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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Hires Rinku A. Patel, PharmD as Director of Pharmacy Development and Operations
Date:11/3/2008

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy today announced that Dr. Rinku A. Patel has joined the company's executive management team. Dr. Patel will serve as Director of Pharmacy Development and Operations. She will be responsible for the management and development of Diplomat's Chicago location and will closely collaborate with the executive team to develop and implement specialty pharmacy programs. Dr. Patel will directly report to Jeff Rowe, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Diplomat.

"Rinku brings extensive expertise in several key growth areas for Diplomat including RSV, Hemophilia, and Pharmacy technology," said Phil Hagerman, President and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy. "Her experience in these core Specialty Pharmacy areas will support our continued national expansion and industry leading platform."

"I am thrilled to be part of Diplomat. They are the largest independently owned specialty pharmacy in the country and value patient care above everything else," said Dr. Patel. "I am looking forward to providing innovative and comprehensive specialty pharmacy solutions to address the needs of our Patients, Payors, Providers and Pharma partners."

Dr. Patel is a registered pharmacist with over 10 years of operational and strategic development experience in the areas of Specialty, Home Infusion, and Pharmacy Technology. Prior to joining Diplomat she was the Director of Procurement & Pharma Relations at OptionCare; and at Caremark, Dr. Patel was the Manager of Contracts and Trade Relations and served as an IT Pharmacist. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the Bachelors in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy programs at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.

About Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is the nation's largest independently held Specialty Pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. Key programs include: Oncology, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's and Psoriasis. Other specialty areas include Transplant, Fertility, Dialysis Medication Management, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Specialty Compounding. The company also specializes in Disease Management programs for Chronic Kidney Disease patients, as well as Home and Out-Patient Infusion. With locations in Flint, Swartz Creek and Grand Rapids, MI; Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Diplomat services the specialty pharmacy needs of patients and physicians nationwide.

For more information contact:

Kathy Karns

kkarns@diplomatpharmacy.com

810-720-4452


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