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CHSU receives donation from Walgreens for pharmacy lab

BY Ryan Chavis

CLOVIS, Calif. — California Health Sciences University on Wednesday announced that it received $75,000 from Walgreens in support of the institution’s pharmacy practice laboratory.

The University’s new "Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Lab" will provide pharmacy students with necessary training and will allow students to learn how to provide primary care in tandem with physicians to help alleviate the primary healthcare professional shortage in the region.

“CHSU College of Pharmacy students will learn how to perform physical assessments and will treat patients under the supervision of our faculty,” stated Dr. David Hawkins, dean of pharmacy. “Walgreens is one of the leaders in the industry in creating patient exam areas in their pharmacies and expanding the scope of pharmacists to meet healthcare provider shortages. We greatly appreciate the support from Walgreens, which will allow us to build five exam rooms and a patient waiting room in our Pharmacy Practice Lab, in addition to a compounding lab and sterile compounding lab, so our students will receive advanced training not typically provided at other pharmacy schools.”

CHSU is currently accepting applications for its Doctor of Pharmacy program, which is set to begin in August 2014. Construction of the new lab will begin next month, with a completion date set in early August before the start of classes.

 

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Consumer spending experiences slump in April

BY Dan Berthiaume

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending fell by $8.1 billion, or 0.1%, in April 2014. It was the first monthly decline in consumer spending since April 2013 and followed a 1% increase of $117.6 billion the previous month.

“Despite hopes of pent-up demand driving consumption and overall growth through the second quarter — and the second half — it appears after just two months any lingering demand for goods left over from the winter months at the start of the year has since been satisfied,” said Sterne Agee chief economist Lindsey Piegza. “Going forward, in order to maintain momentum in spending, there must be sustainable job and income growth. Meaning it will take more than a hefty increase in the jobs number, but an increase in the quality of jobs is needed as well to create wage pressures, which at the moment remain virtually nonexistent.”

Prices are climbing as spending drops. Consumer prices rose 0.2% month-over-month and 1.6% year-over-year in April, the largest year-over-year increase since November 2012 and second consecutive month-over-month gain on 0.2%. Price increases remain below a 2% target set by the Federal Reserve.

Personal income also is on the rise, growing 0.3% in April. Higher incomes and lower spending pushed the personal saving rate to 4% in April from 3.6% in March.

 

 

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Jones Soda expands footprint

BY Ryan Chavis

SEATTLE — Jones Soda Co. announced an expansion to its line of natural sodas into the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Canada. The beverage initially launched in California during 2013 to meet a high demand for healthier beverage options.

The natural line now has a new name, Jones Stripped, which features more vibrant packaging. The beverage is sweetened with natural sweeteners like pure cane sugar, organic agave syrup and stevia.

“We are very excited to expand our natural line of sodas to new markets as we continue to build our pure cane Jones Soda and zero calorie Jones Soda Zilch in our focus markets,” stated Jennifer Cue, CEO. “We at Jones are proud of our portfolio of products that offers something for every consumer.” 

Jones Stripped will be available in the Pacific Northwest division of Whole Foods, as well as the state of Texas, where it will be available through the grocery chain H-E-B. Select markets in Canada will begin to see the product arrive on shelves as well.

 

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