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Nutramax’s joint health supplement featured in book

BY Allison Cerra

EDGEWOOD, Md. CosaminASU was named a preferred joint health supplement in a new book, "FrameWork for the Knee."

“In ‘FrameWork for the Knee,’ Dr. Nick DiNubile continues to stress the importance of exercise, nutrition and the mind in maintaining health,” said Troy Henderson, VP corporate operations and professional services at Nutramax Labs. “Physicians repeatedly recommended Cosamin products because of their high-quality ingredients and Nutramax Labs’s strict adherence to [good manufacturing practices].”

 

Added the book’s author Dr. Nick DiNubile, “Not only do I take CosaminASU myself, I also recommend CosaminASU to my patients who have joint issues and who have had cartilage regeneration type of surgery, such as microfracture or chondrocyte transplantation.”

 

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NACDS to IRS: Delay health debit card changes

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday released a letter addressed to the Internal Revenue Service requesting clarifications of provisions regarding over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

First and foremost, NACDS is concerned that current IRS guidance would prohibit the use of debit cards in the purchase of not only any prescribed OTC medicine, but also any prescription-only therapy.

“Currently, there is no robust interaction between pharmacy dispensing systems and [inventory information approval systems; the systems used to substantiate purchases for flexible spending accounts]; an IIAS cannot distinguish between a medication for which a prescription is required and an OTC that has been prescribed,” NACDS explained. “As a result, a prohibition on using debit cards for prescribed OTC medications could have the practical effect of prohibiting the use of debit cards for all prescribed medications. … IRS’ prohibition on using debit cards for prescribed OTC medications greatly diminishes the value of the IIAS infrastructure unless pharmacies invest even more capital to modify the IIAS infrastructure to comply with the new guidance.”

There is significant capital at stake, NACDS argued, as the IIAS modifications to distinguish prescription-only and OTC across all stakeholders could take as long as two years to implement. NACDS requested IRS allow the use of debit cards to purchase prescribed OTCs; otherwise, the association requested that the two-week delay the IRS has allowed for implementation be extended by two years.

For a full copy of the letter, click here.

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American Diabetes Association continues to raise awareness as celebratory month nears

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. American Diabetes Month will be celebrated this November, and the group leading the fight to end the disease is encouraging others to join the movement.

 

Shortly after announcing that "Celebrity Apprentice" winner and Poison frontman Bret Michaels joined its "Stop Diabetes" movement, the American Diabetes Association has launched the "Share Your Vision to Stop Diabetes" video contest, and has asked Americans to:

  • Become advocates for the cause;
  • Learn how to survive the holidays;
  • Give their time and passion; or
  • Donate funds to support diabetes research, information and advocacy programs.

 

With nearly 24 million children and adults afflicted with the disease in the United States — and an additional 57 million at risk for Type 2 diabetes — diabetes has reached epidemic proportions, the association said.

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