of prior authorization, medication adherence, and high cost medicines for patients who are often severely impacted if all the right medicine doesn’t arrive on time. Here in Dallas, Senderra Rx works to provide so much more to patients than their medicines. They created an online platform to follow patients, track their progress, keep them out of the hospital, and provide support for the patients taking the medicine and the physicians who describe them. Senderra Chairman Win Purifoy entered into the specialty pharmacy business less than a decade ago, but has… Full Story

Olympic Hopeful Sues Cooper Clinic over Multivitamin with Banned Substance

Former University of Texas All-American swimmer Madisyn Cox is suing a company connected to Cooper Clinic after a banned substance was found in her system, resulting in her suspension by the Olympic affiliate for water sports, Dallas Morning News reports. Cox says the multi-vitamin contained trimetazidine, a banned substance that is not approved for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, DMN reports. A lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency found the substance in the vitamin she was taking. Though she was cleared to swim in 2018, Cox says the damage was done in the two year… Full Story

McKesson Has a New CEO

McKesson Corp. veteran Brian Tyler is the new chief executive officer, following John Hammergren, who has been in the position since 1999. McKesson, one of the largest corporations in the country, moved its headquarters to Irving last fall. Tyler has been at McKesson for 22 years and has led in every sector of the company as well as their corporate strategy and business development unit. He was most recently the COO and president of McKesson, and will join the company’s board of directors with the promotion. “I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead this company,” said… Full Story

Opioid Lawsuit Says McKesson “Deliberately Betrayed” Duties

Last month, McKesson Corp. was named a defendant in a New York lawsuit aimed at some of the largest drug distributors and manufacturers in the country. McKesson, which was listed as six on the Fortune 500 list with $198.5 billion in revenue in 2017, is the largest pharmaceutical company in the country with 76,000 employees. The company moved its international headquarters from San Francisco to Irving last fall. As first reported in the New York Times, the New York Attorney General alleges that McKesson and other major distributors conducted a number of fraudulent practices leading to the proliferation of opioid addiction in… Full Story

Bill to Allow Physicians to Distribute Medicine at the Office Takes a Hit

House Bill 1622, which would have let physicians distribute certain common prescribed medicines, has died in the public health committee in the Texas House of Representatives. Committee chair and Houston Democrat Senfronia Thompson has not allowed the bill to come before the committee, meaning there will not be public debate. The bill was introduced by Rep. Tom Oilverson from Houston, and advocates say it would get rid of the hurdle of finding a pharmacy and improve medication adherence. Nationwide, 46 states have passed legislation allowing physicians to distribute certain medications at their office, urgent care clinics, or worksite clinics. Supporters… Full Story

Local Pharmaceutical Developer is Among Best in the Country

Dallas-based Swiss American CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization) has been named one of the top contract manufacturers in the country by MedTech Outlook. The company was the only organization in the southwest to make the list. For over 25 years, Swiss-American has developed, manufactured, and packaged skin and wound care products for customers around the world, and its products are used in prescription, over-the-counter, medical device, and personal care. “Being named one of the top 10 CDMO companies in the nation is a huge honor for our company and testament to our groundbreaking technology and processes in the marketplace,”… Full Story

Update: Will Physicians Soon be Allowed to Dispense Drugs in Texas?

Texas is just one of four states nationwide where physicians are not able to dispense medicine onsite, but a number of organizations are hoping to change that during 2019’s legislative session. A statewide coalition of employers and healthcare providers called the Texas Employers for Affordable Medications (TEAM Rx) is working to change the law and give patients the option of filling certain common prescriptions right at their doctor’s office rather than their local pharmacy. The DFW Business Group on Health, Texas Business Group on Health, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Fort Bend County, and others make up the coalition. A… Full Story

Department of Justice Alleges Unsanitary Conditions at Dallas-Based Guardian Pharmacy

The Department of Justice filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging that JMA Partners Inc., a compounding pharmacy doing business as Dallas-based Guardian Pharmacy Services, and their owner Jack R. Munn failed to rectify unsanitary conditions at their drug-compounding facility. The District Court for the Northern District of Texas entered a consent decree of permanent injunction which will stop the defendants from “distributing adulterated, misbranded, and unapproved new drugs in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” The defendants were allegedly distributing misbranded and unapproved drugs without patient-specific prescriptions. The complaint says the drugs were… Full Story

Crowd-Sourced Drug Delivery Now Has Video Conferencing

Crowd-sourcing technology has made its way to the delivery of healthcare items with CourMed, a McKinney-based company that crowd-sources drivers to securely deliver prescriptions, high-end vitamins, supplements, and eyewear. Founded in 2015, CourMed’s technology now allows pharmacists, optometrists, high-end vitamin or supplement store owners to connect with patients via HIPA-compliant real-time video consultations, called CourMed CONNECT. For a homebound customer, these consultations can be especially valuable to make sure medication and supplements are taken correctly. “We are in the encouraging people business,” said co-founder Derrick L. Miles via release. “CourMed is more than an enterprise software and a crowdsourced network of… Full Story

Physician Convicted of Distributing Millions of Narcotics in “Pill Mill”

A Dallas area physician faces 20 years in federal prison for overseeing the illegal prescription of nearly a million units of narcotics. Dr. Carlos Luis Venegas was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance at his alleged “pill mill” in federal court on Friday. “These pill mills help to perpetuate the tragic opioid crisis gripping our country,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox via release. “Last year, America lost, on average, 116 people per day to opioid overdoses. We cannot allow unscrupulous conduct by physicians to add to the supply of dangerous drugs on the streets.” Trial evidence shower that Venegas supervised… Full Story