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AstraZeneca encourages asthma awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

WILMINGTON, Del. — Drug maker AstraZeneca is encouraging patients with asthma to control their disease and learn about how it may be affecting their lives as part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, which takes place in May.

"It is important for patients with asthma to gain control of their symptoms on an ongoing basis, allowing them to live their lives with fewer interruptions — asthma doesn’t have to limit their daily activities," AstraZeneca medical affairs executive Frank Trudo said. "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is an opportune time for patients with asthma to work with their healthcare providers, re-examine asthma triggers and symptoms, to determine if their asthma is under control and their lungs are functioning optimally."

The drug maker noted that the disease affects about 25 million Americans and accounts for more than 3,300 deaths each year.

 

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N.J. law designed to address prescription eye drop adherence

BY Alaric DeArment

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation into law Monday that will allow patients using prescription eye drops to get early refills in order to prevent interruptions in therapy.

The law, A-3080 — and companion Senate bill S-2166 — requires insurance companies and health plans to cover early refill of prescription eye drops when 70% of a supply’s days of use have passed. For example, a patient with a 30-day supply could obtain a refill after 21 days instead of having to wait for all 30 days. Supporters of the legislation said it was necessary due to the number of people who have difficulty properly administering prescription eye drops for chronic conditions such as glaucoma, which can result in patients missing their eyes or using too many drops.

"Many diseases of the eye are treated with chronic therapy through use of medications," New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology president Cecily Lesko said. "Glaucoma is the most common. Left untreated, it is one of the leading causes of blindness. With this effort and outcome, proper treatment remains available to more patients who will benefit personally and directly through the treasured gift of sight."

 

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Hillary Clinton to speak at Total Store Expo

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will speak at one of the morning business sessions of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo in August, the trade group said Monday.

Clinton, who served as state secretary from 2009 until earlier this year, will speak during the Aug. 12 program. TSE, which will combine the Pharmacy and Technology, Marketplace and Supply Chain and Logistics conferences, will take place in Las Vegas.

"Her remarks will help to deliver on a core promise, that the NACDS Total Store Expo will bring together diverse leaders who can help participants forecast the operating environment and take action toothier in new and exciting ways," NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson said.

 

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