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J&J Campaign for Nursing’s Future hosts gala to raise funds to help ease nursing shortage in S.C.

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future will host the Promise of Nursing for South Carolina gala to raise funds and provide scholarships to help ease the nursing shortage in South Carolina.

As the 30th Promise of Nursing regional gala to be held, this year’s proceeds will contribute to the more than $18 million raised across the country to date. 

All funds raised from the event, which is being held in Charleston on Nov. 3, will remain in South Carolina to support undergraduate nursing student scholarships, graduate nursing education fellowships to prepare nurse faculty and grants to South Carolina area nursing schools to help expand their program capacity.

More than 500 South Carolina nurses and healthcare professionals are expected to be in attendance at the Charleston Marriott Hotel beginning at 6 p.m.

"Nurses are the heart and soul of patient care, as they care for patients during their most intimate moments, from bringing new life into the world to helping patients die with dignity," stated Marilyn Schaffner, chief nursing executive and administrator for clinical services for the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. "Through partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, we have the opportunity to help fund scholarships for student nurses as they become part of the magic of nursing."

Current predictions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicate that South Carolina is expected to experience more than 12,000 nursing position vacancies by 2020. The shortage predicted for South Carolina corresponds with national projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that estimate more than 1 million new and replacement nurses will be needed to meet U.S. population demands by 2016.


The Promise of Nursing for South Carolina gala is part of a public awareness campaign — The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future — launched by Johnson & Johnson in February 2002. The campaign is designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession and recruit new nurses and nurse faculty, as well as help retain nurses currently in the profession.

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FDA approves update to Takeda cancer drug label

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved changes to the labeling of a cancer drug made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker said.

Takeda and Millennium, the Japanese drug maker’s cancer-drug subsidiary, announced Tuesday that the FDA approved a supplemental new drug application for the injectable multiple myeloma drug Velcade (bortezomib) that updates its label to include additional data from a clinical study showing that the drug extended patients’ survival time.

The study, titled "VISTA," was a late-stage trial that included 682 patients.


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Kerr Drug launches Thanksgiving food drive

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is launching a drive to collect food to donate to needy families for Thanksgiving, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Through Nov. 15, the Kerr Cares for Kids Foundation is placing collection bins at the front of every Kerr Drug store where customers can place nonperishable food items, which the company will distribute to charitable organizations.

The drive follows a school supply drive in August that helped 90 organizations across North Carolina, such as Boys and Girls clubs, mission houses, women’s shelters and others.

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