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New Florida law expands immunization administration for pharmacists

BY Antoinette Alexander

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Under a new law that took effect on Wednesday, Floridians can now get more vaccines at their local pharmacy instead of going to a doctor’s office.

Under the law, pharmacists who have a valid Immunization Administration Certification have been given expanded authority to give additional vaccines like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough), varicella, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), meningococcal and pneumococcal. Vaccines for influenza and shingles were already available at all local pharmacies, according to local news reports.

The Florida Board of Pharmacy noted that, as of Wednesday, pharmacy interns who are registered with the Board of Pharmacy will also be able to give vaccines to adults if they:
•    Complete the 20 hours of Board-approved coursework and receive the Immunization Administration Certification from the Board of Pharmacy.
•    Are supervised in a one-to-one ratio by a pharmacist who has immunization certification.
 

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Newcomers Bradley, Curran win CVS Health Charity Classic golf tournament

BY Lesley Thulin

BARRINGTON, R.I. — Keegan Bradley and Jon Curran claimed the golf title at the 17th annual CVS Health Charity Classic on Tuesday, posting 21-under-par 121. Lexi Thompson and Harris English took second place at 19-under-par, and Billy Horschel and Jimmy Walker finished at third place, with a 18-under-par 124.

Since 1999, the tournament has raised more than $18 million for non-profit organizations across Southern New England and attracted PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours players.

This year’s tournament sponsored the inaugural Charity Miles campaign, sponsored by Aon Hewitt. The program asked fans to download its app and raise money for a designated charity while walking, running and biking. So far, fans have raised $25,000.

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Dr. Reddy’s introduces new logo, brand identity

BY David Salazar

G.V. Prasad, Co-chairman& CEO of Dr. Reddy's, at an event at the company's North American headquarters in Princeton, N.J. on Wednesday. 

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy’s on Wednesday announced a rebranding, with a new logo meant to give the company a new, more visual identity.

The new purple logo is meant to express the dynamism, creativity and empathy — three values at the heart of its commitment to patients, Dr. Reddy's noted in a statement.

The rebranding, which will unify the brand and display the company’s willingness to meet new challenges, will extend to all Dr. Reddy’s product packaging once the legal processes and documentation necessary is complete. For the company, it is aimed at putting a fresh look on its five core principles: bringing expensive medicines within reach of patients who need them; addressing unmet patient needs; helping patients manage their disease better, working with partners to help them succeed and enabling product availability at pharmacy.

“Over 31 years, Dr. Reddy’s has grown from a manufacturer of APIs into a multinational pharmaceutical brand of repute, with operations in over 25 countries,” Dr. Reddy’s Chairman Satish Reddy said. “Throughout this journey, we have remained true to our core values, even as we continually transform to keep pace with the changing needs of our patients and partners.  Our belief ‘Good Health Can’t Wait’ lends new meaning to our core purpose of accelerating access to affordable and innovative medicines.”

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