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NCDP responds to Pres. Obama’s comments at AMA annual meeting

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. An organization focused on treatment, education and policy to help people with diabetes has heralded remarks that President Barack Obama made Monday.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, Obama cited preventative care and chronic disease management as important ways to improve the country’s healthcare system.

The National Changing Diabetes Program said it appreciated Obama’s “recognition of the important role of the federal government in helping to manage costly and preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes.”

The company spends around $218 billion a year on diabetes and pre-diabetes, according to the NCDP, and the American Diabetes Association estimated that 23.6 million Americans live with the disease.

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Covidien enters a license, development collaboration with Nuvo Research

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A healthcare products company hopes to expand its entry into the branded painkiller market through a new deal with a Canadian drug development company.

Covidien announced that it had entered a license and development collaboration with Mississauga, Ontario-based Nuvo Research, which develops transdermal and topical drugs. The collaboration includes a topical painkiller that combines the nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac sodium with the transdermal carrier dimethyl sulfoxide.

Covidien said that Nuvo would receive an upfront payment – which Covidien would expense in its fiscal third quarter – development and sales milestone payments and royalties.

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APhA ‘stands ready’ for reformed healthcare system

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WASHINGTON An organization representing the country’s pharmacists heralded comments by President Barack Obama before the American Medical Association Monday that mentioned members of the profession as playing a role in healthcare reform.

Pharmacists “stand ready” to be part of a reformed healthcare system, the American Pharmacists Association said in response.

The APhA said that evidence increasingly indicates pharmacists help keep healthcare costs in check through such services as medication therapy management, which includes educating patients on how to take prescription drugs properly and safely, and health screenings and immunizations.

“We need to build on the examples of outstanding medicine at places like the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where the quality of care for cystic fibrosis patients shot up after the hospital began incorporating suggestions from parents,” Obama said in his remarks before the AMA’s annual conference in Chicago. “And places like Tallahassee Memorial Health Care, where deaths were dramatically reduced with rapid response teams that monitored patients’ conditions and ‘multidisciplinary rounds’ with everyone from physicians to pharmacists.”

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