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Industry-supported bill on prescription drug diversion passes House committee

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by full committee vice chair Marsha Blackburn to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse epidemic. 

H.R. 4709, the Ensuring Patient Access to Effective Drug Enforcement Act, introduced by Reps. Blackburn, R-Tenn., Tom Marino, R-Pa., Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Judy Chu, D-Calif., would help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion and ensure patient access to necessary medications by creating a more collaborative partnership between drug manufacturers, wholesalers, retail pharmacies and federal enforcement and oversight agencies. 

“The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s vote today demonstrates the importance of this critical, bipartisan legislation and its ability to foster greater collaboration and transparency between supply chain stakeholders and federal regulators to address prescription drug abuse and diversion," stated John Gray, president and CEO for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association. "The bill will allow companies registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to submit corrective action plans to address DEA concerns, and clarify key terminology in the Controlled Substances Act to better delineate registrant responsibilities under the law."

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Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets donates $3 million to local schools

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets on Wednesday announced a $3 million donation to 2,057 public and private schools through its A+ School Rewards program for the 2013-2014 school year. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $19 million has been donated to local schools throughout participating markets in the four states Giant/Martin's operates.

Giant/Martin's A+ School Rewards program allows local schools to earn cash for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips and playgrounds. After customers had designated the school(s) of their choice, A+ School Rewards points accrued with each purchase made using a BonusCard from Oct. 6, 2013 through March 22, 2014.

“Thank you to all of our customers and local schools who took a few moments to sign up for our popular school fundraiser and shopped with their BonusCard,” stated Tom Lenkevich, president of Giant/Martin's. “Year after year, we are gratified by the strong response.”

 

 

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Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities honors Kroger

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Thursday was named Employer of the Year by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities at the organization's annual Bridges Gala in Washington.

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities fosters the employment of young people with disabilities. The Bridges from School to Work program run by the Marriott Foundation helps more than a thousand young people enter the workforce annually with steady, beneficial employment as they leave high school.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Marriott Foundation," stated Katy Barclay, Kroger's SVP human resources. "We have a long tradition of hiring people with disabilities, especially on our front lines serving customers. Associates we have hired through the Bridges program are consistently among our most reliable and friendly employees. Customers often select a check lane in order to be served by a youth we have hired through Bridges. We thank the Marriott Foundation for the valuable work they do to help businesses meet their workforce development needs."

The Bridges program operates in communities throughout the United States — including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Washington and parts of Maryland — where the Kroger family of stores partners to place young people with disabilities in stores.

 

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