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Omnicare rings closing bell at NYSE

BY Alaric DeArment

COVINGTON, Ky. — Pharmaceutical services provider Omnicare celebrated its 30th anniversary as a public company by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the company said.

CEO John Figueroa presided over the ringing of the bell to mark the occasion, the company said, as did other members of the company’s senior leadership team and 30-year employee Tom Marsh.

"It is an honor to ring The Closing Bell to celebrate this important milestone in our company’s history," Figueroa said. "Over the last 30 years, Omnicare has grown from a small service provider to hospitals into a true leader in professional pharmacy, related consoling and data management services for skilled nursing, assisted living and other chronic care institutions. Additionally, we have built  a comprehensive specialty care business, which serves the rapidly growing specialty pharmaceuticals market. We have a proud and rich history, and today we salute three decades of Omnicare’s dedicated service to our nation’s elderly and noters with specialized pharmaceutical needs."

The company was incorporated on May 19, 1981 and listed on the NYSE on Dec. 29 of that year. The company will also mark its 30th anniversary with a "30 Days of Giving" campaign, spending the month of October offering opportunities for employees to get involved in charitable works and conducting a companywide United Way campaign.

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Health-and-wellness program reduces injuries, sick days at Kroger

BY Michael Johnsen

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team on Thursday announced a reduction in employee injuries across Kroger’s Mid-South division, thanks to the implementation of a new employee wellness program called Living Life Safe and Well in October.

“Of 19 divisions in the Kroger Co., the Mid South division always came in near the bottom with the most employee injuries," stated Vance Blade, safety manager for the division. "In 2010, our division had 640 lost work hours. From 2009 to 2010, we saw a 5.8% increase in workers comp claims. Of those injured some 40% were repeaters, meaning the same employees kept getting injured,” he said. “We had to do something, so along with KORT we created the Living Life Safe and Well program to begin addressing the problem.”

A four-hour presentation to Kroger employees was divided into eight breakout seminars that were given by medical experts including KORT physical therapists, a nutritionist and a physician. Each seminar provided employees with detailed information and instruction on: Proper lifting techniques; equipment safety; personal protective equipment; culinary arts training/how to handle a knife; stretching, fitness and physical therapy; hand therapy safety; wellness and nutrition; and an ask the doctor session where employees could discuss various health issues.

“This program didn’t cost us much to implement and has been very effective,” Blade said. “So far we’ve trained 330 employees, and have moved from our spot near the bottom of the list of the most work related employee injuries into the top 10-of-19 divisions with fewer injuries. That’s a considerable improvement. We’ve reduced repeat injuries and have reduced our year-to-date injuries by 93.”

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Mar-19-2013 06:12 am

Kroger had a major shuffle in the employees recently. Several employees have retired and many have been recruited into the company. But considering the health reforms the company is trying out the best to have seminars and more to check out the health problems in the firm. The employees who are under several injuries, maximum percentage were the old employees, so some awareness program had been launched up to decrease the maximization in the health issues in the company.personal injury attorneys virginia

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Study: PPIs shift NSAID stomach damage to small intestine; probiotics possible solution

BY Michael Johnsen

HAMILTON, Ontario — Proton-pump inhibitors may aggravate, not soothe, stomach discomfort created through chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for such conditions as arthritis, according to research released Thursday.

In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, principal investigator John Wallace reported the extent of the hard-to-detect damage caused to the small intestine only recently has been discovered through use of small video cameras swallowed like pills.

“Suppressing acid secretion is effective for protecting the stomach from damage caused by NSAIDs, but these drugs appear to be shifting the damage from the stomach to the small intestine, where the ulcers may be more dangerous and more difficult to treat,” Wallace said. He is director of the Farncombe institute and professor of medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster.

He added that the use of probiotics is being investigated as a potential cure for the small intestine damage.

The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a CIHR/Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Fellowship.

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