The Weekly Roundup: Smoking Cessation (10.5.18)

October 06, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

The FDA made headlines this week with its surprise visit to e-cigarette powerhouse Juul, seizing thousands of pages of documents relating to marketing practices, particularly those aimed at teens. Five brands combine to represent 97 percent of the US market for e-cigarettes, and the FDA—who is only recently figuring out how to handle its regulatory authority over the product—is concerned about the smooth delivery of nicotine (from nicotine salts) and kid-friendly flavors, like cotton candy and peanut butter cup. The latest dust-up is a good reminder to pharmacists that e-cigarettes are not a recommended first-line approach for smoking cessation programs. Here are some insights into getting a program started in your pharmacy if you haven’t already done so, and check out this smoking cessation pilot program in West Virginia for more inspiration.   

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

  • There’s always room to learn more. Here are some words and phrases you should consider using or avoiding when communicating with customers. 
  • Ho-Ho-Holy cow, the holiday gift season is coming. Check out this two-part primer from NCPA to see if your merchandising is up to snuff. 
  • October is American Pharmacists Month! Share some of the love with the hashtag #ThankAPharmacist. Here are a few reasons pharmacist Allan Ginsberg still recommends the profession. 
  • Seventy percent of Massachusetts residents believe Narcan should be widely available, like defibrillators. Blue Cross is responding by piloting a program that makes opioid overdose reversal kits available to several large employers in the state. 
  • This weekend, Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems will honor pharmacists on the cutting edge of pharmacy practice or those who have moved the profession forward in some meaningful way. We’re thrilled that one of our pharmacists, Jessica Astrup Ehret, is a finalist in the Rising Star category of the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards program. Congratulations to all the finalists—and good luck, Jessica!

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

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 gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors. 

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