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Melanoma campaign enlists former football coach as spokesman

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A former football coach is joining an effort to educate men about the risks of a deadly form of skin cancer.

Former National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher will work with Melanoma Exposed, an educational campaign run by the Melanoma International Foundation, Melanoma Research Alliance, Melanoma Research Foundation and the Skin Cancer Foundation, with sponsorship from drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb, the organizations announced Tuesday.

"My family learned first hand that melanoma is not an opponent to be underestimated," Cowher said. "My philosophy is that every person needs to have a proactive approach to protect against melanoma. The strategy is simple: Get screened, protect yourself and your family, know your risk factors, such as family history and number of moles and, most importantly, tell everyone you know to do the same."

According to a new survey, while men are almost twice as likely to die from melanoma as women, only 9% of men consider it a health risk. Meanwhile, the survey found only 10% of Americans are concerned about it, compared with the 12% who are concerned with wrinkles and hair loss, and 52% fail to identify multiple moles as an important risk factor for melanoma, with men significantly less likely to recognize it as a risk factor. The survey, conducted by custom research agency TNS, included 2,500 adults of various ages in the United States.

The Melanoma Exposed campaign will start at the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium in mid-June with free screenings and at season events with the Dolphins, the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens.


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Report: Cardinal Health acquires wholesaler Dik Drug

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health has acquired regional wholesaler Dik Drug for an undisclosed price, according to published reports.

Dik Drug was founded in 1914 as a small repackaging distributorship that serviced the Chicago area. According to the company’s website, Dik Drug warehouses more than 20,000 products.

According to a post from Drug Channels blogger Adam Fein, who broke the story Monday, Dik is an investor in Third Party Station (Pharmacy First), a wholesaler-owned Pharmacy Services Administrative Organization. According to Fein, Cardinal has acquired two of the nine wholesalers that own TPS.

For Fein’s full report, click here.

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Cardinal Health settles dispute with DEA over Florida distribution center

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health on Tuesday announced it had agreed to a settlement with the Drug Enforcement Agency that allows the company to bring resolution to ongoing litigation.

Cardinal Health agreed to a two-year suspension of its Lakeland, Fla., distribution center’s DEA registration to ship controlled medicines from this facility and to improve certain anti-diversion procedures. The Lakeland distribution center will remain open, and all other operations at the facility will continue. The DEA also confirmed it is planning no further administrative actions at other Cardinal Health facilities.

"This agreement allows us to put this matter behind us, and just as important, will clear the way for a more productive dialogue about how we and others in the healthcare and regulatory community can work together to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs," Cardinal Health chairman and CEO George Barrett said.

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