MedPro Rx offering scholarships to students with bleeding disorders
RALEIGH, N.C. Prospective college students living with bleeding disorders have a chance to receive a scholarship from a specialty pharmacy that specializes in treating them.
MedPro Rx, which provides the IVIg clotting factor and other medications, announced the 2010 “Education is Power” scholarship program, available to U.S. resident students living with such disorders as hemophilia and von Willebrand disease. The pharmacy has distributed $207,000 nationwide since starting the program in 2006.
“With the proper education, a student will have plentiful job opportunities,” scholarship coordinator Kathy Robinette-Stoneberg said. “Normally, a person with a good job will have health insurance options that will allow them the freedom of access to health care and prescription benefits, which are much needed by persons with bleeding disorders.”
Dollar General among retailers, suppliers providing earthquake relief to Haiti
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. A host of retailers, including Walgreens, Dollar General and CVS Caremark, have made donations to help victims recover from the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, in line with other retailers and suppliers throughout the United States.
“Dollar General is dedicated to helping our friends in Haiti recover from this disaster,” stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “We are committed to our mission of serving others, in good times and in bad. We are heartened by the bravery and resiliency of the people of Haiti.”
The funds are part of relief efforts caused by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Port-au-Price Tuesday. Other such retailers include:
- Dollar General, which operates more than 8,700 stores in 35 states, has announced a $100,000 donation, and also will include employee donations.
- Walmart Foundation announced it would donate $500,000.
- Target announced a $500,000 donation plus one million meals to victims of the earthquake.
- Publix developed the Haiti Relief & Development Fund, channeled through the American Red Cross.
- Wegmans has donated $100,000 through its charitable arm and is accepting customer donations at checkout to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
- Winn-Dixie carried out ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ program for earthquake relief efforts
Also included in the relief efforts are such drug stores as:
- Walgreens announced a donation of $100,000, plus an employee donation of up to $50,000.
- CVS said its CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced that it is donating $175,000 to humanitarian organizations involved in the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. The Trust is donating $125,000 to the American Red Cross, $25,000 to Partners in Health, based in Boston, and $25,000 to Operation Helping Hands, based in Miami.
- Rite Aid has donated $50,000 and has asked its customers to participate in a donation program $1 relief certificates.
- Duane Reade has partnered with MoneyGram International to enable Duane Reade customers to wire funds to Haiti free of charge.
- Shoppers Drug Mart is providing over $100,000 to the relief efforts in Haiti through a combined donation of product and financial support.
In related news, suppliers also have participated in providing aid to victims of the natural disaster, including:
- Kellogg, which announced a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
- Unilever will donate $500,000 through its partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme.
- Biotechnology company Amgen said it will donate $2 million to the Haiti relief efforts.
- King Pharmaceuticals has donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross for its Haiti earthquake relief efforts
- The PepsiCo Foundation said it will donate $1 million to the earthquake victims and that the food and beverage company PepsiCo will provide Quaker products as well as bottled water and Gatorade for the disaster victims through its bottlers in Florida and the Dominican Republic.
- The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to assist with emergency relief efforts. In addition, the company’s bottling partner in the Dominican Republic is providing on-the-ground relief with water and other Coca-Cola beverages.
- General Mills Foundation said it would contribute $250,000 to support the disaster relief and rebuilding efforts.
- AstraZeneca, according to reports, said it is making a donation of 100,000 pounds to the British Red Cross Emergency Appeal.
- Nestle Waters North America pledged to donate $1 million in bottled water products to support disaster relief efforts.
- Abbott and its philanthropic foundation the Abbott Fund have committed to provide $1 million in initial humanitarian aid. This support includes grant funding and donations of critical pharmaceutical and nutritional products to strengthen the ability of humanitarian aid organizations to respond to immediate health needs and an initial quantity of pharmaceutical and nutritional products that are already in use in a hospital in Haiti.
- Pharmavite, the maker of NatureMade vitamins, has immediately committed approximately $500,000 in financial support and product supplies through multiple support groups. Additionally, the company made a financial donation of $75,000 via the American Red Cross to the ongoing response to the earthquakes in Haiti. In addition, the company allocated approximately 300,000 SOYJOY bars which are shelf stable and allow for convenient distribution.
- Mars will donate $475,000, including $345,000 to the Red Cross. Another $120,000 will be given to the Search Dog Foundation, an organization sending special dog teams to Haiti to find and rescue people, and $10,000 will be donated to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Mars also is donating pet food product and supplies.
Procter & Gamble is sending water-purifying packets and cash donations. According to reports, the company said it also will donate products when relief agencies are ready to accept shipments.
Retail clinics take the wheel as healthcare vehicle
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT The recent report by the National Center for Policy Analysis is yet one more indication of the important role that retail-based health clinics play in today’s overburdened healthcare system.
(THE NEWS: New report emphasizes importance of retail clinics, projects growth. For the full story, click here)
It is no secret that the physician shortage and soaring healthcare costs are hampering patients’ access to medical care and even prompting some to head to hospital emergency rooms — a costly and time-consuming alternative. In fact, of the 119 million visits to ERs in a given year, 55% are for non-emergencies.
Since emerging on the scene about 10 years ago, retail-based clinic operators have increasingly proven the important role they play in providing convenient, quality and low-cost health care, and the efforts are not going unnoticed by the medical community and third-party payers.
The estimates, according to consulting firm Deloitte, suggest that the number of clinics could reach 3,200 by 2014. That’s an impressive number but the story isn’t all about the numbers. Clinic operators have been working to drive clinic utilization and further augment — not replace — the medical community and that includes an expansion of services.
The bottom line is that retail-based clinics continue to gain acceptance and their role in today’s healthcare system continues to gain acknowledgement.