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AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour celebrates 2 millionth health screening

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A national mobile health screening tour developed by a drug store chain and a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization has reached a milestone.

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will celebrate this week its two-millionth free health screening. During its two-millionth milestone week, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will celebrate by serving residents in the following cities: Houston and El Paso, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Pensacola, Miami, Largo and Jacksonville, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; and Bullhead City, Ariz.

The tour, which first kicked off in April 2009, touts a goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings by April 2011. The free screenings — which include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index — are valued at more than $140 and will help provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention.

 

“We are pleased that important health screenings are being provided at a time when many still cannot afford preventive health care,” said A. Barry Rand, AARP’s CEO. “These screenings by Walgreens will go a long way in increasing the chances for early detection of chronic disease and other potential health problems.”

 

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Axium, Firma Medical enter ED collaboration

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE MARY, Fla. A specialty pharmacy provider and a manufacturer will collaborate to provide treatments for erectile dysfunction.

 

Axium Healthcare Pharmacy and Firma Medical announced the partnership Wednesday where by Axium’s erectile dysfunction line of injectable compounded pharmaceuticals will be marketed to Firma’s physician and patient customers around the country. The companies said the deal would give Axium broader distribution while increasing the number of treatment options for Firma’s customers.

 

 

“Axium is pleased to partner with Firma Medical,” Axium EVP Greg Vaughn said. “This partnership shows our commitment in expanding our product offerings for patients with ED.”

 

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Teva Women’s Health discusses emergency contraceptive at symposium

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Nearly 1 million acts of unprotected sex take place in the United States every night. This statistic was a major talking point at a breakfast symposium for journalists on Thursday sponsored by Teva Women’s Health, manufacturer of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive pill.

Those unprotected sex acts help contribute to the more than 3 million unintended pregnancies that affect U.S. women every year.

“Overall, it has been estimated that the widespread use of emergency contraception in the United States could prevent 1.7 million unintended pregnancies each year,” Columbia University Medical Center professor Anne Davis said in a statement on behalf of Teva.

Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) is a single pill available from behind the counter for girls and women ages 17 years and older, designed to be taken 72 hours after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. But the four panelists at the symposium agreed that part of the challenge to increasing usage of the pill in the event of an “oops moment” is making people aware of it and combatting misinformation around it.

Visibility and convenience can go a long way to promoting usage, panelist and University of Southern California pharmacy professor Kathleen Besinque said, mentioning what she called “the condom look” — the anxious look on young men’s faces that is a telltale sign they’re looking for condoms. Similarly, customers looking for emergency contraception may be embarrassed to talk about it openly and thus afraid to ask where the pills are or worried the store doesn’t carry them.

“I talk to pharmacists all the time, and I try to encourage them to put the product where it can be seen,” Besinque told Drug Store News, adding that one way of ensuring visibility could include shelf tags near the shelf where condoms are kept.

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