Cardinal Health, NCPA co-host Health on the National Mall event in Washington
WASHINGTON — Health on the National Mall, co-sponsored by Cardinal Health and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), showcased the expanding role pharmacists are playing in improving patient care.
The event was held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C., in front of the Capitol Building. It featured tents staffed by community pharmacists who shared insights into how patients can better manage common health issues and chronic conditions ranging from asthma and diabetes to heart health and weight management. There also was music and entertainment, free educational materials, healthy snacks and water.
Health on the National Mall highlighted the many ways community pharmacists, who are among the nation’s most trusted and accessible healthcare providers, can provide knowledgeable, accessible patient care services that improve the overall health of the communities they serve.
“Community pharmacists play a critical role in helping patients achieve better health outcomes,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “This is particularly true in rural communities where the independent community pharmacist may be the only provider for many miles around. NCPA is proud to partner with Cardinal Health on this event to increase public awareness about how pharmacists help millions of Americans every day.”
Health on the National Mall is part of Cardinal Health’s annual Retail Business Conference, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of community pharmacists, which this year expects to welcome nearly 8,000 attendees.
Reports: Three states file suit against makers of 5-Hour Energy
NEW YORK — Three states are suing the makers of 5-Hour Energy for false claims, according to published reports. Oregon, Washington and Vermont have all filed suit and more states are expected to join in.
The state of Oregon maintains that the energy drink brand violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act by making misleading claims about products, including false claims about special ingredients.
“This lawsuit is about requiring truth in advertising,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in a statement. “Plainly and simply, in Oregon you cannot promote a product as being effective if you don’t have sufficient evidence to back up your advertising claims.”
Washington and Vermont reflected similar views in their suits, according to reports. 5-Hour Energy is distributed by Living Essentials and is marketed as a liquid energy shot that is meant to keep consumers alert.
McKesson SVP public affairs announces retirement following storied career
ORLANDO, Fla. – McKesson's Frank Starn, SVP and COO of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical, announced that Ann Richardson Berkey, SVP public affairs for McKesson, will be retiring. "After an accomplished and storied 26-year career with McKesson, Ann has decided to retire from the company," Starn told attendees of McKesson's ideaShare here Wednesday morning. "Ann has been a very close colleague and dear friend for quite a long time. … I watched her build an incredibly strong public affairs group. She has vision; she has deep government relations and expertise," he said. "Over the years, Ann's leadership has successfully supported advanced public policies that have benefited McKesson, but also it's benefited our industry."
Berkey is responsible for corporate public policy strategy and communications, and for the management of federal, state and international government relations at McKesson. Prior to McKesson, Berkey was a principal at Berkey Associates, a government relations consulting firm in the Bay Area.
Earlier in her career, she managed state government relations for Shell Oil in the western region and federal government relations in their Houston headquarters. As a special assistant to two Cabinet officers (i.e., U.S. Departments of Health, Education and Welfare, and Interior) in the 1970s, she held responsibilities for special projects with governors, members of Congress and the White House, as well as political briefings.
Berkey has served on the Advisory Board of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry since 2001. She was chair of the board of directors of the Public Affairs Council in Washington and remains on their board. She joined the board of directors of the National Marrow Donor Program in 2011 as a patient family representative, following her husband's death from leukemia, and has served on their executive committee, compensation committee and board development committee. Berkey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College.
She has two grown children and lives in Oakland, Calif.