APhA urges Americans to talk to pharmacists about diabetes
WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association is marking American Pharmacists Month by pushing people to work with their pharmacists to combat and control diabetes.
The APhA is promoting services that pharmacists can provide, such as medication therapy management, counseling on physical activity and nutrition, blood-glucose monitoring and guidance on healthy behavior and health maintenance.
Nearly 26 million people, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, an estimated 79 million people ages 20 years and older have prediabetes.
FDA to review Merck, Ariad drug for bone, soft-tissue sarcomas
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application from Merck and Ariad Pharmaceuticals for a new drug to treat soft-tissue and bone cancers, the drug makers said Wednesday.
The FDA is expected to complete its review of ridaforolimus for soft-tissue and bone sarcomas in patients who have shown a favorable response to chemotherapy by second quarter 2012.
Sarcomas are cancers of the body’s connective tissues, and treatment options remain limited, the companies said.
NACDS’ Edith Rosato to join Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy as CEO
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, a national professional association of pharmacists and healthcare practitioners, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Edith Rosato as CEO.
Rosato will take over from long-time CEO Judith Cahill, who announced her plans to retire earlier this year.
In her new role as CEO, Rosato will be responsible for all program, financial and operational aspects of the academy, including a $10 million budget and staff of nearly 40. She will start her position in November.
Rosato brings nearly 30 years of pharmacy and nonprofit management experience to AMCP. For the past 11 years, she has held leadership positions at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, a national trade association representing more than 1,000 member companies in an $800 billion industry. Most recently, she served as president of the NACDS Foundation and as SVP pharmacy affairs. During her tenure at NACDS, she also served as SVP strategic alliances and development, executive director, leadership council and VP pharmacy affairs. Prior to her time at the NACDS, Rosato was director of customer development, healthcare systems and national accounts manager for Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, as well as corporate pharmaceutical buyer for CVS, which is now CVS Caremark.
Rosato has served on the boards of eight separate nationally recognized organizations, including the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. She received an executive healthcare leadership certification from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, as well as her Institute for Organizational Management certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Rosato also holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy and is a registered pharmacist in the states of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
"We all want to express our sincerest appreciation to Edith for her 11 years of service at NACDS," Steve Anderson, president and CEO of NACDS, wrote in an internal memorandum obtained by Drug Store News. "She is a true pharmacy professional and advocate who has consistently demonstrated tremendous leadership to advance pharmacy and broadly communicate pharmacy’s value to the American people."
According to the memorandum, Rosato will continue in her roles as NACDS’ SVP pharmacy affairs and the NACDS Foundation president until Nov. 4 to ensure a smooth transition.