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Susan G. Komen honors Walgreens with Mission Possible Award

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WORTH, Texas — Susan G. Komen honored Walgreens at its annual Susan G. Komen Leadership Conference, held July 17-19 here, with its Mission Possible Award. The award recognizes the organization responsible for the largest financial contributions this year.
 
Walgreens continues to demonstrate its commitment and dedication to the Komen organization through fundraising efforts and grant programs. Beginning in October 2013, Walgreens raised $7 million in cause related marketing in FY14 and $300,000 in sponsorships. Overall, Walgreens has raised $18 million for the organization.
 
"These exceptional contributions were made possible thanks to the company’s October pin pad program which raised more than $7 million in just 31 days through customer contributions at store check-out counters," the organization stated. "The program has successfully generated $15 million in just two short years for Susan G. Komen."
 
This model creates an added benefit for many within the Affiliate Network who choose to engage Walgreens in the opportunity to apply for the funds for local grant programs. “These programs offer hope within the local communities and provide the opportunity to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer,” stated Norm Bowling, Komen’s chief revenue and marketing officer. “As the program continues to evolve, it will allow greater opportunity for engagement and support in other channels.”
 
“We are honored to accept the Mission Possible Award. It’s important to continue working with organizations that provide individuals with access to programs that can help detect, as well as treat, such prevalent diseases as breast cancer,” commented John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs. “We’d like to thank our customers for their contributions and shared commitment to helping people get, stay and live well.”
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HHS: Seniors saved $11.5 billion on meds since 2010

BY David Salazar

WASHINGTON — New numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services released as Medicare turns 49 are showing it is getting better with age.

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010, more than 8 million older and disabled Americans with Medicare benefits have saved $11.5 billion on prescription drugs.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, seniors and people with disabilities are saving on needed medications,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. “By making prescription drugs more affordable, we are improving and promoting the best care for people with Medicare.”

The savings have come partially from provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are meant to minimize the Medicare coverage gap requiring people to pay full price for prescription. Other rebates for prescription drugs have contributed to the savings. 

These numbers accompany news that the Medicare Trust Fund will last through 2030, and news that for the second year, Part B premiums will stay the same. This is all happening as growth in spending hovers around 2% annual from 2009-2012. 

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AAP updates meningitis vaccine recommendations

BY Ryan Chavis

WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations on the use of meningococcal vaccines in children and adolescents, according to the online issue of Pediatrics.

The AAP now recommends an age-appropriate meningococcal conjugate vaccine instead of the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine for children and adolescents, according to the policy statement.

Individuals ages 11 to 12 years should be immunized and given a booster once they reach 16 years of age. Unvaccinated or first-year college students who had received vaccines before the age of 21 living in dorms who received their last dose before their 16th birthday should also receive a single dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

The complete update can be viewed here.
 

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