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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Employees meet with emergency responders

  • Managers and employees at Hospira’s McPherson site met with local emergency responders Tuesday to strengthen the relationship between the pharmaceutical company and those that use its products in emergencies.
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  • Managers and employees at Hospira’s McPherson site  met with local emergency responders Tuesday to strengthen the relationship between the pharmaceutical company and those that use its products in emergencies.
    Hospira makes medical supplies, such as IV tubes and medication.
    This event was Hospira’s fourth annual Science and Technology Day and gave Hospira employees a chance to meet with local firefighters and emergency responders and learn about what they do for each other.
    “It helps connect our employees with the patients and end users of our products,” said Jim Searles, director of pharmaceutical development at Hospira. “That helps us improve our products.”
    Searles said talking to the people who administer their products helps Hospira make those products more user-friendly.
    The event is put on by Hospira’s research and development department. Attendees were able to hear from representatives of Hospira, McPherson EMS and Eagle Med.
    Hospira staff were able to get a close-up look at emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, police cars and life flight helicopters. They also were able to handle and try on some of the equipment, such as firefighter gear.
    Emergency responders were able to tour Hospira’s McPherson site to learn about how medications are made.
    “That dialogue builds a mutual appreciation for what they do for us and what we can do for them,” said Andrew Knudten, the site head.
    Knudten said the theme of this year’s event was to emphasize what Hospira staff do every day to improve patient wellness.
    Bob Williford, quality director, said Hospira also works with the Food and Drug Administration to address any drug shortages that might occur.
    “We make sure we’re making the drugs people need,” Williford said.
    Williford also said the government shutdown hasn’t had an effect on its partnership with the FDA.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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