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HRG co-owner to present session on front-end business to pharmacy students

BY Alaric DeArment

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group will present a session about pharmacy layout, design and OTC merchandising principles to first-year students at Campbell University’s pharmacy school, the retail consumer healthcare industry market research firm said Wednesday.

The company said that this would be the fifth year in which HRG co-owner and national account manager Tom Boyer would present at the school, in Buies Creek, N.C. The presentation will take place March 13. The company said the purpose of the session was to help students understand the importance of a pharmacy’s nonprescription business.

"It’s helpful to expose the students to these ideas early on, and the session is a great catalyst for further discussion," Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences professor Bob Cisneros said. "Tom, with all of his years of experience, makes the principles relatable for the students."

 

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Nutritional Magnesium Association critiques recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — The Nutritional Magnesium Association on Wednesday noted magnesium is an essential nutrient that helps absorb necessary nutritional supplements like vitamin D or calcium in response to a recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report that suggested supplementing with these ingredients may not help prevent bone fractures in postmenopausal women, while also increasing the risk of kidney stones. 

"Adequate levels of magnesium in the body are essential for the absorption and metabolism of vitamin D and calcium," stated Carolyn Dean, magnesium expert and medical advisory board member for NMA. "Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption and help prevent clogged arteries by drawing calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones where it is needed to build healthy bone structure," she said. "Nutrients act in a synergetic way in the body. Absorption and metabolism of a particular nutrient will be affected, to a greater or lesser degree, by the other nutrients available to the body. This is also true with vitamin D."

According to the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, "In order to receive the most health benefit from increased levels of vitamin D, the proper cofactors must be present in the body … magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin A, zinc and boron."

"It is vitally important that studies on the efficacy of vitamin D and calcium in relation to bone health are not done in isolation in the absence of magnesium," Dean said. "The fact that magnesium works synergistically with vitamin D and calcium by stimulating the specific hormone calcitonin—which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis and kidney stones — cannot be overlooked."


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GNC names new board member

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Monday named Scott O’Hara to its board of directors. 

"[O’Hara’s] wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly his international business expertise, should be a valuable resource to GNC as we move forward," stated Joe Fortunato, GNC chairman and CEO. 

O’Hara was formerly an EVP of H.J. Heinz Company, serving most recently as president and CEO of Heinz North America. Previous roles with Heinz included service as CEO Heinz Europe and EVP Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the H.J. Heinz Company in 2006, O’Hara was an executive of the Gillette Company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Ecolab.


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