PHARMACY

CVS/pharmacy brings To Your Health tour to D.C. area

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON CVS/pharmacy is bringing its To Your Health community wellness program to the Washington, D.C., area beginning June 12 and running through early September.

About 100 events are planned at various CVS/pharmacy retail locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The health programs, also taking place this year in Atlanta and Philadelphia, offer free health risk assessments and screenings to help improve access to preventative care to residents in urban and African-American communities. The free health risk assessments and screenings are valued at $150.

On June 12, Ian Smith, a doctor, author and diet expert, will appear at one of the first To Your Health events in the D.C. area. He will be present to offer his expertise and inspire participants to take control of their health.

The events provide diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and osteoporosis screenings, and also examine patients for oral care and provide referrals for mammograms and pap smears. In addition, physicians are on hand to help patients interpret results and provide counsel on next steps. In particular, CVS/pharmacy hopes to address critical health issues among African-Americans, who often have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. According to the American Diabetes Association, the rate of diabetes among African-Americans is 11.8%, compared with 6.6% of non-Hispanic whites.

In 2009, more than 195,000 people were screened at similar free CVS/pharmacy health events for the Hispanic community across the country, and serious health concerns were detected in an alarmingly high percentage of participants. Of the individuals screened:

  • 33% had high cholesterol;
  • 36% had a high-to-moderate risk of developing osteoporosis;
  • 28% had hypertension; and
  • 22% had diabetes, with more than half being diagnosed with diabetes for the first time.

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NACDS conference brings success, energy to the table

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO Uniting suppliers and manufacturers proved a success at National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2010 Marketplace Conference, which concluded Tuesday afternoon in San Diego.

Boasted as the largest convergence of drug, food, mass, club and value retailing in the United States, the NACDS Marketplace Conference featured new product showcases, category manager meet-and-greets and more. Representatives from such chains as Chain Drug Consortium, Costco, CVS Caremark, Kmart, Meijer, Shopko, Walgreens and Wegmans were present to provide visitors with industry insights.

Among the conference’s events were the Meet the Market program, Meet the Retailer/ How to Do Business With sessions and a product showcase on the exhibition floor. Evaluated by the retail attendees, winners of this year’s “Product Showcase” are:

  • Baby Care Company:    Bean-B-Clean Product:       Bean-B-Clean (Scalp Massaging Brush)         
  • Consumables Company:    Crunchies Food Co. Product:       Crunchies (all natural freeze dried fruits and veggies)         
  • Cosmetics and Fragrances Company:    U.S. Cotton, LLC Product:       Swisspers exfoliating cotton facial cleansing pads
  • General Merchandise Company:    FGX International Product:       LightSpecs by Foster Grant   
  • Healthcare/OTC Company:    TECNIMED Product:       Thermofocus, the original 5-1 non contact thermometer  
  • Home Healthcare Company:    Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing Product:       Glow & Go folding cane     
  • Personal Care/HBC Company:    Zeno Corp. Product:       Zeno Hot Spot blemish clearing device

“This year’s NACDS Marketplace Conference was an overall success and the atmosphere was full of energy,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “From the Meet the Market program to the education sessions and the exhibit floor, NACDS continues to provide attendees an effective and efficient meeting geared toward their needs.”

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FDA releases sun safety video

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. Summer is a time when millions of Americans make their way to beaches, parks and vacation spots, but they also could be putting themselves at risk for skin and eye damage caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

The Food and Drug Administration has posted a short video on its website designed to show consumers how to protect themselves from UV rays. The video features FDA dermatologist Jane Liedtka and FDA ophthalmologist Wiley Chambers explaining the need for sunscreen and sunglasses, and what kinds consumers should buy.

The video is available at www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm214669.htm.

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