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Honors bestowed upon distinguished members of pharmacy community at NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON The National Association of Chain Drug Stores honored three industry leaders at the 2009 Pharmacy & Technology Conference this week. The awards were accompanied by generous contributions to the NACDS Foundation from several distinguished companies.

Andy Giancamilli, CEO of Snyders Drug Stores and chairman of the NACDS board of directors was presented the Fougera Pharmacy Scholarship Award by Fougera general manager and Nycomed SVP David Klaum. In Giancamilli’s honor, Fougera has made a contribution of $25,000 to the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program to support the development of future leaders in pharmacy and to recognize pharmacy students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in community pharmacy.

Additionally, Bill Wolfe, group VP managed care and government affairs for Rite Aid Corp. was honored with the IMS Health Pharmacy Partnership Award by James J. Hunter of IMS Health. A contribution of $10,000 was presented in Wolfe’s honor to the NACDS Foundation. This award honors an individual or group that values the importance of data in fact-based communications and corporate planning. Wolfe is responsible for oversight of the pharmacy benefit management division, Rite Aid Health Solutions and for the maintenance and development of relationships with state and federal regulatory agencies, policymakers and legislators.

Dennis Wiesner, R.Ph., CIPP, who serves as senior director, privacy, pharmacy and government for H-E-B, and is the 2009 Pharmacy & Technology Conference chairman, was bestowed with the Novartis Pharmaceutical Alliance Award by Novartis’ Michael Conley. Wiesner currently serves on the NACDS Policy Council, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, and is an active member of the Texas Federation of Drug Stores. Accompanying the award, a $10,000 contribution was donated by Novartis Pharmaceuticals to the NACDS Foundation in Wiesner’s name.

“We are pleased to join our award sponsors in honoring these industry leaders and their outstanding contributions to community pharmacy and the patients they serve,” said Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM, president of the NACDS Foundation.

For more information about the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference, visit: http://meetings.nacds.org/rxconference/2009/.

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MinuteClinic offering new rapid pink eye test in Atlanta market

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA MinuteClinic, in partnership with Rapid Pathogen Screening, is offering a new rapid pink eye test at its 23 locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Atlanta area, and hopes to eventually offer the test nationally at all its clinic locations in 25 states.

“MinuteClinic patients will get on-the-spot results that provide a more precise pink eye diagnosis,” stated Donna Haugland, MinuteClinic chief nursing officer. “This helps prevent the overuse of antibiotics and can lead to prescription savings.”

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an infectious — and frequently highly contagious — condition that is most often caused by either a virus or bacteria. It is often spread among children in close environments such as schools, camps and recreational activities.

Until now, the accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of pink eye has been difficult, according to MinuteClinic. While treatment with antibiotics is only necessary in 40% to 60% of cases, the majority of medical professionals prescribe antibiotics nearly 100% of the time.

Indiscriminately prescribing antibiotics compounds the side effects associated with their overuse and increases patient resistance to these medications.

The cost for conjunctivitis treatment is $77.

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Survey finds most moms do not keep kids up to date with vaccinations

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK A new survey released last week reports that most moms know their children need additional vaccines beyond those received when they were infants or small children. But according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, most pre-teens and teens do not have all the vaccinations that the agency recommends.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, with support from Merck, found that 4-out-of-5 moms of pre-teens and teenagers agree that pre-teens and teenagers need additional vaccines beyond those they received when they were younger.

“These results mirror what I see in my own practice — a lot of adolescents not up to date on their vaccines, in spite of their parents awareness of the need for them,” stated Lolita McDavid, a pediatrician practicing at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. “Taking your kids — including pre-teens and teens — for an annual check-up should be as routine as buying them school supplies. I encourage all moms to schedule an appointment with their child’s health care professional today and to visit www.cdc.gov to learn more about the vaccines recommended for pre-teens and teens.”

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