CDC: Condom use up among teens
ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reported that the use of condoms is up in teen males.
The report, “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth,” from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that 8-in-10 teen males used a condom, an increase of 9 percentage points from 2002. The study also found that 16% of teen males used a condom in combination with a female partner’s hormonal method, a 6 percentage point increase from 2002.
Other findings included:
78% of females and 85% of males used a method of contraception. With a few exceptions, teenagers′ use of contraceptives has changed little since 2002, and the condom remained the most commonly used method;
One exception was an increase among males in the use of condoms and in dual use — the use of a condom combined with a partner’s use of hormonal contraceptive; and
Another exception was a significant increase in the percent of female teenagers who used hormonal methods other than the pill, such as injectables and the contraceptive patch. As many as 6% of teen females used a nonpill hormonal method in the latest survey compared to 2% in 2002.
The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs.
Giant-Carlisle sponsors drug take-back events
CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant-Carlisle will sponsor several drug take-back events on Oct. 29, the company said.
Giant-Carlisle — the chain owned by Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold that comprises Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets — said it would work with local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to have the events at 29 stores in Pennsylvania. Medications will be accepted and destroyed at no cost to customers.
"We are proud to partner with the DEA and local law enforcement to help reduce the volume of unwanted medication in the community," Giant-Carlisle director of pharmacy operations Leigh Shirley said. "When medications are properly disposed, it lessens the likelihood that they may end up in the hands of a child or someone for whom they were not intended."
CVS Caremark launches a new Droid app
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has released the Caremark.com Droid application, which provides Android users with access to the Drug Information Database to learn about various prescription drugs and allows CVS Caremark plan members to log in and manage their prescriptions online.
The free app can be used with Android 2.1 OS and above phones. Caremark.com has had an iPhone application available since July 2010, and this new Android application further broadens CVS Caremark members’ mobile access to their prescription information.
"At CVS Caremark we continue to find ways to engage and communicate with our members using new technologies to manage their prescriptions and keep them connected," stated Tim Kurth, VP e-business at CVS Caremark. "The availability of an Android app enables us to provide our plan members with convenient access to their Caremark.com accounts through their preferred mobile devices."
Any Android user can download the application and use the Drug Information function. This function will connect users to the Drug Information Database where they can research particular prescription medications, get information about how to take them, learn about available generic drug alternatives, see an image of the drug, learn about side effects and precautions and more.
CVS Caremark PBM members can use the application to register on Caremark.com or log in to their existing Caremark.com accounts from their Androids. Once they are logged in, members can perform a variety of functions, including:
- Refill a prescription;
- Check prescription order status;
- View prescription history;
- Easy mail-service prescription refills;
- Online new prescription requests;
- Check drug coverage and cost; and
- Locate a network pharmacy.