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Abbott introduces new Similac Breastfeeding Supplement

BY Raven Romero

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott, the makers of Similac, studied the diets of more than 80 lactating women to assess how their nutritional intake compared to dietary recommendations. In the study, only one out of 10 breastfeeding moms on average got 100% of the desired levels for DHA, lutein and vitamin E from their diet.

Abbott's new Similac Breastfeeding Supplement is specially designed to enhance the levels of those key nutrients in breast milk, which are important for nourishing baby's brain and eyes. The supplement should be taken with a prenatal vitamin or multivitamin to help fill moms' dietary gaps.

″Moms are first encouraged to focus on food to obtain ideal nutrition,” said Christina Sherry, Abbott Research Scientist who led the study. ″But as demonstrated by our study, the reality is that many women find it difficult to eat a well-balanced diet while adjusting to caring for a newborn. And even though many women may continue to take a prenatal vitamin during this time, many prenatal vitamins do not have, or have enough, DHA, lutein and vitamin E.”

The clinical evidence showed moms who took one Similac Breastfeeding Supplement a day had increased levels of DHA, lutein and vitamin E in their breast milk compared to mothers who did not take the supplement.

The Similac Breastfeeding Supplement is available at Babies″R″Us and contains a 30-day supply for $9.99.

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Cardinal Health donates $2 million in 2014 through Pharmacy Scholarship Program

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health announced at its Retail Business Conference that nine pharmacy schools across the country will collectively receive $2 million in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2014.

“We know community pharmacists play a critical role in improving the cost-effectiveness of healthcare, and in helping patients better manage their overall health,” stated Mike Kaufmann, CEO of Cardinal Health's Pharmaceutical segment. “We’re proud to support tomorrow’s community pharmacy leaders through this scholarship program, and we’re inspired by the impact we know they’ll have on their patients and communities, when they become pharmacy owners.”

The nine schools that have received pharmacy scholarship funding from the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program in 2014 include:

  • East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, Tenn.;  
  • The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in Columbus, Ohio;
  • Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Ala.;
  • Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Buies Creek, N.C.;
  • Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy in Boston;
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis;
  • Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, Ala.;
  • University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences  in Stockton, Calif.; and
  • Idaho State University College of Pharmacy in Pocatello, Idaho.

The nine schools that were selected to participate in this year’s Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. These schools offer curricula focused on operating an independent pharmacy; support student-run chapters of the National Community Pharmacists Association; endorse internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies; and demonstrate high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings.

The company has donated nearly $4.2 million to more than 20 universities through this program since its launch in June 2011.   
 

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Jim Cherry awarded MSI Franchisee of the Year for community commitment, innovative pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Medicine Shoppe pharmacy owner Jim Cherry takes customer service to a whole new level in Somerset, Ky., and it’s his commitment to the community and innovative pharmacy solutions that this year earned him the Medicine Shoppe International Franchisee of the Year award.

John Fiacco, VP of Medicine Shoppe International, presented Cherry with the award during this week’s Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference in Washington, DC.

“Jim and his employees go out of their way to help patients,” stated Ron Wilkins, senior consultant for franchise operations at MSI. “Jim drops prescriptions off to patients on his way home. Other employees have even stopped at supermarkets to buy groceries to deliver to home-bound patients.”

Cherry’s pharmacy, which is nestled in a town of 11,000 residents located about 75 miles south of Lexington, Ky., is a healthcare leader and innovator, too. Its pharmacy conducts one-on-one medication reviews with customers and uses an innovative medication therapy management program to help patients better understand and adhere to their medications. The pharmacy has multiple offerings to meet specialized needs of patients, including vaccines, long-term care products and weight-management services, among others.

Cherry gives educational talks on health at retirement homes. His pharmacy staff also contributes to local programs, schools and health causes.

“This Medicine Shoppe is the caring, one-stop shopping healthcare destination that represents all of the ideals of community pharmacy,” Wilkins said.

The Medicine Shoppe Franchisee of the Year Award, which comes with a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice, is each year awarded to a pharmacy that serves as a model for other franchisees to emulate.

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