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Tactile Systems debuts Flexitouch head and neck lymphedema treatment

BY Brian Berk

MINNEAPOLIS — Tactile Systems Technology announced its Flexitouch system will be available throughout the United States to treat lymphedema of the head and neck, a common consequence of head and neck cancer and related treatment. According to the company, this new product is the first and only pneumatic compression therapy approved for this condition. 

Following Food and Drug Administration clearance in September, Tactile Medical completed a limited-market release including more than 80 patients with lymphedema of the head and neck. Of the patients who tried the device, 88% saw a reduction in head and neck swelling after an initial 32-minute at-home treatment with the Flexitouch system, and 89% of patients reported improvement in other symptoms including increased ability to swallow, improved range of motion, a reduction in fibrotic (hardened) tissue and less discomfort, the company stated.

“We are thrilled with these positive results demonstrating that the Flexitouch system can help head and neck lymphedema patients effectively reduce lymphedema swelling and improve their quality of life,” said Gerald R. Mattys, CEO of Tactile Medical. “The Flexitouch system has helped tens of thousands of patients achieve better health and manage lymphedema symptoms in their extremities.  Now, for the first time, we can extend the benefits of Flexitouch to every area of the body.”

Lymphedema is a chronic disease in which excess fluid accumulates in areas of the body when lymphatic vessels do not work efficiently or have been damaged. This chronic disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States. 

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Albertsons, Wegmans named EPA Safer Choice Partners of the Year

BY Brian Berk

OXON HILL, Md. — Albertsons and Wegmans Food Markets were named by the Environmental Protection Agency as Safer Choice Partners of the Year for 2017, which honors outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice-labeled products over the past year. The awards were presented at National Harbor in Oxon Hill on May 15.

“Albertsons recently reached 400,000-plus people by sharing a Safer Choice video and 500,000-plus people by sharing Partner of the Year posts on Facebook. Safer Choice commends Albertsons for its use of social media to promote the program and its continued efforts to expand its offering of Safer Choice-certified products to consumers,” the EPA wrote.

“Safer Choice commends Wegmans for its prominent use of the Safer Choice label and for fostering awareness of the program through direct mail advertisements, employee education, and in-store displays. Safer Choice applauds Wegmans for its exceptional commitment to transition all Wegmans brand household cleaning products, laundry detergents, and dish detergents, where science allows, to Safer Choice-certified formulas. Through these initiatives, Wegmans continues to bolster the Safer Choice program,” the agency wrote.

“We’re committed to offering effective cleaning products that are Safer Choice-certified whenever possible because we believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Wegmans category merchant Dave Tantillo. “The Safer Choice label makes it easy for consumers to find cleaning products that are safer for them, their families, and the environment. It is the seal of approval we want our customers to know and trust.”

The EPA also named formulators and product manufacturers to the list. Among the companies with drug store times named were GOJO Industries, Reckitt Benckiser, Seventh Generation and Clorox.

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NPAC names London Drugs executive recipient of Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award

BY Michael Johnsen

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada on Thursday honored John Tse, a London Drug executive who has been involved in Canada’s retail pharmacy industry for more than 25 years, as the 2017 recipient of the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award.

The award will be presented at the Chairman’s Dinner during the Pharmacy, Health and Beauty EXPO 2017.

Tse’s pharmacy career started as a pharmacy technician.  He has practiced as a staff pharmacist in a retail setting in a chain pharmacy as well as an independent local community drug store.  In addition to his retail pharmacy experience, he has also practiced and provided oversight in institutional settings serving long-term care homes.

In addition to the above roles, Tse has served as a pharmacy manager, pharmacy operations manager, pharmacy buyer, and his most recent role, VP pharmacy and cosmetics for London Drugs.

Tse’s commitment to the education and training of pharmacists has been evident throughout his career, NPAC stated.  To that end, he has been involved with preceptorship/internship for upcoming pharmacy and commerce graduates, has been a guest lecturer at UBC and an active member on many BC College of Pharmacists committees, Chain Drug Association of BC, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and Cedar Cottage Association.  Tse was on the board of directors for London Drugs from 1998-2017, and on the board of Rx Canada for 18 years.  He has also served on the boards of Neighbourhood Pharmacies, BCPhA, and Canadian Liver Foundation.

“His diverse experience in all aspects of the pharmacy business throughout Canada and in other related industries have enabled him to have a deep appreciation for the needs of the profession as well as the needs of the business of pharmacy,” NPAC stated. “His innovative approach and ability to form strategic partnerships between government and industry have made a difference in the delivery of healthcare in Canada.”

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