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NACDS endorses bills to advance patient access to palliative care services

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — Citing the importance of advancing education and training in the area of specialized medical care for people with serious illness, or palliative care, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has endorsed three pieces of legislation that would help increase patient access to such services and resources.

In letters to U.S. Senate and House bill sponsors and cosponsors, NACDS expressed support for H.R. 1339, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act; S. 641, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act; and H.R. 1666, the Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act.

In the letters, NACDS urged advancement in the House and Senate of all three bills in the interest of patients in need of palliative care services.  

“As healthcare professionals on the frontlines of providing needed services to millions of Americans, we deeply understand the requirement for a comprehensive approach to pain management and the increasing need for palliative care,” NACDS wrote to lawmakers. “Access to palliative care services is essential, and the need for these services has been growing in recent years, especially in the expanding Medicare and Medicaid populations. However, access to palliative care information and providers has not kept pace with the need for such services.”

The companion Senate and House bills S. 641 and H.R. 1339 would increase resources devoted to the education and training of palliative care professionals by establishing Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers as well as bolstering resources in critical areas such as curriculum development, faculty training and retraining, continuing education, clinical training for students and training for advanced practice nurses.

“Providing an increased focus and additional resources on education and training for healthcare professionals would go a long way in ensuring that we meet the growing needs of pain care patients,” NACDS said in its letters regarding S. 641 and H.R. 1339.

H.R. 1666 would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health to conduct research for symptom management and palliative and survivorship care in order to improve quality of care as well as direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration to improve public outreach and advance the training of health professionals. This bill would also establish a national quality of life education and awareness grant program to assist seriously ill patients, as well as their families and health professionals.

“We believe the legislation would go a long way in addressing a crucial healthcare need and in the long term, help improve the quality of life of patients dealing with chronic pain issues,” NACDS said in its letter of support for H.R 1666.

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Hamacher Resource Group creates new web taxonomy to aid e-commerce

BY Antoinette Alexander

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group has developed new web content taxonomy to provide users of HRG’s data tools the opportunity to develop a more intuitive experience for their end-users that will ease product-search challenges.


HRG’s Fine Line system is used by members of the industry supply chain, as well as associations, to organize product information on websites and in ordering systems, catalogs and marketing materials. The system classifies health, beauty and wellness products into categories, subcategories and segments. Categories are organized by two-, three- and four-digit codes by HRG’s product research and analysis team to ease the merchandising of products and allow for greater, more refined reporting capabilities. 
 


In conjunction with the fine lines, the newly released web content classification tiers organize products from HBW categories, as well as grocery items and GM products, into nine broad groupings that will streamline product organization. In addition, the tiers can be used to analyze sales data to determine macro-trends of consumer buying behavior leading to better space utilization, and allow for end-users to enjoy accurate search results for products they may seek in more than one category.

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Jelly Belly offers tricky new treats

BY Ryan Chavis

 

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. will issue the ultimate trick-or-treat challenge to fans with its BeanBoozled jelly beans, which takes classic Jelly Belly bean flavors and pairs them with odd-tasting lookalikes. 
 
The BeanBoozled beans come in 20 flavors: 10 of the wild flavors mirror the 10 tasty ones, the company said, leaving candy lovers the task of solving the mystery only by taking a bite. The BamBoozled flavor pairings consist of:
 
  • Baby Wipes/Coconut
  • Booger/Juicy Pear
  • Canned Dog Food/Chocolate Pudding
  • Lawn Clippings/Lime
  • Moldy Cheese/Caramel Corn
  • Rotten Egg/Butter Popcorn
  • Skunk Spray/Licorice
  • Stinky Socks/Tutti-Fruitti
  • Toothpaste/Berry Blue
  • Vomit/Peach
Adventurous consumers can find the beans — which are shipping to stores nationwide — in a pocket-sized flip-top box (as a spinner game), or in a handy size bag that's ideal for sharing with friends. 

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