Baylor Scott and White Now Has Remote Pharmacy Kiosks

Baylor Scott and White’s pharmacy kiosks are allow patients a convenient pickup option for their prescriptions. The kiosks will be located throughout the service area in medical centers, and patients will be able to enter their information and retrieve medications quickly and conveniently. The first remote kiosk was installed in the Texas Farm Bureau Headquarters in Waco, with more to come in coming months. Any prescription can be filled and stored properly, are available within hours of visiting the pharmacy, and are available 24 hours a day. If the patient wants a pharmacy consultation, they are available via phone or… Full Story

McKesson Corp. Appoints New Human Resources Chief

McKesson Corp has appointed Tracy Faber to executive vice president and chief human resources officer, which will take effect in October. She will report to McKesson’s new CEO Brian Tyler. Faber has been with McKesson since 2011 and is currently a senior vice president of human resources for McKesson Corporate as well as their U.S. Pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions and the Strategic Initiatives team. Faber will advise the CEO and board of directors on executive session planning, recruiting board members, diversity, inclusion, leadership development and transformational change. “We are delighted to welcome Tracy to our executive committee,” said Tyler via… Full Story

McKesson and West Virginia End Opioid Lawsuit in “Sweetheart Settlement”

Irving-based McKesson Corp. is accused of sending 100 million doses of opioids to West Virginia over a six year period, in a now-settled lawsuit in the state of West Virginia. The pharmaceutical giant will pay the state $37 million to be used for rehabilitation, job training and mental health programs, according to the New York Times. The lawsuit says that the nation’s sixth largest company by revenue, which moved to Irving from California last fall, failed to report or stop overblown opioid doses that poured into the state. The Times reports that state officials say the company sent enough hydrocodone… Full Story

UNTHSC’s New Dean of Pharmacy is Looking to Innovate

Suresh Madhavan will be the new Dean of the UNT System College of Pharmacy, and hopes to bring innovation to the role of pharmacist for students in North Texas. Arriving in the U.S. while looking for a sense of adventure, he earned his PhD from Purdue University and became a professor at West Virginia University. Madhavan thrives on mentoring young scholars, and established the nationally known PhD program in Services and Outcomes Research while at West Virginia. He has been the Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy at WVU since 1994. Madhavan worked with the… Full Story

McKesson Self-Reported $1.6 Million in Back Pay Errors to Federal Government

A subsidiary of Irving-based McKesson Corp. self-reported violations for 515 employees and will pay $1,650,452 in back wages and benefits for employees in Colorado and Tennessee. The issue was reported by the Department of Labor late last week. McKesson Specialty Distribution LLC, which distributes the federally funded Vaccines for Children program, reported the infraction to the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, who confirmed it. Employees working on a federal contract with the Centers for Disease Control were not paid correct overtime rates or appropriate fringe benefits. “McKesson Specialty Distribution made every effort to correct violations once they identified… Full Story

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 Concepts 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