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Bill Clinton to speak at NCPA show in October

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former president Bill Clinton will address the National Community Pharmacists Association’s exposition in Orlando, Fla., this October, the group said Friday.

The NCPA’s 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition will take place Oct. 12-16 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

After leaving office as the 42nd president, Clinton founded the William J. Clinton Foundation to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment, including helping 4.5 million people living with HIV and AIDS gain access to drugs.

"NCPA’s convention offers independent community pharmacists an edge," NCPA president Donnie Calhoun said. "Now more than ever, community pharmacies must find a way to differentiate themselves from the competition. The programming and networking at this meeting offer pharmacists the path to stand out in their communities and the path to a successful future."


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Heartworm risk in pets increases with warmer weather, veterinary group warns

BY Alaric DeArment

AUSTIN, Texas — A veterinary group in Texas is urging pet owners to protect their cats and dogs from heartworms.

The Texas Veterinary Medical Association is marking Heartworm Awareness Month in April, warning about the ease by which mosquitoes can transmit the illness to pets.

"Mosquitoes are not selective, and therefore any dog or cat, regardless of breed, age or indoor/outdoor status, is at risk," TVMA member Jennifer Hennessey said. "Treatment of heartworm disease is far more costly on the owner’s pocketbook than keeping the pet on a preventative medication, and there is no treatment for feline heartworm disease, only the opportunity to prevent it. The prevention products on the market today are safe and effective."

The organization said Texas has one of the highest concentrations of heartworm disease in the United States, and the risk is increased as temperatures and mosquito populations increase.

 

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NAD advises USPLabs to tone down advertising claims supporting AP supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Division earlier this week recommended that USPLabs discontinue claims referencing “clinical” or “university” studies for the company’s AP Dietary Supplement. NAD further recommended that the advertiser modify the claim “Award Winning Nutrient Partitioning Agent” to disclose that the designation was awarded by “Planet Muscle Magazine” in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

NAD noted in its decision that the advertiser voluntarily agreed to add language to future advertisements to clarify that the supplement does not serve to “block” carb or render them indigestible. To avoid potential consumer confusion, NAD recommended the advertiser modify the advertising to note that the supplement “may help” or is “designed to help” the body “better use” carbohydrates.

In its advertiser’s statement, the company said it would take NAD’s recommendations into account in future advertising “with the goal of always producing accurate and substantiated [advertisements].”


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