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James Lang Joins the NASP Board of Directors
Date:3/21/2013

TAMPA, Fla, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy™ (NASP™) announced today James R. Lang, Vice President of Pharmacy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has joined the NASP Board of Directors.

"I am honored to join the NASP Board of Directors and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues from practice areas within specialty pharmacy to build an ambitious plan that addresses the needs of our industry and ultimately improves patient outcomes," Lang, who is an experience executive with more than 30 years of service in a variety of healthcare settings, said.

Dr. Lang currently serves as the Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a health plan that serves approximately 4.5 million lives and has a drug spend of $5 billion.

Most recently he served as President of Anthem Prescription Management where he grew the company from serving two million members to more than seven million members.  Prior to joining Anthem, Dr. Lang was the President of Healthsource Rx, a subsidiary of Healthsource that provided pharmacy benefit management services for approximately 1.5 million members in 15 states. He also served as the Vice President for Clinical Pharmacy Services for ValueRx, the national pharmacy benefit manager, then owned by Value Health and managed the pharmacy benefit for four HMOs operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

"James brings an important payer perspective to the NASP Board of Directors," Gary M. Cohen , RPh, NASP Founder and CEO, said.  "His extensive pharmacy and healthcare experience will help shape our future direction and open up opportunities for collaboration within the industry."

Dr. Lang earned his Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Michigan.  He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.  He has authored numerous publications in national health care journals and presented at hundreds of invited speaking engagements.  In 2012, the University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy, gave him the Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

NASP, founded in 2012, represents specialty pharmacy professionals in all practice settings and highlights the unique value its members bring to patients and the healthcare system by focusing on building collaboration among all industry associations to improve patient outcomes.  Specialty pharmacy is the fastest growing segment in the industry today and NASP provides valuable benefits to members by creating a strong, unified voice for all stakeholders. Through the Specialty Pharmacy Education Center (SPEC), NASP will the most comprehensive online source of education specific to specialty pharmacy.  SPEC will also provide education needed to earn and maintain professional certification through the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (www.spcboard.org).

Source: National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (www.nasprx.org)

Media Contact: Gary Cohen, gcohen@nasprx.org

Media Contact:

Gary Cohen National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, 813-926-5000, gcohen@nasprx.org

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