HHS secretary promotes flu preparedness by getting her flu shot at Walgreens
DEERFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius will receive her seasonal flu vaccine and will talk about the importance of prevention measures and flu season preparedness Wednesday morning at a Walgreens "health and daily living" pilot store in Chicago.
The secretary also will tour the store with Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson, who will highlight the store’s ability to offer accessible, preventive health services, such as flu vaccinations and diabetes care in underserved communities.
"It’s very exciting to see stores like these built on the principle that good health starts with steps we can all take to avoid getting sick in the first place," Sebelius said. "A perfect example of preventive care is getting your annual flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones. So we’re working closely with pharmacies like Walgreens to make the vaccine widely available in communities across the country."
"We appreciate Secretary Sebelius recognizing the important role of community pharmacists in health care," Wasson said. "With this pilot store, we are advancing the profession of pharmacy by providing greater accessibility to pharmacists for medication counseling, answering questions and providing additional clinical services."
Pharmacists are on the front lines of health care and among the most trusted professionals as ranked by Gallup’s honesty and ethics survey. Especially in medically underserved communities, pharmacies provide critical access to health care services that often go beyond dispensing medication, Walgreens stated. Walgreens’ new pilot pharmacy addresses the desire of customers for better products, tools and guidance as they aspire to make healthier choices in their daily lives. The pilot pharmacy also addresses the national focus on prevention and management of chronic diseases, which has highlighted the need for a model of care that is convenient, coordinated and affordable.
Next year I would ask that Ms. Sebelius get her flu shot at an independent pharmacy. We offer the same service but not the fancy bandage.
New Wave Enviro Products joins NCPA
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A company that manufactures and distributes such eco-friendly products as reusable water bottles and water filtration systems has joined the National Community Pharmacists Association.
New Wave Enviro Products said joining the NCPA was a "perfect fit" as both organizations provide quality service and products. New Wave also will showcase its products at the NCPA’s 113th Annual Convention and Trade Expo, which kicks off this weekend in Nashville.
For more information on New Wave Enviro Products, visit NewWaveEnviro.com.
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Schiff names former Bayer Consumer product development exec to R&D post
SALT LAKE CITY — Schiff Nutrition International on Wednesday named Shane Durkee SVP research and development.
“We welcome Shane and believe his proven track record in driving nutritional supplements innovation will contribute significantly to accelerating our new product program and organic growth," Schiff president and CEO Tarang Amin said.
Durkee, 39, has more than 16 years of consumer products research and development experience in leading teams in innovation, product development and medical science. Most recently, he was the director, global innovation and new technology at Bayer Consumer Care in Basel, Switzerland. In this position, he led product innovation and development within the nutritional, dermatologic and gastrointestinal business units, which had more than $2.7 billion in annual sales. He also served in R&D leadership roles working on Bayer’s U.S. branded nutritional business, including One-A-Day, Flintstones and CitraCal. Prior to joining Bayer, Durkee held R&D leadership roles with TwinLab and Nutraceutical Corp.
Durkee holds a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.B.A. He has served as a member of the Senior Scientific Advisory Council for the Council for Responsible Nutrition and as a science advisory board member at Virgo Publishing.
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