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NCPA emphasizes Dispose My Meds program during Patient Safety Awareness Week

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In line with Patient Safety Awareness Week, which began Sunday, the National Community Pharmacists Association is encouraging patients to properly dispose of their expired or unused medications safely and effectively.

The NCPA’s Dispose My Meds program, which was developed with Sharps Compliance, gives patients an effective solution to dealing with outdated prescriptions. By logging on to the Dispose My Meds website, consumers can find participating pharmacies by city, state or zip code to dispose of unused medications, excluding controlled substances.

“Pharmacists can help patients monitor what medications are taken, how they interact with other drugs, how effective they are and what side effects they might cause as a way to ensure maximum results,” said Robert Greenwood, NCPA president and pharmacy owner. “During Patient Safety Awareness Week, and anytime, we encourage patients to talk to their community pharmacists about medication safety and how to dispose of medications properly when they go unused or expire.”

To learn more, visit DisposeMyMeds.org.

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Third annual NACDS RxImpact Day in full swing

BY DSN STAFF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Capitol Hill will turn into a sea of white lab coats Wednesday and Thursday as more than 350 pharmacy advocates from almost 40 states visit Washington for the third annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact Day, NACDS said Wednesday.

The event will include pharmacy and retail executives, division and store managers, pharmacists, pharmacy school deans and students advocating on behalf of pharmacy to members of Congress.

“NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill demonstrates the excitement, enthusiasm and active engagement of pharmacy — the face of neighborhood health care,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “In the third year of this well-attended event, NACDS RxImpact Day continues to build momentum for pro-patient and pro-pharmacy public policy, and is a strong testament to pharmacy’s future health and well-being.”

In addition to RxImpact Day itself, NACDS also sponsors training sessions to teach participants how to advocate on behalf of pharmacy to lawmakers, tours of pharmacies for members of Congress that expose them to how pharmacists help patients improve their health, and action alerts designed to influence advocates when issues emerge.

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Pyott steps in as Allergan’s president

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINE, Calif. — Allergan reappointed David Pyott as president earlier this week, adding to his role as chairman and CEO. Pyott will succeed Michael Ball, who has accepted the position of CEO at Hospira, a specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, Allergan reported.

The changeover takes place March 27.

“[Ball] has continuously made significant contributions to the success of Allergan during his 16 years of service and has been a key partner since I arrived in January 1998,” stated Pyott. “His appointment as chief executive officer of Hospira is a testament to his many skills and his leadership capabilities. We wish him much success in the next stage of his career.”

Pyott’s role as president is not an interim position as Allergan does not currently plan to name a new president, the company reported.

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