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Carex adds Detach N’ Go pill organizers to product portfolio

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands on Thursday announced its acquisition of the Detach N’ Go brand from Inventures Products.

The Detach N’ Go product line consists of detachable pill cases that serve a niche market of people with active lifestyles.

“We were impressed with the quality and design of Detach N’ Go’s many products and how perfectly they complement our existing line of Apex medication compliance products. We plan on working seamlessly together to continue to grow the line and incorporate many of Detach N’ Go’s features into our newest products," Matt McElduff, president of Carex Health Brands. "We will also look to add their existing products to our current broad base of distribution.”

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NCHS: About half of population consumes sugar drinks on any given day

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sheds light on sugar drink consumption habits among the U.S. population.

Analyzing data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was conducted from 2005 and 2008, the NCHS researchers found that about 50% of the population, ages 2 years and older, consumes sugar drinks on any given day. The prevalence, however, is higher among those ages 2 to 19 years, versus those ages 20 years and older. What’s more, about 5% of the population was recorded as consuming as much as four 12-oz. cans of cola on any given day.

The survey also found that males consumed significantly more sugar drinks on any given day, compared with their female counterparts (175 kcal vs. 94 kcal), as did low-income individuals, compared with those living at or above 350% of the poverty line.

Sugar drinks included in the analysis were fruit drinks, sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened bottled waters, consistent with definitions reported by the National Cancer Institute, the researchers noted. Sugar drinks do not include 100% fruit juice, flavored milks and sweetened teas.

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Diplomat makes Inc. magazine’s top 5,000 list

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has made Inc. magazine’s list of the country’s fastest-growing companies for the third consecutive year, the specialty pharmacy provider said.

Diplomat came in at No. 1,201 in Inc.’s list of the country’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies, having generated $410 million in growth over the past three years. In addition, the company ranked eighth in total revenue among listed companies operating in the healthcare industry and, when combining revenue and growth rates of those companies, second.

"Despite our unprecedented growth over the years, we’ve continued to stay dedicated to our patient-focused model, and achieved a 99% customer satisfaction response from our 2011 patient-satisfaction survey," Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman said. "We could not achieve this without a tremendous staff committed to finding solutions for both patients and our healthcare partners."

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