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PANTHERx wins exclusive contract for the South Carolina ADAP

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy on Thursday announced that it has been awarded the exclusive contract to serve as the specialty pharmacy provider for the South Carolina AIDS Drug Assistance Program Direct Dispensing service tier, effective June 1, 2014. 

As an ADAP provider, PANTHERx Specialty will help to facilitate no-cost access to essential medications for low-income, uninsured and under-insured residents of South Carolina, utilizing a combination of state and federal funds. The South Carolina ADAP serves approximately 3,200 enrollees monthly.

"PANTHERx Specialty will initiate outreach to welcome all current ADAP patients and prescribers and to notify them of the transition of services, including how to access the myPANTHERx online portal to help manage refills," saidy Rob Snyder, PANTHERx director operations. 

In addition, the online home of PANTHERx Specialty, PantherSpecialty.com, has been relaunched to enhance the patient and prescriber experience, the company reported.

 

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CDC: Flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

The study is the first to estimate vaccine effectiveness against flu admissions to pediatric intensive care units. It illustrates the important protection flu vaccine can provide to children against more serious flu outcomes. CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, and especially for children at high risk of serious flu-related complications.

“These study results underscore the importance of an annual flu vaccination, which can keep your child from ending up in the intensive care unit,” said Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the CDC’s influenza division. “It is extremely important that all children — especially children at high risk of flu complications — are protected from what can be a life-threatening illness."

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Actress Viola Davis joins the Safeway Foundation and EIF on child hunger program

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis, together with the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, on Thursday launched Hunger Is, a joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in the United States. The year-round campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving a widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed.

"One in five children in America struggle with hunger — that’s nearly seventeen million children. I was one of those children; I was the one in five," Davis said. "I am honored to join the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds to help end childhood hunger."

Funds raised through the initiative will go toward programs focused on eradicating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. During the inaugural year, breakfast programs will be the focus, giving children a healthy start to their day and the best chance to excel.

Research shows that children who eat breakfast have better school attendance and achieve higher math scores than children who lack adequate access to food.

"It is unacceptable that millions of children in this country go hungry each day. The good news is that we can make a difference in their lives and send them to class ready and able to learn," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation.

Safeway shoppers will also have multiple opportunities to give during an in-store Childhood Hunger awareness fundraiser during the month of April at more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the United States.

"We are so grateful to Viola Davis for her profound generosity in sharing her personal story and lending her powerful voice to this campaign," commented EIF president and CEO Lisa Paulsen. "Too many kids are not getting the nutrition they need to reach their full potential, and we’re privileged to work with the Safeway Foundation to engage communities across the country in helping to change that."

 

 

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