NACDS Marketplace exhibitors donate consumer products to Denver-area nonprofits
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Tuesday the donation of 9,500 lbs. of consumer goods to be dispersed to various charitable organizations throughout the Denver area, following the completion of the recent NACDS Marketplace Conference.
NACDS Marketplace exhibitors donated leftover products ranging from cosmetics, health and hygiene products, food and beverages and household supplies, to other consumer products available in retail pharmacies.
Working with the Colorado Convention Center and United Way, NACDS donated the consumer products to several charitable organizations to be dispersed to those in need in the Denver area. The nonprofit charitable organizations accepting the donations are:
Florence Crittenton School — Provides education, career guidance and parenting skills to help teen parents raise healthy families and become self-sufficient members of the community;
Urban Peak — Helps homeless youth and youth at risk of becoming homeless overcome real-life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults;
St. Francis Center — Assists men and women who are homeless, providing shelter and other services that enable them to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness;
Senior Support Services — Provides resources and support for senior citizens who are homeless, offering meals, access to medical care and counseling, and support services to help them lead more self-sufficient and fulfilling lives.
"We cannot thank NACDS’ associate members enough for their generosity in donating consumer products at the conclusion of the Marketplace Conference," stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. "During these challenging economic times, these products will help many of those in need in the Denver community. We appreciate the work of the Colorado Convention Center and United Way in helping to ensure that Denver’s most vulnerable citizens receive these products to care for themselves and their families."
“What a wonderful contribution the National Association of Chain Drug Stores made to our community,” added Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver. “Not only did NACDS bring $6.6 million to Denver’s economy as a result of the Marketplace Conference, but they also donated a wide range of health and hygiene products, food and beverages and household supplies to some of our citizens most in need. That was a beautiful gesture, and on behalf of Denver’s tourism industry and our 50,000 employees, we would like to thank NACDS for all they did for Denver.”
FDA approves OTC HIV test
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved over-the-counter sales of a test for the virus that causes AIDS, the agency said Tuesday.
The FDA announced the approval of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, calling it the first OTC, self-administered HIV test kit that detects the presence of antibodies to HIV, including the HIV-1 and HIV-2 strains.
People can use the test to collect an oral fluid sample by swabbing their upper and lower gums and then placing the sample into a developer vial. Test results appear in 20 to 40 minutes. The agency said, however, that a positive test does not necessarily mean a person has become infected; nor does a negative result mean a person is not infected if the infection has occurred within the past three months. According to clinical trials, 99.98% of test results will be negative when HIV is not present, meaning that one false positive would be expected out of every 5,000 test results in uninfected people.
"Knowing your status is an important factor in the effort to prevent the spread of HIV," FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research director Karen Midthun said. "The availability of a home-use HIV test kit provides another option for individuals to get tested so that they can seek medical care, if appropriate."
APhA seeks nominations for new awards, honors
WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association announced that nominations are being accepted for its practitioner awards and honors, which are administered by the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.
APhA said that the awards, which will be presented at the APhA annual meeting and exposition in Los Angeles in March 2013, include the new APhA-APPM Pharmacy Management Excellence award and three new APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement awards. Nominees are being sought for the following awards and honors:
Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence award: Established in 1964 and named in honor of the first president of the American Pharmaceutical Association, this premier practice award recognizes an APhA member, in any practice setting, who has distinguished himself or herself and the profession of pharmacy by sustained outstanding performance and achievement;
APhA-APPM Pharmacy Management Excellence award: Established in 2012 and to be first presented at APhA2013, the award is intended to recognize an APhA member in any practice setting who has distinguished himself/herself and the profession by outstanding performance in the area of pharmacy management;
APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement awards: The APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement awards are intended to recognize individuals who have made a significant or sustained contribution to pharmacy practice and have advanced the missions of APhA and APhA-APPM. Up to three recognitions will be presented each year and the individual awards will be as follows: Distinguished Achievement in Pharmacy Practice, Distinguished Achievement in Pharmacy Management and Distinguished Achievement in Service; and
APhA Fellow: This honor recognizes APhA members, with a minimum of 10 years of exemplary professional experience and achievements in professional practice, who have rendered outstanding service to the profession through activities in APhA and in other organizations. Up to 10 APhA Fellows can be selected by APhA-APPM each year.
Nominations are due by Sept. 1.