AMG Medical honors veterans with annual national program
ALPHARETTA, Ga. Sam’s Club locations on Wednesday kicked off “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans,” a national program that will provide 36,000 Hugo folding canes free of charge to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance.
“All of us at AMG Medical want to express our deepest appreciation to all of the members of our military. Thank you for your service,” stated Philip delBuey, global president of AMG Medical. “Our company’s mission is all about helping people stay active and connected to family, friends and the community, and we hope that many veterans will participate in Hugo Salutes.”
Hugo Salutes Our Veterans has significantly grown from its 2007 launch by AMG Medical. AMG Medical gave away 5,000 canes that year to honor the parents and relatives of its employees who served in the U.S. military. In 2009, Hugo Salutes gave out 25,000 canes on Veterans Day.
This year, with the backing of Sam’s Club, Schiff, First Quality, Member’s Mark, U.S. Nutrition, Fixodent, Poise, Joint Juice, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and AMG Medical, Hugo Salutes Our Veterans will be greatly expanded to give out 36,000 canes over three days — Veterans Day and the days before and after.
The Hugo folding cane that will be given out retails for $29.99. It is a “patriotic blue" with an ergonomic comfort-grip handle, appropriate for both left- and right-handed users. Sturdy, functional and stylish, it has multiple height settings to comfortably meet the needs of most people. The Hugo folding cane easily unfolds, locks into position for use and also includes a handle safety strap for extra confidence. To store, the cane conveniently folds into four sections.
Report: Cessation programs fall by the wayside
NEW YORK According to a recently published Dow Jones report, state-funded tobacco-prevention programs quickly are becoming the latest casualty of constricting state budgets, prompting concern among public health groups around the nation’s progress toward getting adult smokers to quit.
The number of adults who smoke has remained relatively steady since 2004 — 20.6% of the population were smokers in 2009.
According to the report, the $517 million allocated by states for tobacco prevention and cessation in fiscal-year 2011 is down 9.2% from $569 million a year earlier and 28% less than states spent in 2008.
“There’s a risk of a setback," said CDC director Thomas Frieden, according to Dow Jones. "The data are very clear. The more we invest in tobacco control, the fewer people smoke, and that prevents illness, disability, deaths and healthcare costs."
AMCC, Walgreens drive awareness around expired medicines in the home
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens on Wednesday released a survey that found 2-in-5 American households have at least one bottle of expired over-the-counter medicine in their medicine cabinets. In addition, when consumers dispose of medication, more than 60% of those surveyed said they disposed of medications in the household garbage.
The most common OTC medications that shoppers had on hand include pain relievers, cough-cold treatments and allergy relief.
Walgreens’ research is timely, especially considering the amount of awareness presently being raised around those medicine cabinets and proper medicine disposal. This Saturday, Nov. 13, the American Medicine Chest Challenge — a public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse — will be held in thousands of communities. And while AMCC’s primary focus is the prevention of teenage abuse of those medicines found in mom and dad’s medicine cabinet, the challenge still will prompt many of those parents to poke around, and thereby discover those expired medicines.
The initiative is asking parents to take a five-step challenge — take stock of those medicines in the home; secure the medicine chest; take medicine only as prescribed or according to the drug facts label; dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medicine; and talk to their children around the dangers of medicine. Partnering with AMCC around the initiative are the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Partnership at DrugFree.org and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
In September, Walgreens launched the first ongoing, nationwide Safe Medication Disposal Program, a safe and environmentally responsible alternative way to dispose of unused or expired medications. For $2.99, customers can purchase a specially designed envelope available at any Walgreens pharmacy counter that allows them to place, seal and mail prescription or over-the-counter medications they no longer use for safe, eco-friendly disposal. Outside of the recent Walgreens solution, information on where to dispose of medicines can be found on AmericanMedicineChest.com.
The Walgreens survey also found that 55% of consumers suggested they knowingly would use those expired drugs, especially if the expiration date was within a few months passed. And though most parents more frequently tend to check expiration dates, more than one-third said they have given their children medication that had expired in the previous six months.
“With cough-cold and flu season now well under way, consumers should check for medications on hand, note expiration dates and replace commonly used medications as needed to make sure they’re prepared to immediately meet their family’s needs in the event of an illness,” stated Walgreens chief medical officer Cheryl Pegus. “Coming down with an illness and not having an OTC pain reliever or cough-cold medication readily available only makes the situation worse,” Pegus said. “To ensure that you have safe medications at home, you should check your medicines for expiration dates with each change of season.”