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United Way senior health project to use Web-based MTM platform

BY Alaric DeArment

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Pharmacists involved in a Wisconsin project focused on seniors’ health will use a Web-based software platform to help elderly patients stick to their medication regimens.

United Way of Dane County, Wis., and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative — a multiorganizational initiative led by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin — will use Aprexis Health Solutions’ medication adherence technology as part of United Way’s Safe and Healthy Aging Community Project. Pharmacists will use the Aprexis platform to conduct and manage patient medication therapy management sessions.

"Aprexis provides pharmacists an intuitive, logical step-by-step process that guides them through an efficient and effective comprehensive medication review process for the geriatric patient, including assessment of [adverse drug events,]" United Way director of community engagement Hooyung Young said. "Aprexis gives us the tools we need to ensure that seniors are properly adhering to their medication regimens and are not taking inappropriate prescriptions, which could trigger hospitalization or long-term disabilities."

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Fourth Annual Philadelphia Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk raises more than $100K

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA — Despite flooding from severe weather in several parts of Pennsylvania earlier this month, nearly 600 people ran in their underwear in Philadelphia in support of those who have been affected by colon cancer.

Participants of the Fourth Annual Philadelphia Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk ran on MLK Drive, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and raised just over $110,000 to fight colon cancer.

Colon Cancer Alliance CEO Andrew Spiegel even joined in, stripping down to his Joe Boxer undies on stage. “I lost a bet with Todd Setter. I thought my team, the Rear Enders, would raise more money than the top team in San Diego this year, but I lost. And I’m true to my word,” Spiegel said.

“We had an awesome group of people here today,” said Setter, National Undy 5000 event director. “We had 28 colon cancer survivors who came out, and they all had such great attitudes. They were so inspiring, making a fun time out of a challenging situation.”

Event proceeds are used to support the Colon Cancer Alliance’s national and local patient support and public awareness programs. The Undy 5000 series, created by the CCA in 2008, is held in cities across the nation, and is designed to promote awareness and educate the public about colon cancer.

Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax, is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Undy 5000 races.

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Target inks supplier deal for Canadian stores

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Details for Target’s entry into Canada continue to fall into place as the retailer announced last week a long-term wholesale distribution agreement with Sobeys.

Beginning in early 2013, Sobeys will supply Target’s food and grocery requirements for frozen, dairy, and dry grocery products, inclusive of both national brand and Target’s private-label brands.

“Target is excited to be working with a partner like Sobeys. We look forward to building a strong relationship that creates value across both companies for a long time to come,” Target Canada president Tony Fisher said.

Through its coast-to-coast network of 23 food distribution centers, Sobeys will be able to provide the same high level of service to Target’s store network as it does to its own network of 1,300 stores across the country. The two companies have also agreed to leverage each other’s distribution networks to mutually reduce transportation expenses.

In addition to the wholesale distribution arrangement, both companies also will explore additional supply chain opportunities.

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