, Gloucester, MA

December 10, 2012

Business briefcase

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Times promotes circulation managers

The Gloucester Daily Times has promoted two people from within its circulation department.

Gloucester resident Christine Madruga is now the Times’ home delivery manager, publisher Mark Zappala announced. Filling her former role as district manager is Derek Pelletier, who was a temporary employee.

Madruga, the mother of two, has worked for the company for 16 years. She has an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Madruga is secretary for the Gloucester High School Junior ROTC Boosters, and is involved with Pathways for Children in Cape Ann as chairperson of its Policy Council, and a parent on its Board of Directors.

Former delivery manager Joe Wilson left the Times for a position at The Apple Store at the Northshore Mall in Peabody.

Del Torchio joins J Barrett & Co.

Darryl Del Torchio, a full-time realtor, has joined J Barrett & Company in the Beverly Farms office.

A successful realtor for more than seven years, Del Torchio has an extensive background in sales and customer service that includes running Del Torchio Computers, which sold to Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. She was also at the Boston Company as an investment assistant for trust funds investments. The Gloucester native began her professional life servicing mobile homes sales in Florida after graduating from college.

“Every business skill you’ve ever acquired is put to use in sales whether it’s explaining legal jargon, helping buyers/sellers navigate through the sales/purchase process or simply being there to let clients vent — it’s always exciting,” said Del Torchio in a statement.

“As a company we are fortunate that Darryl is now on our team,” said Jon B. Gray, president, in a statement. “She has an impressive real estate background plus an intimate knowledge of the North Shore. Her expertise and experience are invaluable assets for our company and for clients who have the opportunity to work with her.”

Del Torchio is resident of Wenham.

NeedyMeds offers tool to save on medications

Gloucester-based NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit organization that provides information to consumers on programs that help with the cost of medications and health care, is announcing a new system to track cost-saving patient assistance programs for pharmaceuticals.

Patient Assistance Program Update Service, or PAPUS, provides daily and weekly email updates of all the pharmaceutical patient assistance programs (PAPs).

“These programs and offers are constantly changing. Most days our staff of researchers make anywhere from 10 to 50 changes in the PAP information,” said Dr. Richard J. Sagall, president of NeedyMeds, in a statement. “With PAPUS, anyone who works with these programs will learn about these changes quickly.”

PAPs are programs offered by many pharmaceutical manufacturers. They supply medications at no or low cost to individuals who can’t afford to purchase the medicines. The applicants have to meet certain requirements to qualify for these programs. Annually, PAPs provide billions of dollars worth of medication savings to consumers.

Signing-up for PAPUS is easy. The link is on the NeedyMeds homepage; visit

PAPUS is just one of many free services offered by NeedyMeds. Others include data on programs that help people based on their diagnosis, a listing of more than 10,000 free/low-cost/sliding-scale clinics, more than 1,000 medication discount coupons and data on camps and scholarships for children and adults with specific diagnoses.

NeedyMeds also offers a free drug discount card accepted at more than 70,000 pharmacies.

For more information, contact Sagall at 978-281-6666 or

Gas prices drop 5 cents in state

Average retail gasoline prices in Massachusetts have fallen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average, that has fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Massachusetts during the past week, prices Sunday were 20.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 13 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 12.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“The national average has continued to see a steady decline over the last week, and that trend will likely continue through this week at the very least,” said senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Last week, the Energy Information Administration reported one of the largest single week increases in gasoline inventories in my recent memory, which will likely contribute downward pressure to wholesale gasoline prices in the days and perhaps weeks ahead,” DeHaan said.

Prices ranged Monday on Cape Ann from a high of $3.69 per gallon in Manchester to a low $3.55 per gallon at two Gloucester service stations. To find the lowest gasoline prices on Cape Ann, visit

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