P&G kicks off third annual Give Hope program for breast cancer
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble, in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, once again will raise awareness and educate women about the importance of early detection in helping increase women’s chances of breast cancer survival.
To expand the P&G-NBCF Give Hope program, P&G is offering two special editions of its BrandSaver coupon booklets to consumers. For every BrandSaver coupon redeemed from the booklets, a two-cent donation will be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Give Hope BrandSaver coupons will be distributed in newspapers on Sept. 26 and Oct. 10. Additionally, P&G also will introduce special limited-edition pink products in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Such brands as Venus, Swiffer, Tide, Downy and Olay will be included in the money-saving coupon booklets, P&G said.
In related news, P&G and NBCF will team up with "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba for the second year in a row to continue helping spread the word about this program and the importance of early detection.
"I’ve seen the importance of early detection first hand when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. She was lucky to have caught it early, and her cancer is in remission," Inaba said. "I hope other women will hear my story and learn more about early detection and its importance."
Pittsburgh Business Group on Health’s LivingMyLife program to expand
PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Business Group on Health’s LivingMyLife program, which helps diabetes patients with disease management through the use of “coach pharmacists,” will soon do the same for those with other diseases, according to published reports.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday that LivingMyLife also would help patients with asthma and heart disease. The program, which began in 2006, allows patients to manage their disease with visits to pharmacies, mostly Giant Eagle, Kmart and some independents.
The announcement was made at the annual healthcare symposium of the group and involved more than 100 attendees, the newspaper reported.
DSC debunks industry misconceptions at briefing
WASHINGTON The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with two trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry — the Natural Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition — held a briefing on Capitol Hill Thursday in an effort to debunk some of the untruths and misconceptions about the dietary supplement industry and its role in Americans’ wellness regimens.
“It’s all about prevention. Prevention is the new mantra among consumers,” suggested guest speaker Patrick Rea, publisher and editorial director of Nutrition Business Journal.
Speaking to an audience of staff members from the House of Representatives and Senate, Rea said that even during tough economic times, consumers turn to dietary supplements as an important part of their immunity and prevention plan.
“Consumers looked at supplements as one way through the recession to help take care of themselves. Health is recession resilient, and the sales over time support this fact,” Rea said.
Rea addressed several “industry myths” –– including the notions that dietary supplements are unnecessary because people get what they need from food, that people really do not want to take supplements, that the pharmaceutical industry will destroy the dietary supplement industry and that the industry is unregulated.
“Our numbers show that somewhere between 60% to 80% of Americans take supplements, and 48% of them consider themselves regular users,” Rea said.
Rea also mentioned the growing acceptance of dietary supplements among conventional health practitioners, and the growing trend among pharmaceutical companies to develop their own versions of products usually sold as supplements.
“In a study of healthcare professionals, 72% of physicians and 89% of nurses are dietary supplement consumers, and 79% of physicians and 82% of nurses recommend dietary supplements to their patients,” Rea noted.
Regarding industry regulation, Rea countered that the supplement industry is one of the more highly regulated industries and that the industry welcomes those regulations. “[For example], a lot of the [dietary supplement] companies are rallying behind the [good manufacturing practices] regulations,” he said. “They want it to be known that they are a GMP-compliant company. And, the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act made claims rules clear and has really helped the industry focus and develop.”