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Parata responds to claim that dispensing system produces by-products which may harm pharmacists

BY DSN STAFF

EDITOR’S NOTE: In response to a story that appeared on Drugstorenews.com, Oct. 16, regarding a study that found that certain robotic dispensing systems emitted pill dust particles into the air, Parata Systems has issued the following statement:

“On Oct. 16, 2008 Alburty Labs issued a press release promoting the results of a misleading study it first published more than a year ago; a study funded by ScriptPro.  

Alburty Lab’s contention that the use of Parata RDS in retail pharmacies negatively affects air quality is patently untrue. Testing under OSHA standards (set by NIOSH1) demonstrated Parata RDS to be 120 times better than the regulated worker exposure limit set by OSHA. Further, Parata has nearly 2,000 Parata RDS units in the field, and has not had a single reported air-quality incident.

Two OSHA-compliant tests were conducted in 2008 as part of the company’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of its employees.

Results of the first test found worker exposure from Parata RDS to be 120 times lower than the OSHA requirement.

Independent testing conducted by a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) involved a “worst-case” scenario methodology that created more extreme conditions than would be expected for Parata employees, and even more extreme than what would be expected in a retail pharmacy environment. Even under these conditions, Parata RDS was 75 times lower the OSHA requirement.

Parata’s Position

The Alburty Labs study—funded by Parata’s competitor—employs a methodology that does not comply with the NIOSH testing specifications required by OSHA.

Rather, the study is based on EPA standards for outside ambient air, which must be measured against data accumulated for at least three years, not merely 24 hours. Even the authors acknowledge that these standards do not apply to the operation of Parata RDS. As a result, the findings are misleading.”

1 NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) which created testing specifications s required by OSHA.

 

 

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GlaxoSmithKlines acquires Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Egyptian mature products business

BY Alaric DeArment

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GSK said the acquisition, worth $210 million, is a move to accelerate sales growth and further extend its pharmaceutical portfolio in emerging markets.

“This acquisition is an important step forward in GSK’s strategy to accelerate sales growth in emerging markets,” GSK president for emerging markets Abbas Hussain said in a statement. “It will enable us to build and diversify our existing branded pharmaceuticals portfolio and signals our strong commitment to provide quality medicines to patients in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa regions.”

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‘Face the Nation’ anchor Schieffer to headline NACDS Foundation event

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation revealed today that the keynote speaker at the 2008 annual NACDS Foundation Dinner will be Bob Schieffer, anchor of the CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast “Face the Nation.” Schieffer, who also serves as CBS News chief Washington correspondent, will address attendees Dec. 2 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City.

NACDS’ announcement is a timely one. Schieffer, one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital—the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill, moderated the third and final Presidential debate this week.

“Bob Schieffer demonstrated as moderator of this week’s presidential debate that he asks the questions on the minds of Americans relating to political and national affairs in each of his broadcasts,” said Phil Schneider, NACDS Foundation president. “His conversational style enables him to delve into his stories and share a comprehensive look at the issues facing the country.  The NACDS Foundation is delighted to have Mr. Schieffer as the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Foundation dinner this year.”

For more information or to register for the Foundation dinner, please visit www.nacdsfoundation.org.

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