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NACDS goes mobile

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Helping on-the-go members stay updated with its latest efforts, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has launched a mobile website.

When members access NACDS Mobile at m.NACDS.org, the “guide on the go” provides them with information about NACDS meetings, advocacy and public relations.

“NACDS Mobile applies a current approach to NACDS’ consistent mission,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said. “Wherever you are, it delivers the latest on NACDS’ work to foster business community and to advance pharmacies as the face of neighborhood health care through government advocacy and communications.”

NACDS Mobile complements the smartphone applications that were introduced for use at select NACDS meetings and conferences in 2010, and which will remain in use for select meetings in 2011.

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American Diabetes Association releases year-in-review for 2010

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Diabetes Association on Tuesday released its year-in-review for 2010 regarding progress being made in the diabetes field.

The organization reported that among the achievements this year was $600 million secured by Congress through a two-year reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program, as well as a total of $34.1 million in funds that were made available by the association to support the broad spectrum of diabetes research. This funding, the American Diabetes Association said, supported 338 awards at more than 125 leading research institutions in the United States, averaging more than five published papers per currently funded investigator.

Another victory for the American Diabetes Association was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the organization said will improve diabetics’ access to health care and that they "no longer [will face] discrimination in the insurance market because of their diabetes, and no longer [will] need to worry their insurance will be taken away from them when they need it most."

The bill, the association noted, also offers other ways to assist low- and moderate-income people with diabetes, in addition to a $15 billion fund for wellness and prevention, an authorization of the National Diabetes Prevention Program aimed at those with prediabetes and a requirement targeting menu labeling at chain restaurants.

The complete list can be accessed at Diabetes.org.

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More than 55,000 candidates sought PTCB certification in 2010

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — More than 55,000 candidates sat for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in 2010, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board said Tuesday.

The PTCB said it has certified more than 400,000 pharmacy technicians since 1995.

“Certification through PTCB represents an excellent pathway to employment for pharmacy technicians practicing in the United States,” PTCB executive director and CEO Melissa Murer Corrigan said in a statement. “It also enables pharmacy technicians to meet the growing demands of a changing pharmacy landscape.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technician employment is expected to increase by more than 31% by 2018, and pharmacy techs with formal education or training, previous work experience and certification will be specifically sought after to meet the demand.

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