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Enactment of new drug-disposal law a victory for pharmacy, NACDS says

BY Jim Frederick

WASHINGTON Enactment by the White House of a landmark, pharmacy-friendly drug-disposal bill won quick praise from chain pharmacy leaders Thursday.

 

President Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act into law Wednesday, changing the way the Drug Enforcement Administration regulates the return and destruction of unused and unwanted higher-risk medications. The new law establishes a legal process by which consumers can return their lawfully obtained controlled substance medications to DEA-authorized entities for disposal.

 

 

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores dubbed the bill’s enactment “a victory for pro-patient, pro-community and pro-pharmacy policy.”

 

 

“Importantly, and consistent with NACDS’ urging, the bill prevents the mandating of drug take-back programs in pharmacies,” the group noted.

 

 

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson today thanked the President and the bill’s chief supporters in Congress, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; and Texas Republicans Joe Barton and Lamar Smith. Those lawmakers, he said, “demonstrated a commitment to addressing the issue of drug disposal in a way that will not create new problems for public health and safety.

 

 

“The fact that this new law does not create a drug take-back program mandate for pharmacies means that these members of Congress listened and kept an open mind, and that deserves a great deal of recognition,” Anderson added. “NACDS remains committed to being part of the solution when it comes to advancing the safe use and safe handling of medications.”

 

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Boogies be gone

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Little Busy Bodies has brought to the market Achooz, a saline nose wipe aimed at adults, following its success with its for-kids version Boogie Wipes.

The saline solution is ideal for dissolving dried mucus, the company noted. Pictured here on a clip-strip, Little Busy Bodies’ pathway to success may mirror that of Airborne, as the line of kids and adult nasal wipes was developed by two moms.

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Cub Foods addresses gluten allergies with diet management program

BY Allison Cerra

STILLWATER, Minn. Supervalu’s Cub Foods is looking to help customers with gluten sensitivity with the launch of a new, informative diet management program at its stores located in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Developed by Supervalu’s health-and-wellness team and dietitians, the program will roll out in phases over the next three months. The program will present in-store signage about gluten-free foods in Cub Foods stores — as well as in Supervalu’s family of other stores — and also will feature gluten-free shopping lists and guides. In addition to recipes, more extensive gluten-free shopping lists and snack and meal solutions will be available on the stores’ websites.

The new program builds on Supervalu’s Nutrition iQ program, an in-store nutrition ratings system to help customers identify healthy food choices.

“For people suffering from gluten intolerance, eating foods with gluten causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine, which can result in nutrients passing through the body without being absorbed. This may contribute to other health concerns, including malnutrition, some types of cancers and a variety of autoimmune diseases,” said Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu pharmacy director of clinical programs. “As a whole, the U.S. population is seeing an uptick in gluten intolerance, and there are many more people who have it — but don’t know it. This program is designed to help people manage a gluten-free diet and hopefully encourage others to seek advice from a healthcare professional about a possible sensitivity to gluten.”

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