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Blood glucose control may reduce risk of complications after diabetes treatment starts

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Controlling blood glucose levels is one of the primary concerns of diabetes patients, but a Swedish study indicates it’s more important than people thought.

The study, presented at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy is based on analysis of patient records from Swedish diabetes clinics, indicates that small improvements in blood-glucose control can reduce the risk of complications after treatment has started.

The researchers examined more than 5,000 patient records from western Sweden, including more than 4,000 patients who used Sanofi-Aventis’ Lantus (insulin glargine [rDNA origin]) and more than 1,000 who used Eli Lilly & Co.’s Humalog (insulin lispro [rDNA origin]).

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SDI: Rx antivirals drop close to 60%

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOIUTH MEETING, Pa. SDI’s Vector One: National shows that for the week ended May 8, the number of new antiviral prescriptions dispensed at retail pharmacies was 118,578 — a 59% drop compared with approximately 277,000 new prescriptions the week before.

Tamiflu accounted for 90% of the market’s new prescriptions last week, SDI stated Tuesday

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Drugstore.com sees increase in consumer visits

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVUE, Wash. Drugstore.com on Wednesday reported a 75% increase in the past year in the number of consumers visiting its coupon, sale and clearance pages for nonprescription health and beauty products.

The number of orders coming from customers searching for bargains is up more than 90% year-over-year, the online druggist reported.

“We see more and more consumers looking for ways to save money on products they use every day, and drugstore.com is focused on finding new ways to offer even more value. In fact we just lowered prices on more than 2,000 products,” stated David Lonczak, VP and chief marketing officer for Drugstore.com. “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve also seen more customers taking advantage of our drugstore.com dollars program, one of the highest value customer loyalty programs in the industry, offering 5% back toward a future purchase.”

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