PHARMACY

Lilly donates grant to Manchester College for pharmacy school

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Manchester College has received a $35 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to launch a new school of pharmacy.

Manchester College, a college of 1,278 students affiliated with the Church of the Brethren and based in North Manchester, Ind., said the grant would allow it to develop its first doctoral program on a campus in the nearby city of Fort Wayne, Ind. The Lilly Endowment was founded in 1937 with stock in Indianapolis-based drug maker Eli Lilly.

“We are pleased to offer this funding to Manchester College to assist it in establishing its new school of pharmacy,” Lilly Endowment VP education Sara Cobb said. “The school will further important efforts in Indiana to increase opportunities for education and careers in the [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] disciplines.”

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King, Acura seek regulatory approval for Acurox

BY Alaric DeArment

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Drug makers King Pharmaceuticals and Acura Pharmaceuticals have submitted a regulatory approval application to the Food and Drug Administration for an opioid pain reliever.

The two drug makers announced Tuesday the submission for Acurox (oxycodone hydrochloride), an immediate-release tablet for relief of moderate to severe pain.

The tablets use Acura’s aversion technology, designed to deter abuse of the drug by dissolving or crushing the pills.

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MinuteClinic to promote Ask Me 3 health literacy program

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has entered into an agreement with the National Patient Safety Foundation to become the nation’s first retail clinic provider to implement the Ask Me 3 health literacy program.

MinuteClinic will launch the program in early 2011 in its approximately 500 medical clinics located inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to enhance communication between healthcare providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes. The program encourages patients to ask and understand the answers to three questions: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this?

To promote the program, Ask Me 3 posters will appear at all MinuteClinic locations, and brochures about the program will be offered to patients when they visit. Each clinic will have a certificate designating it an Ask Me 3 participant.

In addition, MinuteClinic practitioners will receive Ask Me 3 training developed by the nonprofit National Patient Safety Foundation.

"Low health literacy is an emerging public health issue that is broad in scope and can affect any patient, regardless of education and reading levels," said Andrew Sussman, MinuteClinic president and CVS Caremark SVP and associate chief medical officer. "Research shows that patients who understand health instructions get well sooner, tend to take their medication regularly and make fewer mistakes with their care. In particular, clear communication helps individuals do a better job of managing chronic health conditions, including those patients we assist with monitoring at MinuteClinic for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and asthma."

Added Paulette Thabault, MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer, "Health literacy is the strongest predictor of an individual’s health status. This program will provide another tool for our practitioners to help them encourage and empower patients to take ownership of their own health."

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