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February 19, 2013

One of the biggest questions the average person might have about specialty pharmacy is, well, what the heck is it?

PHOENIX — One of the biggest questions the average person might have about specialty pharmacy is, well, what the heck is it?

Avella Specialty Pharmacy seeks to answer that question with a new, 1-minute, 45-second animated video titled, "What is a Specialty Pharmacy?" which seeks to explain the differences between a specialty pharmacy and a traditional retail pharmacy.

March 31, 2014

Just days after the Food and Drug Administration approved Otezla, a new oral therapy to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adult patients, Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Friday announced that it is prepared to begin distributing the drug.

PHOENIX — Just days after the Food and Drug Administration approved Otezla, a new oral therapy to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adult patients, Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Friday announced that it is prepared to begin distributing the drug. 

At this time, Avella is one of a select number of pharmacies that are contracted by Celgene, the drug manufacturer, to dispense the product at launch.

March 28, 2014

Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014, Avella announced Wednesday.

PHOENIX — Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014, Avella announced Wednesday. 

March 18, 2014

Avella Specialty Pharmacy announced that it has registered with the Food and Drug Administration as an outsourcing facility for sterile compounding as outlined in the recently enacted Drug Quality and Security Act.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Tuesday announced that it has registered with the Food and Drug Administration as an outsourcing facility for sterile compounding as outlined in the recently enacted Drug Quality and Security Act. Outsource facilities must consent to greater federal oversight including more frequent inspections and are required to demonstrate their adherence to specific “good manufacturing practices,” Avella noted. 

February 21, 2014

As part of a study conducted with the University of Arizona, Avella Specialty Pharmacy proved the value of pharmacist intervention in improving patient outcomes, at least in renal transplant patients, to the tune of $27,852 per month, Avella announced.

PHOENIX — As part of a study conducted with the University of Arizona, Avella Specialty Pharmacy proved the value of pharmacist intervention in improving patient outcomes, at least in renal transplant patients, to the tune of $27,852 per month, Avella announced Thursday. The study found that participants in the intervention group had a statistically significant improvement in adherence rates over patients in the control group who did not have a contract or receive support to ensure adherence to their monthly medication therapy.

January 31, 2014

Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Thursday named Rebecca Shanahan CEO. Shanahan brings more than two decades of successful leadership experience in the healthcare sector, as well as five years of service on Avella’s board of directors, to her new role.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Thursday named Rebecca Shanahan CEO. Shanahan brings more than two decades of successful leadership experience in the healthcare sector, as well as five years of service on Avella’s board of directors, to her new role. 

January 23, 2014

Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Thursday was recognized in Chief Executive magazine’s first list of the “Mid-Market Elite.” Avella joins other highly-regarded companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn and LifeLock, in receiving this honor that is given to 100 companies.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy on Thursday was recognized in Chief Executive magazine’s first list of the “Mid-Market Elite.” Avella joins other highly-regarded companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn and LifeLock, in receiving this honor that is given to 100 companies. 

November 14, 2013

Drug makers Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics have added Avella Specialty Pharmacy to their limited-distribution network for a newly approved blood cancer drug.

PHOENIX — Drug makers Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics have added Avella Specialty Pharmacy to their limited-distribution network for a newly approved blood cancer drug.

Avella said Thursday that it had joined the limited-distribution network for Imbruvica (ibrutinib), which the Food and Drug Administration approved this week for mantle cell lymphoma. Avella is one of five specialty pharmacies to join the network, the company said.

September 11, 2013

A managed Medicaid health plan has selected Avella Specialty Pharmacy as its preferred specialty pharmacy partner, Avella said Wednesday.

PHOENIX — A managed Medicaid health plan has selected Avella Specialty Pharmacy as its preferred specialty pharmacy partner, Avella said Wednesday.

Avella announced that under the agreement, with Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Avella would deliver specialty services to members, dispensing specialty drugs and providing patient consultation and adherence monitoring. Care1st contracts with MedImpact Healthcare Systems for pharmacy benefit management services.

August 22, 2013

Inc. magazine has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy to its list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Avella said Thursday.

PHOENIX — Inc. magazine has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy to its list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Avella said Thursday.

Avella was ranked in 86th place among the top 100 health companies on the Inc. 5000 list, and it has been included on the list since the list started, in 2006. At the time, it was known as The Apothecary Shops, adopting its current name last year.

July 17, 2013

Avella Specialty Pharmacy has released a new white paper that it said would help oncologists select appropriate specialty pharmacies.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy has released a new white paper that it said would help oncologists select appropriate specialty pharmacies.

The Phoenix-based specialty pharmacy company announced Wednesday the release of "Guide to Selecting the Appropriate Specialty Pharmacy: Important Considerations for Your Oncology Practice." The white paper highlights such factors as the ability to provide comprehensive, quality clinical services and support the practice's needs.

July 11, 2013

A Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization has given its nod to Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Avella said Thursday.

PHOENIX — A Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization has given its nod to Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Avella said Thursday.

The specialty pharmacy company said it had received Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy accreditations from URAC.

"At Avella, patient safety is our top priority," Avella CEO John Musil said. "We're pleased to obtain external validation from such a prestigious organization and are proud to be recognized for our commitment to quality and service."

 

June 18, 2013

Avella Specialty Pharmacy will be included in the limited-distribution network for a cancer drug made by Genentech, Avella said Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy will be included in the limited-distribution network for a cancer drug made by Genentech, Avella said Tuesday.

The specially pharmacy company said it would be included in the network to sell Tarceva (erlotinib), an orally administered drug used to treat non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. Genentech will shift distribution of Tarceva to a select group of pharmacies starting July 1 to align its distribution with that of similar cancer drugs.

June 12, 2013

Avella Specialty Pharmacy has released a new white paper for payers selecting new specialty pharmacy partners, the company said Wednesday.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy has released a new white paper for payers selecting new specialty pharmacy partners, the company said Wednesday.

May 23, 2013

Ernst & Young has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy founder and CEO John Musil as a finalist for a regional award.

PHOENIX — Ernst & Young has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy founder and CEO John Musil as a finalist for a regional award.

Avella said Musil had been shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award in the Mountain Desert region, which includes Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Avella is headquartered in Phoenix.

April 25, 2013

Avella Specialty Pharmacy provided more than $7.2 million in financial assistance to patients last year, the company said Thursday.

PHOENIX — Avella Specialty Pharmacy provided more than $7.2 million in financial assistance to patients last year, the company said Thursday.

The Phoenix-based specialty pharmacy said its representatives work with patients to secure funding to cover specialty medication costs as specialty drugs can often be too expensive, even for patients with health insurance and monthly co-pays in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

October 22, 2012

A deal that would make a specialty pharmacy a distribution source for a new liquid chemotherapy drug may benefit breast cancer patients who have trouble swallowing pills.

PHOENIX — A deal that would make a specialty pharmacy a distribution source for an oral-liquid drug may benefit breast cancer patients who have trouble swallowing pills.

Avella Specialty Pharmacy announced Monday a deal with Dara BioSciences that would make a distribution source for Soltamox (tamoxifen citrate) oral solution in the United States. The drug is the only available oral liquid formulation of tamoxifen, previously available in pill form only.

September 21, 2012

The Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy as the fastest-growing private company based in the state, Avella said.

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards has named Avella Specialty Pharmacy as the fastest-growing private company based in the state, Avella said.

Avella, formerly known as The Apothecary Shops, received the award from the Phoenix Business Journal. The ACE Awards recognize private companies based on the growth of their business, innovation, community involvement, dedication to employees and leadership accomplishments. The company changed its name to Avella in July.

July 16, 2012

The Apothecary Shops has a new name, the specialty pharmacy provider said Monday.

PHOENIX — The Apothecary Shops has a new name, the specialty pharmacy provider said Monday.

The Phoenix-based company, which operates specialty pharmacy chain with 18 locations in eight states, said it had changed its name to Avella Specialty Pharmacy and that the name change would take effect at all physical store locations and business operations by Aug. 1.

June 14, 2012

The Apothecary Shops are rebranding to become Avella Specialty Pharmacy, effective in August, the company announced Wednesday.

PHOENIX — The Apothecary Shops are rebranding to become Avella Specialty Pharmacy, effective in August, the company announced Wednesday.

"We are rebranding to establish a single entity that more accurately represents the evolution of our company," stated Keith Cook, president of Avella Specialty/Apothecary Shops. "In doing so, we anticipate it will be easier for customers and partners to communicate with us."