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Mayo Clinic seeks to set up facility in Mall of America

BY Antoinette Alexander

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Mayo Clinic is looking to set up a facility at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., that would augment services offered at Mayo Clinic.

“Mall of America provides an opportunity to offer patient services outside of traditional care models and enhance convenience and connectivity to Mayo Clinic,” stated Glenn Forbes, CEO of Mayo Clinic, Rochester. “Mayo Clinic’s patient population aligns strongly with the Mall of America’s guests.”

The Mall of America attracts more than 40 million visitors from more than 32 countries.

Over the next 12 months, Mayo Clinic will define how the new facility will complement its existing presence in Minnesota. Some potential concepts include, but are not limited to:

  • New models for screening and prevention: Focus on testing, counseling and screening with prevention plan development;
  • Services for new and returning Mayo Clinic patients: Helping patients with access, appointments, logistics and other questions related to Mayo Clinic services;
  • Programs that ease/speed access to such core Mayo Clinic programs as transplants;
  • Comprehensive programs that meet the needs of international patients; and
  • Education/input opportunities: Unique, new ways to get broad input around new models for delivering care to patients; new products and service prototypes; and deliver health education to the general public.

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Covidien enters a license, development collaboration with Nuvo Research

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A healthcare products company hopes to expand its entry into the branded painkiller market through a new deal with a Canadian drug development company.

Covidien announced that it had entered a license and development collaboration with Mississauga, Ontario-based Nuvo Research, which develops transdermal and topical drugs. The collaboration includes a topical painkiller that combines the nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac sodium with the transdermal carrier dimethyl sulfoxide.

Covidien said that Nuvo would receive an upfront payment – which Covidien would expense in its fiscal third quarter – development and sales milestone payments and royalties.

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APhA ‘stands ready’ for reformed healthcare system

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON An organization representing the country’s pharmacists heralded comments by President Barack Obama before the American Medical Association Monday that mentioned members of the profession as playing a role in healthcare reform.

Pharmacists “stand ready” to be part of a reformed healthcare system, the American Pharmacists Association said in response.

The APhA said that evidence increasingly indicates pharmacists help keep healthcare costs in check through such services as medication therapy management, which includes educating patients on how to take prescription drugs properly and safely, and health screenings and immunizations.

“We need to build on the examples of outstanding medicine at places like the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where the quality of care for cystic fibrosis patients shot up after the hospital began incorporating suggestions from parents,” Obama said in his remarks before the AMA’s annual conference in Chicago. “And places like Tallahassee Memorial Health Care, where deaths were dramatically reduced with rapid response teams that monitored patients’ conditions and ‘multidisciplinary rounds’ with everyone from physicians to pharmacists.”

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