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NACDS demonstrates value of community pharmacy at U.S. Senate Health Fair

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is participating in the U.S. Senate Health Fair, held here on Oct. 13 and 14, in the U.S. Senate office complex.

NACDS coordinated an exhibit to demonstrate the importance of pharmacist-patient interaction and the valuable role that pharmacy plays in helping patients take their medication properly.

Pharmacists from NACDS members Walgreens and Supervalu are offering blood pressure screenings, counseling staffers on proper medication use, answering questions on health issues and providing advice on predispositions to chronic diseases.

“NACDS is pleased to once again participate in the Senate Health Fair, showcasing the true value of the pharmacist-patient interaction,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “As the face of neighborhood healthcare, pharmacy is part of the solution in helping patients improve their health as well as reducing healthcare costs across the board.”
 

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Energizer, One Million Lights team for the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World event

BY Rozanne Gelbinovich

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Energizer has teamed up with nonprofit organization One Million Lights on the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World event to help shed light on the worldwide need for safe and reliable lighting.

As part of its new global platform, "now that’s positivenergy," Energizer has pledged to donate 11 million hours of light in 2011 to rural communities in need around the world that currently may be using costly and health-hazardous kerosene lamps. Kicking off the weekend of Nov. 11 with a series of nighttime races in various countries, Energizer will equip runners with an Energizer headlight. Each runner who participates helps bring Energizer closer to its goal of donating 11 million hours of solar light to One Million Lights, a global charity dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world by providing them with clean and healthy solar lighting, according to Energizer. The Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World series will continue throughout the year in additional countries.

"The solar-powered LED lanterns and bulbs donated by Energizer are invaluable to these rural communities," said Anna Sidana, founder of One Million Lights. "Safe and healthy solar lighting not only saves money and lives, but it also gives these families the opportunity to work, study and play when they otherwise could not."

The Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World is the first global initiative of the new "now that’s positivenergy" platform, which "combines performance plus responsibility and demonstrates Energizer’s long-standing commitment to responsible power and serving the community," according to the company.

"We know people share our desire to help make the world a better place," said Jeff Ziminski, chief marketing officer for Energizer. "Every person who participates in the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World helps bring us closer to reaching our donation goal, reinforcing the idea that each one of us has the power to make a positive impact."

Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World Races in 2011 will take place in Argentina, Belgium, Canada (4 locations), Colombia, Ecuador, Greece, Korea, Philippines, South Africa, Uruguay and the United States (2 locations), with more races to take place in other countries in 2012.

The U.S. race will kick off in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 11 with an 11K race and 1.1 mile fun run for runners and walkers of all ages and skill sets. Representatives of One Million Lights will be on hand with information, photos and videos to explain the benefits of safe, portable solar lighting for families and their communities.

To register for the U.S. night race, visit Energizer.com/NightRace. More information on the global initiative is available at EnergizerGlobalNightRace.com.

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Abusable prescription drugs easy to find for young people, survey finds

BY Alaric DeArment

BOSTON — More than half of parents in Massachusetts said their children have access to prescription drugs that could be abused, according to a new survey.

Results of the survey of 300 parents with children ages 12 to 25 years, released Wednesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org during a briefing at the Massachusetts State House, indicated that 56% of parents said their kids had access to their drugs, while 14% had given their children prescription pain medicines for which the children did not have prescriptions. More people in Massachusetts die each year from fatal drug overdoses than from car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while according to the state’s public health department, an average of 12 residents each week die from opioid overdoses.

"The survey findings are alarming and indicate that parents are often providing prescription drugs to their kids in an improper and dangerous manner," Partnership at Drugfree.org president and CEO Steve Pasierb said. "Add to that their acknowledgement that their children have ready access to potentially dangerous pain relievers, and we have a high-risk situation in homes across the commonwealth."


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