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Mobile apps from CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens among nominees of 18th Annual Webby Awards

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — This year the 18th Annual Webby Awards, an international award honoring excellence on the Internet, featured applications for health and wellness mobile health apps, including CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens and GlaxoSmithKline.

According to a Reuters article, this marked the first year that health and fitness apps were given their own category.

"There is a lot of promise for health and fitness apps, and I think we are really just at the beginning of what we will see and how important some of these experiences will become in our daily lives," David-Michel Davies, executive director of the awards, was quoted as saying in a statement.

This year, 11 mobile health applications, including CVS/pharmacy, Zyrtec AllergyCast and GlaxoSmithKline’s Diabetes HealthMate, were chosen as honorees. Separately, top five nominees were also selected, including Walgreens’ mobile app. The winner will be announced on April 28.
 

 

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Lay’s Air Pops adds new flavor

BY Ryan Chavis

PLANO, TX — Lay’s potato chips, a brand from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, earlier this week announced that its Lay’s Air Pops crisps would be entering more markets across the United States. In celebration of the expanded distribution, the company is introducing new Air Pops salt & vinegar crisps.

"Lay’s Air Pops crisps are perfect for consumers who are looking for an alternative to regular potato chips that doesn’t compromise on flavor," said Ram Krishnan, VP marketing of Frito-Lay North America. "By expanding distribution to California and the Pacific Northwest, we’re excited to introduce this new snack option to an even broader audience."

Lay’s Air Pops, also available in original, barbeque and sour cream & onion, can be purchased at grocery stores in select markets. A 3-oz. bag has a suggested retail price of $2.99. 

 

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GPhA supports eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has announced its support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, taking place April 26 at local take-back sites across America.

The event is dedicated to the safe disposal of prescription medications and is the result of collaboration among local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement, community and industry partners.

“Patient safety is the generic pharmaceutical industry’s No. 1 priority. Take-Back Day helps remind Americans of the thousands of facilities available to them for collection of unused or expired medication. This is an important tool for helping curb prescription drug diversion, misuse or abuse,” stated Ralph Neas, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. “It also is a time to remind patients that prescription medicines are meant to be used as directed by health providers. Making sure that patients adhere to physician and pharmacist instructions in taking medications is critical to patients’ health. It also plays an important role in avoiding the problems caused by accruing surplus medications at home.”

According to the DEA, last year 324 tons of expired and unwanted medications were returned for safe and proper disposal at the 5,683 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The combined results of the previous take-back days have removed more than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of medication from circulation.

 

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