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Performance Health a sponsor of the March 2014 Run It Forward tour

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio — Performance Health recently sponsored the March 2014 Run It Forward tour, the company announced Wednesday. A donation of Biofreeze, TheraBand, Cramer and Perform products supported the elite runners’ training, performance and recovery needs during the 15-day event. Run It Forward helps educate America’s underserved youth on the benefits of staying physically and mentally healthy, and the resulting impact it can have on their education.

“Run It Forward brings together amazing people who are passionate about health, fitness and the well-being of kids. We are extremely proud of this unique running event that showcases the benefits of staying healthy,” stated RIF participant Mike Cicero of the Wellfit Group. “We also take pride in being an organization that is run 100% by volunteers. This means that all of the monies invested go directly to raising awareness and resources for underserved schools." 

Focused on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the RIF tour impacted schools that were pummeled by Hurricane Katrina and have yet to recover. The 1,500 mile trek began on March 2 in Orlando, Fla. and finished at Port Isabelle, Texas on March 16. Each day, after individually running between eight and 18 miles, the Run It Forward team stopped at underserved schools and presented an assembly on empowerment and wellness with the message of “I’m possible vs. impossible”. Inspirational presentations were given by Run It Forward founder, former Oakland Raiderette and ultra runner Erika Small; motivational speaker, author and ultra runner Jason Harper; and Grammy nominated rock star from the band Papa Roach and RIF participant Jacoby Shaddix. Following the assembly, the team hosted a 3K Fun Run for the students and provided the schools with a self-contained after school program called Project FIT.

 

 

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Avella Specialty Pharmacy CEO to be keynote speaker at AMCP’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014, Avella announced Wednesday. 

Shanahan will open the conference with a session on the optimal roles of payers, patients, specialty pharmacies and manufacturers in driving improved health outcomes. She will also reveal how payers and providers can best harness the unique “connector” capabilities of specialty pharmacies to engage patients, promote medication compliance and drive greater self-management of chronic health conditions. Shanahan will illustrate these capabilities through real-world examples and clinical best practices aligned with hepatitis-C and oncology treatment plans, Avella reported.

The theme of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference, which takes place April 1 to 2, is “Integrating the Pharmacy and Medical Benefit.” The conference will be held during the first two days of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Annual Meeting & Expo in Tampa, Florida.

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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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