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Archives of Internal Medicine: Pharmacy transforming beyond dispensing to ‘more clinical, patient-centered role’

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has praised a review article published in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine, which stated that community pharmacists figure prominently in the successful management of cardiovascular disease risk factors in outpatients, such as reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol.

“This article provides further evidence of the tremendous value of pharmacy in helping patients lead healthier lives, and in helping to reduce the necessity of more costly forms of care. The article notes the accessibility of pharmacists, and that point is underscored by the fact that nearly all Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy. Partnering with community pharmacy continues to emerge as a powerful strategy for improving health and healthcare delivery,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said.

"The traditional view of the pharmacist’s role in primary care is medication distribution,” the article stated. “Although this role remains an important part of the activity of a pharmacist, evidence documented in our systematic review and previous reviews demonstrates a transformation of pharmacy practice toward a more clinical, patient-centered role and a collaborative approach toward pharmacist-physician in patient care.”

The review article reflected analysis of 30 randomized controlled trials, including interventions conducted exclusively by a pharmacist or those conducted by a pharmacist in collaboration with a physician or nurse. Studies involving community pharmacies were well represented in the review, with an enhanced presence for community-pharmacy-related studies among recent years.

“Pharmacists are highly accessible healthcare professionals, and because of their knowledge of drug therapy and their computerized records of medications, they are particularly well positioned to provide the necessary medication instructions to patients to improve safe medication use and are in collaboration with primary care physicians to assist in preventive CVD care,” the article stated. “The integration of the pharmacist in the care of outpatients should be considered as a valuable solution for improving the management of CVD factors."

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Pharmavite announces new Alabama manufacturing facility

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite late Tuesday announced it has chosen Opelika, Ala., as the location for its new manufacturing and packaging facility.

“This is an important step in the growth of Pharmavite and we are very excited to soon become part of the Opelika and greater Alabama community,” Pharmavite COO Mark Walsh said. “Our new Opelika facility will allow us to have manufacturing capacity near the East coast markets, which make up a significant portion of our business.”

Pharmavite initially will be investing approximately $74 million in capital during the first year and based on future growth, expect to add to this investment over the coming years.

Pharmavite plans to break ground on the 330,000-sq.-ft. facility later this year. Once operational in early 2013, the facility is expected to employ approximately 280 employees in the first year of operation and based on future growth expects to add employees in the coming years. Pharmavite is currently working directly with the State of Alabama’s Economic Development agency and local officials in Opelika to plan a groundbreaking event in the fall.

“Our goal is to create the model manufacturing facility for the entire vitamin and supplement industry that will produce the highest quality products,” stated Lance Buchanan, director of plant operations at Pharmavite. “It will feature state-of-the-art technology and will be the first major vitamin and supplement manufacturing facility in the United States to be LEED certified.”

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Barry Manilow joins Sanofi’s atrial fibrillation education campaign

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Singer and atrial fibrillation patient Barry Manilow has joined Sanofi’s national education campaign designed to raise awareness about atrial fibrillation.

The Get Back in Rhythm campaign aims to improve the health and well-being of those affected by the condition by encouraging them to learn more about the risks and talk with their healthcare provider about how to maintain a normal heart rhythm and manage the disease.

The campaign is supported by a website, GetBackInRhythm.com. On the site, visitors can test their knowledge with the Rhythm IQ quiz, learn more about all the risks of the disease and print a guide that can help make the most of visits with healthcare providers. Additionally, campaign also will include a public service announcement featuring Manilow to help raise awareness about the disease.

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ElizabethJHaas says:
May-20-2013 07:24 am

Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He is best known for such recordings as Could It Be Magic, Mandy, Can't Smile Without You, Daybreak and Copacabana (At the Copa). His concerts have been really successful and people from different places come to attend his concert. Now in 2013 he have many concerts cheap barry manilow tickets are available at ticketdove.com, Before all the tickets run out you should contact us right away.

michael2 says:
Feb-22-2012 11:34 am

The first time I heard about atrial fibrillation was while I was studying for my masters in special education online, so I'm pretty sure there are many people out there who don't know anything about it. It's the reason why these campaigns are always welcomed, you never know when you might use the information you learn through them!

Dan Walter says:
Sep-19-2011 07:47 am

If you do get afib, beware of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: http://collateral-damage.net

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