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Select Jewel-Osco pharmacies to offer special services to support hospice care

BY Allison Cerra

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. Jewel-Osco Pharmacy has formed a partnership with Elgin-based Passages Hospice Care that will empower hospice caregivers to focus more on the special needs of their patients’ care.

Under a new model of care, Passages caregivers will work closely with Jewel-Osco pharmacists — located in 15 stores throughout Northern and Central Illinois — who will provide special prescription and consultative services. As a result, hospice caregivers will have quick and convenient access to the products and professional expertise available at a typical hospital pharmacy.

“We are very excited about the potential benefits this new partnership will extend to our patients as well as their caregivers and family members. When a patient first enters hospice care, one of the challenges for caregivers and family members is accessing the special medications needed by their patient or loved one. We’re taking the guesswork out of this process,” said Matt Cross, regional manager of Managed Care, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy.

Hospice care is often reserved for critically and terminally-ill patients.

Jewel-Osco, a Supervalu company, operates more than 170 in-store pharmacies in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. In addition to full-service prescription services, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy provides immunizations, diabetes care services and medication therapy management services, which are performed by specially trained Jewel-Osco pharmacists.

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The Women’s Health Foundation, Poise join forces for pelvic health

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO The Women’s Health Foundation on Friday teamed up with Kimberly-Clark and its Poise brand for a second year to recognize champions of women’s pelvic health by announcing a call for entries to the Passion Award sponsored by Poise.

The Passion Award sponsored by Poise acknowledges either a survivor or a pelvic floor champion. The survivor is a woman who has overcome pelvic conditions (i.e., incontinence or prolapse) through personal effort, and found strength through pelvic fitness and lifestyle changes. The pelvic floor champion is a woman who is willing to share her story, inspire others and educate through harnessing her pelvic power.

“The annual Passion Award celebrates a woman who either overcame pelvic conditions or helps develop a sisterhood of strength by empowering women who struggle with pelvic health issues,” stated Missy Lavender, WHF CEO and executive director.

The 2008 winner was Linda Michael of Portage, Ind., who overcame incontinence after decades of pain and now is a vocal supporter of women taking proactive steps to live without pain.

“We hope that by celebrating the winner of the 2009 Passion award, other women will feel supported not only to seek the bladder control treatment that’s right for them, but also to help eliminate the taboo often coupled with the topic by talking about it,” stated Joe Kuester, Poise senior brand manager.

The Passion Award winner will be awarded at the 5th Annual “Below the Belt” Gala on June 27 in Chicago.

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Survey finds eye allergy sufferers are self-conscious about allergy-related symptoms

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Eye allergy sufferers suffer from more than just the sniffles and sneezes, a recent survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America found.

About 40% of female allergy sufferers surveyed said their red and puffy eyes made them look tired and unattractive, and for those who wear contact lenses, 50% switch to glasses when their eye allergies flare and 45% wear their contacts less often.

“Having to stop wearing their contacts or wear them less frequently creates a wide range of emotions among allergy sufferers,” stated Mike Tringale, director of external affairs, AAFA. “Contact lens wearers say they feel less attractive when wearing their glasses (37%), unhappy (35%), less confident without their contacts (29%), and less able to perform activities as well as when they are wearing their contact lenses (26%).”

Spring was identified by 67% of respondents as the most troublesome time of year for eye-related allergies, and 26% claimed fall as the worst season for eye allergies. And more than half (51%) reported they experienced eye allergy symptoms all year long.

About 39% of allergy sufferers consulted with an allergy specialist about their eye-related allergy symptoms; 28% sought counsel with their family practitioner, 28% their optometrist and 28% their ophthalmologist.

The online survey of more than 800 people was supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

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