DIA announces 45th annual meeting in San Diego
HORSHAM, Pa. Attendees will have a choice of 350 sessions and 34 pre-conference tutorials to choose from when the Drug Information Association has its 45th annual meeting in San Diego.
The meeting, focused on issues affecting drug discovery and development, will include “hot topic” sessions on subjects such as accelerated drug development time, clinical safety and pharmacovigilance, global clinical trials and pediatrics. Global drug development will also be a key focus, with sessions on issues affecting regions of the world such as Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and emerging markets.
“The global aspect brings together the top regulators, academics, patient groups and industry professionals from different parts of the world,” program committee member and Wyeth VP clinical research and development for the Asia-Pacific region Ling Su said. “The annual meeting provides a forum where they can share their experiences, perspectives and thinking on global drug development.”
The meeting will take place June 21 to 25.
WellPoint executive elected as Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy president
INDIANAPOLIS An executive from health insurer WellPoint has been named president of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, WellPoint announced.
Chief pharmacy officer Brian Sweet was elected Wednesday at the AMCP’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The organization represents pharmacists, healthcare practitioners and others who practice in managed care settings.
“Today’s challenging economic times shine a spotlight on the need to justify the value of pharmaceuticals,” Sweet said. “I am excited in my new role to be part of this calling to managed care organizations and pharmaceutical companies to work together for more evidence-based development, technology evaluation standards and information dissemination to patients in consumer-friendly terms.”
Sweet’s term as president will begin in April 2010, WellPoint said.
AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour kicks off in the Big Apple
NEW YORK Walgreens and AARP have kicked off a national tour with nine buses traveling to 3,000 communities across the country and offering free health screenings.
The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour started Tuesday at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza, and Drug Store News got a first-hand look.
The bus had a table outside with free reusable tote bags and pamphlets on chronic diseases, along with forms visitors could use to sign up for the screenings. Inside, the bus featured a small area where visitors could wait before getting screenings in curtained booths for blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and bone density. After completing the screenings, visitors were instructed to talk to one of the on-site pharmacists outside, who could discuss whatever conditions the visitors may have had.
This is the fifth year in which Walgreens has offered a health screening tour. Of people screened last year, 72.8% had high blood pressure levels, 13.3% had high blood glucose and 65.9% had low bone density.