American Diabetes Association releases year-in-review for 2010
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Diabetes Association on Tuesday released its year-in-review for 2010 regarding progress being made in the diabetes field.
The organization reported that among the achievements this year was $600 million secured by Congress through a two-year reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program, as well as a total of $34.1 million in funds that were made available by the association to support the broad spectrum of diabetes research. This funding, the American Diabetes Association said, supported 338 awards at more than 125 leading research institutions in the United States, averaging more than five published papers per currently funded investigator.
Another victory for the American Diabetes Association was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the organization said will improve diabetics’ access to health care and that they "no longer [will face] discrimination in the insurance market because of their diabetes, and no longer [will] need to worry their insurance will be taken away from them when they need it most."
The bill, the association noted, also offers other ways to assist low- and moderate-income people with diabetes, in addition to a $15 billion fund for wellness and prevention, an authorization of the National Diabetes Prevention Program aimed at those with prediabetes and a requirement targeting menu labeling at chain restaurants.
The complete list can be accessed at Diabetes.org.
More than 55,000 candidates sought PTCB certification in 2010
WASHINGTON — More than 55,000 candidates sat for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in 2010, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board said Tuesday.
The PTCB said it has certified more than 400,000 pharmacy technicians since 1995.
“Certification through PTCB represents an excellent pathway to employment for pharmacy technicians practicing in the United States,” PTCB executive director and CEO Melissa Murer Corrigan said in a statement. “It also enables pharmacy technicians to meet the growing demands of a changing pharmacy landscape.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technician employment is expected to increase by more than 31% by 2018, and pharmacy techs with formal education or training, previous work experience and certification will be specifically sought after to meet the demand.
NACDS again makes case for pharmacy’s value
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Maneuvering to set forth a firm policy position in advance of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores again urged Congress Tuesday to “look to pharmacy as a solution in improving patient health and curbing healthcare costs.”
NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson issued a statement calling attention to the role that pharmacists play in accessible, cost-effective patient care. His statement, made during the run-up to tonight’s highly anticipated address by the president, was a plea for greater recognition of the value that pharmacy brings to a healthcare system in dire need of cost-cutting solutions.
“Pharmacists have the unique skill set to help patients understand the importance of taking their medications as prescribed,” Anderson said. “Through medication therapy management — which involves pharmacists counseling and educating patients on how to achieve medication adherence — pharmacists can help patients understand and manage their healthcare needs.”
What’s more, NACDS’ top executive said, “the role of pharmacy in the healthcare delivery system has become even more critical as convenience becomes even more important in everyday life. The neighborhood pharmacy is an accessible healthcare provider, and can also help patients detect health conditions through blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, as well as administering vaccinations, including flu shots.”
Anderson reminded federal policy-makers that pharmacists remain “1-of-the-top-3 most ttrusted professionals for eight years in a row," according to Gallup. “We urge Congress to look to pharmacy to set the example in how proactive approaches to health can produce long-term results that benefit patients and the healthcare system,” Anderson said. “We look forward to working with lawmakers and the Obama administration on MTM programs that help to achieve medication adherence and put patients first.”