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New Mexico pharmacists certified to prescribe overdose drug Narcan

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA FE, N.M. — Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe Narcan (naloxone), which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension, according to a report published Wednesday by The New Mexican

The first 60 pharmacists have completed the training program, learning how to administer a nasal spray to a patient suffering from a drug overdose. 

Because New Mexico contains many rural areas, the local pharmacy may be the closest healthcare practitioner in many areas, the paper noted. 

There were as many as 500 statewide overdose reversals due to Narcan in 2013, the paper reported. “Narcan is one of the keys to preventing prescription drug overdoses,” Michael Landen, state epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, told the New Mexican. “Allowing people who need access to Narcan and having it available at most pharmacies is very important.”

 

 

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Missouri bill requires prescription dispensing fees paid for partial fills due to med sync programs

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a Missouri bill would require health benefit plans to reimburse pharmacies when they dispense less than a 30-day supply for the purpose of synchronizing a patient’s chronic medications. 

Further, the bill would prohibit plans from prorating dispensing fees based on a calculation of the days’ supply of medication dispensed. "Dispensing fees shall be determined exclusively on the total number of prescriptions dispensed," the bill reads. 

The bill also would require reimbursement when “the prescriber or pharmacist indicates the fill or refill could be in the best interest of the patient.”

 

 

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Mars signs with licensee to bring branded apparel to retailers

BY Ryan Chavis

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M’s and Skittles brands. The apparel will be available at a variety of price points and include long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, knit tops, outerwear, fleece and hoodies.

The new line could serve as a colorful focal point for retailers as they plan Back-to-College endcaps or holiday displays. Retailers may place orders in spring 2014 for distribution across the United States.

“Retailers are looking for strategic ways to gain shopper interest and increase sales, and we know that a display incorporating M&M’S brand candies and licensed merchandise will boost sales while adding excitement to the aisle,” said John Capizzi, general manager of licensing for Mars Retail Group. “We’re proud to offer retailers quality apparel from industry leader Mad Engine. Pairing their quality and ingenuity with the strength of Mars’ iconic brands, we’ll deliver strong results to retailers looking to offer a unique shopping experience.”

Mad Engine’s roster of brands includes Lucasfilm, Marvel and Disney. The company is based in San Diego County, Calif., and maintains inventory of more than 230 items to service the just-in-time deliveries for smaller store chains and boutique sales.

 

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