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Jim Cherry awarded MSI Franchisee of the Year for community commitment, innovative pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Medicine Shoppe pharmacy owner Jim Cherry takes customer service to a whole new level in Somerset, Ky., and it’s his commitment to the community and innovative pharmacy solutions that this year earned him the Medicine Shoppe International Franchisee of the Year award.

John Fiacco, VP of Medicine Shoppe International, presented Cherry with the award during this week’s Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference in Washington, DC.

“Jim and his employees go out of their way to help patients,” stated Ron Wilkins, senior consultant for franchise operations at MSI. “Jim drops prescriptions off to patients on his way home. Other employees have even stopped at supermarkets to buy groceries to deliver to home-bound patients.”

Cherry’s pharmacy, which is nestled in a town of 11,000 residents located about 75 miles south of Lexington, Ky., is a healthcare leader and innovator, too. Its pharmacy conducts one-on-one medication reviews with customers and uses an innovative medication therapy management program to help patients better understand and adhere to their medications. The pharmacy has multiple offerings to meet specialized needs of patients, including vaccines, long-term care products and weight-management services, among others.

Cherry gives educational talks on health at retirement homes. His pharmacy staff also contributes to local programs, schools and health causes.

“This Medicine Shoppe is the caring, one-stop shopping healthcare destination that represents all of the ideals of community pharmacy,” Wilkins said.

The Medicine Shoppe Franchisee of the Year Award, which comes with a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice, is each year awarded to a pharmacy that serves as a model for other franchisees to emulate.

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CHPA stresses importance of self-care at Capitol Hill briefing

BY Ryan Chavis

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association celebrated the first International Self-Care Day event in the United States. ISCD was launched by the World Self-Medication Industry in China in 2011 to celebrate the importance of self-care and to encourage the public to practice responsible self-care.

The event on Capitol Hill highlights how OTC medicines empower consumers to practice self-care, which will save the U.S. healthcare system $102 billion each year, according to the association.

“There are powerful forces reshaping healthcare in the U.S. and across the globe, and they are elevating the role of OTC medicines. There’s both a consumer desire and an economic imperative to increase access to self-care options,” said CHPA President and CEO Scott Melville.

Erica Mann, WSMI chair and president of Bayer HealthCare’s Consumer Care division, said ISCD is a change to highlight the importance of making self-care a lifelong habit.

“There has never been a more urgent need to focus the world’s attention on the importance of better self-care,” Mann said. “Empowering consumers and patients to become active shapers of their health and well-being is the single most effective, common-sense way to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and relieve the growing burden on health professionals.”

The speakers for the event will included: Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO; Erica Mann, Bayer HealthCare chairman of WSMI; Dr. Guo, International Self-Care Foundation chairman and founder; Jim Mackey, Merck Consumer Care, SVP; CHPA chair; U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.); co-sponsor of H.R. 2835; and Steven Taylor, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, CEO.

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FDA approves Targiniq ER from Purdue Pharma

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration approved Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended-release tablets). The drug is an extended-release, long-acting opioid analgesic that treats pain severe enough to require daily, long-term opioid treatment and as an alternative to treatment plans that have shown to be inadequate.

Targiniq ER has properties that are expected to deter, but not entirely prevent, abuse of the drug, the agency said. When the tablets are crushed and snorted, (or crushed, dissolved and injected,) the naloxone in the drug blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone, making it less appealing to abusers than oxycodone alone.

"The FDA is committed to combatting the misuse and abuse of all opioids, and the development of opioids that are harder to abuse is needed in order to help address the public health crisis of prescription drug abuse in the United States,” said Sharon Hertz, M.D., deputy director of the division of anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Encouraging the development of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties is just one component of a broader approach to reducing abuse and misuse, and will better enable the FDA to balance addressing this problem with meeting the needs of the millions of people in this country suffering from pain.”

The FDA is requiring postmarketing studies of Targiniq ER to assess serious risks, which include abuse, increased sensitivity to pain, addiction and overdose. The studies will also further examine the effects of the abuse-deterrent features on the risk for abuse of Targiniq ER.

Targiniq ER is manufactured by Purdue Pharma.

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