The Weekly Roundup: Alzheimer’s Awareness (7.5.19)

July 05, 2019 | Pamela Youngberg

Although Alzheimer’s Awareness Month has come to a close, there is still plenty of time to put together a team to join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s scheduled to take place near you. For Astrup Companies—the family-owned Minnesota company that started Smart-Fill; a couple of dozen retail, long-term care, and specialty pharmacies; and a smattering of other pharmacy-related businesses—supporting Alzheimer’s research is an important, and very personal, part of our mission. Our founder, Leonard Astrup, lost his battle with the disease five years ago, which is why we keep tabs on the latest research developments in the industry and companies that are emerging to make a difference in the fight to end the disease. It’s also what makes stories of thwarted research (login required) so disheartening. Many of our patients, and no doubt yours, have personal stories about how the disease has impacted their lives and the lives of those they love. To that end, we’re happy to share with our community some patient and caregiver resources as well as this downloadable sheet on the warning signs of disease, all of which you can feel free to share with your patients. For more information on how you can help, find your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter here.

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:

  • More education, please. In a 2000-person study, 45 percent said “something” caused them to doubt the safety of vaccines.
  • Is that the tide turning? On Monday in Maryland, the pharmaceutical lobby failed to block legislation, creating a state board that could cap drug prices for certain drugs.
  • Maybe the big boys can’t take the heat. Bloomberg is reporting that Walmart is trimming senior pharmacy staff in response to the transforming healthcare landscape.
  • Just in case this holiday weekend doesn’t provide enough relief, here are some ideas on avoiding burnout at work.

[Editor’s note:] Our inboxes are stuffed with newsletters and our coffee tables stacked with magazines and industry digests. I’m sure yours are, too. So, we’ve decided to run a weekly sampling of interesting stories, issues coverage, and business ideas we come across each week. We hope you’ll share some of your favorites, too. Drop us a line at solutions@smart-fill.com.

Pamela Youngberg

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into cycling, renaissance history, cooking, and exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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