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Extract found in cinnamon may curb diabetes, heart disease

BY Allison Cerra

BELTSVILLE, Md. A water-soluble extract of cinnamon, which contains antioxidative compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study led by a Department of Agriculture chemist.

The study, led by chemist Richard Anderson and coauthored by Tim Ziegenfuss of the Center for Applied Health Sciences, examined 22 obese participants with prediabetes. The participants were divided into two groups, one receiving 250 mg of a dried water-soluble cinnamon extract and the other placebo, both twice daily along with their usual diets. Anderson found that the water-soluble cinnamon extract improved a number of antioxidant variables by as much as 13% to 23%, and improvement in antioxidant status was correlated with decreases in fasting glucose, he said.

Anderson also noted that additional research can tell whether the investigational study supported the idea that people who are overweight or obese could reduce oxidative stress and blood glucose by consuming cinnamon extracts.

The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

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Walgreens to acquire assets of 18 ApothecaryRx pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has reached a definitive agreement with Graymark Healthcare to acquire the company’s assets of 18 retail pharmacies across five states.

Graymark Healthcare’s subsidiary, ApothecaryRx, is an independent retail pharmacy business. Affected ApothecaryRx patients in Colorado, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri and Illinois will be notified upon the transaction’s closing. The deal is expected to close in fourth quarter 2010, Walgreens said.

“We have a long history of providing high quality pharmacy services in these markets,” said Walgreens operations VP Bill Miller. “Our staff is dedicated to making the transition as seamless as possible for our new customers. We look forward to introducing them to the unique offerings that have made Walgreens one of the country’s most trusted providers of pharmacy, health and wellness services and daily living needs.”

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H.D. Smith SVP named recipient of NACDS’ Harold W. Pratt Award

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO Joe Conda, SVP strategic planning at H.D. Smith, was the recipient of the Harold W. Pratt Award at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2010 Pharmacy and Technology Conference, which drew to a close Tuesday evening.

The annual award that is named for Pratt — a former Walgreens executive that organized and chaired NACDS’ first pharmacy conference — recognizes pharmacy executives whose activities have contributed to the promotion, recognition and improvement of the practice of pharmacy within the chain drug industry. Conda, a 40-year pharmacy veteran, is responsible for managing H.D. Smith’s strategic development process, translating opportunities into measurable objectives and assisting senior executive leadership with long-term planning.

“We are pleased to honor Joe’s 40 years of dedicated service to the pharmacy industry by bestowing upon him the Harold W. Pratt Award,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Joe has spent his time building relationships and building strategy. He has forged relationships among many groups that benefited not only his company, but also the industry. He has helped shape pharmacy into what it has become today, and helped to create the momentum that will continue to enhance pharmacy’s role in healthcare delivery.”

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