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AARP raises awareness around national caregiver campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — November is National Family Caregivers Month and AARP is launching a national campaign to bring awareness to the role that family caregivers play in the lives of their loved ones. AARP's Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers contest will begin on Oct. 15 with the goal of encouraging people to recognize and reward caregivers — many of whom spend 18 hours per week providing care like bathing, dressing, preparing meals, administering medications, driving to doctor visits or paying bills — in small but meaningful ways.
 
"Caregiving may be one of the greatest expressions of love and it's woven into the lives of one in six adults," stated Amy Goyer, AARP family and caregiving expert and author of the new book "Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving." "A staggering 40 million family caregivers provide support for loved ones and, as a caregiver myself, I know that the smallest acts of kindness – like holding a door for someone pushing a wheelchair, surprising them with flowers or even taking a caregiver's dog for a walk – can be memorable moments in the life of a caregiver."
 
More than half of caregivers say they feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their family member needs. Through the Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers contest, AARP hopes that by encouraging people to show family caregivers small signs of support, it might encourage overwhelmed caregivers, free them up to have more time with loved ones they care for, or even give them personal time to relax and rejuvenate. Those sharing simple acts of kindness are encouraged to submit stories and a photo of their random acts to the contest website found at www.aarp.org/caregiverkindness. In March, AARP will select 12 winners who have made a meaningful difference in the lives of family caregivers. The winners will share a $10,000 prize.
 
The October issue of AARP The Magazine is taking readers inside the hearts and homes of caregivers across the country. Through pictures, videos and stories, readers will learn about ordinary people caring for spouses, friends, children and parents. Some of the families featured live with the people they care for and one caregiver has to board a plane frequently to care for her mom.
 
Overall, the face of caregiving is changing.  While most caregivers are women, 40% of caregivers are men. As many as 1 in 4 caregivers is a millennial and 60% of caregivers provide care for an adult while working outside of the home, requiring them to balance caregiving and work responsibilities.  
 
To help caregivers like the ones featured in AARP The Magazine, AARP is hosting a Virtual Family Caregiving Fair that will take place on Nov. 19. From the comfort of a home or office, a caregiver can register and join the free fair online at aarp.org/familycarefair. During the virtual fair, a caregiver can tour the exhibit hall with more than 15 booths showcasing various caregiving resources and programs, enter a "mix and mingle" lounge to connect with experts and other caregivers through online chats, visit a virtual auditorium to view scheduled and on-demand presentations and videos, and explore a library with additional resources for caregivers.
 
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NCPA honors Upsher-Smith Laboratories

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories was honored Sunday with the National Community Pharmacists Association 2015 Corporate Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding support and work on behalf of independent community pharmacies. 
 
Upsher-Smith was represented by Mike McBride, VP partner relations and JoAnn Gaio, senior account manager. 
 
“We are pleased to honor Upsher-Smith Laboratories with the NCPA 2015 Corporate Recognition Award,” stated John Sherrer, NCPA president. “This innovative company has focused on offering a variety of quality products that help independent community pharmacies and their patients reach their goals. NCPA is proud of its long-lasting relationship with Upsher-Smith Laboratories, and look forward to continuing to work together for years to come.”
 
“Upsher-Smith values the critical role that pharmacists play in improving patient health,” said Rusty Field, president of Upsher-Smith. “The founder of our company was a pharmacist, and the principles of pharmacy play an important role in our company’s mission and culture. We are especially honored to accept this award and to be recognized as strong corporate supporters of independent community pharmacy practices across the nation.” 
 
Upsher-Smith Laboratories has always supported NCPA’s educational programming at the Annual Convention and the Multiple Locations Conference, NCPA noted. It is also a sponsor of one of NCPA’s most prestigious awards – the NCPA Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year. 
 
Beyond its support for NCPA, Upsher Smith Laboratories has been an initiator of pro-independent community pharmacy initiatives, including the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s Front End Forum – which is done in cooperation with NCPA and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association – and research projects with Hamacher Resource Group. The collaboration with Hamacher has resulted in a three-volume series of eBooks designed to help independent community pharmacies, with the newest one titled "Promotional Event Planning: Made Easy."
 
 
 

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Hi-Tech beefs up sports nutrition with iForce acquisition

BY Michael Johnsen

NORCROSS, Ga. – Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals continues to grow its sports nutrition base with the acquisition of iForce Nutrition, the company announced Friday.
 
"The combination of these two great companies accelerates Hi-Tech's sports nutrition growth strategy, substantially boosts our sports nutrition portfolio and diversifies our business stream," stated Jared Wheat, Hi-Tech chairman, president and CEO. "We believe this strategic transaction will enhance our industry-leading sports nutrition position by expanding market opportunities. iForce brings strong relationships to enhance our position with sports nutrition distributors, and a highly experienced management team to support Hi-Tech's continued growth." 
 
Hi-Tech expects this merger to widen its customer base in the sports nutrition field and strengthen its bodybuilding presence. 
 
"Together, our combined company will have an even larger product portfolio, broader geographic reach, and enhanced scale," Wheat said.  
 
Hi-Tech's desire to acquire iForce is part of Hi-Tech's strategy to capitalize on its recently increased manufacturing capacity. Recently, Hi-Tech completed its 40,000 state-of- the-art facility in Suwanee, Ga. and added 42,000 square feet to its warehousing capacity to bring the total square footage in Georgia to 190,000 bringing Hi-Tech to a total of 390,000 square feet.
 
Hi-Tech's recent acquisition of Nittany Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer of OTC and prescription drugs, energy shots and premium shelf stable beverages made with hot fill and aseptic technology allowed Hi-Tech to enter the liquid manufacturing business. This also allows Hi-Tech to diversify into OTC and prescription drugs in the future. The RTD business and shot business will enhance Hi-Techs' capabilities in the rapidly growing area of nutritional beverages and energy shots. 
 
"The acquisition of Nittany Pharmaceuticals expanded our ability grow the Hi-Tech and iForce brands with the addition of liquid products, and to serve our private label customers with end to end solutions, from concept to formulation to end product manufacture of beverages," said Steve Smith, SVP Hi-Tech. "With this new capability, along with our extensive portfolio of nutritional products, manufacturing expertise and reputation, we are well positioned to help our customers grow and expand their business. The combination of Hi-Tech and iForce also provides a powerful opportunity to transform our industry with the new Heamavo2 Xtreme RTD."
 
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