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McKesson to hold annual IdeaShare conference in Las Vegas

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Monday announced that thousands of independent pharmacy owners from across the nation will convene at the McKesson IdeaShare 2012 Conference at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas from June 24 to 28.

“Community pharmacies dispense nearly half of the nation’s prescription medicines. McKesson is proud to provide the clinical, technology and business-building solutions community pharmacies need to help improve the profitability and efficiency of their businesses,” stated Brian Tyler, president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “For more than 30 years, McKesson has enjoyed hosting this event where pharmacists from across the country share in the ideas and innovation that are helping to drive the growth of community pharmacy.”

McKesson IdeaShare 2012 will feature dozens of sessions, including continuing education courses, a public policy forum and an ownership transfer luncheon. There also will be a variety of targeted interactive seminars focused on helping pharmacies increase efficiency and profitability, with special emphasis on clinical services, reimbursement, front-end solutions, marketing, technology and pharmacy operations.

More than 200 exhibitors will display solutions for retail pharmacy, including diabetes care and home healthcare products, retail accessories, and pharmacy technology and automation.

Health Mart, the nation’s fourth-largest pharmacy network, will host its Annual Meeting and facilitate discussion and planning groups at the event.

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CastMedic Designs launches ‘bling’ for medical walking boots

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — CastMedic Designs on Wednesday introduced its line of fashion accessories for medical walking boots.

Company founder Christina Daves developed MediFashions in 2010 after realizing no product like this currently existed. "With at least 1.5 to 2.5 million walking medical boots prescribed annually, why should that many people have to walk around in a big ugly boot? Why not have some fun?"bshe said.

The product line includes decorative faux-fur cuffs to wrap around the top of the boot; flowers and faux-fur accessories that are attached on any strap of the boot; a children’s line of pin-back buttons worn on any strap of the boot; and decorative "socks" worn over the liner of the boot.


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Study: Nutrition bar developed by research team improves health

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute’s Nutrition and Metabolism Center have developed a low-calorie, fruit-based high-fiber vitamin and mineral nutrition bar called the CHORI-bar that improves biological indicators — the bar increased HDL cholesterol and glutathione but lowered homocysteine — linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and associated decline in antioxidant defenses, the group reported Wednesday.

The CHORI-bar is intended to help restore optimal nutritional balance in people eating poor diets and to help transition them to healthier eating habits. The bar is satiating and at only approximately 110 calories per bar, may be helpful in weight reduction programs, according to the hosptial.

The first research report on the CHORI-bar will appear in the August 2012 Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The FASEB Journal report describes the prototype bar and presents results of a 2-week trial in 25 generally healthy adults led by CHORI-bar team member and pediatric cardiologist Michele Mietus-Snyder. The participants varied in ages and body mass index and ate two bars each day for two weeks.

Favorable metabolic changes occurred after two weeks of bar intake, without guidelines as to whether to use the bar as a meal replacement or a supplement.

Current research is continuing on several fronts, the group reported. Two additional bars have been developed that expand the number of biomarkers improved by the bar to include measures of insulin resistance, inflammation and additional elements of lipid metabolism, notably LDL cholesterol. Efforts are under way to combine attributes of all three bars in a single bar, the group noted.

A series of clinical trials have also been initiated that test the efficacy of the CHORI-bar in improving metabolism in individuals with diseases accompanied by metabolic dysregulation favorably impacted by the bar, including obesity, asthma and hypertension. And finally, development of additional biomarker assays is underway to expand the classes of metabolic changes that can be detected, such as several different types of DNA damage.

 


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