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CDC webcast highlights pharmacy’s impact on improving patient health

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted the importance of incorporating pharmacists into team-based care to improve patient health outcomes — a move applauded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores — during its Public Health Grand Rounds webcast on Tuesday.

“We appreciate the CDC highlighting pharmacy’s continued and expanding role in the healthcare delivery system during the Grand Rounds webcast,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.  “As healthcare professionals, pharmacists serve an important role as part of a patient’s healthcare team, especially those with chronic conditions who look to their pharmacists not only for the dispensing of their much-needed medications, but also how to take those medications correctly.”

The CDC’s pharmacy-focused public health forum, “How pharmacists can improve our nation’s health,” highlighted the expanded role of pharmacists in the healthcare delivery system. The CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues.

During Tuesday’s Grand Rounds forum, pharmacists in the public health sector, academia and pharmacy organizations provided presentations that demonstrated the role of pharmacists in helping to improve health outcomes, including pharmacists’ role in collaborative and team-based care models and how pharmacists help improve medication adherence for patients with chronic diseases.

“Pharmacists are widely trusted and extremely valued by patients, making them uniquely positioned to provide patient care services amid the changing landscape of health care,” Anderson added.

Each CDC Grand Rounds session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how the CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discussing the recommendations for future research and practice.

 

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Insight vet joins Emerson Group

BY Ryan Chavis

WAYNE, Penn. — The Emerson Group, a consumer products equity organization, announced the addition of Stephanie Gregg to the company. Gregg joins Emerson from Insight Pharmaceuticals, where she served as director of sales for mass and dollar channels for nine years. 
 
Most recently at Insight, she worked with Emerson Group’s Walmart, Target and Dollar teams providing strategic direction, developing and implementing joint business plans, and directing an internal cross-functional team, while providing analytical support to deliver business results, Emerson said. 
 
Gregg will work to elevate Emerson's replenishment capabilities and own the Walmart process with EHC, EG and its clients. Additionally, she will lead Walmart.com development and support Walmart customer marketing. 
 
Gregg has a B.S. in marketing from Missouri State University.
 
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Mission Pharmacal offers OTC pre-natal supplement CitraNatal basic

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — To make high-quality nutritional supplements available to more women before their pregnancies, Mission Pharmacal on Wednesday introduced CitraNatal basic, an over-the-counter prenatal vitamin designed to provide prepregnancy nutritional support. 
 
CitraNatal basic is available exclusively at amazon.com.
 
“The special CitraNatal basic formulation provides the full spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, iron, calcium and DSM’s life’sDHA to help fill dietary gaps in nutrition and give babies a healthy start,” said Nancy Price, senior product manager, CitraNatal, Mission Pharmacal. “As is the case with Mission’s complete line of prescription CitraNatal vitamins, CitraNatal basic uses pure, best-quality ingredients and is designed with a woman’s nutritional support and convenience in mind."
 
 
CitraNatal basic minimizes the gas and discomfort associated with some supplements containing alternate calcium sources (e.g., calcium carbonate) and provides ample folic acid and other important nutrients in just one easy-to-swallow tablet and one soft gel per day, the company stated. 
 
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