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The Center for Health Value Innovation supports National Diabetes Goal

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A group of organizations are collaborating to increase awareness and improve management of Type 2 diabetes among the 45% of Americans at risk of developing the disease.

The Center for Health Value Innovation announced Monday that it had joined other nonprofits, healthcare provider groups, universities, government officials and corporations to support the National Diabetes Goal, introduced last year by the National Changing Diabetes Project, which calls for at-risk Americans to know their blood glucose levels and what actions to take by the year 2015.

“We are proud to support the NDG and share its emphasis to improve the lives of people affected by diabetes,” Center for Health Value Innovation CEO Cyndy Nayer said in a statement. “The center’s focus on value-based design and its pro-active initiatives for sustainable health and financial improvement align with the NDG mission.”

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NACDS utilizes Rapid Response program to dispute inaccurate assertions on drug importation

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores implemented its Rapid Response Program, following a recent editorial on drug importation.

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson penned a response to the editor to the Delaware County Daily Times (Delaware County, Pa.) after an editorial ran on Aug. 19, which cited NACDS and asserted that chain drug stores should not be concerned about where prescription medications come from so long as they are less expensive for consumers to purchase.

“Pharmacies are convenient, accessible healthcare providers. Your neighborhood pharmacist counsels patients in obtaining the most cost effective and appropriate medications and therapies to improve their health outcomes,” Anderson wrote to the paper. “However, we do not believe that consumer safety should be compromised to achieve lower costs. Safety cannot be ensured in any system that allows for the personal importation of prescription medications.  In addition, individuals who obtain prescription medications through a personal importation scheme do not have a licensed pharmacist available to consult with them about using the medications safely and effectively.”

The NACDS Rapid Response Program was created to address inaccurate or inappropriate portrayals of pharmacy, or call attention to an issue that impacts the pharmacy industry.

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Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee set in motion

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has started exercising its newfound power to regulate tobacco.

The agency announced Tuesday the establishment of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee as part of the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Obama signed into law in June.

The committee will provide advice, information and recommendations to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg on health and other issues related to tobacco products. It will comprise 12 members, including nine medical, science and manufacturing technology experts and government officials who will each have a vote, and three industry representatives who will not.

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