NACDS reaffirms support of Rx drug abuse bill
ARLINGTON, Va. — As a key Congressional committee is set to consider legislation to help identify solutions for prescription drug abuse while preserving patients’ legitimate access to needed medications, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce committees’ Health subcommittee affirming support for this effort, NACDS has announced.
The subcommittee is scheduled to “mark up” — or consider amendments to — H.R. 4709, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act. Sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Energy and Commerce Committee vice chair Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., the bill would establish a framework to foster collaboration among health and enforcement officials and other stakeholders to consider abuse and access issues simultaneously.
NACDS formally endorsed the legislation in February, and in its letter this week it expressed encouragement about the momentum that has brought the bill to the mark-up stage.
“NACDS and the chain pharmacy industry are committed to partnering with policymakers to develop viable strategies to prevent prescription drug diversion and abuse. To this end, we support policies that empower law enforcement to protect Americans against the dangers of prescription drug diversion and abuse while maintaining legitimate patient access to needed medications,” NACDS wrote to the subcommittee. “This important legislation would foster the development of such policies by directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collaborate with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to assess how patient access to medications could be adversely affected by federal and state law enforcement activities, and to identify how collaboration between agencies and stakeholders can benefit patients and prevent diversion and abuse of prescription drugs. Moreover, this legislation would require HHS to consult with patient and provider groups, including pharmacies, among other stakeholders. We appreciate the recognition of pharmacies as critical stakeholders in efforts to prevent prescription drug diversion and abuse.”
Kiss Products expands line with new handle-less hair dryer
NEW YORK — Nail care company Kiss Products has expanded its portfolio to include an array of beauty products, including the new Red by Kiss Handle-Less 1875W hair dryer.
Launched in May with a suggested retail price of $29.99, the new hair dryer is optimized for pik hair straightening and drying for African-American users. It is also designed to deliver more comfortable hair styling with a round or paddle brush for general users.
Additional features include ceramic tourmaline technology, three heat and two air speed settings, a bonus concentrator and two piks.
Wegmans awards $4.9 million in college tuition assistance to employees
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets on Tuesday announced that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,766 new recipients for the upcoming academic year. Wegmans expects to pay out more than $4.9 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2014/2015 school year.
Since the program began in 1984, more than 30,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $95 million. The first class of Wegmans scholarship recipients in the 1984/1985 academic year included 241 employees with scholarships totaling $280,000.
“My grandfather established this long-standing tradition with the aim of helping young people succeed,” stated Wegmans president Colleen Wegman. “The program has grown considerably, and we’re proud to continue helping our people reach their academic and career goals.”