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CVS/pharmacy supports fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy has announced that it will be raising funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving Campaign to support an expanded rehabilitation services center to open in 2009.

The campaign, which is in its fifth year, will run nationwide in CVS/pharmacy locations through Dec. 13. To raise funds, store associates will encourage customers to add $1 to their purchase at the register to support St. Jude, which researches and treats pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases. In its first four years of the campaign, CVS/pharmacy and its customers raised nearly $8 million for the hospital.

Funds raised will support the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude. The new facility, which is expected to open in the summer of 2009, will double the current space dedicated to providing audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to St. Jude patients.

“We are thrilled to help the children and families served by St. Jude,” said Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president of corporate communications at community relations for CVS Caremark. “Through play, exercise and education, children participating in the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude will be able to break through barriers in order to lead a healthy, happy life after treatment.”

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Kirby Lester completes sale of pill-counting machines to supplier in Iraq

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST , Ill. Kirby Lester announced Thursday that it had sold several of its KL 15df pill-counting machines to Najmat Burgan, a medical and hospital goods supplier based in Kuwait City.

The company said the recent sale was part of its growing international presence. In the past three months, it has sold its devices to clients in Saudi Arabia, Botswana, Greece, Honduras and others, bringing its total number of customers to more than 30,000.

“When you consider all of the different medications, dispensing methods and manufacturing practices across the globe, only Kirby Lester can address the needs of all customers as well as deliver absolute counting accuracy,” Kirby Lester vice president for business development Christopher Thomsen said in a statement. “No other pharmacy technology has such broad appeal, bridges all of these differences and provides a universal solution.”

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Waxman voted House chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Thursday was voted in as chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce for the House of Representatives, which oversees all legislation surrounding health and health services, including food and drug.

“I am honored by the vote of the Democratic Caucus,” Waxman stated. “We are at a unique moment and have an opportunity that comes only once in a generation.  I will work with all parts of our Caucus and across the aisle to deliver the change that the American public expects us to deliver.”

“Some of the most important challenges we face—energy, climate change and health—are under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Committee,” Waxman wrote earlier this month in a statement explaining his pursuit of the Commerce Committee Chair. “In large measure, our success as Congress will depend on how the Commerce Committee performs. Enacting comprehensive energy, climate and health care reform will not be easy. But my record shows that I have the skill and ability to build consensus and deliver legislation that improves the lives of all Americans.”

Waxman helped engineer the generics industry as co-author of the Hatch-Waxman Act, which promotes generics while leaving in tact a financial incentive the research and development of branded pharmaceuticals. And while Waxman may be a fan of the generics industry, he has not in the past supported dietary supplements. Waxman has repeatedly called for greater regulation of dietary supplements and has proposed revisiting the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which governs how supplements are regulated.

However, outgoing chairman Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., was also critical of the dietary supplement industry, having in the past partnered with Waxman on several pieces of legislation regarding regulation of dietary supplements.

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