NCPA applauds ‘Today Show’ segment on proper storage, disposal of medication
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A segment on NBC’s "Today Show" that emphasized the importance of properly storing and disposing medication has received praise from the National Community Pharmacists Association.
The segment, “What to Toss, What to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet,” featured Dr. Nancy Snyderman, reminded viewers to safely store their medications, as well as suggested that a disposal option is to contact one’s local pharmacist. The NCPA and its members support the voluntary Dispose My Meds program, which offers take back programs for consumers to properly dispose of unused and unwanted drugs.
“Community pharmacists are the healthcare professionals advising patients before medications are used and stand ready to assist patients if their medications go unused or expired,” said Robert Greenwood, NCPA president and Iowa pharmacy owner. “We highly encourage patients to talk with their community pharmacists about the best way to store and dispose of medicine no longer needed.”
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N.Y. lawmakers seek to help patients with low health literacy
NEW YORK — State lawmakers in New York have introduced legislation that would require simplifying and translating medication labels and providing oral interpretation services.
A.7342, introduced in the New York State Assembly by Democrat Richard Gottfried of New York City, and S.5000, introduced in the State Senate by Republican Kemp Hannon of Long Island, also would modify prescription forms to include a section for doctors to note that a patient has limited English-speaking and comprehension ability and indicate what language the patient speaks. Gottfried and Hannon are the respective chairmen of the Assembly Health Committee and the Senate Health Committee.
Nearly half the population of the United States has low health literacy, meaning a lack of the reading and numeracy skills necessary to understand such healthcare information as prescription drug instructions.
“If a patient can’t understand the label on medication or understand the answers to questions about it, the medication won’t be effective, and the patient can be injured or killed,” Gottfried said. “Chain and mail-order pharmacies should be required to provide translation services, just as hospitals do. And standardizing drug labels will help all of us.”
Advocacy group Make the Road New York and nonprofit civil rights legal firm New York Lawyers for the Public Interest praised the bill, saying it would improve access and adherence to prescription drugs in the state.
Merck closes Inspire acquisition
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Drug maker Merck has completed its acquisition of eye care company Inspire.
As previously reported, Merck announced its plan to acquire the company for $5 per share in cash, or $430 million. In addition, Monarch Transaction, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck, has merged with and into Inspire, with Inspire surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck, effective today.
“We are excited to complete this compelling and highly complementary acquisition of Inspire,” said Beverly Lybrand, SVP and general manager, neuroscience and ophthalmology at Merck. “The successful completion of this transaction strengthens our ophthalmology business and positions us for future growth with an expanded portfolio and a best in class commercialization organization.”