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NACDS to Congressional panel: Rogue online drug sellers threaten patient safety

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — As one of the most accessible healthcare providers in the community, pharmacists are an ideal resource for consumers on the risks of illegal Internet drug sellers. That was a key message that the National Association of Chain Drug Stores stressed in a statement submitted to a congressional panel.

The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled “Counterfeit Drugs: Fighting Illegal Supply Chains.”

“Community pharmacists are well positioned to serve as a resource for consumers on the risks of illegitimate online drug sellers. They are one of the most accessible healthcare providers in the community and available to help educate their patients on the importance of obtaining medications through legitimate pharmacies where the drugs are sourced through the legitimate U.S. supply chain,” NACDS’ statement read.

The statement outlined policy solutions to help address the challenges with illegal online drug sellers that operate outside the legitimate U.S. drug distribution supply chain, including targeting illegal online drug sellers through the chokepoint approach and the use of the “.pharmacy” Internet domain name.

“We support targeting illegal Internet drug sellers through the chokepoint approach,” NACDS said. “Under this approach, Internet service entities and companies, financial entities that handle payment transactions for online sales, Internet Service Providers and common carriers that provide the mailing services would have authority to stop illicit transactions at their point of interaction with these bad actors.”

In addition, NACDS stressed the approach by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in their effort to serve as the registry that would offer the “.pharmacy” designation to legitimate online pharmacies. Currently, “.pharmacy” is not permitted for use on the Internet, but steps are underway for NABP to offer “.pharmacy” to legitimate Internet pharmacies.

“Chain pharmacy is committed to working with Congress to protect U.S. consumers and the healthcare system from the risks of counterfeit and adulterated drugs,” NACDS said.  

 

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Health Mart expands health screenings for the 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a franchise of more than 3,200 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, on Thursday kicked off the 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour at Pharmacy Development Service’s Independent Pharmacy Business Growth Conference in Orlando, Fla. The nationwide tour features a mobile screening vehicle that will visit more than 130 communities across the U.S. to provide health education and free health screenings.

Sponsored by Health Mart Pharmacy, the 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour aims to help identify people at risk for a variety of health conditions that can be better managed with the help of a pharmacist. This year’s tour will go beyond the traditional focus on diabetes to include screenings for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. Tour attendees are encouraged to engage with their local Health Mart pharmacists on healthcare-related topics and partner for better health. While on tour, Health Mart will award ten pharmacists the “Health Mart Community Care Excellence Award” for providing exemplary care and services that add measurable value to patient healthcare and community wellness.

“Community pharmacists play an important role in their local area by providing broader access to clinical services and medication counseling, which can help patients better manage a variety of health conditions,” stated Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart. “Health Mart is committed to improving patient care and outcomes, and the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour expands the ability of Health Mart pharmacists to work closely with their patients as an integral member of the healthcare team.”

 

 

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NACDS Foundation announces the establishment of the Anthony N. Civello Pharmacy Scholarship

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — In recognition of a career dedicated to the advancement of public health, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced a gift of $50,000 to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy to establish the Anthony N. Civello Pharmacy Scholarship.

Civello, who serves as chairman, president and CEO of Kerr Drug, has been a leader in the pharmacy and chain drug industry for nearly five decades. He joined the NACDS board in 1998 and served as chairman from 2005 to 2007. He also served on the NACDS Foundation board from 2003 to 2013.

This gift to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy honors Civello’s leadership and commitment to the NACDS Foundation. It is the Foundation’s hope that this fund will help support promising students engaged in meaningful patient-care research.

The Foundation stated that Civello was instrumental in realigning the its vision and mission to focus on evidence-based research that advances public health.  Since 2010, the NACDS Foundation has invested more than $3 million into research initiatives with partners such as Harvard University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, among many others.  
 
“We are pleased to recognize Tony’s vision for the advancement of public health through this scholarship gift.  There is no finer person and no finer leader worthy of this honor,” stated NACDS Foundation chairman Steve Anderson.  “I read somewhere that people should strive not only to be successful, but to be ‘people of value.’  Tony Civello has been both.  However I would like to edit that to read that people like Tony are people with values – with an ‘s’ – whose character is of the highest integrity.”

Dean Patricia Kroboth of the University of Pittsburgh remembers conversations with Tony Civello that date back to the early 1990s. “Tony has long had the vision of pharmacists as health care providers; through his endeavors, he has changed the face of community pharmacy. We are proud to call him a Distinguished Alumnus of our School of Pharmacy and Legacy Laureate of the University and are thrilled to connect our community-research focused student pharmacists to Tony Civello’s legacy through the scholarship that carries his name.”

“I am deeply honored to receive this scholarship designation. This is an important opportunity to serve both the mission of the NACDS’ Foundation, and give back to my alma mater in helping pharmacy students engage in meaningful research focusing on patient-centered care,” Civello stated.

 

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