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Rewarding health care’s unsung heroes

BY DSN STAFF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —Nurse practitioners are critical players in today’s healthcare system, and all too often these professionals are the “unsung heroes” of health care. In an effort to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their efforts and share their stories, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress once again featured Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence.

Taking home the CARE Lifetime Achievement Award (a.k.a., the Loretta Ford Award) was Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing/director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine. Additional award winners included:

Unsung Hero Awards—Deb Paffenroth, Aurora QuickCare; Caroline Stein, Target Clinic; and Vicki Mitchell, The Little Clinic;

Lifesaver Awards—Jennifer Tucker, Minute-Clinic; Phyllis Smith, Take Care Health Systems; and Ann Maag, RediClinic;

Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Award—Ann Marie Coppen, Lindora;

Service Award—Angie Swatfager, MinuteClinic;

Leadership Award—Mike Ayotte, CVS Caremark/MinuteClinic; and

Academic Leadership Award—Patricia Starck, University of Texas School of Nursing

To salute the passage of Senate resolution 585, which created the National Convenient Care Clinic Week, Retail Clinician and the CCA presented Lt. Col. Corina Barrow of the Army Nurse Corps and currently the Nurse Corps Detailee for Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, with a special CARE Champion Award. In addition, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who addressed RCEC attendees via a video feed shot from the governor’s office, was presented with a CARE Champion Award for the work he has done to advance the scope of practice of nurse practitioners in his state.

Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, presented a special joint CARE Leadership Award to CCA’s board of directors, including Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic; Web Golinkin, president and CEO at RediClinic; Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer at Take Care Health Systems; Janet Teske, manager, Aurora QuickCare; Ken Berndt, director of Bellin FastCare; and Cynthia Graff, president and CEO of Lindora.

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The Apothecary Shops earns spot on Inc.’s fastest-growing private companies list

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy isn’t the only one to earn a spot on Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies.

The Inc. 5000 also listed specialty pharmacy The Apothecary Shops, ranking 2,394. That marked a jump of 322 spots from last year and 1,682 spots from 2008 in its fourth annual appearance on the list.

Drug Store News reported Thursday on Diplomat’s inclusion on the list.

“It’s no secret that we have undertaken a very aggressive growth strategy for The Apothecary Shops, but our approach, particularly in a down economy, has been targeted and strategic to be in a solid position to leverage that growth when the economy turns,” The Apothecary Shops president Keith Cook said. “Our movement on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies reflects the success of our strategic direction.”

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CMPI survey: Alcohol, marijuana biggest substance problems among teens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest on Thursday released the results of a national Teen Substance Abuse survey, indicating that police officers and high school teachers nationwide believe alcohol and marijuana are the most serious problem substances facing teenagers.

The results were released one week prior to a Sept. 14 Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee meeting called to discuss whether or not additional sales restrictions need to be placed on dextromethorphan, a popular cold remedy ingredient that has been associated with teenage drug abuse. According to the survey, police and teachers polled do not believe it is a good idea to force Americans to visit a doctor to get a prescription to purchase commonly-sold cough-cold medicines.

When asked which substances do pose the greatest negative impact on teens, teachers and police identified marijuana and alcohol, followed by methamphetamine and cocaine. More than 1-in-4 police officers (27%) identified prescription drugs acquired by teens as having the greatest negative impact on teens, as compared with 15% of teachers. Nonprescription medicines were named by 1% of police officers as having the greatest negative impact; 2% of teachers identified over-the-counter medicines as such.

The survey also revealed that by a margin of 2-to-1, police officers and high school teachers support education efforts as a means to address abuse of OTC cough-and-cold medicines, versus restricted accessibility to consumers.

“Americans expect to be able to buy cough medicines conveniently at the supermarket or their neighborhood corner store,” stated CMPI VP Robert Goldberg. “Overly restricting access to cough-and-cold products containing dextromethorphan will create more health problems than it will solve, especially during cold-and-flu seasons. We need to find common sense solutions and invest more resources in education.”

The entire Teen Substance Abuse survey is available at Cmpi.org.

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