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Drug Store News debuts new tools for retail health providers

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Retail Clinician and the Convenient Care Association, and with Sens. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Thad Cochran, D-Miss., declaring Aug. 2 to 8 as National Convenient Care Clinic Week, it’s clear that retail clinics have come a long way. —With nearly 500 nurse practitioners showing up for the Retail Clinician Education Congress, hosted by The Drug Store News Group’s

Add to that the number of people using The Drug Store News Group’s nurse practitioner continuing education courses—as of July 31, more than 10,500 statements of credit have been issued. “As the retail clinic industry is growing, so is the need for continuing education tailored to NPs in that practice setting,” The Drug Store News Group director of continuing education Crystal Lennartz said. The Drug Store News Group works with Partners in Healthcare Education, receiving accreditation for its continuing education programs from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has offered the programs through Retail Clinician magazine since 2006.

“It’s impressive to note that one of our most successful lessons to date has been on hyperlipidemia management, which is reflective of the growing interest in chronic disease management and the practitioners’ interest in topics related to nonacute conditions,” The Drug Store News Group publisher Wayne Bennett said.

In related news, Drug Store News discontinued its Retail Clinic Report e-newsletter on July 19 and sent out the first edition of the new Retail Health Provider e-newsletter on July 27. “Retail Health Provider is our new e-newsletter that aggregates the informational and educational needs to all retail healthcare practitioners,” Bennett said.

The audience, which includes retail-based pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants working in retail clinics, represents “an important group of healthcare group practitioners who are accessible at the community level and can be healthcare advocates as consumers continue to adopt self care and prevention/wellness measures,” Bennett added.

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Survey: Adolescent vaccination on the rise

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA A recent survey out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that adolescent vaccination at the national, state and selected local area levels are all on the rise.

 

Continued increases — as much as 15% — were made in nationwide coverage for vaccines specifically recommended for pre-teens, according to 2009 National Immunization Survey-Teen estimates released Thursday by the CDC.

 

 

The survey of more than 20,000 teens ages 13 to 17 years found that in 2009 there were increases in the percentage of teens in this age group who had received vaccines routinely recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds. Specifically: 

     • For one dose of the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine, coverage went up about 15 points to about 56%;      • For one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, coverage went up about 12 points to about 54%;      • For girls who received at least one dose of human papillomavirus vaccine, coverage increased 7 points to about 44%.         However, for girls who received the recommended three doses of HPV vaccine, coverage was only about 27% (a 9% increase);

 

 

"This year’s data are mixed," stated Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "We can see that more parents of adolescents are electing to protect their children from serious diseases such as pertussis, meningitis and cervical cancer, but there is clear room for improvement in our system’s ability to reach this age group."

 

"Pertussis outbreaks in several states and an increase in pertussis-related infant deaths in California highlight how important it is for pre-teens to receive the Tdap booster," Schuchat added. "It is important for teens and adults to get a one-time dose of Tdap to protect themselves and those around them from whooping cough. Young infants are most vulnerable to serious complications from pertussis and can be infected by older siblings, parents or other caretakers."

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RediClinic announces availability of FluMist

BY DSN STAFF

HOUSTON RediClinic, which operates more than 20 clinics in H-E-B grocery stores in Houston and Austin, Texas, has announced the availability of FluMist at its clinics for the 2010-2011 flu season.

The clinic also soon will offer the flu shot Fluvirin, which is given with a needle and approved for use in people 4 years of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions, the clinic operator stated.

FluMist, which currently is available in a limited supply, is a needle-free, nasal-spray flu vaccine. FluMist is approved for use in healthy people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.

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