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15th annual NACDS Foundation Dinner raises more than $1.8M

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation celebrated its 15th Annual Foundation Dinner the evening of Dec. 3 in New York City, raising more than $1.8 million to support the Foundation’s research, education and medication adherence initiatives.

Walgreens and Duane Reade were the premier sponsors of the event.

General David H. Petraeus (U.S. army, retired), former director of the CIA and former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, delivered the keynote address, sharing with attendees his experiences in leading major military and intelligence operations over nearly four decades. The NACDS Foundation Dinner also included recognition of outstanding contributions in advancing public health by Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, acting U.S. deputy surgeon general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Alison Farrell of Ahold, Jim Sheninger of CVS; Paige Berger of ScriptSave and Dave Halter of MedImpact.

 

In accepting the 2014 NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award, Giberson, who is a pharmacist, was recognized for his service in a number of leadership capacities within the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness, including director, chief professional officer (pharmacy), chief pharmacist and senior public health advisor.

“It’s evident by Giberson’s commitment to service — both to the nation and patients — that he is fully deserving of this year’s NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award,” said NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “We are honored to recognize his distinguished career in patient care and thank him for his continued service to the nation.”

Concluding an evening of recognition and good will, Jaeger added, “We are deeply grateful for the support and commitment of the NACDS Foundation benefactors. The Foundation’s engagement in research and education would be limited without your support and your active participation. We look forward to continued collaboration as the NACDS Foundation strengthens its mission to benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.”

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Fresh Dab offers natural alternative to bathroom wipes

BY Ryan Chavis

CANTON, Mass. — Bathroom wipes may be a popular alternative to toilet tissue, but they can also leave homeowners with clogged plumbing and put strain on city sewer systems. A new product aims to provide a solution.

Fresh Dab Toilet Paper Gel is a naturally formulated, water-soluble gel that is applied to toilet paper and then used like a wet wipe. Once the paper is flushed, Fresh Dab easily passes through pipes.

Fresh Dab is also gentle enough that parents with young children or babies can use it as an alternative to baby wipes. Outdoor and travel enthusiasts may also find the product a favorable substitute for traditional wet wipes.

Fresh Dab is made in the United States and is available on Amazon.com.



 

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Cardinal Health Foundation awards more than $350,000 in grant funding to combat prescription drug abuse

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Foundation recently awarded more than $350,000 in grant funding to 29 nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to the fight against prescription drug abuse, the organization announced Wednesday.

Grant recipients were selected from key communities where either a high concentration of Cardinal Health employees live and work, and/or where the community is particularly focused on addressing prescription drug misuse/abuse. Recipients have been awarded funding in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

"We understand the critical role community-based education plays in combating this growing public health epidemic, and we believe that local, nonprofit organizations are key in the effort to prevent prescription drug abuse," stated Betsy Walker, community relations manager for Cardinal Health. 

This is the fourth year that the Cardinal Health Foundation has offered this funding through its Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Prevention Grant Program. All 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply, but priority consideration is given to programs that are specifically focused on increasing awareness of the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription medications and to those that educate communities about the proper use and disposal of prescription drugs.

 

 

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