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Pfizer, J&J subsidiary, charity group launch Alzheimer’s Challenge 2012

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Pfizer is partnering with a division of Johnson & Johnson and a charity organization to launch an initiative to award funding to projects designed to improve the diagnostic identification and tracking of Alzheimer’s disease.

The drug maker said it would work with Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy, its partner on the Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program, and a subsidiary of J&J and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer Initiative to introduce the Alzheimer’s Challenge 2012 at the Care Innovations Summit in Washington.

The initiative also will support the Department of Health and Human Services’ call to harness new thinking to deliver better care and better health at lower cost and provide a way to find new ways of thinking and approaches to improve care for people with the disease.

The initiative includes awards totaling $300,000, incorporating $25,000 to five finalists and $175,000 to one winner of the challenge.

 


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Medbox unveils new products for 2012

BY Alaric DeArment

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Medbox is introducing two new prescription drug vending machine systems in 2012, the company said Thursday.

Safe Storage Lockers provide a secure method of storing, exchanging and selling tangible items, the company said. The lockers include 120 individual boxes allowing the primary user to assign a code to a secondary user who can then access the box after biometric verification.

Meanwhile, the Medbox Rx allows pharmacists to load a customer’s medication into a lockbox for later retrieval. After registering, customers can return to the pharmacy at their convenience and, with the swipe of a card and the scanning of a fingerprint, retrieve their medications. The company called the Medbox Rx the world’s first patented prescription dispensing system to feature a biometric fingerprint recognition program to assure patient identity. The system also takes a photograph of each person conducting a transaction and keeps a record in order to prevent theft and fraud.


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MinuteClinic urges vaccination as pertussis cases rise in 2012

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — With at least a dozen states reporting confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, during the first three weeks of January, MinuteClinic is urging parents and guardians to obtain a DTaP shot (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) for unvaccinated children under 7 years old.  Booster shots, known as Tdap, also are encouraged for all pre-teens, teens and adults.

"We have seen a reemergence of whooping cough in recent years and in many cases infants and children are infected by parents, siblings, other family members and caregivers who don’t realize they have the disease," stated Nancy Gagliano, MinuteClinic chief medical officer. "Our practitioners at MinuteClinic can help educate parents and other adults about appropriate immunization schedules for their children and themselves to prevent spreading the illness."

Pertussis is known as whooping cough due to the "whooping" sound that is made when gasping for air. The disease can result in hospitalization, particularly among infants. There are about 300,000 pertussis-related deaths worldwide per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

News reports of confirmed pertussis cases among children in 2012 have occurred in a number of states where MinuteClinic medical clinics offer pertussis vaccinations, including New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A vaccination is the best way to prevent pertussis, according to the CDC. Both DTaP and Tdap vaccinations are available without appointment for those 18 months and above at 600-plus MinuteClinic medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

The recommended pertussis vaccination for infants and children is DTaP, a combination vaccine that also protects against diphtheria and tetanus and is given four times in infant/early childhood years and a fifth time before a child enters school between ages 4 and 6 years.

Vaccine protection fades over time, so a Tdap booster shot, which also protects against all three diseases, is recommended for pre-teens at ages 11 or 12 years and for adults who did not get a Tdap vaccine as a preteen or teen. Children ages 7 to 10 years with an incomplete vaccination history against pertussis should also get a Tdap shot. Tdap vaccinations are particularly recommended for pregnant women, family members with newborn infants, grandparents, healthcare workers and child care providers.

DTaP vaccinations at MinuteClinic are $82 while Tdap vaccinations are $79. The vaccines typically are covered by insurance.


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Apr-04-2012 11:15 pm

The vaccinations are so important to get. I am glad to see that they promoting this. So many people need to take advantage of it. Keep up the good work.

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