PhRMA partners with NIH on drug development
WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday announced a partnership with the National Institutes of Health that will help spur drug development, the association stated.
The Accelerating Medicines Partnership — an initiative of NIH, several non-profit disease foundations, 10 biopharmaceutical companies and PhRMA — aims to transform the current model for developing new diagnostics and treatments by joining forces to identify and validate promising biological targets of disease.
AMP represents a new, integrated approach to treatment discovery and seeks to increase the number of new diagnostics and therapies for patients while reducing the time and cost associated with their development. The initiative will begin with three- to five-year pilot projects focused on three disease areas: Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. AMP data and analyses will be publicly accessible to the biomedical community.
Walgreens offers free blood-pressure testing in support of American Heart Month
DEERFIELD, Ill. — In support of American Heart Month, Walgreens is offering free blood-pressure testing at all of its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics throughout the month of February, the retailer announced Monday.
Tests are available daily during pharmacy and clinic hours with no appointment necessary and are administered by Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The free testing aims to encourage customers to know the two critical numbers that can inspire prevention or treatment of hypertension, a disease that often presents no symptoms, but increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.
"Regular health testing is one of the best ways for people to manage their health, and when it comes to blood pressure, it’s important for people to know their numbers because detection of high blood pressure can be critical," stated Harry Leider, Walgreens chief medical officer. "Our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants are an accessible community resource providing free blood-pressure testing throughout the month as part of Walgreens commitment to help people get, stay and live well."
Tests are not done for diagnostic or treatment purposes, and individuals are advised to share their test results with their primary care physician.
Blood pressure trackers, designed to help customers monitor their numbers over time, and American Heart Association educational materials also are available through the pharmacy. Additionally, customers have the option to support the American Heart Association by providing a donation at checkout.
Script Relief launches improved website
NEW YORK — Script Relief launched a new and improved HelpRx website that aims to provide a user-friendly experience and additional resources to people searching for prescription drug discounts, as well as information about medications.
Consumers can use the Rx Search tool on the website to find prescription drug coupouns, which can be printed or sent to a user’s email address or mobile phone. The coupons can be presented at more than 50,000 pharmacies across the nation, which savings reaching up to 75% off the prescription’s retail price, the company said.
“The new site integrates information with access. Our hope is that when searching for prescription coupons, users also will find relevant information about their prescription, condition and alternative drug treatment options,” said Ed McCabe, Script Relief’s new media director.
HelpRx also will provide jargon-free, easy-to-read information about multiple conditions like arthritis and diabetes. The site also features an expanded blog and resource center that includes relevant articles and guides for health and medications.