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Mission Pharmacal’s new products showcase emission reduction of HFCs at White House Roundtable

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal on Tuesday participated in a White House Industry Leadership Roundtable discussion on ways to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, using its recently launched zinc oxide aerosol spray products as an example to help set the environmental standard for aerosol performance, the company stated. 
 
The Dr. Smith's line of aerosol spray products contain Honeywell's patented Solstice Propellant to bring to market three new products used in the treatment and prevention of diaper rash and associated skin irritations in babies, adults and seniors.
 
"Mission Pharmacal always looks for ways to create innovative healthcare products," stated Neill Walsdorf, Jr., president of Mission Pharmacal. "Honeywell Solstice Propellant, with its environmental and safety profile, brings value to Dr. Smith's brand while vastly reducing environmental impact. This is a great product for moms and Mother Earth."
 
The three Dr. Smith's spray products are the first zinc oxide aerosol products available in the health-and-wellness category that are formulated with the Solstice Propellant, which is non-flammable, has ultra-low global warming potential, is not an HFC and is not a volatile organic compound. According to the company, Solstice Propellant has a GWP of less than 1, which is 99% lower than the GWP of HFC-134a, one of the most common propellants on the market today. 
 
Formulated Solutions, the manufacturer of these aerosol sprays, also played an important role in the development of these products.
 
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Road to Healthy Skin Tour concludes seventh cross-country journey, hits milestone

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, recently wrapped up its seventh cross-country journey, providing free skin cancer screenings and prevention information to communities nationwide.

During this year’s tour, volunteer dermatologists detected 855 suspected pre-cancers and cancers, including 45 suspected melanomas.
 
The tour strives to save lives by detecting skin cancers early and educating the public about skin cancer prevention by means of sun protection and the need for prompt, effective treatment. Since the tour’s inception in 2008, volunteer dermatologists have detected more than 8,500 suspected cancers and pre-cancers, including 369 suspected melanomas. Since skin cancer is almost always curable when detected early, the tour and its volunteer dermatologists play a crucial role in communities across the country. The five-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is 98%. The survival rate declines significantly if the disease has the chance to spread.
 
By the Numbers: The 2014 Road to Healthy Skin Tour
Over a four-month period, the 2014 tour made nearly 50 stops throughout 17 states, traveling approximately 14,700 miles. This year, 73 dermatologists lent their time to perform screenings in the tour’s 38-ft. RV, customized with two private exam rooms.
 
“The Road to Healthy Skin Tour continues to play a crucial role in early detection,” said Perry Robins, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Over the past seven years, our volunteer dermatologists have provided more than 20,000 free skin cancer screenings across the country, and we’re eager to offer even more of these potentially lifesaving screenings next year.”
 
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone over the age of 18 years see a physician every year for a full-body skin-exam. It’s just as crucial to see the doctor whenever a mole changes or grows. The foundation also recommends that everyone practice a monthly head-to-toe examination of their skin, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.  
 
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 2014 Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, received additional support from Energizer Personal Care, the maker of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic brand sunscreens, and BASF Corp., a supplier of UV filters and cosmetic ingredients.

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NCCPA shines light on physician assistants as National PA Week draws near

BY Antoinette Alexander

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — With National PA Week just around the corner in early October, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is looking to help educate consumers about the important role that physician assistants play in making health care more accessible.

The nation’s 100,000 certified physician assistants are treating more than 7 million patients every week in every clinical setting.

With National PA Week set for Oct. 6 to 12, NCCPA wants to help educate consumers about the important role PAs fulfill in making health care more available. Five ways PAs contribute to Americans’ health care are:

  • Expanding access by providing same-day appointments for acute care visits. PAs can offset a physician’s fully-booked schedule by being available to see walk-in patients.
  • Serving as the primary care provider with their own panel of patients. Although PAs collaborate with physicians, many have patients who ask for them by name and a full daily schedule of their own.
  • Providing care in remote and underserved areas. PAs make economic sense for a healthcare system that cannot afford a physician in these areas. PAs allow patients to be cared for in their own communities, avoiding the hardships and cost of travel to major medical centers.
  • Delivering specialty care in every area, including emergency medicine, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, psychiatry and pediatrics. Two-thirds of PAs now work in specialties.
  • Performing home visits, particularly with patients who need special attention or monitoring. PAs who are part of a Patient Centered Medical Home often have the opportunity to provide care where it is most convenient.

“We are often the linchpin of health care, providing coordination and continuity of care throughout the patient’s lifetime,” said Dawn Morton-Rias, president and CEO of NCCPA. “A healthy society is a working, productive society, and PAs contribute daily to the quality of health care in America.”

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the demand for PAs is expected to increase 38% in the next decade as the nation’s healthcare system looks to expand access to more patients, including millions who are newly-insured and aging baby boomers who often have multiple, chronic conditions.

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