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Retail Clinician Education Congress seeks posts for Sixth Annual RCEC

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — OPEN CALL FOR POSTS FOR RETAIL CLINICIAN EDUCATION CONGRESS 2013

You’re invited to submit a post for the Sixth Annual Retail Clinician Education Congress. The Retail Clinician Education Congress will be featuring CE break-out sessions and panel discussions on topics submitted by retail clinicians and organizations. This is an opportunity to share research, programs, and results with your peers. These new sessions will be in addition to keynote speakers and general session presentations.

In order to qualify for continuing education credit, the presentation must advance the ability of the clinician to provide clinical care beyond the basics. Additionally, presentations that incorporate pharmacology are strongly encouraged.

There are several categories of abstracts that are of interest to the conference attendees that include, but are not limited to the following:

Abstract/Poster Categories
  • Category I – Skin Conditions
  • Category II – Infectious Disease
  • Category III – Recognizing Emergency Situations
  • Category IV – How to Work with the Pharmacy Team
  • Category V – Over-the-Counter Products
  • Category VI – Eye Conditions
  • Category VII – Communicating with Patients/Caregivers
  • Category VIII – Hypertension
  • Category IX – Wellness – weight loss, nutrition, fitness

For more information and to submit your post visit RCEC online at http://www.retailcliniciancongress.org/content/abstract-form.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Rosenberg via email at [email protected] or via telephone at (267) 765-2388. All submissions are due by February 1, 2013.

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Shopko donates $981,000 to charity

BY Alaric DeArment

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mass merchandise chain Shopko’s philanthropic arm is donating nearly $1 million to charity organizations.

The Shopko Foundation announced Monday that it would donate $981,000 to its four grant programs: Community Charitable Grants, Green Bay Area Grants, Teammate Community Service Grants and Teammate and Family Scholarships.

"Shopko views each community where we serve our customers as our ‘hometown,’" Shopko EVP, COO and interim CEO Mike Bettiga said. "We appreciate the opportunity to serve these communities and strive to strengthen them through the Shopko Foundation’s support of charitable groups and activities that are important to the people who live and work there. We are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve and strive to make an impact through the Shopko Foundation."

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Report: Flu vaccinations to see surge in coming decade

BY Alaric DeArment

LONDON — Lingering fears of pandemic flu in the United States and a spike in flu activity will help to keep vaccination levels high, according to a new report.

GlobalData, a British market research firm, released a report Monday showing that seasonal influenza vaccine demand will increase from 2012’s estimated 142 million to 158 million in 2022.

The report noted that after the H1N1 pandemic caused thousands of deaths in the United States in 2009, the number of those being vaccinated every year increased from 2007’s 24% to 41% in 2010 among those ages 5 to 64 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The driver for the growth in vaccinations will be the increase in the U.S. population and the rise in those considered high-risk, such as the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions.


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