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Calif. senator introduces prescription drug abuse bill

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Legislation introduced in the Senate would coordinate efforts at various levels of government and industry to reduce the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

The bill, the Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse Act, was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., drawing praise from pharmacy groups. Among other things, the bill could create a 30-member Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse Commission that would include people from health care and law enforcement, including people from the pharmacy industry.

"It makes perfect sense that problems like drug abuse and meeting patients’ needs merit the highest form of collaboration among experts in government and in the private sector, but the best of intentions do not always provide that," National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steven Anderson said, calling the bill a "highly reasoned and realistic approach to one of the complex public health problems of our day." "This commission is a sincere approach to leverage experience, insights, resources and dedication for the good of public health and public safety, and it should be pursued aggressively."

Abuse of prescription drugs has attracted growing attention in recent years. According to a survey of 621 people in May commissioned by the Digital Citizens Alliance and conducted by Zogby Analytics found that 1-in-3 college students reported abusing prescription drugs to get through finals. Another study, commissioned by drug maker Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals and conducted by Harris Interactive in June, found widespread misperceptions among consumers and doctors about opioid dependence, while a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey earlier this month found a 400% increase in women dying from opioid painkiller overdoses between 1999 and 2010

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J.PRANG says:
Jul-16-2013 08:58 pm

So, how would this be different or better than our state-to-state database? I know not all states are inter-connected yet, so that might speed that up. And who is looking at that data in order to catch someone and prosecute them if they move around? Would this close that gap? Tougher penalties need to be in place, perhaps this does that? Lots of questions; let's hope this bill has the answers.

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Sundial Brands expands baby care line distribution to more than 7,000 retail locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brands, the maker of natural skin and hair brand SheaMoisture, has expanded its SheaMoisture Baby Care Collection to more than 5,000 CVS/pharmacy stores, 1,500 Kroger locations and more than 700 Stop & Shop/Giant retail outlets nationwide, the manufacturer announced on Thursday.

Products available in launch locations include: 

  • Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Baby Head-to-Toe Wash (suggested retail price of $9.99): Enriched with shea butter,  aloe vera, chamomile, frankincense and myrrh extracts, this wash and shampoo cleanses and nourishes. 
  • Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment (SRP $9.99): Petroleum-free treatment ointment aids in soothing irritation and dryness from diaper and heat rash. Also, ideal for moisturizing chapped lips, cheeks, hands, arms and legs. 
  • Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Baby Eczema Therapy Butter (SRP $9.99): Relieves symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, while protecting dry, cracked or irritated skin. Non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and instantly moisturizes delicate skin. 
  • Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Baby Eczema Therapy Bar Soap ($4.99): Sulfate-free wash and shampoo gently cleanses away impurities and nurtures tender skin without causing dryness or tightness. 
  • Olive & Marula Head-to-Toe Baby Wash (SRP $9.99): Ultra-moisturizing body wash and shampoo makes bath time gentle enough for everyday use regardless of age, with aloe vera, marula oil and avocado oil. 
  • Olive & Marula Healing Baby Lotion (SRP $9.99): Blend of olive oil, shea butter and marula oil hydrates skin, while cocoa butter, vitamin E and aloe vera soften and protect.

Shea butter used in the products is ethically sourced through a special program created by SheaMoisture with seven women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, with above market prices paid directly to co-ops for shea butter.

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URAC grants accreditation to Avella Specialty Pharmacy

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — A Washington-based healthcare accrediting organization has given its nod to Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Avella said Thursday.

The specialty pharmacy company said it had received Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy accreditations from URAC.

"At Avella, patient safety is our top priority," Avella CEO John Musil said. "We’re pleased to obtain external validation from such a prestigious organization and are proud to be recognized for our commitment to quality and service."

 

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