The Negative Affects Drug Abuse Has On The Body

May 11, 2018
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Ray Estefania, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Family Recovery Specialists, an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and adults that also provides concierge crisis/case management and intervention services for all ages joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention & Health News Channel.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ray Estefania discuss the following:

  1. When and how does drug abuse start and progress?    
  2. How can you tell the signs and symptoms of drug use and drug addiction?
  3. What drugs commonly cause problems, and how do they affect the body?
  4. Why has America’s opioid epidemic gotten so much worse in recent years?
  5. Talk to me about your partnership with Miami Beach. What kind of value are you providing residents?

 

Mr. Ray Estefania is the former Director of South Miami Hospital’s Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program. His current role is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Family Recovery Specialists (Miami, FL), an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and adults that also provides concierge crisis/case management and intervention services for all ages.

Mr. Estefania has been working as an addiction counselor for over 20 years and was formerly the Adolescent Program Supervisor at Suburban Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has worked extensively as drug abuse counselor and alcohol abuse counselor, interventionist and as a family therapist in the field of addiction treatment.

Mr. Estefania is a considered an expert in the field and frequently provides education and training to physicians, nurses, other mental health professionals, teachers and school administrators on topics related to addiction and recovery.

 

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Website: www.familyrecoveryspecialists.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRSMiami
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FRSMiami

Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (The Partnership) Launch New National Coalition

May 9, 2018
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Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies, a non-profit dedicated to educated consumers about safely buying medicines online joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels.

CSIP and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids are launching Medicine Safe, a new coalition of national and state public and private organizations dedicated to helping families understand the opioid epidemic, medicine safety and how to prevent and treat addiction.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Marjorie Clifton discuss the following:

  1. Before we talk about the new coalition, let’s give our listeners some background. It seems that every day we are hearing about the opioid epidemic in the country. Can you give us some insight into how widespread it is?
  2. When you talk about opioids, are you only talking about prescription painkillers?
  3. Why are so many more people addicted now?
  4. Some say eliminating opioids, limiting the number of pills prescribed or incarcerating more people will solve the crisis. Do you agree?
  5. What about prevention?
  6. It seems like an impossible situation. Let’s talk about the new coalition CSIP and the Partnership started. What is Medicine Safe?
  7. What makes MedicineSafe different from all of the other organizations trying to curb the opioid epidemic?

 

Marjorie Clifton is the Executive Director for the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and has been helping develop international awareness and policies around medicine safety, illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines since 2011.

In her role with CSIP she has built global coalitions, communications strategies and campaigns to drive impact and awareness on a range of issues impacting consumers, corporations and global citizens.

Marjorie has helped stand up global organizations supporting CSIP’s mission and participates in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) working group. She is also called upon regularly to speak on the topic of online counterfeiting and consumer protection at industry conferences, government stakeholder meetings and international forums such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Global Trade Organization, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, APEC, the Internet for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Merchant Acquirers’ Committee (MAC). Ms. Clifton is also a published author and media commentator, appearing regularly on CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, PBS and global radio.

Marjorie received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from the University of Texas. She received her master’s from Drama Studio London. She is currently a fellow and advisory board member for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at the University of Texas and serves on the board for the School of Undergraduate Studies. She is also an executive board member of the non-profit Running Start, and a founder of their Next Step program, which trains young women in career development and politics.

 

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Websites:
www.MedicineSafe.org
www.safemedsonline.org
www.drugfree.org

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @safemedsonline
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SafeMedsOnline
YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/drugfreechannel

Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces Sterile Compounding Certification

April 26, 2018
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William Ellis, Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® in Washington, D.C. that recently announced approval of Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy as its twelfth specialty certification joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest William Ellis discuss the following:

  1. Can you tell our listeners about BPS?
  2. What is the mission of BPS?
  3. How many pharmacists are currently BPS board certified?
  4. What sets BPS board certified pharmacists apart from other pharmacists?
  5. I understand BPS recently announced that Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy is your 12th specialty. What led to that decision?
  6. What's next for BPS and board certified pharmacists?

 

William M. Ellis MS, RPh was named Executive Director of BPS in 2011. From 1997-2011, Mr. Ellis served as CEO and Executive Director of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. He was the Executive Vice President for the Pennsylvania Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists from 1986-1997.

Mr. Ellis also served as the elected Chair of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy (CCP) from 2012-2015. In 2014, he was appointed as a commissioner to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and served as the NCAA Chairman from 2016-2017.

After receiving his pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), where Mr. Ellis currently serves as the Chair of the College’s Board of Visitors, he completed an executive residency with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1986 and earned his Master of Science degree in health education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1994.

 

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Website: www.bpsweb.org

Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bpsweb
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoardofPharmacySpecialties
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BPSnewsChannel

New Peer-Reviewed Study Finds Online Pharmacies are Using Twitter to Illegally Sell Controlled Substances

November 3, 2017
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Dr. Timothy Mackey, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and an ASOP Global Board Advisor joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels to discuss results from a new peer reviewed study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health revealed online pharmacies are using Twitter to illegally sell controlled substances to U.S. consumers.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Timothy Mackey discuss the following:

  • What was the purpose of this study?
  • What did you find?
  • What did you conclude?
  • Why is it illegal for pharmacies to advertise opioids on Twitter?
  • Why is this study important for consumers and how does it relate to the current national opioid crisis?
  • In October, Interpol shut down thousands of illegal online pharmacies. Is it enough?

 

Timothy K. Mackey, PhD, MAS is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health, the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute and Director of Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego - Extension. Dr. Mackey earned his BA in Political Science-International Relations from the UC San Diego, a Master’s Degree from UC San Diego MAS Program in Health Policy and Law, and his PhD in the Joint Global Public Health program with UC San Diego and San Diego State University. In addition, Dr. Mackey worked over 10 years in industry and has consulted for organizations such as the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Justice.

 

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UC San Diego
Website: www.healthsciences.ucsd.edu
Twitter: @UCSDHealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSanDiegoSchoolofMedicine

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
Website: www.BuySafeRx.pharmacy
Twitter: @BuySafeRx
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BuySafeRx

MatchRX: A One-of-Its Kind Online Marketplace for Independent Pharmacies in the U.S.

October 21, 2017
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Mike Galloway, the Chief Operating Officer of MatchRX, the only online marketplace in the country where independent pharmacies can buy and sell prescription medicines to each other joins eHealth Radio and the Pharmaceutical & Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Mike Galloway discuss the following:

  • What is MatchRX?
  • How does the online marketplace work?
  • Why should an independent pharmacy join MatchRX?
  • In addition to the marketplace, what else do you do for your members?
  • What does the future hold for MatchRX?

 

Michael Galloway is the Chief Operating Officer for MatchRX. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Mike served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at YourSource Management Group, an HR outsourcing firm. Prior to that, he was the CFO and Director of Business Intelligence for Niche Retail, an eCommerce company that specialize is direct-to-consumer and business-to-business online sales channels.

Mike has more than 30 years of experience working in high growth entrepreneurial environments, with a focus on the “marriage” of financial information systems, operating systems, and ecommerce platforms.

 

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Website: www.MatchRX.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matchrx
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matchRX

Breast milk probiotics for pregnancy, breastfeeding and infant health

September 28, 2017
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Jim Arsenis, a Registered Pharmacist based in Sydney and is the pharmacist and medical liaison to health care professionals for the probiotic range Qiara joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Supplement Channels to speak with us about probiotics in breast milk and how they affect both mother and infant health.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jim Arsenis discuss the following:

  • Do probiotics exist naturally in breastmilk?
  • How do they get there?
  • What are the benefits for mother and baby?
  • How can they be low or absent in breastmilk and what are the consequences?
  • Can supplementation with a specific probiotic strain isolated from breastmilk help?

 

Jim Arsenis is a registered pharmacist based in Sydney. After graduating from the University of Sydney Jim has been a practising community pharmacist for over 25 years. Over this time Jim has developed a passion for natural and complementary medicine, particularly in how it can assist in restoring the bodys’ natural processes that promote health and prevent disease.

Jim has developed his passion by continuing education in complementary medicine which has led him to his speciality in the human microbiome, the trillions of bacterial cells that live within us and how they shape our health.

Today Jim is the pharmacist and medical liaison to health care professionals, representing Puremedic, for the breast milk isolated probiotic range Qiara.

 

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Website: www.qiara.com.au

Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/QiaraPreciousGift
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Qiara_baby
Instagram: www.instagram.com/qiaraprobiotics

Learn how these essential oils can help you breathe easier

September 28, 2017
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Ryan Kaltman, Brand Manager for Myrtol® 300 that helps soothe coughs due to throat irritation while helping to support a healthy respiratory system joins eHealth Radio and the Pharmaceutical & Respiratory Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ryan Kaltman discuss the following:

  • Tell me about Myrtol 300. What is this product that most Americans haven’t heard of?
  • How does Myrtol® 300 work?
  • How is Myrtol 300 different from other products in the sinus/congestion space?
  • When and how should people use Myrtol® 300?
  • What are your future plans for Myrtol 300?

 

Myrtol® 300 helps soothe coughs due to throat irritation while helping to support a healthy respiratory system. Recognized as the “German pill” with a funny name, Myrtol® 300 was initially launched in the European market and has been used for more than 40 years by millions of people in 23 different countries. The supplement contains d-EOLM – a proprietary blend of distilled essential oils of eucalyptus, sweet orange, lemon and myrtle – which together have a mucolytic effect that supports healthy mucus production and expectoration. Now available in the U.S. as an easy-to-swallow capsule, Myrtol® 300 can be purchased without a prescription.

 

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Website: www.tryMyrtol300.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Myrtol300
Twitter: https://twitter.com/myrtol300

RxUniverse is providing a new model for patient engagement by prescribing Digital Medicine

September 21, 2017
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Ed Berde, the CEO and cofounder of Rx.Health, a healthcare technology company born out of the Mount Sinai Health system joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels to discuss the company’s flagship product, RxUniverse.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Ed Berde discuss the following:

  • So what exactly is RxUniverse?
  • What do you mean by prescribing Digital Medicine to patients?
  • What do you believe Digital Medicine’s place is in healthcare moving forward?
  • So the benefit to the patient is pretty clear, but what is the benefit to the doctor prescribing Digital Medicine?
  • How did you get involved with Digital Medicine?

 

Ed Berde is a serial entrepreneur who has launched several successful startups and is the CEO and cofounder of Rx.Health. Berde joins Rx.Health from Business Consulting Solutions, a technology consulting firm which he co-founded and successfully ran for over 20 years. Berde's technological insight allowed Business Consulting to attain quick success and attract prestigious clients, including Guardian Life Insurance, Morgan Stanley, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nestlé, Lazard, and ADP.

An alumnus of Villanova, Cornell and Andersen Consulting, Berde's entrance into the startup world was as co-founder and CTO of Tips.com. Berde's startup experience also includes directly running and growing key departments for Rimini Street. Berde has also been a Director on the board of Clover Health Insurance, part of Clover Health, since its inception and continues to serve on the board today.

 

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Website: Rx.Health

How Ozmosi is helping transform how the world gets its medicine

September 1, 2017
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Beau Bush, President and Founder of Ozmosi, discusses the trends shaping the Pharma Analytics industry and what Ozmosi is doing to help transform this field joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care, Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Beau Bush discuss the following:

  • What is Ozmosi? What were the elements that stimulated the conception for the company? Can you give us a quick snapshot of the company’s history and its evolution over the years?
  • What exactly does your company help them to do?  What kind of challenges do they face?
  • Could you give some insight on the current technological trends shaping the Pharma Analytics industry? Also, how do you inject those trends into the effective solutions you offer?
  • Can you talk more about the free website you mentioned?  How does that play a role in all of this?
  • Ozmosi invests greatly on innovative technologies to enhance Pharma Analytics measures. Can you please elaborate on the technologies you follow and the way you implement them within your client’s operations?
  • What do you hope the industry can accomplish with advances in technology? Who would benefit most from your solutions services?
  • Talking about the pharmaceutical industry’s roadmap, where do you see things in a few years down the lane? And how will this ultimately change the healthcare industry as we know it?

 

Beau Bush is the President and Founder of Ozmosi. Beau brings to every client a rich background in predictive analytics, risk assessments, and valuation models for the pharmaceutical industry. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing data-based business and investment strategies, including extensive experience preparing and delivering senior-level summaries and recommendations for global investment and growth strategies.

After more than a decade working on new product development, Beau left his position as Associate Director of Strategy and Portfolio Analysis at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) in 2013, when he saw the opportunity to engage more directly with an increasingly complex and dynamic healthcare market.

With newly emerging business models and increasing complexity in drug development making it more and more difficult to predict the impact of new products—or decide which products to pursue—Beau envisioned a company that could bring clarity and confidence to the investment decisions that shape tomorrow’s pharmaceutical products. In 2012 he launched Ozmosi, a competitive pharmaceutical analytics company based in New Jersey.

Beau has a BS in biology from Rutgers University and has worked in several industries, including finance, pharmaceuticals, marine biology, environmental science, and business consulting.  He brings to Ozmosi a deep understanding and broad knowledge of global market valuation and healthcare product development, as well as an extensive network of industry experts.

 

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WebsitesGlobalClinicalTrialData.comwww.ozmosi.com

New Survey Finds the Majority of Consumers Are Unaware of the Risks Associated with Buying Prescription Drugs Online and Oppose Legalizing Importation from Canada

July 19, 2017
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Libby Baney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Internet safe for consumers worldwide again joins eHealth Radio and the Pharmaceutical & Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Libby Baney discuss the following:

  • What made ASOP Global decide to do this poll right now?
  • What were some of the GENERAL findings from the new asop global survey?
  • What's the danger in just searching for your medicine and ordering online?
  • What are the risks associated with buying prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies?
  • Congress is considering legislation that would legalize the importation of prescription medicines from Canada. How do consumers feel about this issue?
  • What were the top factors that changed their minds?
  • What can people do to STAY SAFE OR SAVE MONEY when shopping for medicines online?

 

Libby Baney is the executive director of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), an international non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. which she founded in 2009. In this capacity, Libby leads ASOP operations, shapes public policy, and advocates for increased international attention to the issue of illegal online drug sellers.

A lawyer by training and health advocate by nature, Libby is a prolific speaker and writer, regularly engaging with diverse audiences on issues at the intersection of Internet technology and healthcare. She leads strategic workshops and speaks on these issues worldwide; writes policy documents; and interacts with international corporate leaders and policymakers.

Libby’s work spans multiple continents, which has been covered by local, national and international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Times, The Indianapolis Star, Inside Health Policy, Pharmacy Today, ABC News, CNN, and C-SPAN.

In addition to her work for ASOP, Libby is a partner at FaegreBD Consulting and Counsel with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP where she works on Internet policy, intellectual property rights, pharmacy, telemedicine/telehealth, and pharmaceutical supply chain matters.

 

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Website: www.BuySafeRx.pharmacy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BuySafeRx