FDA launches peanut recall widget
ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has a novel way to keep consumers up to date on the ongoing recalls of peanut-based food products.
The agency has created an Adobe Flash-based widget that users can embed on their Web pages with a continuously updated list of recalled products, categorized under headings such as brownies, candies, cereals and dressings and seasonings.
Last month, Peanut Corp. of America announced a voluntary recall of hundreds of its products following a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that has resulted in several deaths and dozens of illnesses.
MinuteClinic and Cleveland Clinic enter in to clinical collaboration
The announcement that MinuteClinic and Cleveland Clinic have entered a clinical collaboration is a major example of how providers are communicating electronically to advance patient care, aside from e-prescribing.
While most of the retail-based clinic operators, such as MinuteClinic and Take Care Health Systems, have long used electronic health records to share patient information and ensure continuity of care, this streamlining of systems takes that communication yet one step higher.
In fact, it should be noted that, under Convenient Care Association’s ten Quality and Safety Standards established in 2007, CCA members must use electronic health records to ensure efficient care, and CCA members must be committed to providing all patients with the opportunity to share health information with other providers electronically or in paper format.
However, this collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and MinuteClinic should not be understated. By having their systems streamlined, each Cleveland Clinic-affiliated MinuteClinic will have access (with the patient’s consent, of course) to patient’s medical history, prescriptions, treatments and health maintenance information. This will obviously be a major advantage for nurse practitioners working within these MinuteClinic locations. And MinuteClinic will be able to share, with consent, its patient information with other Cleveland Clinic-affiliated locations in the northeast Ohio via the MinuteClinic EMR.
Drug Store News’ Jay Forbes to speak at Mack Elevation conference
ELMHURST, Ill. Mack Elevation Forum, a strategic sales and consulting organization, will host a conference for top executives of smaller and mid-size CPG firms April 17 prior to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Annual Conference, the company announced recently.
The conference will be facilitated by Mack Elevation managing director Dan Mack and will feature industry icon and Drug Store News emeritus Jay Forbes will be speaking at the Elevation Forum on emerging industry insights in light of a challenged economy.
“[Forbes] has dedicated his professional career, spanning more than four decades, to tracking the fortunes of the food, drug and mass market retailing sectors and the consumer goods manufacturing community,” Mack stated. “He is known for his strategic insights as VP/group publisher of Drug Store News and for the last decade as VP customer development for the Retail Group [of Lebhar Friedman, parent company of Drug Store News]. Jay’s insightful first-hand industry observations and collaboration with the top national retailers provides a unique industry voice.”
Mack will also unveil a high end sales architecture which encourages organizations to move from transactional to strategic customer engagement.
The sales framework, called the Elevation Model, is a system which teaches organizations how to align boardroom priorities through uncovering and utilizing hidden corporate assets and influencers, resulting in enhanced customer alignment, improved sales results and increased competitive insulation.