FDA approves J&J’s Simponi for ulcerative colitis
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating ulcerative colitis, the agency said Wednesday.
The FDA announced the approval of Simponi (golimumab) for adults with moderate to severe forms of the condition, a chronic disease that affects more than 600,000 Americans. The disease causes inflammation and ulcers in the inner lining of the large intestine and can lead to abdominal discomfort, gastrointestinal bleeding, pus and diarrhea. The drug — part of a class known as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, so named because they work by suppressing TNF, a major reason in causing inflammatory and autoimmune disorders — is made by J&J subsidiary Janssen Ortho Biotech, based in Horsham, Pa.
The drug is already approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
CEO/Leadership Panel, CARE awards among highlights at this year’s RCEC
LAS VEGAS — Among the highlights of this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress, currently taking place here in Las Vegas, was a CEO/Leadership Panel and the Clinician Awards for Excellence.
The 2013 RCEC conference, which is hosted by the Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association and Partners in Healthcare Education, is being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. It runs from May 14 to May 16.
This year’s meeting not only kicked off with a bang on Tuesday but the day also ended on a strong note as executive management gathered for a panel discussion on “The Evolution of Retail Clinics: Where They Started and Where They Are Going.”
The hour-long discussion offered advanced practice clinicians and executive management an update on healthcare changes, challenges and opportunities that will be reflected in their clinical practice over the next few years. Participants included:
- Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic
- Heather Helle, COO of Take Care Health Systems
- Andy Sussman, president of MinuteClinic
- Mike Stoll, CEO of The Little Clinic
- Ken Berndt, CEO of GeisingerCareworks
- Steve Lazzari, director of FastCare
- Thom Atkins, medical director of Sutter Express Care
- Brian Cooper, senior group manager of Target Clinics
When asked about how the clinics are evaluating the future needs of the population to improve patient outcomes, Helle told attendees:
“As we look at how we can help to create value it is really in three areas. First, it is looking at how we can expand our service offerings. So, to move what has historically been a model focused on minor, episodic care to one that has focus on additional prevention and wellness services, as well as chronic condition management services. … Second, it is creating affiliations with other providers, physicians groups and health systems to ensure that we can truly begin to work our way into a true population health model. … Third, is really around enabling robust data capture and exchange of clinical information because that is where the magic is really created.”
“Our organization is led by clinicians so we take a clinicians’ eye view to the practice of medicine … We are working both to recruit both nurse practitioners and physicians assistants …,” said Sussman, when asked about what clinics are doing to help build the pipeline of healthcare providers.
Capping off Tuesday’s agenda was the highly anticipated Clinician Awards for Excellence (CARE) awards ceremony to honor the “Unsung Heroes” who work tirelessly each day to help further the cause of retail-based health care.
This year’s winners were:
- Tamika Bolden of Take Care Clinics;
- Leeanna Harding of MinuteClinic;
- Shawn Hart of RediClinic;
- Jessica Hendren of The Little Clinic;
- Diana King of Baptist Express Care;
- Rachel Leier of Target Clinics.
The winner of this year’s Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award was Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing and Tuesday’s keynote speaker on “Reconfiguring the Workforce to Transform the Nation’s Health System.”
Rob Eder of the Drug Store News Group and Tine Hansen-Turton of the CCA presented Beverly Malone (center) with the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award.
CEO of the NLN since February 2007, Malone is among the nation’s most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage, and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent care to diverse patient populations, both domestically and globally.
Past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Loretta Ford, who helped revolutionize the nursing profession more than 40 years ago with her work in co-founding the nation’s first pediatric nurse practitioner program; Mona Counts, who opened one of the first all nurse practitioner practices in the United States; Shirley Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration; and Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care Health Systems.
Leaders in graduate nursing education, nursing practice gather for ‘historic’ roundtable during RCEC
LAS VEGAS — A select group of leaders in graduate nursing education and nursing practice came together Wednesday during the 2013 Retail Clinician Education Congress to participate in a historic roundtable discussion on strengthening the relationship between practice and graduate nursing education in emerging models of care delivery.
“This is a historic endeavor and a level of collaboration that is unseen and unheard of and I’m so excited about it. The deans and the representatives of the universities coming together with people in practice — it is all about how do we take education and hook it and bridge it to practice to make sure we are serving the needs of the community and the patients, and that is what’s happening here today,” said Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League of Nursing. “It is a new, transformational model of how to deliver care, emphasizing affordability, accessibility and quality right where you do all of your shopping in so many other ways. To have that access is amazing and to have the quality of nurse practitioners to deliver the care is simply spectacular. So our educational colleagues are so excited, obviously from the discussion, and so committed to how we can bridge this and make it a partnership.”
The NLN, in collaboration with the Convenient Care Association, sponsored the invitational roundtable. The goal: To structure transformative strategies to meet the current needs for increased numbers of advanced practice nurses to staff new models of health care delivery, for example, convenient care clinics and telehealth.
During the roundtable, participants discussed such topics as the role of graduate nursing education in preparing nurses to deliver advanced practice nursing care in a reformed healthcare system within new models of care delivery, and key considerations to frame new thinking about advanced practice nursing education, specifically the education of nurse practitioners, to participate in clinical experiences in alternative care delivery models.
“I believe this is a historic meeting. Bringing two major groups of nursing leaders together who care deeply about transforming nursing education in support of advancing our nation’s health is an exciting opportunity for our profession,” said Angela Patterson, chief nurse practitioner officer for CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic.
Added Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate for Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, “As we look to transform the delivery of health care, we need to think differently and transform clinical education to meet the needs of patients nationally. I am honored, as a nurse leader in retail clinic, to be involved in a historic meeting with educational leaders in nursing to strategize ways to increase the number of advanced practice nurses.”
Echoing the sentiment on the importance of the roundtable, Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, said, “It is a historic meeting. The industry and the nurse leaders and the universities coming together to really talk and strategize around how do we, together, build a workforce that’s really trained and educated in the model of care, but also how do we partner to assure that we have clinical sites, we have faculty members working on both sides and that we, together, can help transform the healthcare system.”
The 2013 RCEC conference, which is hosted by Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association and Partners in Healthcare Education, is being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. It runs from May 14 to May 16.
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