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Madhava Natural Sweeteners rolls out fair-trade-certified organic raw agave nectar

BY Allison Cerra

LONGMONT, Colo. — Madhava Natural Sweeteners has introduced raw organic agave nectar that now is fair-trade-certified.

Starting this week, Madhava will be shipping fair-trade-certified organic raw agave nectar to supermarkets and natural food stores nationwide. Madhava raw organic agave nectar is made from the natural juice of the weber blue agave plant, which is organically grown and sustainably farmed in the Sierra Madres region of Mexico.

"We are proud to make this important move as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability," Madhava EVP Victoria Hartman said. "We are pleased to offer consumers the opportunity to make a difference and help support farmers, their land and their communities with every raw agave purchase they make."

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Kraft Foods shifts stock listing to NASDAQ

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft Foods announced that it has shifted its stock listing from the New York Stock Exchange to the NASDAQ global select market.

The company said its decision to shift its listing — which still will trade under the ticker symbol KFT — will yield greater cost efficiencies, while providing visibility advantages for the company’s iconic brands. Kraft Foods begin trading on NASDAQ on June 26.

Kraft Foods added that once its business splits into two companies — a high-growth global snacks business called Mondelez International and a high-margin North American grocery business called Kraft Foods Group — later this year, both of these companies will trade on the NASDAQ exchange.

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NCPA highlights importance of medication adherence with new resources for pharmacists

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has published a special edition of its America’s Pharmacist magazine, which exclusively focuses on medication adherence.

The NCPA said the issue examines how Medicare now is using medication adherence metrics to calculate Medicare Part D plan star ratings, including Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans; offers an independent pharmacist’s view on why mail order and adherence don’t mix ("Adherence is not in the Mail"); and looks at a new adherence metric of pharmacy performance ("Equipped for Adherence").

In addition to the publication, NCPA also recently launched Stick2thescript.org, a new site that provides pharmacists and other healthcare providers with a comprehensive resource of tools, programs and other resources to use with patients to help them understand the goals and outcomes of their prescription regimen, manage their chronic condition(s) and take their medications as directed.

"NCPA is proactively tackling this challenge and has launched a full-court press on the problem of nonadherence," NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey said. "The community pharmacist is the expert team member who can effectively identify and resolve medication issues. By identifying solutions and providing concrete actions and resources, we believe pharmacists are putting us one step closer to solving this expensive and unnecessary healthcare crisis."


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