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HDMA supports FDA’s “Know Your Source” campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — Healthcare Distribution Management Association president and CEO John Gray on Friday released a statement in support of the FDA’s “Know Your Source” campaign, which urges healthcare providers to verify that their supplier of prescription medicines is properly licensed by his or her state — further reducing the chance of a harmful medicine reaching patients.

“As the national association representing primary healthcare distributors — who ensure the continued safety and security of our nation’s medical supply — we wholeheartedly support FDA’s marketing campaign to educate healthcare providers on the importance of buying from legitimate suppliers," he stated. 
 
“There is no higher priority for HDMA’s members than to maintain the security of the medicines that travel through the healthcare supply chain." Gray added. "Primary pharmaceutical distributors follow the rigorous licensing and statutory requirements set forth at both the federal and state levels by the FDA, DEA and state Boards of Pharmacy. Our members are committed to ensuring the continued safety and reliability of the supply chain as millions of patients access their appropriately prescribed medicines each and every day.”
 

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UrgentRx introduces 10-count multipack boxes

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — UrgentRx on Monday announced the expansion of its product line to include UrgentRx Fast Powders 10-count multipack boxes of its single-dose packets for a variety of common ailments. UrgentRx 10-count boxes are now available nationwide for Headache Relief to Go, Heartburn Relief to Go, Upset Stomach Relief to Go, Ache & Pain Relief to Go, Allergy Attack Relief to Go and Critical Care Aspirin. 
 
“We are constantly pushing ourselves to listen to our customers and develop innovative products based on their feedback. As a result, we are challenging the traditional perceptions of symptom relief and how to best address it,” stated Jordan Eisenberg, CEO UrgentRx. “UrgentRx Fast Powders’ ease and convenience has really resonated with busy, on-the-go users who don’t have the time to slow down for a headache or annoying aches and pains. Our new multipack offerings – and an even smaller packet size – provide a better solution than ever before to help them feel better fast while on the go.”
 
UrgentRx multipack offerings include 10 single-dose packages — now in an even smaller on-the-go stick pack — that can easily be slipped into a pocket, wallet, handbag, gym bag or backpack, the company stated. 
 
UrgentRx Fast Powders 10-count boxes retail for a suggested $6.99 and are available in the OTC set at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide. UrgentRx single-dose offerings, available at the front checkout of more than 20,000 food, drug and mass retailers nationwide, retail for $1.39. National retailer partners include Walgreens and CVS in addition to major regional retailers including HEB, Meijer and Wakefern.
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CDC: More than half of a projected 150 million-plus flu shots have been distributed to date

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — As of mid-August, seven influenza vaccine manufacturers projected that as many as 151 million to 159 million doses of influenza vaccine will be available for use in the United States during the 2014-2015 influenza season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted on a web page updated Friday.
 
"Some companies have communicated information to their customers about delays in shipments that had originally been anticipated for August and September," the agency reported. "Despite these early season shipping delays, however, manufacturers anticipate the majority of their flu vaccine distribution will occur by the end of October. While this is slightly later than vaccine was shipped last year, it is not an unusual pattern for seasonal flu vaccine distribution overall."
 
Since Sept. 26, 87.9 million doses had been distributed.
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