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Congressional remarks on NACDS RxIMPACT Day released

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON In the wake of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ first inaugural RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., inserted the following statement into the Congressional Record, the Washington publication covering official Congressional proceedings of the day.

“I rise today to acknowledge the first RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill,” Rep. Rodgers said. “Advocates from nearly 30 states traveled to Washington, D.C., to talk about the contribution they make in providing quality health care in over 50,000 community pharmacies operating nationwide. These advocates are participating in this event to urge members of Congress to recognize the value of pharmacies and make these ‘most accessible’ experts full participants in any innovative healthcare delivery system and coordinated care model that is included in healthcare reform legislation.”

Rep. Rodgers’ comments are a strong indication that RxIMPACT Day left an impact on Washington lawmakers. “Pharmacists are the frontline of delivering quality, affordable health care,” Rep. Rodgers added. “Ninety-five percent of all Americans live within 5 miles of a retail or community pharmacy. It becomes a place where community members can ask questions, receive medications from pharmacists they know and trust, purchase prescription drugs at lower prices and receive personal and knowledgeable service.”

More than 150 pharmacy advocates from more than 30 states, armed with personal stories about the critical role pharmacy plays in improving patient care and keeping healthcare costs down, conducted meetings with key lawmakers as part of the RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill.

In response to the event, Drug Store News created a compilation of 10 stories from the print publication meant to profile what retail pharmacy is doing to lead healthcare reform, underwritten by PDX and Rx.com and titled “Community Pharmacy & Public Health: Profiles in Reform,” for members of the House and Senate. Drug Store News presented the guide for the first time at a special breakfast reception Wednesday, June 17, to kickoff RxIMPACT Day.

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Covidien enters a license, development collaboration with Nuvo Research

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A healthcare products company hopes to expand its entry into the branded painkiller market through a new deal with a Canadian drug development company.

Covidien announced that it had entered a license and development collaboration with Mississauga, Ontario-based Nuvo Research, which develops transdermal and topical drugs. The collaboration includes a topical painkiller that combines the nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac sodium with the transdermal carrier dimethyl sulfoxide.

Covidien said that Nuvo would receive an upfront payment – which Covidien would expense in its fiscal third quarter – development and sales milestone payments and royalties.

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APhA ‘stands ready’ for reformed healthcare system

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WASHINGTON An organization representing the country’s pharmacists heralded comments by President Barack Obama before the American Medical Association Monday that mentioned members of the profession as playing a role in healthcare reform.

Pharmacists “stand ready” to be part of a reformed healthcare system, the American Pharmacists Association said in response.

The APhA said that evidence increasingly indicates pharmacists help keep healthcare costs in check through such services as medication therapy management, which includes educating patients on how to take prescription drugs properly and safely, and health screenings and immunizations.

“We need to build on the examples of outstanding medicine at places like the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where the quality of care for cystic fibrosis patients shot up after the hospital began incorporating suggestions from parents,” Obama said in his remarks before the AMA’s annual conference in Chicago. “And places like Tallahassee Memorial Health Care, where deaths were dramatically reduced with rapid response teams that monitored patients’ conditions and ‘multidisciplinary rounds’ with everyone from physicians to pharmacists.”

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