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BD introduces new, thinner needle for diabetes patients

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — BD has introduced a needle that it said was designed to enhance adherence and comfort among patients with diabetes.

The company’s BD Medical division announced the introduction of the Ultra-Fine Nano pen needle with a feature called PentaPoint Comfort technology. Most pen needles contain three bevels, but PentaPoint has a five-bevel needle tip design that creates a flatter, thinner surface to help penetrate the skin with greater ease. The company said a clinical home-use study indicated patients who used the needle reported it as less painful, easier to insert and more comfortable overall than three-bevel needles.

"We are excited to provide another first-to-market innovation, designed to dramatically improve the injection experience for the millions of people living with diabetes," BD Medical president for diabetes care Linda Tharby said. "Building on the introduction of BD’s smallest needle, the BD Nano, we are confident that our new, patented PentaPoint Comfort technology will provide an even more comfortable injection experience."


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NACDS Foundation announces new Community PREP grant recipients

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced 15 additional academic institutions selected for the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project (Community PREP).

The $1.5 million educational grant program, established in 2010, is designed to expand post-graduate community pharmacy residency opportunities for recent pharmacy school graduates. 

The following academic institutions will receive a $50,000 educational grant:

  • Auburn University, with practice sites at Adams Drug Good Neighbor Pharmacy

  • Midwestern University-Chicago, with practice sites at Supervalu

  • Northeastern University, with practice sites at Walgreens

  • Pacific University, with practice sites at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

  • Rosalind Franklin University, with practice sites at Northshore University Health System

  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University, with practice sites at Walgreens

  • University of Mississippi, with practice sites at Funderburk’s Pharmacy

  • University of New England, with practice sites at Martins Point Health Center

  • University of North Carolina, with practice sites at Kroger

  • University of Pittsburgh, with practice sites at Giant Eagle

  • University of Rhode Island, with practice sites at Rite Aid

  • University of Texas-Austin, with practice sites at H-E-B

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, with practice sites at Jefferson Good Neighbor Pharmacy

  • West Virginia University, with practice sites at Kroger

  • Western New England University, with practice sites at Big Y Foods

With the 15 programs announced today, Community PREP now has provided funding to create 30 new, post-graduate community pharmacy residencies through grants to nonprofit schools and colleges of pharmacy. Pharmacy residencies provide opportunities for residents to continue their education and pursue research under the tutelage of clinical pharmacists in a community pharmacy setting.
 
“As part of our ongoing commitment to improve patient health outcomes, the Foundation is excited to give community pharmacy residents a strong platform of post-graduate educational opportunities,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “We congratulate these 15 institutions for their outstanding residency programs, which foster a learning environment focused on innovations in the delivery of patient care services.”
 
Grant recipients are determined based on the recommendations of an independent review committee comprised of representatives from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association and the NACDS Foundation.
 

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Mylan Specialty hires ‘Modern Family’ star for anaphylaxis campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Mylan Specialty has hired a star of a popular TV series as a celebrity spokeswoman for a campaign designed to draw attention to severe allergic reactions.

The company, a subsidiary of generic drug maker Mylan, announced Wednesday that it hired Julie Bowen for its "Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis" campaign, which includes an essay contest for students in grades 1-12. Bowen plays the role of Claire Dunphy on the show and has a real-life son who had an anaphylactic reaction as a toddler and is allergic to peanuts, walnuts and bee stings. Mylan Specialty markets the EpiPen Auto-Injector.

"Like most kids, my son spends 180 days in school each year, and I need to know that the people he is with everyday know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do if it occurs," Bowen said. "Fortunately, my son received immediate medical care and recovered quickly, but it was a wake-up call that anaphylaxis can occur anywhere and at any time, even when you may not think your child is at risk."

Food allergies are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, and 1-in-13 children in the United States suffers from a food allergy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other triggers can include insect stings, latex and medications.


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