CDC reports number of diabetes cases in U.S. is at 24 million
ATLANTA The number of people in the United States with diabetes increased by 3 million in 2007 over the previous two years, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease now affects 24 million people, in addition to the 57 million at high risk of contracting it because of pre-diabetes. At the same time, the number of people who don’t know they have it decreased by 5 percent.
Diabetes results from high levels of blood glucose stemming from insufficient insulin production and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Complications that can result from the disease include heard disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputations of the legs.
Coventry taps Medco as PBM starting 2009
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. Medco Health Solutions announced Monday that it would be providing Medicare pharmacy services for Bethesda, Md.-based Coventry Health Care, a national healthcare company.
“Coventry viewed our Medco Therapeutic Resource Centers as an important advantage for its members,” chairman and chief executive officer David Snow Jr. said. “Our specialist pharmacists help patients manage chronic conditions with a higher level of personalized care. The breadth of our service offerings and our capabilities to meet the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, while making overall health care costs more manageable, truly resonates with clients.”
Medco will be providing Coventry’s Medicare members with mail, retail and specialty pharmacy services starting Jan. 1, 2009. The approximately 1 million members enrolled represent an annual drug spend of more than $2 billion, Medco reported.
Medco last year introduced the Medco Therapeutic Resource Centers, at which more than 1,100 specialist pharmacists are trained and uniquely experienced to care for patients with specific chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and neurological disorders. Specialist pharmacists counsel patients about medication safety, minimizing side effects, improving drug compliance, and helping them find the lowest cost alternatives for their medications.
Medco is one of the top three pharmacy benefits managers in the U.S., along with CVS Caremark and Express Scripts. Details of the deal were not made public.
API, MedeFile partner to market electronic medical records
CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. A company that gathers and digitizes medical records has granted a Florida marketing firm the right to market its memberships to American and Canadian consumers.
Under an agreement announced Monday, API Marketing will market MedeFile International’s memberships to shoppers at 100,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including pharmacies, health food stores, corner stores, convenience stores and gas stations.
The two companies will collaborate to create a MedeFile “rack card” available near check-out counters at participating stores, as well as storefront window stickers advertising MedeFile.