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Rite Aid offers customers support in keeping healthy New Year’s resolutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is looking to help Americans with their New Year’s resolutions to improve their health by offering customers free extra support, including Better You informational guides in all 4,600 stores, exclusive online health resources and expert advice from Rite Aid pharmacists. Rite Aid’s wellness stores will also be offering free health screenings and informational sessions the week of Jan. 13.

"Making positive lifestyle changes is easier with the right support network," stated Rite Aid EVP of pharmacy Robert Thompson. "According to this month’s Gallup poll, pharmacists are again one of the most trusted of all professions. At Rite Aid, we encourage our customers to seek our pharmacists’ expert advice on a range of health topics, such as tips to improve an on-the-go diet, ways to incorporate more fitness into a daily routine or approaches to quitting smoking once and for all."

To encourage customers in their pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes, Rite Aid’s nearly 800 wellness stores will hold health fairs, on either Jan. 16 or Jan. 19. During these four-hour events, stores will hold free health screenings including nicotine dependence tests, COPD risk assessments, diabetes risk assessments, and provide information on the pneumococcal vaccine, which is important since smokers are at a higher risk for developing pneumonia, according to the American Cancer Society.
 
Customers can also get help any time from the convenience of their home or office by logging onto www.riteaid.com where, starting Jan. 2, they can access exclusive support resources including:

     

  • Nutritional information such as a menu planner that analyzes personal eating habits for calorie, fat and carbohydrate counts, a list of healthy recipes based on the meal or food type, a guide to interpreting the common black-and-white "nutritional facts" labels, and 30 daily tips for eating healthier on the go;

 

  • A section that is all about encouraging kids to develop healthy lifestyles by becoming more active, cutting back on sweets, snacking healthy in 100-calorie-or-less portions, and by getting involved in meal planning – from the shopping cart to the kitchen;

  • A body mass index calculator that factors in weight and height to produce a reliable test for potential weight concerns and early indicator for the health conditions that can result; and

  • Videos of Denise Austin demonstrating how to incorporate fitness into a daily routine by using Forever Fit’s four categories of products based on the overall health goal of: Balance and flexibility, heart health, fitness and support, and toning and strength.

 

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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy’s Phil Hagerman named one of 13 ‘Michiganders to Watch’

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy on Thursday announced that CEO and co-founder Phil Hagerman has been named one of 13 "Michiganders to Watch" by MLive Media Group, a collaborative network of local and statewide Michigan news outlets. The MLive profile on Hagerman can be viewed here

In addition to hiring and company growth, Hagerman was lauded by MLive for Diplomat’s philanthropic efforts, which include revitalization of the company’s home town of Flint, Mich., which was hit particularly hard by downsizing in the auto industry, and a job creation initiative set to launch in 2013 with St. Luke’s N.E.W. (North End Women’s) Life Center, a Flint-based program that assists at-risk women in becoming self sufficient providers for their families. 

Other laudable accomplishments included the company’s hiring trend, which landed Diplomat on Inc. magazine’s inaugural list of the nation’s top 100 job creators, known as the Hire Power Awards. The Hire Power Award winners are listed in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Inc. In addition to the Hire Power awards, Diplomat has been included on Inc. magazine’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies for the past four years.

 

 

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Walgreens Infusion Services selected as a contracted provider of just-approved long-term treatment for SBS

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Infusion Services has been selected as a contracted provider of a new injectable medication that helps patients with short bowel syndrome get more — or all — of their nutrients orally, reducing their dependence on intravenous parenteral nutrition, the division announced Wednesday. Walgreens Infusion Services, a national provider of home and alternate treatment site infusion services, was chosen to provide and support the administration of Gattex due to its ability to provide extensive clinical support to patients undergoing treatment for complex conditions and its nationwide network of local offices.

“Our interdisciplinary team approach to caring for parenteral nutrition patients fits perfectly with the clinical care services required for Gattex, which can help provide patients greater freedom and better quality of life,” stated Paul Mastrapa, president of Walgreens Infusion Services. “Our experienced clinical teams will work together to educate SBS patients who are prescribed Gattex, continually monitoring their progress and coordinating their care with their physicians to help ensure successful outcomes.”

Gattex (Teduglitide [rDNA origin]) for Injection, for subcutaneous use, is a long-term treatment for SBS, a condition that develops after extensive surgical removal of the bowel due to Crohn’s disease, ischemia and other conditions. A once-daily subcutaneous injection, Gattex is manufactured by NPS Pharmaceuticals. Gattex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 21 for the treatment of adult patients with short bowel syndrome who are dependent on parenteral support.

Walgreens Infusion Services has a staff of more than 1,400 clinical experts, including specially trained infusion nurses, infusion pharmacists and registered dietitians, at more than 75 infusion pharmacies and 100 alternate treatment sites across the country. The company’s infusion therapy management programs are offered for patients with nutrition disorders, in addition to those with bleeding disorders and heart failure, as well as those needing immunoglobulin therapy, anti-infective therapy and transplant services.

Patients with SBS often suffer from malnutrition, severe diarrhea, dehydration and other conditions because their intestines have reduced capacity to absorb nutrients, water and electrolytes. 

 

 

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