NACDS expresses support for 21st Century Cures bipartisan initiative
WASHINGTON — As the healthcare landscape continues to change at a rapid pace, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is supporting a bipartisan initiative aimed at accelerating the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States.
Recently, Robert Horne, a professional staff member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, spoke at an NACDS-facilitated Rx 4 U.S. coalition meeting about issues, including a new initiative called 21st Century Cures, the NACDS stated.
Launched by Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and committee member Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., the initiative seeks to harness the power of technology and bring together researchers, innovators and patients in order to understand diseases better and advance research that will lead toward cures.
Describing the need for the initiative, Rep. Upton was quoted as saying, “We want to know how to close the gaps between advances in scientific knowledge about cures and the regulatory policies created to save more lives.”
To express its support of 21st Century Cures, NACDS recently submitted a letter to Reps. Upton and DeGette. To read the letter, click here.
According to NACDS, the committee will collaborate broadly with the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies, as well as patients and scientific researchers. Rep. DeGette said Congress will look “at the full arc of the process — from the discovery of clues in basic science, to streamlining the drug and device development process, to unleashing the power of digital medicine and social media at the treatment delivery phase.”
NACDS noted that legislators hope the multiyear collaborative effort will accelerate medical advancements and make the predominant diseases of today a thing of the past. They also have indicated an openness to including pharmacy innovation topics in the scope of the initiative’s work.
Gain announces ‘Music to Your Nose’ event
CINCINNATI — Gain detergent, a brand from Procter & Gamble, announced that it will give attendees of this year's Essence Festival a scent-filled experience with Gain flings! "Music to Your Nose," which will take place inside P&G's My Black is Beautiful booth at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Visitors will receive samples of Gain flings! and have the chance to enter to win raffle prizes, which include tickets to the Essence Festival Main Stage concerts. Also in attendance at the booth will be reality television stars the Braxton Sisters, who will take photos with fans and tweet from behind the scenes.
“There is no other musical weekend that inspires quite the same joy and excitement that Essence Festival does,” said Diana Banuelos, P&G brand manager for Gain. “This is the perfect opportunity to engage with our African-American Gainiacs and introduce them to our best Gain ever, Gain flings! laundry pacs. We’re very excited to be here.”
Gain flings! are available in both Orignal Scent and Moonlight Breeze for a suggested retail price that ranges from $4.49 for a 14-count bag to $21.49 for a 90-count tub.