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CRN adds five companies to its roster

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday announced that five new companies have joined its membership roster. 
 
The five companies include voting members Balchem, Solix BioSystems, and Suan Farma; and associate members NutriMarketing and Vanguard Global Associates. 
 
“Our goal is to seek out companies that are committed to the long-term, sustainable and responsible growth of the industry, and we’re proud to have these new companies with us," stated Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO. "We’ve been very successful in serving our membership, and our efforts will continue to be strengthened as we continue to bring in strong companies.”
 
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Lake Consumer Products to launch vH essentials PMS Relief Formula

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSON, Wis. — Lake Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Pharmacal Co., on Thursday acquired the exclusive North American rights to an over-the-counter product that addresses many of the key symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. Lake Consumer Products acquired the license from Back Bay Scientific.
 
Lake Consumer Products plans to launch the product, previously known as PMS Escape, under the trade name vH essentials PMS Relief Formula.
 
"Lake Consumer Products is excited about bringing this proven technology to market," said Jody Currie, director of innovation and business development at Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. "We believe this formula has the potential to positively impact the health and wellbeing of millions of women."
 
The PMS Relief Formula that will be marketed under the vH essentials brand consists of complex carbohydrates that work naturally with the body to increase, indirectly, the synthesis and activity of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Reduced levels of brain serotonin have been linked with PMS-associated mood disturbances, such as anxiety, anger, poor impulse control, an inability to concentrate and appetite changes.
 
In two clinical trials, the product improved typical PMS symptoms, such as anger, tension and confusion, for about three hours after consumption of the product. In addition, self-reported cravings for sweet and starchy foods also were significantly diminished, the company stated. 
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PQA launches a new quality measurement initiative aimed at improving adult immunizations data capture

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance has developed and launched a new quality measurement initiative, aimed at narrowing gaps in measurement and reporting for adult immunizations. The PQA Adult Immunization Task Force will convene regularly over the next 12- to 18-month period. 
 
The task force recently assembled in Arlington, Va., on June 17 for its initial in-person meeting. The meeting received wide participation and consisted of a broad group of stakeholders, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Immunization Action Coalition, American Immunization Registry Association, national and state pharmacy associations, national pharmacy chains, independent pharmacists, academia, health plans and technology companies.
 
"As long as gaps in pharmacy-based immunization measurement and reporting remain, the ability of population health professionals to meet population prevention and wellness goals will continue to be called into question," said PQA executive director Laura Cranston. "The organization of this task force presents a significant opportunity to address these gaps and offer solutions for overcoming current barriers."
 
Two co-chairs are leading this effort — Mitchel Rothholz, chief strategy officer at the American Pharmacists Association, and Jeff Goad, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy. PQA's director of Quality Strategies, Sam Stolpe, is the staff liaison for the task force.
 
At the recent meeting, the task force worked together to identify and address a variety of challenges within existing and proposed immunization reporting standards. The discussion focused on developing best practice recommendations and identifying measure concept work areas that will be implementable within the pharmacy practice setting, and that are translatable to other healthcare settings. The group formulated several recommendations for methods that will allow for better data capture through utilization of registries and standardization of documentation. Key work areas identified by the task force were prioritized, and will be the topic of the task force's ongoing telephonic efforts moving forward.
 
The task force has emphasized the need to align with priority areas addressed through other national-level organizations, such as the National Quality Forum Adult Immunization Committee, ACIP guidelines and NVAC standards.
 
The task force will next convene in person at a meeting to be held in the first quarter of next year. The measures concepts developed by the task force will follow the normal PQA measure development process, with a PQA member endorsement vote to be conducted in the fall of 2015.
 
 
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