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GPhA to Senate: Fully funded FDA will benefit healthcare system, expand patient access to affordable drugs

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — It is critical for the Food and Drug Administration and Office of Generic Drugs to be fully funded so that patients can receive access to affordable medicines, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association said Wednesday.

The group called on the Senate to uphold the funds allocated to the FDA by the Senate Committee on Appropriations. GPhA president and CEO Ralph Neas said that cutting funds would affect the sustainability of the U.S. healthcare system, including such programs as Medicare and Medicaid.

“At a time when lawmakers in Washington and across the country are under enormous pressure to cut budgets and reduce spending, we applaud the committee’s foresight in recognizing the importance of a fully funded FDA," Neas said. "Today, the use of safe and effective generic prescription drugs is saving consumers and the U.S. healthcare system more than $3 billion every week. It is absolutely critical that the Senate provide the FDA with the appropriate funding to ensure that patients continue to have access to these medicines at a price they can afford.”

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Stayhealthy, Adflow Health Networks form strategic alliance

BY Allison Cerra

MONROVIA, Calif., and FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Stayhealthy and Adflow Health Networks have entered a partnership that is designed to expand the presence of biometric testing solutions and engage consumers in retail and nonretail markets.

The relationship will combine Stayhealthy’s Food and Drug Administration-cleared screening applications and health management tools, along with Adflow Health Networks’ patented Dynamic Messaging System, enabling retailers, employers and advertisers to deliver a higher-level of consumer engagement across multiple platforms, including a multifunction biometric screening kiosk, the Web, mobile phones and broader social networking, the companies said.

"This partnership will provide people with clinically valid information that is critical to achieving good health and fitness and do so conveniently and accessibly within their everyday lives," Adflow Health Networks chairman David Roscoe said. "It is very rewarding to see our technology applied in such a way as to make a positive impact on the personal health management of consumers across North America."

Added Stayhealthy board chairman Tommy Thompson, "With over 71 million consumers using retail pharmacy based blood pressure machines at least once in the last 12 months, the opportunity to help these individuals in a more meaningful way is now here," he said. "This new platform will enable pharmacists, retailers and others to play a larger role in creating a healthier America while at the same time providing consumers with convenient access to scientifically-validated clinical solutions."


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Karl Rove, Robert Gibbs to serve as keynote speakers at 2012 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit

BY Allison Cerra

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Armada Health Care announced that its annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit will feature Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs as keynote speakers.

Slated to speak at the conference’s general session, Rove and Gibbs will participate in a moderated discussion on such topics as current U.S. healthcare legislation, the economy and the 2012 presidential election.

Rove — who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2007, as well as and deputy chief of staff from 2004 to 2007 — and Gibbs — who has been an adviser and strategist to President Barack Obama from the early days of Obama’s 2004 Senate race to his sweep to the White House — "promise to bring interesting insight and energy that will transform the conference by giving the attendees a dual perspective of these issues," Armada said.

The 2012 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit will be held from May 1 to 4, 2012, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.


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