The hospital-led generic drug venture Civica Rx will distribute the drugs to 900 hospitals before the end of September, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
- Michigan: Sparrow Hospital's Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Wednesday held its Kangaroo-A-Thon, which is part of a week-long series of events that were planned to raise awareness of "Kangaroo Care," or skin-to-skin contact between parents and newborns. According to Sparrow, the benefits of Kangaroo Care include breastfeeding production, faster weight gain, and improved sleep (NEWS 10/WILX, 5/15).
- Pennsylvania: Philadelphia's soda tax reduced consumption of sweetened beverages by 1.3 billion ounces during the first year the tax was in effect, according to an investigation published in JAMA. Christina Roberto from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine called the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverages a "public health no-brainer and a policy win-win," adding that the policy is "likely to improve the long-term health of Philadelphians" (Jaspen, Forbes, 5/14).
- Utah: The hospital-led generic drug venture Civica RX has announced that it will distribute two antibiotics, vancomycin hydrochloride and daptomycin, through an agreement with Xellia Pharmaceuticals. Civica, which was founded last year, plans to distribute the drugs to its 900 member hospitals before the end of September. The move is the generic drug company's first in its effort to address high drug prices and drug shortages (Simmons-Duffin, NPR, 5/15; Owens, "Vitals," Axios, 5/15).
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