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Ulta Beauty opens new Chambersburg, Pa., distribution center

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty has announced the grand opening of a new distribution center in Chambersburg, Pa.

The 373,000-sq.-ft. facility is the company’s third distribution center in the United States and a key component of its 1,000-unit store growth strategy. Approximately 200 local workers will have been hired by mid-June to staff the facility. Ulta Beauty expects to hire about 200 more workers over the next three to four years as the facility reaches full capacity.

“Our new Northeast distribution center is an important part of Ulta Beauty’s growth strategy and will support new store growth and online expansion,” said Chuck Rubin, Ulta president and CEO. “With thousands of products being shipped on a daily basis both to our stores and directly to our e-commerce customers, we expect the facility to be busy and efficient. As an added benefit, we also welcome the opportunity to contribute to the economic growth of the local community in Chambersburg.”
 

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Endocrine Society study: Vitamin D with calcium improves mortality in elder women

BY Michael Johnsen

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — A study recently published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that vitamin D — when taken with calcium — can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, thereby providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy, the society reported Friday.

The study assessed mortality among patients randomized to either vitamin D alone or vitamin D with calcium. The findings from the study found that the reduced mortality was not due to a lower number of fractures, but represents a beneficial effect beyond the reduced fracture risk.

“This is the largest study ever performed on effects of calcium and vitamin D on mortality,” stated Lars Rejnmark of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and lead author of the study. “Our results showed reduced mortality in elderly patients using vitamin D supplements in combination with calcium, but these results were not found in patients on vitamin D alone.”

In this study, researchers used pooled data from eight randomized controlled trials with more than 1,000 participants each. The patient data set was comprised of nearly 90% women, with a median age of 70 years. During the three-year study, death was reduced by 9% in those treated with vitamin D with calcium.

“Some studies have suggested calcium, with or without vitamin D, supplements can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health,” Rejnmark said. “Although our study does not rule out such effects, we found that calcium with vitamin D supplementation to elderly participants is overall not harmful to survival, and may have beneficial effects on general health."

The article appears in the August 2012 issue of JCEM.


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PrescribeWellness helps N.Y. pharmacists improve adherence, connect with their patients

BY Michael Johnsen

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — PrescribeWellness recently partnered with the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York on a new member benefit: free bin management software.

“This new member benefit will help improve patient adherence with their medications while strengthening the patient-pharmacist relationship," PSSNY executive director Craig Burridge said. "In addition, pharmacists will be able to leverage their own voice to grow the their brand and patient loyalty. This is a must for the future of patient care and the success of our pharmacies.”

The program seeks to help pharmacies improve “will call bin” efficiencies through personalized calls from the pharmacist. The hosted solution only requires internet access and a few clicks to send out calls in the voice of the pharmacist.

Through the new member benefit provided by PrescribeWellness, more than 2,000 member pharmacies can create and deliver personalized communications to individuals, reminding them to pick up their medication and improve adherence. Up to 30% of prescriptions are abandoned at the pharmacy, PrescribeWellness noted, and this program can help improve upon that.


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