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Nonprescription weight-loss drug Alli making return to drug store shelves

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline on Monday issued an email blast to registrants of its MyAlli.com site that Alli will be making its way back to store shelves later this month.

"We hold our customers in the highest regard and regret the fact that your weight-loss journey with Alli was interrupted when production was halted due to a shortage of orlistat, the active ingredient in Alli," noted GSK in its email. "We just hope that when Alli is once again available that we can pick up where we left off and help you achieve your weight-loss goals. … See you on the shelves. It’s good to be back."


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Clif Bar challenges outdoor athletes to Meet the Moment

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar’s Meet the Moment program on Monday invited outdoor enthusiasts to inspire and be inspired, empowering them to Protect the Places We Play by sharing their photos and stories of outdoor adventure at MeetTheMoment.com. Through user interaction with the site, Clif Bar will donate up to $100,000 to five nonprofits dedicated to preserving the outdoors, the company stated.

Each time a moment is posted, adventurers will have the opportunity to select the nonprofit that resonates most, choosing to direct a $5 donation to the Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Leave No Trace, Surfrider Foundation or Winter Wildlands Alliance. Then, for each moment shared on the site using Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, an additional $1 will be donated to the designated nonprofit. Facebook “Likes” also will generate a $1 donation.

The Meet the Moment grand prize winner, who will be selected from the Top 25 shared and “Liked” Moments as of Oct. 31, will have $10,000 donated in his or her name to the Meet the Moment beneficiary of his or her choice. In addition, the winner will receive a year’s supply of Clif Bars, the company noted.

Clif Bar posted an aspirational Meet the Moment depicting Team Clif Bar athletes. Check out the video here.

 


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Cardinal Health introduces new outpatient pharmacy services

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health will this week introduce new services that help hospitals leverage outpatient pharmacies to address two of their most significant challenges: how to expand the quality of care they provide to patients and how to increase revenue, the wholesaler announced Monday.

According to Jon Giacomin, president of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical Distribution business, fully optimized outpatient pharmacies can enable hospitals to improve the quality and continuity of care that patients receive after they are discharged and reduce readmission rates by improving medication adherence.

Fully optimized outpatient pharmacies also can enable qualified hospitals, public health clinics, academic medical centers and state-run outpatient facilities to appropriately participate in federal drug pricing programs, which offer drug discounts to help federally qualified healthcare facilities provide care for underinsured and uninsured patients, Giacomin added.

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