, Gloucester, MA

July 2, 2013

Business briefcase

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — NeedyMeds partner to Consumer Reports

NeedyMeds has partnered with Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs to provide visitors to with the latest recommendations on the safest, most effective and least expensive prescription and over-the-counter medications as rated by Consumer Reports.

Users will access the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs recommendations on by clicking on any brand name drug with the logo. Consumers will be able to read the data on that particular drug and learn about their options.

“NeedyMeds’ collaboration with Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs brings vital drug information to our website visitors,” said Rich Sagall, MD, president of NeedyMeds, in a statement. “One of our goals is help people become educated partners in their healthcare and this information goes along way in helping us meet this goal.”

“Adding Consumer Reports’ recommendations to the resources offered by NeedyMeds will help consumers make better medication choices based on safety, effectiveness and cost,” said Doris Peter, PhD, associate director of The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, in a statement.

Hospice celebrates Nursing Week

Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston (HNSGB) recognized hospice aides Christine Asaro, Pamela McCarthy, Maureen Oathes and Babar Zaman of Gloucester during the 36th annual celebration of National Assistant Nursing Week in June.

“Our hospice aides are loved by patients and families for the tender loving care they provide,” said Diane Stringer, hospice president, in a statement. “We are grateful to all our hospice aides for their hard work, loyalty and invaluable support they provide to each patient and family they serve. They are the unsung heroes of hospice care.”

Celebrating 35 years of service, HNSGB provides hospice and palliative care services to patients in homes, long term care or assisted living communities, and in the 20-bed Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Visit

Archer named CATV executive director

Cape Ann TV has named Erich Archer as its new executive director.

“Over the past nine months, the Personnel Committee of the CATV Board of Directors invested considerable time and effort to find the best candidate for the executive director position,” said Board President Paul Jermain in a statement. “After interviewing a number of highly qualified candidates, we felt that Erich’s unique blend of commercial and public access TV experience would enable him to provide strong leadership as the station focuses on delivering a progressively stronger selection of programs through both traditional broadcast channels and emerging Internet-based outlets. We look forward to working with Erich to build on the rich history of CATV.”

Cape Ann Television is a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to producing community and institutional programming and to providing public access for the free exchange of information and ideas which reflect the talents, skills, interests, concerns and diversity of the Cape Ann community. The station serves Gloucester, Essex, Rockport and Manchester on Comcast cable Channels 12, 20 and 67. CATV also provides a limited selection of programming on

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