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Thousands of runners participate in 25th annual CVS Health Downtown 5k

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — More than 7,000 people from around the region — and world — registered for the 25th annual CVS Health Downtown 5k held in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 21 — bringing together a mix of competitive runners, along with recreational runners, walkers and children.

In addition to hosting the USA Men's and USA Women's 5k National Championships, the CVS Health Downtown 5k offered races and inspirational events for individuals of all ages and abilities, and raised funds for charities throughout Southern New England.  


More than 4,500 people registered for the main 5k race while nearly 1,700 children registered for the event’s youth races, which included 21 different races for children — pre-kindergarten through eighth grade — including a CVS Health “All Kids Can” Inspirational event for children of all abilities. The athletic activities offered through the CVS Health Downtown 5k included a 3k High School Inspirational event, sponsored by Tufts Health Plan, which drew more than 1,000 high school students from the region.

Diego Estrada of Flagstaff, Ariz., became the men’s overall and national 5k champion with a time of 13:56.4. Estrada, who grew up in Salinas, Calif., and graduated from Northern Arizona University, competed in the 10k during the 2012 London Olympics. This is Estrada’s first national title.


The women’s overall and national 5k champion was Molly Huddle of Providence, R.I., with a time of 15:10.0, a personal record that also equals the course record set by Elana Meyer in 1995. Huddle defended her title from last year's race, making her a four-time winner of the CVS Health Downtown 5k, matching the four-time winning record of Olympian and CVS Health Downtown 5k inaugural race winner Lynn Jennings. Huddle is an Olympian (London Olympics) who grew up in Elmira, N.Y., and graduated from Notre Dame University where she was a record-breaking nine-time All American. 
Estrada and Huddle each won $8,000 in prize money: $5,000 for the USA Track & Field Championship and $3,000 for winning the CVS Health Downtown 5k Open Race.


Other top three 5k men's runners include German Fernandez, who placed second with a time of 13:57.0, and Maverick Darling who placed third with a time of 13:57.5. Fernandez, a California native, made his debut at the CVS Health Downtown 5k. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and trains in Portland, Ore. Darling grew up and trains in Ovid, Mich., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

Other top three 5k women's runners include Jorday Hasay, who placed second with a time of 15:25.0, and Emily Infeld who placed third with a time of 15:32.5. Hasay is part of the Nike Oregan Project, which is coached by Alberto Salazar, and competed in the 2013 Word Championship in Moscow, Russia. Hasay is a graduate of the University of Oregon and grew up in San Louis Obispo, Calif. Infeld had a spectacular return to this year’s race after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in her sacrum in November, which kept her on the sidelines for the early part of the year. Infeld trains in Portland, Ore., graduated from Georgetown University and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.


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Pfizer completes acquisition of InnoPharma

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NEW YORK — Pfizer announced on Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of the pharmaceutical development company, InnoPharma, following receipt of U.S. regulatory approval from all government authorities required by the agreement and other closing conditions.

 “We believe this acquisition will help Pfizer build a strong sterile injectables pipeline in areas such as oncology and central nervous disorders,” said John Young, group president, Pfizer Global Established Pharma. “Sterile injectables is one of several areas of potential growth for GEP. This acquisition reflects our continued view that attractive growth opportunities, both external and organic, exist for the business.”
 

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CVS/pharmacy renews drug collection program in recognition of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday that it is marking National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 by renewing its community donation program to support local drug collection efforts by law enforcement.

In collaboration with The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, CVS/pharmacy has renewed its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities donation program, through which local police departments nationwide can apply to receive a drug collection unit to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. Launched last May, the program has awarded drug collection receptacles to more than 230 police departments across the country. New applications for these collection units are now being accepted at cvs.com/safercommunities.

"Police departments across the United States responded to our call for applications to receive a drug collection unit to help keep their communities safe, and we are pleased to renew the program this fall," said Josh Flum, SVP of retail pharmacy at CVS Health. "A permanent drug disposal solution in our local police departments is a tangible symbol of our commitment to preventing prescription drug abuse. We look forward to continuing to partner with our local police through this donation program and through collection events at CVS/pharmacy locations on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

"CVS Health is a steadfast sponsor of the Partnership's national Medicine Abuse Project, and our partnership to provide permanent collection sites is yet another example of their commitment to ending teen medicine abuse," added Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. "This collaboration is already having an impact, adding much-needed and additional collection sites in communities nationwide, reducing the availability of prescription medicines that can be abused. We encourage local law enforcement agencies to apply for collection receptacles and everyone to properly dispose of unwanted medications by taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27."

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was established by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010 to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs, while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since its inception, more than 4.1 million pounds of unneeded medications have been collected at National Take Back Day events. To find a nearby Drug Take Back collection site, visit dea.gov and click the "Got Drugs?" icon.

CVS/pharmacy is a long-time supporter of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and will host drug take back events managed by local law enforcement agencies at nearly 200 CVS/pharmacy locations across the country on Saturday. The company also is in the process of reviewing the new DEA rule effective this October that will increase the options people have to properly dispose of controlled substance medications in order to determine how its pharmacies can participate in the near future.

CVS/pharmacy's Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program and participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day are part of CVS Health's ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse. Other efforts include:

  • CVS Health is the only pharmacy sponsor of the Medicine Abuse Project, a multi-year initiative of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids with the goal of preventing a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by 2017;
  • Working at the federal and state levels to implement policy changes to curb prescription drug abuse, such as mandatory electronic prescribing of controlled substances and improved prescription drug monitoring programs;
  • Supporting efforts to expand the availability and distribution of naloxone to prevent opioid overdoses, including state specific programs that allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription through a Collaborative Practice Agreement or Standing Order with physicians. All CVS/pharmacy stores in the state of Rhode Island have such an agreement in place and other state programs are expected to be added in the future; and
  • Ongoing identification of physicians who exhibit extreme patterns of prescribing high-risk drugs such as pain medications and suspending the dispensing of controlled substance prescriptions they write.

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