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HDMA names 2012 DIANA recipients

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Tuesday honored 10 pharmaceutical and consumer product manufacturers through the presentation of its annual Distribution Management Awards for Notable Achievements in Healthcare, or DIANA. The winners were announced Monday evening at the Association’s 2012 Business and Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“The 2012 DIANA honorees lead the way with their continuing commitment to innovation and collaboration, and set the standard for excellence in the healthcare supply chain,” stated HDMA president and CEO John M. Gray. “We congratulate them for their achievements in creatively launching new products and fostering strong relationships with HDMA distributor members.”

Award winners were selected by HDMA distributor members. For the Best Overall Manufacturer awards, winners were chosen on criteria ranging from developing collaborative trading partner relationships to creating marketing programs that benefit the supply chain and commitment to excellence. Among other criteria, the Best New Product Introduction or Promotion winners were judged on their ability to create innovative marketing programs, their level of market performance, promotional support and operational excellence.

Among the 2012 DIANA winners for Best New Product were Amylin Pharmaceuticals for Bydureon, Actavis for oxymorphone HCl extended-release tablets and Merck Consumer Care for Coppertone Wet ‘n Clear.

Recipients of the Best Overall Manufacturer Awards included Broadway Industries, Upsher-Smith Labs, Wockhardt USA, Actavis and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

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CDC: 2011-2012 influenza season lowest on record

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The 2011-2012 influenza season was one of the mildest and latest seasons on record, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The peak percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses of 2.4% was the lowest reported since the system began in its current format in 1997. The peak percentage of visits for ILI during those 14 seasons ranged from 3.2% for the 2002-2003 season to 7.7% during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

During the 2011-2012 season, the CDC reported that influenza activity peaked in the week ended March 17.

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Survey: Summertime BBQ a challenge for many heartburn sufferers

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Summer is the time when barbecue aficionados are most likely to feel heartburn’s effects, according to a new study released by Procter & Gamble on behalf of its Prilosec OTC brand Tuesday.

Nearly half (46%) of Americans with frequent heartburn identified barbecue season as the time of year when they are most likely to suffer from heartburn symptoms. And more than half (63%) of chronic heartburn sufferers admitted that their condition frequently interferes with them having fun.

One-in-3 people surveyed reported they had avoided a barbecue because of their heartburn symptoms; 74% reported it would be worse to forget their heartburn medicine than their sun block when going on vacation this summer; and 60% have had to adjust plans while on vacation due to heartburn symptoms.

 


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