Gensuite Responds Rapidly to COVID-19 with New Pandemic Exposure Tracking Tools Available Now to Its Entire Subscriber Group


“As a software provider whose core mission is partnering to support the health and safety commitments of our subscribers, we understand that our role is more critical now than ever. Gensuite is committed to quickly supporting the community to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Gensuite, a cloud-based compliance and management systems software solutions provider, responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with new pandemic management capabilities to help its subscribers manage the impact of the virus in their operations.

Following an early and seamless transition to remote work globally, Gensuite quickly established an executive collaboration forum across its subscriber group to share key needs and solutions to respond to the crisis. Developed in concert with this forum, Gensuite’s Incident Management module now offers a Pandemic Exposure event reporting form championed by the EHS & Security leadership team at Trane Technologies. The new capability was developed on an expedited basis during the week of March 16, 2020 to enable tracking of workplace exposure incidents involving COVID-19; and has been made available to all subscribers. As of March 31, over 40 Gensuite subscribers have activated the new tracking module as part of their standard subscription and available for use by their respective operating sites worldwide.

A Pandemic Exposure Log extension is scheduled for release the week of April 6 to enable tracking of exposures to individual persons (employees, contractors, or visitors) resulting from an exposure event at a site. Key features of the event and the associated log include the ability to track follow-up actions taken at the site, and the status of individual exposed persons, as well as testing, quarantine and return to work dates. The new module conforms with HIPPA and GDPR requirements, with robust access and privacy controls, reporting and analytics through the integrated Tableau platform, and Google mapping capabilities to visualize exposure events and data.

Gensuite has shared a detailed summary of key functionality in its core suite that is immediately helpful to its subscribers for managing key needs and issues arising from COVID-19. Gensuite’s 2020 Product Roadmap is also being pivoted to focus on supporting subscribers with solutions to help manage the risks associated with COVID-19, such as the upcoming release of Gensuite Reg Tracker updates on April 3 to allow subscribers to report and track COVID-19 regulatory changes.

“As a software provider whose core mission is partnering to support the health and safety commitments of our subscribers, we understand that our role is more critical now than ever. Gensuite is committed and working quickly to support our global subscriber community with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Gensuite CEO, R. Mukund.

About Gensuite

Gensuite® enables companies to implement robust cross-functional compliance & management systems – locally, globally and across diverse operating profiles. Our comprehensive cloud-based software suite features intuitive, best-practice process functionality, flexible configurations and powerful extensions. For over two decades, we’ve helped companies manage safe & sustainable operations worldwide, with a focus on fast return on investment (ROI), service excellence and continuous innovation. Join over 1,000,000 users that trust Gensuite with their compliance and EHS&S software system needs.

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Clareto Announces Partnership with Diameter Health to Streamline Insurance Processes


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Clareto, an innovator in acquiring electronic health data for insurance underwriting and claims processes, today announced its partnership with Diameter Health, developer of the leading platform for clinical data normalization and enhancement. Clareto will now offer an additional product, powered by Diameter Health’s technology, to significantly improve the look, feel and usability of electronic health data acquired through the Clareto network of HIEs, provider organizations, and technology vendors.

Clareto recognized that existing health records have a lot information that can be duplicative or not important for the insurance use case, making it difficult to digest and time-consuming for end-users to review. Combining multiple records from different sources magnifies these problems. It sought a technology partner that would provide insurance carriers with the clean, reliable clinical data needed to make accurate risk assessments and adjudicate claims. It ultimately selected Diameter Health for its platform’s ability to cleanse and enrich clinical data from any certified EHR – and for the company’s proven success with dozens of the nation’s leading HIEs as well as national and regional health plans.

“The insurance industry has access to more clinical information than ever before, but end-users aren’t able to derive much value when they have to trudge through disorganized, redundant data,” said Dave Dorans, CEO at Clareto. “We’re excited to work with Diameter Health to deliver clean clinical insights across our entire network so our customers can modernize the underwriting processes and accelerate their time-to-value.”

Now working with Diameter Health, Clareto will provide clients with a carrier-friendly view of clinical data that is normalized, consolidated, enriched and deduplicated. This output reduces the likelihood of a carrier missing a crucial condition or impairment by highlighting abnormal or critical pieces of information. The improved presentation of the data will allow carriers to both expedite their review of records and enable more accurate decision-making.

“Just as we have seen with our health insurance customers, life and disability insurance carriers face the same data quality challenges that arise from the variability that pervades the healthcare data ecosystem,” said Eric Rosow, CEO at Diameter Health. “We look forward to working with Clareto to relieve administrative burden so analysts and underwriters in its network have easy access to the information they need, when they need it.”

About Clareto

MedVirginia, Inc., doing business as Clareto, has been a long-time innovator in the field of health information exchange. Today, the combination digital health and insurtech company is translating its unique history and experience in healthcare interoperability to commercialize novel use cases and pursue emerging market opportunities, with an initial focus on modernizing insurance underwriting and claims processes. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Clareto is led by a multi-disciplinary management team with deep expertise in the healthcare and insurance sectors. For more information about Clareto, please visit http://clareto.com/.

About Diameter Health

info@diameterhealth.com [Diameter Health enables organizations to better leverage healthcare data through the normalization, cleansing, deduplication and enrichment of data from EHRs and other clinical data source systems. By creating a single, unified source of longitudinal structured patient information, Diameter Health helps organizations that depend on multi-source data streams (such as health plans, Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and health systems) with quality reporting, risk adjustment, care coordination and population health initiatives. Diameter Health is the first organization to earn eMeasure Certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and then Health IT Certification from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). For more information, visit the website http://www.diameterhealth.com or email us at info@diameterhealth.com

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Med Lab Supply begins distribution of KN95 face mask respirators, which have been shown to be the equivalent of US NIOSH N95, after they are cleared for importation


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The alarm has been sounded regarding the desperate shortage of PPE, especially N95 rated masks, for Health Care Workers and First Responders. The shortage is so severe, that many doctors, nurses, and first responders are being asked to use the same mask for multiple shifts, which puts them at much greater risk for exposure and infection.

In response to the crisis, the CDC has listed KN95 masks as an alternative to N95 masks and after comparing the masks, a technical bulletin from 3M™ confirms that “it is reasonable to consider China KN95….as equivelant to US NIOSH N95 and European FFP2 respirators.”

Although the KN95 masks are in greater supply than any other mask in the world, until Friday, the FDA had still delayed regarding approval of their importation. The main concern seemed to be related to the possibility of fraudulent products.

However, Greg Blackledge, C.E.O. of Med Lab Supply, states, “Med Lab Supply ensures that the KN95 masks that they are importing are manufactured by an FDA registered company and due to our vetted procurement process, including requiring safety certificates and lab reports, we can guarantee the highest level of Authenticity and Quality Control throughout the purchasing and supply chain process. And although these masks do not presently have a 510k FDA clearance, they are CE certified for FFP2 protective mask (EN 149-2001), and they meet KN95-level requirements (GB 2626-2006), which meet the same standards as NIOSH N95.”

He continues, “Our mission has always been to do our best to make sure that we remain a valuable resource to our loyal customers, especially our Health Care Workers, and First Responders. Obviously, we are not a non profit organization and we have many workers relying on our company to pay their bills, however, that does not change our sense of community and our desire to help our neighbors. Our top priority is, and will always be people, not profit. Now that the FDA has approved the importation of these high quality KN95 masks, it is our mission to import as many of them as possible in order to make them available to everyone who desperately needs them. We are also providing very special discounts to those individuals who have the credentials of a Health Care Worker or First Responder. We also offer custom bulk purchasing quotes to hospitals, clinincs, urgent care facilities, as well as police and fire departments.”

As a result, many customers have expressed appreciation for the effort that Med Lab Supply has made to keep vitally needed supplies in stock while maintaining the consistently ethical pricing practices it operates its business with.

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AJ Manufacturing Introduces Portable Air Filtration Units for Creating COVID-19 Patient Isolation Rooms


We’re proud to be able to do our small part to help protect healthcare workers who are treating the growing number of coronavirus patients.

AJ Manufacturing – a leading manufacturer of critical environment HVAC products – has introduced a portable version of its Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra™ Fan Filter Unit (FFU) to quickly and easily create patient isolation rooms. The new units were specifically developed to help protect healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients and to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Like the original ceiling-mounted model, the portable Reverse Flow Criti-Clean Ultra™ FFU connects to existing ductwork and creates a negative pressure environment that removes the air from a patient room and cleans it via the unit’s built-in HEPA filter, keeping airborne contaminants from escaping. The unit comes on wheels for easy movement and can be plugged into a standard electrical wall outlet.

“We’re proud to be able to do our small part to help protect healthcare workers who are treating the growing number of coronavirus patients,” said Rob Haake, president of AJ Manufacturing. “Our plant is 100% focused on producing both our permanent and portable FFU models for as long as they are needed to help stop the spread of the virus.”

In addition to reverse flow units that take in air and remove it from a room, standard FFU models – both ceiling mounted and portable – are also available to bring HEPA filtered air into a room. AJ’s ceiling mounted FFUs offer the industry’s lowest plenum height of just 13.7″, allowing easier retrofitting into existing ceiling spaces.

For more information, contact AJ Manufacturing at 816-231-5522 or visit http://www.ajmfg.com.

About AJ Manufacturing

AJ Manufacturing is an industry leader in stainless steel air distribution products for critical environments, such as hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants and many others. The company offers a wide range of both standard and custom products, including filter and non-filter diffusers, supply and return grilles, dampers, louvers and more.

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Enara Health Accelerates National Telehealth Rollout of Clinical Weight Loss Program to Combat COVID-19 Effects


By expanding our program through progressive, like-minded clinics around the country, particularly in this time of crisis, we expect to dramatically improve lives while also decreasing the devastating stigma attached to obesity today.

Enara Health, a technology-powered personalized weight loss program focused on sustainable results, today announced that it is expanding telehealth availability of its program to all residents in California, Texas and Illinois. This rollout represents an earlier-than-planned first stage of a national rollout of the Enara Health platform, a clinical weight loss program that takes a multi-faceted approach to obesity treatment.

The intent of this accelerated telehealth rollout is to give more Americans access to proven, physician-guided weight loss support during the COVID-19 pandemic as a key means of boosting patients’ health and immune systems. Via Enara Health’s unique telehealth interface, program participants will be able to connect with a team of doctors, dietitians and exercise specialists from their mobile phones and computers.

“Numerous studies have shown that nutrition, activity and stress management play a vital role in our immune defense against respiratory viruses, and our goal is to help Americans achieve optimal health to fight the virus,” said Dr. Rami Bailony, Co-Founder and CEO of Enara Health. “Rather than viewing healthy eating, exercise and stress relief as something to be dealt with after this acute crisis is over, we need to reframe these practices as important prevention strategies.”

Unlike most other weight loss programs that focus solely on diet or lifestyle modification, the Enara Health platform combines physician interactions, lifestyle evaluations, diet consultations and medication through a unique digital health platform. This precision medicine approach is designed to maximize results through personalized, data-driven recommendations.

Participants in the Enara Health precision weight loss program lose an average of 12.40% of their weight at 6 months and 13.99% at 18 months, a significant improvement over other digital health programs and on par with results seen in bariatric surgery patients.

The telehealth rollout of the Enara Health program beyond its first clinic in San Mateo, Calif., is possible due to newly forged relationships with specialized partner clinics in Texas (WellHealth locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area) and Illinois (the Center for Adult and Pediatric Wellness in Orland Park). Once the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, local patients will also gain access to in-office physician consultations through these clinics.

“We have spent the past four years establishing, evaluating and fine-tuning Enara Health’s clinical approach to weight loss at our clinic in San Mateo, Calif.,” said Dr. Rami Bailony, Co-Founder and CEO of Enara Health. “The results we’re now achieving have the potential to redefine obesity treatment as we know it. By expanding our program through progressive, like-minded clinics around the country, particularly in this time of crisis, we expect to dramatically improve lives while also decreasing the devastating stigma attached to obesity today.”

Residents in California, Texas and Illinois can now enroll in the Enara Health program. Learn more at http://www.enarahealth.com.

About Enara Health

Enara Health is building a data-driven platform and network to scale obesity treatment. Based in San Mateo, Calif., and operating since March 2015, Enara Health offers unique hybrid digital and in-person weight loss programs based on precision medicine. By combining mobile technology with health care visits and providing patients with personalized physician-driven medical weight loss programs, Enara Health routinely helps patients lose—and keep off—more than 15% of their baseline weight, which is far greater than the results seen with other e-health and m-health interventions. Learn more at http://www.enarahealth.com.

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Donating To Hospitals, Young Entrepreneurs’ Hand Sanitizer Sweeps Internet By Storm


Furthermore, on top of selling thousands of bottles, Z Skin Cosmetics has been donating bottles weekly to hospitals and healthcare workers in need

In the wake of the current health crisis, things like medical masks, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers are scarce. But Ryan Zamo, the 30-year-old entrepreneur behind Z Skin Cosmetics, has astonished customers across the globe with his ability to maintain stock of his Simply Sanitizer even while selling thousands of bottles weekly. Furthermore, on top of the massive increase in sales Z Skin Cosmetics has been donating dozens of bottles weekly to hospitals and healthcare workers in need, Zamo commented, “We never sold a lot of our sanitizer before the pandemic, but because we’ve become so blessed with this windfall of success, the least we can do is donate to those in need.”

It seems a bit suspect that a small business can keep up with an influx of orders, while in contrast, large manufacturing plants seem to lag. We asked Zamo what his secret is to maintaining supply; he told us, “Well, we are a handcrafted organic skincare brand. That means we are constantly disinfecting everything and maintaining a sterile environment. Therefore, we always have ample stock of the ingredients needed to make our sanitizer.” But besides having the ingredients, there is also one more aspect to his ability to keep up with the demand; he added, “You can have all the ingredients in the world, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to fill big orders. It’s because we make every product to order, which means a few things. First, since we make our products, we don’t have any “stock items,” meaning nothing is just sitting around waiting to be sold. And second, that means we have no inventory, so we make the products as the orders are placed.”

Furthermore, according to the business owner, over 90% of original customers have come back and ordered more units from him, he commented, “Our sanitizer is a sanitizer lotion, it gets the job done, but it doesn’t dry out your hands. It moisturizes your hands too, and with the terrible weather conditions, it’s a combination of two things everyone needs right now.”

With the ability to maintain stock and keep orders going out, Z Skin Cosmetics has been on the top of its game. While other companies are back-ordered and unable to fill large orders, Zamo is busy working hard to get his customers their hand sanitizers within 2-3 days. Between major businesses ordering from Z Skin Cosmetics as well as a flood of global consumers in need of hand sanitizer, the entrepreneur seems to be keeping up well with the spike in orders.

For more information on their product, visit:

https://zskincosmetics.com/collections/complete-systems/products/simply-sanitizer-6-oz

For more information on the company, visit:

https://zskincosmetics.com/pages/who-and-how-z-skin-came-to-be

Contact:

Michael Nore

Nore.Marketing@ZskinCosmetics.Com

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SmartMouth Dry Mouth Products Offer Relief For Oral Cancer Patients


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SmartMouth’s resident dentist and ADA member Dr. Elizabeth Clary asserts, “Dry Mouth Activated Oral Rinse provides relief from the symptoms and discomfort of dry mouth, it moisturizes and soothes oral irritation, and it lubricates oral dryness.”

More than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2020.

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April, SmartMouth has partnered with Mediaplanet to help bring awareness to this disease through their Oral Health campaign, which launched last week.

In this month’s issue entitled Oral Health, Emmy Award-winning voice actor, author, and singer Rob Paulsen describes his journey through his diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from throat cancer, and how he adjusted to his “new normal.” As the spokesperson for Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Program, Paulsen stresses the importance of early detection and prevention, and empathizes with patients and survivors who have struggled with the disease.

Those suffering from oral cancer endure harsh side effects, from difficulty swallowing to loss of their voice. One of the most common ongoing side effects of many cancer treatments is dry mouth, which is caused by the destruction of the salivary glands.

SmartMouth offers two complimentary solutions for those suffering from dry mouth.

SmartMouth’s resident dentist and ADA member Dr. Elizabeth Clary asserts, “Dry Mouth Activated Oral Rinse provides relief from the symptoms and discomfort of dry mouth, it moisturizes and soothes oral irritation, and it lubricates oral dryness.”

In addition to the Dry Mouth Activated Oral Rinse, SmartMouth recently launched dual-action Dry Mouth Mints, which contain Zinc for oral health and Xylitol, a saliva stimulant. The convenient pouch design fits easily in your pocket for on-the-go dry mouth relief.

About SmartMouth Oral Health Laboratories

SmartMouth Oral Health Laboratories manufactures and markets SmartMouth branded mouthwash, toothpaste and mints through national retailers and online. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, SmartMouth has been working to eliminate and prevent bad breath since 1993.

For a special offer on Dry Mouth products, please visit https://www.smartmouth.com/dmoffer.

The Oral Health campaign was distributed by Mediaplanet through USA TODAY on March, 31 2020 and is published online here:

https://issuu.com/mediaplanet_usa/docs/oral_health_final_boston

https://www.futureofpersonalhealth.com/oral-health/head-and-neck-cancer-means-a-difficult-new-normal-for-many-survivors/

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Mindray North America Deploys Key Strategies to Support U.S. Healthcare Response to Coronavirus


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Mindray North America deploys key strategies to support
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Mindray shares a social responsibility to actively and continuously participate in the fight against coronavirus; more specifically, we see our role in this healthcare crisis tying directly back to our mission – to make the most advanced healthcare technology attainable to all.

As a leading developer and manufacturer of medical device solutions and technologies used in healthcare facilities around the globe, Mindray recognizes the extraordinary stress the coronavirus pandemic is creating within our nation’s healthcare system. With its North American headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey, adjacent to the epicenter of the pandemic, the Mindray North America team is experiencing the ravaging effects of the virus firsthand, through the eyes of our customers, our trusted partners and our dedicated employees and their families.

“The increased pressure being put on our nation’s healthcare infrastructure is unprecedented, manifesting itself in many ways,” said Mindray North America President, Wayne Quinn. “As a manufacturer dedicated solely to the medical industry, Mindray shares a social responsibility to actively and continuously participate in the fight against coronavirus; more specifically, we see our role in this healthcare crisis tying directly back to our mission – to make the most advanced healthcare technology attainable to all, and we continue to shift our organizational focus toward doing just this.”

Given the extreme set of circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the urgent need for ventilators, Mindray North America has put into action several key strategies to enable our customers to maximize the use of Mindray systems currently in place. The North American team has diligently worked with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to gain clearance from the agency for conversion and off label use of Mindray A-Series anesthesia delivery systems as continuous ventilators. This immediately increases availability of critical mechanical ventilation across the country. In addition, we have also published procedures for switching the drive gas (utilized to fill the bellows required for mechanical ventilation) in the anesthesia/ventilator from oxygen to compressed air. The ability to implement this conversion helps healthcare providers to preserve oxygen, which is also in short supply, for use in directly treating patients.

Earlier this week, via an unprecedented global team effort, we not only successfully secured Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA allowing import of our ventilators (which previously were not cleared for sale in the US), but also procured a defined supply of standalone ventilators, to be immediately shipped and distributed to key hospitals in New York City which are presently in dire need.

Finally, in anticipation of the increasing demand for vital signs, multi-parameter monitors (bedside and portable) and centralized monitoring systems, we have proactively ramped up production and supply of these products, while at the same time implementing procedures for simplified, rapid deployment of these systems. This pre-emptive move is enabling accelerated set up of ad hoc, ancillary treatment areas, while minimizing the need for onsite support and installation time.

The entire Mindray North America team remains fully committed to aiding our nation’s response to this pandemic illness. As an essential business, we continue to work, each and every day supporting healthcare providers across the nation as they serve on the front lines, defending the health of our nation, one patient at a time.

About Mindray

Mindray is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of medical device solutions and technologies used in healthcare facilities around the globe. We believe we can change lives by making the most advanced healthcare technology attainable for all. We do this by empowering healthcare professionals through innovative, high-value solutions that help create the next generation of life-saving tools across three primary business segments: patient monitoring and life support, in-vitro diagnostics, and medical imaging. Mindray maintains its global headquarters in Shenzhen, China; Mindray North America is headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey. Our Ultrasound Innovation Center is located in San Jose, California with additional facilities in major international markets around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.mindray.com.

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The National Infertility Association to Observe National Infertility Awareness Week


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People with infertility and those struggling to build a family need support more than ever.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association will recognize National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 19 through April 25, 2020. The movement brings together millions of Americans who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building families. RESOLVE will rally the infertility community to raise awareness about the significant lack of access to family building options and emotional support for millions of women and men struggling to build a family.

“RESOLVE is committed to hosting the 2020 National Infertility Awareness Week. With so many live events cancelled because of COVID-19, people with infertility and those struggling to build a family need support more than ever,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s President/CEO. “Let’s use NIAW to raise our voices, talk about the issues facing this community and make sure we continue to support those most in need.”

Throughout NIAW, members of the infertility community will take to the internet to share their stories and lead the conversation about challenges to family building and methods of resolution. Through national media, social media, and fundraising, the infertility community will take action to increase awareness of infertility in order to remove stigmas and improve access to family building options.

RESOLVE’s National Infertility Awareness Week 2020 is supported by its NIAW Partners: EMD Serono, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, First Response, Guerbet, Merck, and ORM Fertility.

NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. RESOLVE can provide experts for interviews on all aspects of infertility, as well as personal patient stories from women and men living with infertility. Find out more about NIAW at infertilityawareness.org.

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.

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Virginia Removes Barriers to Students’ Sunscreen Use with ASDSA’s SUNucate Model Legislation


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I congratulate Virginia for adopting this important, common sense legislation that will help protect students from overexposure to the sun, which is essential to preventing skin cancer later in life.

Virginia’s public school students will now be able to possess and use sunscreen on school buses, school property and at school-sponsored events without a note thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 44, signed by Governor Ralph Northam on March 31.

Virginia is the 25th state to incorporate policies from model legislation developed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA). The legislation is a key part of the SUNucate initiative that addresses barriers to sunscreen use in school and camps and promotes sun-safe behavior. ASDSA advocated for this legislation together with the 60+ member SUNucate Coalition, including the Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia Dermatology Society (VDS).

“I congratulate Virginia for adopting this important, common sense legislation that will help protect students from overexposure to the sun, which is essential to preventing skin cancer later in life,” said ASDSA President Marc D. Brown, MD. “ASDSA looks forward to working with partners in the states that have not yet passed SUNucate policies to advocate for the removal of barriers to sunscreen use in schools that still exist.”

“VDS was pleased to support this critical effort in Virginia,” said ASDSA member and VDS Board member Farhaad Riyaz, MD. “Virginia’s students will now have the opportunity to learn sun-safe habits from an early age.”

The need for such legislation arose after concerns were raised by dermatologists and reports in the national media about broad “medication bans” that are in place in schools across the country requiring students to have a note or prescription from a physician in order to have these medications. Sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, making them subject to these bans. Although these policies are meant to protect children, they also hinder them from accessing sunscreen during outdoor school activities and put them at risk of damaging sun exposure.

To learn more about SUNucate, visit http://asds.net/SUNucate.

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About ASDSA

With a membership of 6,400+ physicians, ASDSA is a 501(c)(6) association dedicated to education and advocacy on behalf of dermatologic surgeons and their patients. For more information, visit http://asds.net/ASDSA

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