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McKesson Specialty Health unveils Onmark Select Program for community-based oncologists

BY Allison Cerra

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — McKesson Specialty Health has introduced a new program that is designed to help independent, community-based oncology practices grow and deliver high-quality care to patients.

The Onmark Select Program, delivered through McKesson Specialty Health’s solutions for oncology, provides independent community-based oncology practices with the capability to advance the science, technology and quality of care through customizable services. Those enrolled in the program "benefit from the McKesson Specialty Health’s expertise and leadership in such areas as advanced technology, business and operational support and clinical support," McKesson Specialty Health said.

"Through a flexible range of services, the Onmark Select Program helps practices gain purchasing efficiencies, grow patient volumes, optimize revenue and enhance productivity so community oncologists can focus on what they do best: provide advanced, high-quality care to patients fighting cancer," McKesson Specialty Health president Mark Walchirk said. "Our innovative clinical and business capabilities and our advanced, integrated technology strengthen community-based practices. Through our unmatched breadth and depth of services and expertise, we offer community oncology practices a competitive advantage in challenging times."

For more details on the Onmark Select Program and its offerings, click here.

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Cardinal Health Foundation develops new guidelines for medication disposal days

BY Allison Cerra

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health announced that the Cardinal Health Foundation has developed new guidelines that are designed to help pharmacists and healthcare professionals understand the steps involved in hosting medication disposal days.

The new guidelines, which can be found at CardinalHealth.com/GenerationRx, include information on how to contact local partners, obtain necessary permits and drive participation in medication disposal days. They also include tips on optimal timing and locations for these events, a list of needed supplies, and follow-up steps for how to share the results.

Cardinal Health — in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, local law enforcement, community partners and a large central Ohio health system — has cosponsored several medication take-back events near its headquarters in central Ohio. Combined, these medication disposal days successfully have collected and destroyed nearly 4,000 lbs. of unused and expired medications, Cardinal Health Foundation said.

Prescription drug abuse is the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the leading cause of accidental death in 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, Cardinal Health said.

“We’ve received a great response to our medication disposal days, and many of our retail pharmacy customers, in particular, have long been interested in tools that can help them understand how to host these sometimes complex events in their own communities,” Cardinal Health SVP retail independent sales Steve Lawrence said. “We hope our new guidelines will encourage more pharmacists and health care providers to work with the DEA and local law enforcement to provide their communities with safe ways to dispose of medications.”

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P&G reveals survey data on power of a smile among Hispanics, launches new Complete collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — In conjunction with the launch of Procter & Gamble’s new Crest & Oral-B Complete collection, the company released survey findings on the contributing influence of quality oral care among Hispanics, revealing the empowering effect of a nice smile.

The survey, which polled 2,000 Hispanic adults nationwide, showed the majority (nearly 80%) of Hispanic adults nationwide believe that people with nicer smiles simply are more successful. The survey also demonstrated how Hispanics prioritize the value of having a nice smile. For example, almost 60% of Hispanics would rather be confident about their smile than about their physical figure, despite today’s emphasis on an ideal body weight. Hispanics also reported to be less likely to leave home without brushing their teeth, compared with other personal care routines, such as washing their face or combing their hair.

However, education about good oral care is not always consistent within the Hispanic community, and nearly 4-out-of-10 Hispanic adults nationwide admit to hiding their smiles because they are uncomfortable showing their teeth, according to P&G. These statistics, combined with data that show more than 90% are worried about the health of their teeth, give Hispanics cause for re-evaluating their oral care routine.

“As a U.S. leader in oral care products, Crest & Oral-B has a rich heritage in bringing families complete solutions for their oral care needs,” P&G North American oral care associate marketing director Dennis Legault said. “The new Complete product collection was designed for those consumers who want simple, effective products that they know will work. Crest & Oral-B Complete features products that people can feel working, so they can go about their day feeling confident about their oral care.”

As part of the Crest & Oral-B Complete collection, new Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Whitening + Deep Clean toothpaste is designed to provide up to two times cleaner feeling. Its combination of ingredients — now with 33% more silica than regular toothpaste and the polyionic complex made of three cleaning ingredients — leaves the mouth with a lasting clean feeling, according to P&G.

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