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Pain therapy and advocacy

BY DSN STAFF

One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. She connected to the American Pain Foundation and became a state leader for California Collaborations. She has also worked with patient advocacy organizations like the U.S. Pain Foundation and the American Chronic Pain Association.  Libby has a regulatory background that morphed into the legislative and regulatory advocacy she does today with SPPAN, the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network.

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Mr. Clean gives Times Square a post-party scrub-down

BY Ryan Chavis

CINCINNATI — Leaving the iconic Times Square clean and sparkling is a huge job, but somebody’s got to do it. A 25-person "Mr. Clean Team" worked tirelessly alongside the New York City Department of Sanitation and the Times Square Alliance on Jan. 1 to give the area a thorough scrub-down following the massive New Year’s celebration and they had some help thanks to one of Procter & Gamble’s newest products. 

Led by "The Accidental Housewife" Julie Edelman, the team had an extra hand in the form of Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, a new concentrated cleaning gel. In total, the cleanup used 22 trucks, 24 mechanical sweepers and 37 backpack blowers to clear an estimated 40 to 50 tons of confetti that rained down when the ball dropped.

"I’m eager to help the Mr. Clean team on New Year’s Day and show just what one drop of Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle can do," Edelman said. "If Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle can help clean Times Square on New Year’s Day, imagine what it can do in your home."

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CVS Caremark prepared to help customers with new Affordable Care Act coverage

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — With coverage under the Affordable Care Act now underway for millions of Americans, CVS Caremark has announced that it is ready to help patients who may experience coverage issues or have questions as they access care and prescription medications under new plans for the first time.

"CVS/pharmacy is committed to assisting our patients who may encounter disruptions in their prescription insurance coverage beginning January 1," Helena Foulkes, president of CVS/pharmacy and EVP of CVS Caremark, said. "Our pharmacy teams will provide information to help patients contact the appropriate health plan or insurance exchange, and we are actively communicating with insurance plans and government agencies to help minimize disruption to care whenever possible."

In some circumstances and based on clinical considerations, CVS/pharmacy will assist patients who are experiencing a temporary disruption in insurance coverage with a transitional or "bridge" supply of medication to support their continuity of care. A bridge supply is a prescription of 15 or 30 days. For patients who express financial hardship, a bridge supply may be provided as a courtesy to help them remain adherent to their medication therapy while they resolve their coverage issues.

MinuteClinic will be providing similar flexibility for patients who may be in transition with their health care coverage.

"We want to play our part in the medical community to support our patients’ health care needs during this time because some plan details are still being determined," Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer for CVS Caremark, added.

"As a health care provider, CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health," Foulkes noted. "As the ACA and other health insurance coverage changes roll out beginning January 1, we will do all we can to provide guidance and support for patients during this complex time."
 

 

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