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AmerisourceBergen, Good Neighbor Pharmacy network donate $140,000 to nonprofit in support of community playgrounds

BY Jason Owen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation and its Good Neighbor Pharmacy network have announced a new charitable endeavor with KaBoom!, a national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. The partnership was announced during ABDC’s annual independent community pharmacy tradeshow, ThoughtSpot 2013, held July 24 to 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A total of $140,000 was raised for KaBoom! during the tradeshow, which will be used to build two playgrounds in areas of Oklahoma affected by recent tornados.

According to KaBoom!, kids today are spending less time playing outdoors than any previous generation of children, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, KaBoom! has mapped over 100,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBoom! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. ABDC and Good Neighbor Pharmacy are committed to building an additional three playgrounds around the United States through 2014, for a total of five play areas. The additional three locations have not yet been determined.

“As an organization, we are committed to the health and well-being of our customers, our employees and our communities,” said A.J. Caffentzis, senior vice president of sales and marketing, ABDC. “Our Good Neighbor Pharmacy members, in particular, are cornerstones of their local communities. These independent community pharmacies work to improve patient access and patient health in neighborhoods across the country. Therefore, it makes sense that we would partner with a like-minded organization, such as KaBoom!. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship and building safe playgrounds in well-deserving communities across the country.”

Of the $140,000 raised, ThoughtSpot attendees — including Good Neighbor Pharmacy members and other independent community pharmacy owners, exhibitors and associates — contributed $46,000 through a silent auction and charitable giving, while ABDC and Good Neighbor Pharmacy donated $84,000. The Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation — which supports diabetes education and cancer awareness, among other endeavors — gave an additional $10,000. Bret Michaels, front man for the rock band Poison, served as special guest entertainer at this year’s ThoughtSpot.

“There’s a notion that play among children is a luxury and the reality is that play is an absolute necessity,” said Darell Hammond, KaBoom! founder and CEO. “Following traumatic events, play becomes even more critical because it provides children with an emotional outlet and helps create a sense of normalcy. We are thrilled to partner with ABDC to ensure that children across the country have great places to play.”


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Yankee Candle launches collegiate collection just in time for BTS season

BY Jason Owen

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Collegiate Licensing Company, LLC, an affiliate of IMG College, and the Yankee Candle Company Inc., today announced the launch of a new co-branded collegiate-themed candle line. The Fan Candle Collegiate Collection, which debuted July 8, features 23 CLC institutions including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Four additional schools are also included in the collection through separate licensing agreements: Ohio State, Michigan State, UMass Amherst (available fall 2013), and William & Mary (available fall 2013).

“Our fans are as enthusiastic about showing their school pride as their love for Yankee Candle,” said Hope Margala Klein, executive vice president, brand, innovation and merchandising for the Yankee Candle Company Inc. “By offering the Fan Candle Collegiate Collection, we can now offer the best of both worlds for our biggest fans!”

All schools in the collegiate-themed Fan Candle collection are available at yankeecandle.com and the company’s flagship stores. The candles will also be sold in select Yankee Candle, Bed Bath and Beyond and Cracker Barrel retail locations, as well as other regional department stores and specialty retailers. Each candle features the logo and school color plus authentic, long-lasting Yankee Candle fragrance and is available in a large jar candle ($27.99 MSRP) or Car Jar Air Freshener ($2.99 MSRP). These candles are ideal for the real sports fan and make the perfect gift for fellow alumni and other team fans.

“We are excited to partner with Yankee Candle to offer a new collegiate candle line to millions of passionate college fans across the country,” said Missy Ingram, director of non-apparel management for Collegiate Licensing Company. “The timing of the launch of candles in school colors fits perfectly with College Colors Day on August 30 — an exciting annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience.”


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Express Scripts study: Anxiety medication use higher among caregivers

BY Jason Owen

ST. LOUIS — According to a new report released today by Express Scripts, the stress associated with providing unpaid care for a sick or disabled adult can create additional detrimental effects on the caregiver’s health, leading to a 29% greater use of anti-anxiety medications compared with non-caregivers.

The research finds use of medications to treat conditions for which stress is the common denominator, including high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and ulcers, is higher among caregivers, with the widest difference seen in the use of medications to treat anxiety.

"An estimated 42 million Americans serve as a caregiver to a relative or friend, and that number will grow significantly as the boomer population ages," said Bob Nease, PhD, chief scientist at Express Scripts. "Care-giving is a noble and often rewarding endeavor, but it clearly takes a toll. By understanding more about caregivers and the challenges they face with their own health, our specialist pharmacists — with unique expertise in one of 15 therapeutic areas — can further tailor their support and interventions to help caregivers take better care of themselves."

The study pairs an analysis of Express Scripts’ prescription drug claims data with a telephone survey of more than 12,000 commercially-insured individuals ages 18 to 65. The research also suggests:

  • Adherence rates for caregivers who use an antidepressant – a medication patients must take as prescribed to see a benefit — are relatively worse than for non-caregivers (67% vs. 73%). Across all health conditions, 64% of caregivers are adherent to their medication therapy, compared to 68% of non-caregivers.
  • Caregivers are more likely to rate themselves in poorer health compared to non-caregivers (15% vs. 12%), and a higher proportion of caregivers report being unhappy (5.3% vs. 3.5%).
  • Only one-in-five caregivers reside in the same household as the patients in their care. More than half (52%) live within 15 miles of their primary care recipient, and another 27% live more than 15 miles away.
  • Roughly one-third provide care for more than one person, and two-thirds of respondents provide care for a parent, older relative, sibling or friend as opposed to a spouse or adult child.
  • At the time of the survey, approximately 36% of caregivers had increased the amount of care they provided in the past month; 15% had decreased the amount of care. Care-giving is a long-term endeavor: 8.5% of caregivers reported they were new to the role and only 3.8% said they stopped providing care in the past month.
  • The average age for caregivers is 52 years old, and most are female (63% female vs. 37% male).

"The good news for caregivers is the ever-increasing availability of tools — auto-refills for prescriptions, longer-day supplies of medication, mobile apps and websites that offer alerts, prescription histories and adherence reminders — that can help them stay on track with their own health decisions, while also reducing the administrative burden that comes with being a caregiver," continued Nease.


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