NACDS’ 2010 Marketplace Conference to kick off this weekend
ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ annual marketplace conference will kick off this weekend in San Diego, once again uniting manufacturers and retailers for business meetings, networking opportunities and educational programming.
With exhibit space sold out, NACDS anticipates the conference will be the ultimate event for retailers and suppliers. Nearly 500 healthcare, personal care, baby care, cosmetics and fragrances manufacturers will have the opportunity to meet with over 150,000 wholesaler, mass merchant, supermarket, and chain drug retail outlets.
This year, the conference boasts more than 100 first-time exhibitors who will have the opportunity to meet with retailers during the “Meet the Market” program. Approximately 8,000 pre-selected and pre-planned meetings will enable exhibitors, suppliers and manufacturers the opportunity to meet with more then 300 retail buyers – representing over 100,000 retail outlets – in a one-on-one meeting to discuss their products and services.
Additionally, the conference also will showcase “Meet the Retailer/How to Do Business With…” sessions to better facilitate the supplier-retailer relationship and connection. This year’s participating companies are Costco, Shopko, Walgreens, Wegmans, Chain Drug Consortium, CVS Caremark and Kmart. Other such events include “What a shopper does?” and “The Path to Purchase” programs.
Following the conclusion of the conference, NACDS will partner with the San Diego Food Bank to donate products from exhibitors. The donation is scheduled for June 8, following the closing of the conference at 12:00 noon. Collection bins will be placed in the aisles throughout the exhibit floor.
“The 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference will deliver tremendous value to retailers and suppliers, and we are hearing a great deal of enthusiasm for the business opportunities that this event will present to participants,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS meetings and conferences are designed with our members’ priorities in mind, and they are focused on creating effective venues for collaboration, innovation and doing business.”
Study: Military service members with PTSD may be at risk of developing diabetes
NEW YORK Military service members that experience post-traumatic stress disorder are at risk of developing diabetes, according to a study published in the May 18 edition of Diabetes Care.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that may develop in those exposed to frightening events. People that suffer from PTSD may experience such issues as exhibiting violent behavior, insomnia or lack of emotion.
In the journal Diabetes Care, lead author Edward Boyko and colleagues examined more than 44,754 service members who did not have diabetes when they initially were enrolled in the Dept. of Defense’s Millennium Cohort Study. Three years later, 376 study participants, reported they had been newly diagnosed with diabetes. The researchers factored out age, gender, body weight, race, and other variables that might increase the risk of diabetes (as well as military service characteristics and other mental health conditions), only PTSD symptoms remained associated with an increased risk of diabetes. The risk of diabetes was more than twofold higher in the presence of PTSD symptoms.
The findings, however, don’t explain why there may be a link between PTSD and diabetes, the researchers said. Boyko and colleagues also noted that their study had several limitations, including self-reported conditions by the participants, rather than medically confirmed ones.
CVS/pharmacy’s Pack Your Bag program heads to New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, N.H. CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging are bringing the Pack Your Bag medication consultation program to pharmacy patients in Manchester, N.H., which includes a presentation by a pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance and advice on how to save money on medications.
The program, held May 26, encourages seniors to pack a bag with their medications, including prescription drugs, OTC medications and dietary supplements for a review in one-on-one consultations with a local CVS pharmacist. This event is just one of hundreds of similar Pack Your Bag events that are taking place across the country.
According to CVS, 8-out-of-10 Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Fifty percent of seniors take an average of eight or more prescriptions regularly. With increased use of medications, both prescription and OTC treatments, comes increased risk of adverse drug interactions and increased costs.
In the more than 5,000 Pack Your Bag consultations since the program’s inception two years ago, CVS pharmacies have found:
- 7% of seniors were taking expired medications
- 15% were not taking medications as prescribed
- 10% were at risk for potential drug interactions
- 16% had the opportunity to switch to money-saving generics.
“We recognize that many seniors in New Hampshire are struggling to make ends meet and to pay for necessary health care,” stated Nicole Harrington, pharmacy supervisor for CVS/pharmacy. “By speaking with a pharmacist about their entire medication regimen, seniors can identify cost-saving alternatives as well as any potential drug interactions.”