HEALTH

Kerr hosts senator in push for MTM

BY DSN STAFF

RALEIGH, N.C. —Kerr Drug hosted U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan Aug. 16 for a pharmacy and health center tour that drew praise from the North Carolina Democrat and a new push for medication therapy management.

Hagan toured the patient care area of a Kerr drug store in the 90-store chain’s home market, and used the opportunity to talk with patients and pharmacists about the value of pharmacy-based clinical care. The lawmaker, a co-sponsor of the Medication Therapy Management Expanded Benefits Act of 2010, S.3543, lauded the contributions made by pharmacists in improving patient care and controlling health costs. She also promoted the expansion of MTM services to Medicare Part D recipients and worked to include an MTM provision in the new healthcare-reform bill, creating a grant program to promote MTM services.

“Pharmacy is evolving to a more patient-centered focus as patients and providers realize the value of pharmacy in improving health care,” said Kerr chairman and CEO Tony Civello. “We know that for every $1 invested in MTM, overall healthcare costs are reduced by $8 or more. Sen. Hagan understands that value.”

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Pfizer recalls lot of ThermaCare HeatWraps Menstrual

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Pfizer’s over-the-counter division recalled one lot of a ThermaCare product over the possibility of leaks.

 

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced Friday the voluntary recall of lot number E06931 of its ThermaCare HeatWraps Menstrual product and notified the Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

The company said possible leaks in the wraps could cause skin injury, such as irritation and burning.

 

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‘Smoking Sucks,’ but quitting doesn’t with new cessation lollipops

BY Allison Cerra

WEST HILLS, Calif. Kicking the habit never tasted so good.

Three Lollies, the maker of PreggiePops and QueasyDrops, has launched Smoking Sucks lollipops for those looking to quit smoking. The new line of smoking-cessation pops are formulated with essential oils and amino acids, including L-tryptophan, which is a naturally occurring amino acid that some sources believe may help with cravings when people are attempting to quit smoking, Three Lollies said.

The pops are available in wintergreen, pineapple and cinnamon varieties.

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