Publix to offer Adheris medication education, adherence programs to pharmacy customers
BURLINGTON, Mass. — Publix has partnered with Adheris, an inVentiv Health company, to provide medication education and adherence programs to Publix pharmacy customers.
"As a neighborhood pharmacy, we are uniquely positioned to provide information on health and wellness to our customers," Publix director of media and community relations Maria Brous said. "As part of the patient-pharmacist relationship, we also want our customers to remain compliant with their medications to promote the benefits of healthy living. Our partnership with Adheris reinforces our commitment to overall customer service and education."
According to the New England Healthcare Institute, medication nonadherence costs the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $290 billion annually.
Publix currently operates more than 1,000 supermarkets and 800 pharmacies.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences to develop, commercialize HIV combo treatment
FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Drug makers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences announced an agreement to develop and commercialize a fixed-dose combination treatment for patients with HIV.
The two companies said the drug will combine Bristol’s Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) and Gilead’s boosting agent cobicistat, which is designed to increase blood levels of certain HIV medicines to potentially allow for one-pill, once-daily dosing. Gilead is currently studying Reyataz and cobicistat in phase-2 and phase-3 trials.
"This collaboration with Gilead builds on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s long-standing commitment to develop medicines that have the potential to improve meaningful benefit to HIV patients, specifically aiming to enhance treatment options," Bristol EVP, chief scientific officer and president for research and development Elliott Sigal said. "A Reyataz and cobicistat fixed-dose combination has the potential not only to help simplify HIV therapy but also to address an unmet medical need in HIV for additional, innovative treatment options."
Rx Jr.: ‘Pharmacy is Right for Me’ spurs youth to pursue pharmacy careers
WASHINGTON — With the aging population and the rise in the numbers of people with chronic disease states, the country has a huge need for more pharmacists, so what better place is there to look for them than the nation’s middle and high schools?
The American Pharmacists Association and OptumRx announced Thursday the launch of Pharmacy is Right for Me, an educational initiative designed to encourage students in grades 8 through 12 to pursue careers in pharmacy.
The program is designed to provide students, their families and educators with information and resources about the career opportunities available in the pharmacy field and includes materials on the history of pharmacy, groundbreaking discoveries and the challenges ahead. The centerpiece is an interactive website that includes a self-assessment test, fun facts, career profiles, video testimonials and educational requirements.
"The Pharmacy is Right for Me program is helping to increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the broad career opportunities that exist within the pharmacy profession," APhA EVP and CEO Thomas Menighan said. "Now more than ever, pharmacists play a vital role in working alongside patients and their healthcare providers to help people better manage their health conditions. Students across the country will require access to needed tools and resource if we wish to continue meeting our nation’s needs and inspire youth to pursue careers as pharmacists."
The website for the program is at Pharmacyforme.org.