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Walgreens kicks off nationwide safe medication-disposal program

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has teamed up with Sharps Compliance to launch the drug store chain’s first-ever safe medication-disposal program.

Walgreens said the program is designed to protect public safety, as well as ease the concern of parents that fear children and teens can access unused medications at home. The company has kicked off this program with the help of Sharps Compliance, a leading full-service provider of cost-effective management solutions for medical waste and unused dispensed medications, which estimated that more than 200 million lbs. of unused dispensed medications are disposed of improperly each year.

How it works: For $2.99, customers can purchase a specially designed envelope — postage cost included — available at any Walgreens pharmacy counter that allows them to place, seal and mail prescription or over-the-counter medications they no longer use for safe, eco-friendly disposal. Controlled substances are excluded from the program, Walgreens said.

“In thousands of communities, Walgreens serves as the most accessible source of everyday health information,” said Walgreens VP pharmacy operations Richard Ashworth. “That makes us a natural choice for guidance on anything involving medications, including proper disposal. Through this program, we can do our part to keep expired or unused medications out of waterways and out of the hands of those who could be accidentally harmed.”

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GSK, Mia Hamm to adults: ‘Give your health a shot’

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA GlaxoSmithKline has tapped soccer star Mia Hamm for its public health campaign to emphasize the need for adults to make vaccinations part of their overall health-and-wellness goals.

GSK’s Give Your Health a Shot campaign underscores the need for adults to receive vaccinations as a preventative measure to protect their health. The campaign announcement followed the pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak that has affected California.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults receive vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, human papillomavirus (HPV), pneumonia, meningitis and shingles.

"By working out and eating well, I thought I had checked the boxes for a healthy life. Now I know that vaccines are also important defensive tools to help protect adults from serious diseases," Mia Hamm said. "The recent outbreaks of whooping cough in my home state of California and around the country are a wake-up call for all of us to do our part to help protect ourselves, our families and our community. Check in with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up to date on all of the vaccinations recommended for you."

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Lansinoh names new VP marketing

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A maker of breast-feeding products has named Michael Barclay, a former SC Johnson brand manager, as its new VP marketing.

In his new role at Lansinoh, Barclay will coordinate all North American marketing activities while leading the brand marketing, consumer relations and professional relations teams. He will report to Lansinoh North America president Diane Manwaring. Prior to joining Lansinoh, Barclay was the brand manager for SC Johnson’s wax division and category manager for Frito-Lay’s U.K. division.

 

“Lansinoh has made great strides in the last several years and continues to work toward aggressive goals for growth in 2011 and beyond,” said Kevin Vyse-Peacock, CEO of Lansinoh. “Michael brings to the team extensive experience in product management and consumer packaged goods. He has the strategic thinking skills needed to direct the development of creative, effective, socially integrated marketing campaigns. We’re excited to have him on board.”

 

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