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Health Mart announces launch of Health Across America: Pharmacists Partnering in Diabetes Care campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO Health Mart, a network of independently owned pharmacies, on Thursday announced the launch of the Health Across America: Pharmacists Partnering in Diabetes Care campaign, sponsored by Health Mart Pharmacy, Bayer Diabetes Care and Novo Nordisk.

The mobile campaign, which includes a multi-city bus tour this summer, aims to spotlight the important role that community pharmacists can play in supporting the early detection and day-to-day management of diabetes. The campaign will provide free diabetes screenings at community events and Health Mart pharmacies across the country. The listing of the campaign’s diabetes screening events and locations can be found at www.HealthAcrossAmerica.net.

“I’ve worked with my community pharmacist for years to help manage my diabetes, and I encourage others with diabetes or chronic conditions to engage in healthy conversations with their pharmacists to help improve their health,” stated Erik Chopin, a former winning contestant of “The Biggest Loser” and Health Across America campaign spokesman. “Pharmacists are experts in a variety of topics such as diabetes education, nutrition and exercise, blood sugar monitoring, insulin delivery, and the management of multiple medications. They can also work with local physicians to discuss other clinical issues related to their patients’ health.”

At each stop during the Health Across America tour, participants will have the opportunity to receive free diabetes screenings including glucose, blood pressure and Hemoglobin A1c tests. Health Mart pharmacists will also be on hand to discuss healthy living with patients. Additionally, participants will be given free product samples and diabetes education materials from Bayer Diabetes Care, Novo Nordisk and several other sponsors. In addition to the tour stops, a majority of the more than 2,000 Health Mart pharmacies will conduct diabetes screenings and/or education events in their local communities.

“Community pharmacists are essential players on the healthcare team, and they have the expertise, time, and passion for talking to patients about their health concerns,” stated David Sedrak, owner, Med Rx Health Mart Pharmacy in Escondido, Calif. “With Health Across America, we’re helping connect Health Mart pharmacists to people with diabetes and those at risk of developing the disease to ensure they receive personalized care to successfully manage their diabetes and live full, active, and healthy lives. People with diabetes and other chronic conditions can benefit greatly from the deep clinical knowledge and personal counseling services that community pharmacists provide.”

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First Boston Pharma acquires NutraMax Products

BY Michael Johnsen

GLOUCESTER, Mass. First Boston Pharma on Wednesday announced its acquisition of NutraMax Products, a contract manufacturer of solid dose and soft chew pharmaceuticals and supplements.

The company will now be known as First Boston Pharma. Leading the First Boston Pharma organization will be Mario Medri, the company stated.

 

“The acquisition by [Medri] and the First Boston Pharma Group will propel the company further and faster along the trajectory we are on, particularly with designer products for pharmaceuticals and supplement markets,” stated Rodney Plunkett, First Boston Pharma EVP. “To have the industry’s foremost innovator leading First Boston Pharma into the future is an exciting prospect for us and for our customers.”

The acquisition of NutraMax by First Boston Pharma will provide the necessary resources for the company to pursue its strategy of innovation in the over-the-counter drugs and supplements categories.

“One of our key strategies is to move to a supply base integrity model, which gives our customers the differentiated products they need, when they want them,” Medri said.

NutraMax Products should not be confused with the Maryland-based company with a similar name — Nutramax Laboratories — which distributes a number of supplement products, including the glucosamine/chondroitin product Cosamin DS.

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BSC, CRN join forces for Better Sleep Month

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Better Sleep Council and the Council for Responsible Nutrition last week joined forces for Better Sleep Month in May to help consumers enjoy a stress-less, good night’s sleep. In order to get the best rest possible and help relieve stress, the BSC and CRN suggested it’s essential for Americans to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

“When you’re stressed, and similarly when you are tired, every aspect of your waking life is affected, from work to personal relationships and even concentration,” stated BSC spokesperson and lifestyle expert Lissa Coffey. “Controlling stress and getting a good night’s rest start by evaluating your lifestyle and creating a healthy daily regimen that you can stick to. This includes adequate sleep, balanced diet, daily vitamins and healthy exercise.”

New research from Oklahoma State University confirms that cyclically poor sleep can elevate stress. The OSU study, “Back Pain, Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress Following Introduction of New Bedding Systems,” published in the March 2009 Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, also suggests that improved sleep quality not only reduces stress, but also helps us manage everyday stress.

“Studies show that healthy individuals tend to engage in many healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, exercising regularly and getting adequate amounts of sleep — as an integrative approach to wellness,” stated Douglas MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. MacKay, a licensed naturopathic doctor, suggested certain supplements, including melatonin, magnesium and calcium, may help individuals relax or promote healthy sleep patterns.

“Herbals and other dietary supplements can be safe and effective ways to help individuals achieve quality sleep,” MacKay said. “You should consult a doctor or healthcare professional to determine which supplements are the best regimen for your lifestyle.”

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