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  • 11/4/2022

    PQS launches next-generation EQUIPP platform


    Pharmacy Quality Solutions is releasing the next-generation EQUIPP platform, which enables pharmacy-based patient care for nearly 95% of pharmacies across the country.

    The redesigned EQUIPP facilitates pharmacies’ efforts to guide performance improvement.

    The re-architected EQUIPP platform now provides a better user experience and makes it even easier for pharmacists to guide medication-related performance improvement. It also allows PQS to expand clinical service opportunities for pharmacies, the company said. 

    “EQUIPP was rebuilt from the ground up to make it straightforward for our users to deliver quality performance,” said PQS chief operating officer Nancy Chung. “We listened to our partners and made the platform easier to navigate, so data could be accessed quickly and displayed in a way that can be clearly understood by our users."

    New EQUIPP highlights include:

    • New patient-centered view: users can see patients with multiple measures in one view;
    • All patients are listed for each measure, not just outliers, so pharmacists can identify patients before they negatively impact performance;
    • Easier ways to prioritize patient opportunities, filter and customize the dashboard;
    • Streamlined intervention coordination: ability to print, document, and coordinate care; and
    • Access EQUIPP your way via desktop, tablet, or phone.

    “As a neutral intermediary who supports the evolution towards value-based care, we align payers and providers to enhance quality and improve outcomes for their shared patients,” said PQS CEO Todd Sega. “When we redesigned EQUIPP, we utilized a more flexible architecture that has allowed us to create more pay-for-performance and value-based programs to help our partners close gaps in patient care, deliver enhanced services, and prepare for the shifting role of pharmacies as healthcare destinations.”



  • 11/4/2022

    Hostess puts holiday-inspired twist on classic snacks

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    Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Hostess Brands is putting a seasonal twist on four of its classic and iconic snacks.

    New launches from the brand include Holiday HoHos, Holiday CupCakes, Mint Chocolate Flavored Twinkies and Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow Flavored Donettes.

    “With the holiday season right around the corner, consumers are anticipating the return of special flavors that capture the joy, delight and traditions of the season,” said Christopher Balach, general manager of Hostess Brands. “From the classic chocolate sponge cake and refreshing mint flavor of our Mint Chocolate Flavored Twinkies to the rich and creamy hot chocolate flavor of our Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow Flavored Donettes, we think consumers will love our holiday snacks.”

    Each of Hostess’ seasonal snacks will be available for a limited time in a multi-pack at grocery retailers nationwide.  

  • 11/3/2022

    Gilead obtains FDA OK for new indication for Vemlidy

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    Gilead Sciences has received the Food and Drug Administration’s green light for Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) 25 mg tablets as a once-daily treatment for chronic hepatitis B virus infection in pediatric patients aged 12 years old and older with compensated liver disease.

    Vemlidy is a novel, targeted prodrug of tenofovir that was previously approved by the FDA in 2016 as a once-daily treatment for adults with chronic HBV infection with compensated liver disease. It is recommended as a preferred or first-line treatment for adults with chronic HBV with compensated liver disease in guidelines from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and European Association for the Study of the Liver.

    “Chronic hepatitis B can have a significant long-term health impact on children, including the development of liver cancer later in life if the disease is left untreated, which is compounded by treatment challenges in this population,” said Kathleen Schwarz, pediatric gastroenterologist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, an investigator in the Vemlidy clinical trial. “As a clinician, I recognize the critical importance of treating this disease as quickly as possible to help avoid complications and potential damage to the liver. In the clinical trial, we saw that tenofovir alafenamide may represent an effective treatment option for people as young as 12 years of age living with this chronic disease.”

    “While pediatric hepatitis B prevalence has dropped significantly in the U.S., children who develop chronic hepatitis B following an acute infection can experience lifelong health impact,” Merdad Parsey, chief medical officer at Gilead Sciences, said. “Gilead is focused on meeting the biggest challenges in liver disease and impacting the course of disease. With an established safety profile and once-daily dosing, Vemlidy provides physicians a new option to address the treatment needs of pediatric patients living with hepatitis B.”

  • 11/2/2022

    Blue Diamond readies for holidays with snickerdoodle, peppermint cocoa almonds

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    Blue Diamond is quickly ushering in the holiday season with not one but two limited-edition flavors — snickerdoodle and peppermint cocoa.

    The snickerdoodle-flavored almonds feature a sweet cinnamon sugar seasoning, while the peppermint cocoa-flavored almonds contain a chocolatey flavor and a hint of peppermint.

    “If Blue Diamond had a holiday wish, it’s that everyone would make our naughty and nice list," said Maya Erwin, vice president of innovation and R&D at Blue Diamond. "We are jumping into the holiday fun and festivities with two flavors that perfectly encompass the seasonality and spirit of indulgence while retaining the nutrition benefits that almond lovers appreciate.”

    Consumers can find Blue Diamond’s limited-edition almond flavors available for purchase through December at major retailers nationwide and online.

  • 11/1/2022

    Loblaw eliminating single-use plastic shopping bags

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    Loblaw is no longer offering single-use plastic shopping bags at its stores across Canada’s Northwest Territories.

    “We are a purpose-led organization, with a goal to help Canadians live life well.  Our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint is an important part of that,” said Robert Sawyer, chief operating officer at Loblaw Companies Limited. “Our efforts to remove single-use plastic bags from our stores have already resulted in 13 billion fewer bags going to landfill. But we know there's more work to be done.  Today’s announcement represents our continued commitment to protecting our environment across the region and beyond.”

    The company is encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags to stores but also offering a variety of reusable alternatives at checkout lanes. 

  • 11/1/2022

    Olay, Stanley join forces on Ultimate Thirst Trap Kit

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    Olay is looking to take hydration to the next level via a collaboration with Stanley that highlights its Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 collection.

    The two companies have joined forces on the Ultimate Thirst Trap Kit, which is set to include Olay skin care products, a limited-edition Olay x Stanley Adventure Quencher 40-oz. and a hydration-themed sticker set.

    Available in a custom Olay Blue Glow color inspired by the gel moisturizer, the Olay x Stanley Quencher features a glittering stainless steel that mirrors the radiance of skin after one use of Olay’s new collection, the company said.

    There are only 3,000 limited-edition Olay x Stanley Quenchers available, which consumers can obtain by joining the waitlist.   

    In addition, the brand announced that it will be offering up to 25% off select products, a free sample with every order and free shipping with any $100 purchase made on Cyber Monday.

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