PHARMACY

New PSA for Safeguard My Meds campaign features NCPA president, Oklahoma City mayor

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an effort to encourage the safe storage and proper disposal of prescription medicines, a campaign supported by the National Community Pharmacists Association has launched a public service announcement aimed at Oklahoma City residents.

The Safeguard My Meds campaign, which seeks to address prescription medication abuse among Americans, will launch a PSA that will air on broadcast television, radio stations and cable channels in the Oklahoma City metro area, as well as in the Daily Oklahoman, and will feature NCPA president and Oklahoma City pharmacist Lonny Wilson, along with Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett.

“It is time for all of us to call attention to this problem and work together to curb the abuse of prescription medications,” Wilson said. “The first place to begin is right at home. People can help keep medicines out of the wrong hands by monitoring the contents of their medicine cabinet. They should also encourage friends and relatives to safeguard medications in their homes and consult their community pharmacist about how to properly dispose of medications that are no longer needed.

“It is very important to remember that prescription medications have a legitimate medical purpose and can be very beneficial when used properly under the doctor’s supervision,” Wilson added. “The abuse of prescription medications can make it difficult for people who need these medicines to get the treatment they deserve.”

In addition to NCPA, the Safeguard My Meds campaign is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma.


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Mobius Therapeutics picks Apothecary Shops to distribute eye surgery drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — A division of specialty pharmacy provider The Apothecary Shops has become the exclusive distributor of a drug used in glaucoma surgery, the company said.

Apothecary Shop Wholesale has received exclusive distribution rights for Mobius Therapeutics’ drug Mitosol (mitomycin), which the Food and Drug Administration approved earlier this month.

"The Apothecary Shops is the ideal partner to distribute Mitosol," Mobius president and CEO Ed Timm said. "Their expertise and deep understanding of ophthalmology, combined with exceptional customer service levels, gives us great confidence in their ability to provide the market an uninterrupted source of supply and a superior customer experience."


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Walgreens named one of healthcare industry’s most innovative companies by Fast Company

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Fast Company has called out Walgreens as one of the world’s most innovative companies in the magazine’s "Fast 50" issue.

The publication named Walgreens one of the healthcare industry’s most innovative companies for the second time in three years, due to its leadership and healthcare services, including the chain’s Well Experience format, addressing the need for greater access to healthy foods in underserved communities, as well as plans to become the nation’s leading retail host of electric vehicle charging stations.

“We’re honored to again be recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative organizations,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness services and solutions. “With more than 7,800 community drugstores and a network of health care professionals trusted by millions of people every day, innovation is how we provide greater access to a wide variety of health and daily living needs.”

The complete list and related stories appear in the March 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine currently on newsstands and online at Fastcompany.com.

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G.WORLEY says:
Mar-07-2012 11:40 am

Until Walgreens and Express Scripts get an agreement I don't think that this is appropriate.

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