New coalition seeks to curb obesity in the United States
WASHINGTON A group of retailers, food and beverage manufacturers and nongovernmental organizations has formed a coalition to combat obesity.
The coalition announced the formation of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Monday, with the goal of reducing obesity, especially childhood obesity, nationwide by 2015 by promoting ways to improve health in the marketplace, the workplace and schools.
The member companies and organizations – which include the Kellogg Co., PepsiCo, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and United Supermarkets – have set aside $20 million to promote programs encouraging healthy diet and physical activity among children aged 6 to 11, as well as their parents and caregivers.
RediClinic set to offer H1N1 vaccine, FluMist
HOUSTON RediClinic is reinforcing its role as a local resource for prevention and treatment of seasonal illnesses by providing FluMist nasal flu vaccine and gearing up to offer the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.
As previously reported by Drug Store News, the retail-based clinic operator is offering FluMist in its Houston and Austin locations.
In addition, the clinics expect to offer the H1N1 vaccine when it is projected to become available in mid-October. For those patients experiencing flu-like symptoms, RediClinic offers diagnostic tests and treatment options to help them get healthy as quickly as possible.
“All of our clinicians are prepared to share information and advice with patients interested in learning how to prevent these illnesses, and our clinics are open seven days a week and after school and work on weekdays to ensure that patients have access to care when they need it most,” stated Nancy Ross, RediClinic nurse practitioner.
NACDS, NCPA file lawsuit against Minnesota over Medicaid cuts
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Just a few days after announcing lawsuits against three states, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have declared that the state of Minnesota unlawfully cut patient access to Medicaid.
Additional state-based associations, including the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, the Minnesota Retailers Association and other businesses, filed as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The co-plaintiffs claim the state violating the Social Security Act, which required states to adjust reimbursement rates as a result of reductions to the average wholesale price of drugs.
“MPhA is deeply disappointed in the decision of the Department of Human Services to not exercise its authority and responsibility to assist pharmacies in what will be a devastating blow to their ability to provide services to their patients,” said Julie K. Johnson, Pharm.D., EVP and CEO, Minnesota Pharmacists Association.