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Reports: Truckers more concerned with health

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A growing number of truckers are paying closer attention to their health, according to published reports.

USA Today reported that some trucking companies are adopting wellness program for drivers, while some truck stops are offering healthy food items and exercise rooms. Meanwhile, some truckers take bicycles with them or make their own food and take it along.

According to one study cited in the article, a 2009 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 85% of 2,950 surveyed truckers are overweight, and 55% are obese, while a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found 37.8% of transportation workers were obese, the highest rate of any industry in the country. High blood pressure and smoking are also present at higher rates than among the general public, according to the story.

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Zarbee’s donates cough products to children in Guatemala, North Korea

BY Alaric DeArment

SALT LAKE CITY — A company that manufactures a line of natural, drug-free cough products is donating more than 20,000 bottles to children in developing countries.

Zarbee’s said Wednesday it would donate 22,872 bottles of cough products to K.I.D.S.: A Global Children’s Charity, which will distribute them to underserved children in distressed areas of Guatemala and North Korea.

The company’s products are made from a blend of vitamins and antioxidant-rich dark honeys, which it says calm coughs and sooth sore throats in young children.

"At Zarbee’s, our mission is to keep both kids and adults healthy, especially during cough and cold season, when everyone is prone to getting sick," founder Zak Zarbock said. "Through our Zarbee’s Cares initiative, we are expanding our efforts across the globe to ensure that our products are available to those who may otherwise not have access to them."


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Innovation awarded $49 million Navy contract

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.  — Pharmacy automation manufacturer Innovation will supply pharmacy automation technology to the U.S. Navy, under a new deal between the two worth up to $49 million.

Under a five-year indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract, Innovation will supply Navy-operated high-volume sites and outpatient pharmacies around the world. Innovation is known for its PharmASSIST line of products, and the Navy said the company was the only one to fully meet the technical requirements of its published generic functional systems requirement, or GFSR. The contract calls for central acquisition and management that will allow Navy outpatient pharmacies to implement a standardized pharmacy automation system throughout the life of the contract; Navy hospitals previously acquired pharmacy automation systems individually.

"Innovation is pleased that the U.S. Navy has awarded us this significant contract to upgrade their pharmacies’ prescription fulfillment processes and quality control," Innovation CEO Mary Reno said. "We look forward to this opportunity to assist Navy pharmacies in achieving their goal of standardized workflow and dispensing platforms. Most importantly, our various technologies will help Navy pharmacies reach the specific quality objectives that they require to ensure the utmost in patient safety for our service men and women."

Innovation said the the main objectives of the Navy initiative are to replace current "end-of-life" pharmacy automation equipment and provide a more standardized process flow for many of the naval outpatient pharmacies; improve the quality of dispensing by reducing the opportunities for errors; increase the volume capability while reducing the wait time for patients; and reduce operating costs related to improved inventory management, efficient staff utilization and increased security.


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