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JPMA refutes media reports about dangers of baby bottle materials

BY Jenna Duncan

MT. LAUREL, N.J. The media has been asked by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to halt stories with claims of purported negative health effects from using baby products containing bisphenol A (BPA). JPMA claims that statements of ill health linked to items containing BPA are often misleading and frighten consumers.

According to JPMA, research has shown that when used properly, products made with BPA do not pose a health threat.

Robert Waller, Jr., the president of JPMA, said, “JPMA is extremely disappointed in the media for speculating that Health Canada’s assessment of BPA would recommend labeling the chemical a dangerous substance, when in fact the report has not even been issued yet.”

Claims in the media have stated that risk may come from the plastic shields on pacifiers, parts of baby bottles or sippy cups being broken down or chewed, and then ingested with food or saliva. Scientific findings indicate that BPA may cause estrogenic effects in laboratory animals, and so concerns about the safety of baby products, especially bottles, has been under scrutiny.

JPMA, whose mission is to educate consumers and industry professionals about juvenile products and safety, is referring consumers to its Web site, www.babybottles.org, for more information on BPA and related health findings.

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Medicine Shoppe opens 100th in-store diabetes center

BY Drew Buono

ST. LOUIS Medicine Shoppe International recently celebrated its 100th store operating a Specialized Care Center for diabetic patients. The centers offer education and counsel from pharmacists, who receive certification as diabetes managers, as well as products specifically for people with diabetes.

“There currently are nearly 15 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in the U.S., plus an estimated six million undiagnosed cases,” said Keith Cook, vice president of pharmacy solutions for MSI. “As this population grows, so too does the opportunity and challenge of helping customers with diabetes. People with diabetes need pharmacies where healthcare professionals can dedicate enough time to provide thorough education on proper diabetes management. It is our goal to be a destination for these individuals.”

In order for pharmacists to qualify as diabetes manager, they must pass an intensive certification program entitled “Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes,” a program developed by the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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Pharmaca acquires Seattle pharmacy

BY Doug Desjardins

SEATTLE Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has acquired Morton’s Pharmacy in Seattle, a 46-year-old neighborhood store. The purchase is expected to be complete by the end of May and will bring Pharmaca’s store count to three in Seattle.

“I felt an obligation to sell to someone who would continue dedicated service to my loyal customers,” said Morton’s owner Bill McNary. “They [Pharmaca] are a good fit for this area of Seattle.”

Pharmaca, based in Boulder, Colo., opened its first store in Seattle in 2002 and a second in June 2007. The acquisition will give Pharmaca a total of 22 stores ranging from Seattle to Albuquerque, N.M.

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