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Coram CVS/specialty infusion services opens new branch in El Paso, Texas

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Coram CVS/specialty infusion services has announced the opening of a new branch pharmacy in El Paso, Texas, that will serve the Big Bend, Panhandle and Permian Basin areas of Texas, as well as southern New Mexico.

The new facility, which is larger than the previous branch location, offers a number of services, including:

  • Ambulatory infusion suite, which provides an alternative to a hospital setting where patients can receive IV infusion of specialty drugs in a safe, monitored environment;
  • Infusion therapies, including anti-infective services, parenteral nutrition (PN) and enteral nutrition (tube feeding), cardiac/inotropic therapies, immunoglobulins (IVIg and SCIg), Alpha-1 therapies and pain and palliative care services;
  • Compounding "clean room," which is compliant with USP 797 pharmaceutical compounding standards;
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line placement using state-of-the-art technology. This new service enables infusion therapy to begin immediately, without the need for an x-ray confirmation or hospitalization;
  • Individual patient counseling and education;
  • Nursing services; and
  • Nursing language services available in English and Spanish.

"As the only national infusion services company in the area, Coram is pleased to build upon our long-standing investment in the El Paso community and the surrounding areas with the opening of this branch," said Rob Allen, president, Coram CVS/specialty infusion services. "We know that infusion care provided in the home or at an alternate site infusion suite can help promote better health and an improved quality of life for patients with complex infusion needs."

In January, CVS Caremark acquired Coram, the specialty infusion services and enteral nutrition business unit of Apria Healthcare Group. Coram is one of the nation’s largest providers of comprehensive infusion services, caring for approximately 165,000 patients annually.

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Study: Vitamin D deficiency possible predictor of aggressive prostate cancer

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Vitamin D deficiency could be a predictor for aggressive prostate cancer, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. In examining the prostate biopsy results of men with abnormal prostate-specific antigen levels and/or digital rectal exams, researchers discovered that men with low vitamin D levels were more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer and to be diagnosed with advanced-stage tumors.

"The good news is that vitamin D deficiency is very easy to address," said David Samadi, chairman of urology and chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. "If we look at low vitamin D as a potential biomarker for prostate cancer and add it to annual blood panels, we can identify men who need to boost their levels. Increasing vitamin D levels is easily accomplished through supplements and even good old fashioned sun exposure." 

Among the 600 Chicago-area study participants, African-American men with low vitamin D levels were almost five times more likely to have aggressive prostate cancer; European-American men with low levels were more than three times as likely. Both groups also showed increased odds of more advanced tumor staging at diagnosis; more than four times and nearly three times more likely for African-American and European-American men, respectively.

The vitamin D prostate cancer study was led by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Results were published in the May 1 Clinical Cancer Research journal by the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Colgate Total, chef Lorena Garcia team up to engage foodies

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Colgate Total has teamed up with celebrity chef Lorena Garcia to engage foodies across the country and guide them on the path to a healthy mouth and palate.

Colgate added Colgate Total Mouthwash to its portfolio of oral care products last year and this new partnership will kick off at the annual BlogHer Food Conference in Miami on Friday, May 16.  

At the conference, Lorena will be dishing up recipes at the Colgate Total booth, conducting blind taste tests and sharing the benefits of Colgate Total Mouthwash. Lorena will also appear at another major food festival later this summer, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York City.
 

 

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