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Report: New Kansas law allows for ‘collaborative agreements’ for pharmacists

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Pharmacists in Kansas will be able to play a greater collaborative role in patient care under a new law that will take effect in July, according to a local news report.

Legislature approved the law earlier this year, allowing for the creation of “collaborative agreements” for pharmacists to start and modify drug therapies for patients under the supervision of a physician, the Wichita Eagle reported. Pharmacists also will be able to use their expertise to supplement the work of physicians.

The law, which could mean more roles for pharmacists in clinic-based practices and teams, came about after the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy saw a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said Kansas was 1-of-4 states in the country with laws that “authorized extremely limited collaborative practice,” Debra Billingsley, executive director of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy, was quoted as saying.

 

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The Consumer Goods Forum board strengthens commitment to worldwide health and wellness

BY Antoinette Alexander

PARIS — The Consumer Goods Forum’s Board of Directors has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of its Health & Wellness Resolutions published in June 2011, which set out the Forum’s belief that manufacturers and retailers have a key role to play in improving the health and wellness of consumers, employees, their families and the communities they serve.
 
During a meeting of the board of directors, held during its annual Global Summit currently underway in Paris, The Consumer Goods Forum has asked its members for increased alignment and engagement on its ambitious five-year plan, which aims to empower the world’s population to make healthier product and lifestyle choices.
 
Responding to the increasing importance of health to consumers, the board has committed to lead the industry on a number of specific actions from the Resolutions, namely:

  • By 2016: Make company policies public on nutrition and product formulation;
  • By 2016: Implement employee health-and-wellness programs;
  • By 2018: Industry-wide implementation of consistent product labeling and consumer information to help consumers make informed choices and usages; and
  • By 2018: Stop targeted advertising to children younger than 12 years for products that do not fulfill specific nutrition criteria based on scientific evidence and/or applicable national and international dietary guidelines.

In addition, the board has approved the establishment of an External Scientific Advisory Council on Health and Wellness to give directional guidance.
 
In order to measure progress in implementation of the Resolutions, the industry’s first ever industry-wide survey also is being conducted. Following on from the 2013 Board pilot, the Forum is now extending the process to the entire membership with a new report describing industry progress to be published in January 2015.
 
 

 

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Blue Diamond spreads honey across product lines

BY Ryan Chavis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blue Diamond Growers, an almond processing and marketing company, on Wednesday announced the launch of a new line of honey-flavored products across the Snack Almonds, Nut Thins and Almond Breeze lines.

“Honey is growing in popularity as a great natural alternative to sugar,” said Al Greenlee, director of marketing at Blue Diamond Growers. “Honey’s sweet, yet understated flavor adds complexity to any meal or snack. We’ve incorporated honey flavors into everything from Snack Almonds to Almond Breeze Almondmilk.”

The new products include:

  • Four new flavors of Snack Almonds: honey roasted, honey roasted vanilla, honey roasted cinnamon and honey roasted chipotle, all of which come in 6-oz. cans;
  • New honey cinnamon and honey mustard Nut Thins, available in 4.25-oz. boxes; and
  • Almond Breeze AlmondMilk in Hint of Honey and honey vanilla, available in both refrigerated and shelf-stable cartons.   

Blue Diamond also announced that it is donating $100,000 to Project Apis m., a nonprofit whose mission is to direct research that will enhance the health of honey bees while also improving crop production. Since 1976, Blue Diamond has helped fund research for more than 70 projects focused on bees, pollination and colony health.

“We understand the importance of honey bees in the process of the food chain and the critical role that they play in the success of our business,” said John O’Shaughnessy, general manager of consumer foods division, Blue Diamond Growers. “We are committed to supporting honey bee health as demonstrated with this donation effort to Project Apis m.”

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