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CPhA responds to Attorney General Brown’s characterization of pharmacists as ”drug dealers”

BY Michael Johnsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. In a press release issued Tuesday, the California Pharmacists Association took exception to an inflammatory reference made by Attorney General Jerry Brown that likened behind-the-bench pharmacists to street corner drug dealers, calling for the Attorney General’s office to issue a retraction.

“It is highly inappropriate for the Attorney General to make such a comparison when pharmacists are on the front lines of health care, protecting patients every day,” stated Lynn Rolston, CPhA CEO.  “Pharmacists have been found to have one of the highest levels of public trust. The Attorney General’s attempt to the discredit the profession by publicly disparaging pharmacists is insulting and without merit.”

Brown made the remark March 13, during a press conference regarding arrests made in the investigation of Anna Nicole Smith’s death. “Somebody died here,” Brown said, referring to Smith’s 2007 death of an overdose at the age of 39. “People think those drug dealers on the street corner are the only threat. People in white smocks in pharmacies and with their medical degrees are a growing threat.”

According to a press release issued by the Attorney General’s office last Friday, “the appropriate prescribing and dispensing practices of licensed doctors and pharmacies is under investigation.”

“CPhA is fully supportive of the AG’s goal of tackling illegal prescribing and abuse by patients through the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System,” Rolston said.

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Naturally Vitamins launches dietary supplement for food intolerances

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX Naturally Vitamins last week launched Histame, a dietary supplement formula for consumers who suffer from food intolerance.

The active ingredient in Histame, enzyme diamine oxidase, has been acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration as a new dietary ingredient, the company noted.

It is estimated that up to 25% of the population suffers from food intolerance, an adverse reaction to foods rich in histamine due to a deficiency of the body’s digestive enzyme. Effects can range from common digestive problems including abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, constipation and flatulence, to facial flushing, headaches, nasal congestion, skin rash and itching.

Histamine levels are naturally high in certain foods, including bananas, pizza, tomatoes, chocolate, select cheese, processed and smoked meats, sausages, coffee, wine and beer.

Many food intolerances are confused with food allergies, Naturally Vitamins noted, explaining that a food allergy is an abnormal response to food, triggered by the body’s immune system. In contrast, nonallergenic histamine food intolerance is mostly brought on by foods not processed properly in the intestinal tract.

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Emerson Group EVP promoted to president

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group on Tuesday promoted Rick Wellinger to president, where he will oversee the activities of the sales division of the company, reporting to Scott Emerson, who remains the president of the corporation.

“Our goal is to be able to continue to provide innovation and executional excellence to both our client manufacturers and our trade partners,” Emerson said. “The promotion of these key individuals in our company will help us to continually work toward that goal and to anticipate the many challenges facing the industry and to respond quickly and decisively.”

Wellinger, formerly Emerson EVP, will also continue with his sales responsibilities managing the Walgreens business.

Ed Morgan, who was recently made a Partner, has been promoted to VP customer relations. Morgan will lead Emerson Group activities in relationship building with clients and trade partners. Additionally he will continue to co-manage the company’s Walmart business.

Patrick Gibbons, a founding partner of the Emerson Group, has been promoted to VP operations for both the Emerson Group and Emerson Healthcare, the company’s logistics and fulfillment division.

Marilynn Martin has been promoted to senior partner, where she will continue to manage the company’s Target business.

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