Giant Eagle Pharmacy receives award for operational excellence
PITTSBURGH Supermarket retailer Giant Eagle received an award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Wednesday at the 12th Annual Cheers Awards reception held in Las Vegas. The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations and companies that have set a superlative standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events.
Giant Eagle Pharmacy is being recognized for its efforts in ensuring high quality customer service and accuracy with its two quality initiatives, the supermarket chain said. The first, No Defects Passed Forward, encourages staff to identify errors before they reach the pharmacist for final verification. The second program prevents point-of-sale errors by linking the pharmacy dispensing system to the registers. A barcode with patient date-of-birth was added to prescription receipts — when scanned, a blind prompt is created for the team member to enter that date. If it does not match or is not entered, the sale cannot be completed. The only way the date can be obtained is by asking the person picking up the prescription. Both of these programs help ensure that the right drug gets to the correct patient.
“Medication accuracy is paramount at Giant Eagle,” said Randy Heiser, VP Giant Eagle Pharmacy. “We’re honored to be recognized by the ISMP for our dedication to the health and well being of our customers.”
The Cheers Awards are hosted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, consumers, and professional organizations to provide education about medication errors and their prevention. ISMP represents more than 30 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process.
Industry coalition reissues advisory against use of dietary supplements as swine flu remedy, cure
WASHINGTON The trade associations of the dietary supplement industry on Monday reiterated its criticism for those companies or individuals promoting any dietary supplement as a treatment or cure for the novel H1N1 influenza virus.
According to federal statutes, no dietary supplement can be promoted to cure, prevent or mitigate any disease. What’s more, the associations noted, there are no scientific data currently published that would suggest any supplement would work in curing or preventing the H1N1 flu.
To date, as many as 147 warning letters have been issued by the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission since May to companies marketing products — from air filters and face masks to shampoos and supplements — for prevention or cure of H1N1 flu. The American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance are therefore re-releasing the following unified advisory for marketers and retailers, as well as for consumers of dietary supplements:
Marketers and retailers of dietary supplements are urged to refuse to stock or sell any supplements that are presented as treating or curing H1N1. In addition, marketers and retailers should refrain from promoting any dietary supplement as a cure or treatment for H1N1.
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Personalized medicine market to grow 11% annually
NEW YORK Personalized medicine, which targets individualized treatment and care based on personal and genetic variation, is creating a booming market, but is a disruptive innovation that will create both opportunities and challenges for traditional health care and emerging market participants, according to a new report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The report, The Science of Personalized Medicine: Translating the Promise into Practice, projects that the market for a more personalized approach to health and wellness will grow to as much as $452 billion by 2015. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ estimates are based on a broad view of the market opportunity beyond drugs and devices to also include demand for high-tech storage and data-sharing as well as low-tech products and services aimed at consumers’ heightened awareness of their own health risks.
“Medical science and technological advancement have converged with the growing emphasis on health, wellness and prevention sweeping the country to push personalized medicine to a tipping point,” said David M. Levy, M.D., global healthcare leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers. “We are now seeing a blurring of the lines between traditional healthcare offerings and consumer-oriented wellness products and services. The market potential is enormous for any company that learns to leverage the science, target individuals and develop products and services that promote health.”
The promise of personalized medicine has been predicated upon genomic testing, which enables physicians to identify an individual’s susceptibility to disease, predict how a given patient will respond to a particular drug, eliminate unnecessary treatments, reduce the incidence of adverse reactions to drugs, increase the efficacy of treatments and, ultimately, improve health outcomes.
“There is an urgent need to increase the value of health care, but we can’t get there by fixing the health care of yesterday. We need to replace our current focus on treating disease with a better approach that is personalized, preventive, predictive and participatory, the basic tenants of personalized medicine,” said Gerald McDougall, principal in charge of personalized medicine and health sciences, PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Greater collaboration around personalized medicine should be a key strategy for health reform.”