Fast Company places Walgreens on its ‘Top 10’ list of most innovative healthcare companies
NEW YORK — Progressive business media brand Fast Company on Monday named Walgreens as one of its top 10 healthcare companies for 2013 "for redefining the role of the pharmacy."
Fast Co. pointed to Walgreens’ omnichannel presence as one key differentiator. "The company bet on a more refined approach to patient care, which yielded new mobile app features that help patients manage their medications, such as Pill Reminder, and a web tool called Find Your Pharmacist, which lists local pharmacists by their expertise," noted the Fast Company editorial team. "Those efforts, combined with partnerships with the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services to expand in-store HIV testing, created a new standard for the patient-pharmacy relationship."
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FDA approves multiple myeloma drug
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Celgene for treating the cancer multiple myeloma, the agency said Friday.
The FDA announced the approval of Pomalyst (pomalidomide) for patients whose disease has progressed after treatment with other cancer drugs.
Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer that mostly affects older people and comes from plasma cells in the bone marrow. About 21,700 Americans are diagnosed with it, and 10,710 die every year from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Va. pharmacy students visit state legislators
NEW YORK — An annual event at the Virginia state General Assembly drew several students from a local pharmacy school.
Hampton University said 24 of its students visited the General Assembly in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 30 to participate in Virginia Pharmacy Day, organized every year by the Virginia Pharmacist Association.
The event combined a health fair — with cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure screenings — and legislative visits with state representatives to discuss pharmacy-related issues.
Members of the school’s National Community Pharmacists Association chapter developed informaitonal brochures on diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure to disseminate to state legislators.
"Meeting with the legislators and sitting in on the House and Senate sessions allows them an opportunity to voice their concerns and hopefully assist in the passage or denial of laws that impact the profession, and the provision of care to the patients we serve," Hampton University pharmacy professor Ebony Andrews said. "I want them to see that they have the power to make a difference if they take the time to get involved."