FLINT, Mich. – March 3, 2016 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy expands its technician training program after receiving approval by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy.

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it has been approved by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy to facilitate an employer-based pharmacy technician training program with examinations on-site.

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This training program is exclusively for Diplomat employees. Although Diplomat has had a pharmacy technician training program in place since 2011, this board-approved program further strengthens Diplomat’s commitment to supporting employees with achieving higher levels of education. Employees who successfully complete the employer-based pharmacy technician program and examination may be considered for state licensure.

Pharmacy technician licensure is a requirement for individuals in Michigan interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy, specifically for those who perform certain functions to support a licensed pharmacist. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for employing pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 9 percent nationally through 2024.

“The need for licensed pharmacy technicians is growing tremendously in Michigan,” said Stephanie LaPointe, Pharm.D., manager of education and training at Diplomat. “Having a program at Diplomat that focuses on specialty pharmacy helps to ensure that the individuals serving in technician roles are appropriately supporting the specialty patient experience. Through this training program, Diplomat will continue to support its pharmacy staff professionally and provide the best customer care to our patients by becoming experts in their field.”

 

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About Diplomat

Diplomat (NYSE: DPLO) serves patients and physicians in all 50 states. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, the company focuses on medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, specialized infusion therapy and many other serious or long-term conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: “Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place.” Today, that tradition continues—always focused on improving patient care and clinical adherence. For more information visit www.diplomat.is. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and like us on Facebook.

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Kali Lucas, Public Relations Coordinator
810.768.9580 | press@diplomat.is

Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP,
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services,
Education, and Human Resources
810.768.9863 | grice@diplomat.is

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