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Doug Zitnak of Upsher-Smith Laboratories Named Small Brand Manufacturer Representative of the Year By Cardinal Health

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. today announced that Senior National Account Manager, Doug M. Zitnak, received the Cardinal Health Small Brand Manufacturer Representative of the Year Award at the annual Cardinal Business Partners Conference in Columbus, OH on October 18, 2012.  The award was presented by Dianne Pfahl, Vice President Industry and Manufacturer Relations at Cardinal Health. 

Dublin, OH-based Cardinal Health, a $108B health care services company, selected Zitnak as its Small Brand Manufacturer Representative of the Year for his commitment to customer service, for developing innovative programs, and identifying solutions to emerging issues.

"We are honored that Cardinal Health recognized Doug with its prestigious Small Brand Manufacturer Representative of the Year Award," said Tom Burke, COO, Upsher-Smith Laboratories.  "Having previously won the Generic Representative of the Year Award in 2009, this new award further exemplifies Doug's passionate commitment to being a highly trusted partner in the industry with unwavering dedication to superior customer service."

Zitnak recently celebrated his 17th year with Upsher-Smith, and has been Upsher-Smith's Cardinal Health account manager for 15 years.  He began his career as a sales representative, and has experience as an account manager across all customer channels.

Upsher-Smith was also the recipient of Cardinal Health's 2012 Supplier Quality Award (SQA).  Cardinal Health's SQA recognizes its suppliers who consistently meet - and exceed - measurable criteria designed to guarantee customer satisfaction and a sound foundation for business-to-business partnering.

About Upsher-Smith
Upsher-Smith, founded in 1919, is an independent and privately-owned specialty pharmaceutical company headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota that focuses on product growth and innovation for branded, branded-generic and generic pharmaceuticals. Upsher-Smith has a particular focus on providing therapies to assist people suffering from central nervous system diseases (including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease) and also markets products relating to cardiology, dermatology and women's health.  In addition to products currently marketed, Upsher-Smith has an emerging neurology pipeline with three products in clinical development, two of which are in Phase III clinical trials.  For more information, visit

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. is a $108 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

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