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Wedgewood Pharmacy Completes Acquisition of Wildlife Pharmaceuticals

Swedesboro-based Wedgewood Pharmacy has completed the acquisition of Wildlife Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Windsor, CO, and its wholly-owned pharmacy subsidiary, ZooPharm, Laramie, WY. The companies serve veterinarians and patients in the wildlife and zoo markets. ZooPharm is a veterinary compounding pharmacy that provides veterinary-anesthesia and pain-management medications to care for non-domestic species, resident wildlife, captive exotic breeds, and companion animals.

The company has promoted George Carballo, currently Wedgewood Pharmacy’s regional sales manager for the Eastern U.S., to the position of general manager of Wildlife Pharmaceuticals. In his new role, Carballo will lead the Wildlife Pharmaceuticals and ZooPharm business including developing the team, coordinating resources with Wedgewood Pharmacy, increasing revenue, building and expanding customer relationships, and spurring research and new product development. He will report to Marcy Bliss, CEO of Wedgewood.

Carballo joined Wedgewood Pharmacy in October 2018 as the regional sales manager for the Eastern Region. Prior to joining Wedgewood Pharmacy, he spent 16 years at Henry Schein Animal Health as a territory manager and then regional manager. His first experience in the animal-health arena was with Fort Dodge Animal Health where he was a territory manager. He began his career in account management and sales in the health insurance industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Rutgers University.

Carballo said, “Zoos, aquariums, conservation facilities, wildlife management organizations, and private ranches need specialized medications for some of the most beautiful and endangered creatures on our planet. Wildlife animals have medication options because we have the formulation expertise to assist zoological veterinarians when these animals become ill, develop debilitating ailments, or need to be studied or managed. Through collaborative efforts, we will continue Wildlife Pharmaceuticals’ honored tradition of formulating unique compounded medications to treat a variety of species.”

Marcy A. Bliss, CEO of Wedgewood Pharmacy said: “We are honored to extend the legacy of Dr. Bill Lance and David Smith, whose career quests have been to increase the care and survival of wildlife and zoo species by developing innovative, life-saving medications. We are strongly committed to maintaining and extending the truly remarkable customer service experience and innovation that are the companies’ hallmarks.”

Among ZooPharm’s products are the BAM™ Kit, which includes a patented combination of Butorphanol tartrate, Azaperone tartrate, and Medetomidine hydrochloride that is used to immobilize a broad range of species, along with a reversal agent; a patented, slow release buprenorphine prescribed primarily to companion animals for post-operative recovery; and sustained-release analgesics and anesthetics used to manage pain. The company is licensed in 49 states.

Wedgewood Pharmacy intends to maintain the ZooPharm brand, while making Wedgewood Pharmacy’s extensive animal-health formulary available to ZooPharm’s client base. ZooPharm’s specialized products also will be offered to Wedgewood Pharmacy’s veterinary customers.

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