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NADDI cracks down on methamphetamine with new initiative

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK In a nutshell, this program gives any legislative body — state or local — debating around whether a prescription ought to be required in the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product one less reason to pull the trigger on that decision. And it’s a pretty big reason. Before, the argument could be made that implementing a program like NPLEx was prohibitive because of the associated cost.

That’s a sound argument even if it means making PSE prescription-only for all the wrong reasons. And that’s true especially in today’s economy, where state and local governments both are doing their level best to continue providing community-wide services despite dwindling coffers.

But now the money argument shifts in the other direction, because now there are no costs associated with programs like NPLEx for state or local governments, except maybe in prosecuting and housing criminals. And that’s a cost that should pay dividends going forward, because they’ll actually be purging a lot of these methamphetamine-addicted criminals from mainstream society.

The fact is, that’s potentially the best benefit from this program, pulling those criminals off the streets. Requiring a prescription for PSE is only a hurdle for an addict. It’s not going to stop them altogether; though it will stop a legitimate consumer from realizing accessible symptom relief from a cold.

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Armada Health Care opens registration for 2010 Specialty Pharmacy Business Summit

BY Allison Cerra

SHORT HILLS, N.J. One of the nation’s largest specialty pharmacy channel management organizations is gearing up for its annual summit.

Armada Health Care announced this week that registration is now open for the 2010 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit, slated for May. The summit, Armada said, “will deliver every attendee an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about the growing specialty pharmacy channel. [The summit] will also provide insight into future changes in this market through valuable business sessions and educational seminars.”

For registration and more information about this nationally recognized event, visit www.armadasummit.com or contact Armada Health Care at (973) 564-8004.

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Wegmans to sponsor 2010 LPGA Championship

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON Ladies Professional Golf Association acting commissioner Marty Evans on Wednesday announced that the tour will partner with longtime LPGA sponsor Wegmans to conduct the 2010 LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans.

“The Wegmans LPGA, Locust Hill Country Club and the Rochester community are all so important to the LPGA Tour, so it’s only appropriate that they should host this prestigious championship in 2010,” Evans stated. “We are grateful to Colleen Wegman and Wegmans Food Markets for their continued commitment to the LPGA, and look forward to working closely with them while concurrently continuing our discussions with potential long-term partners for the LPGA Championship.”

“It is an honor for Wegmans to be Presenting Sponsor for the 2010 LPGA Championship and also to bring a major championship event to Locust Hill Country Club and the Rochester community,” commented Colleen Wegman, Wegmans president. “It was my grandfather’s dream to host a major LPGA Championship event in Rochester. We will work on his behalf to make the 2010 LPGA Championship the best ever.”

The 2010 LPGA Championship will be the second LPGA Tour major conducted during the season. It will be played at the site of the Wegmans LPGA event in Pittsford, N.Y. from June 21-27, 2010.

The tournament will be among 24 official money events in 10 countries on the 2010 LPGA Tour.

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