PhRMA sees mass exodus as Merritt leaves top PR post

WASHINGTON: Mark Merritt, head of communications for PhRMA, has quit the trade association after just five months on the job to become president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

WASHINGTON: Mark Merritt, head of communications for PhRMA, has quit the trade association after just five months on the job to become president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA).

Merritt's resignation is part of an exodus of senior PhRMA communications execs, including Michael Tuffin, John Murray, Dan McLagan, and Tom Bunnell, according to senior director of public affairs, Mark Grayson. Now, five of PhRMA's 14 communications slots are open.

At the PCMA, Merritt takes over for former president LaVarne Burton, who moves into the new role of EVP and COO. The change in leadership "reflects the growth of our organization as our issues become more visible," reported Burton.

Grayson is the most senior remaining member of PhRMA's communications team, but there has been no indication that he will be taking over Merritt's former post. Grayson confirmed that an active search is currently underway to replace all five departed staffers.

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