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Chain Drug Consortium opposes ESI-Medco merger

BY Michael Johnsen

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Chain Drug Consortium on Thursday dispensed a formal letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission expressing its opposition to the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit management companies Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

The correspondence indicated the consortium’s opposition based on the merger’s negative effect on the consumer public, patients and pharmacies, as a result of exercising undue market power over the brand and generic prescription drug supply chain. "We are greatly concerned that the planned merger will dilute patient care and restrict patient choice to pharmacy access,” stated Edward Frisch, Chain Drug Consortium president and CEO.

The Chain Drug Consortium consists of 18 retail chain members, representing more than 1,150 stores, more than 2,300 pharmacists and more than 40,000 employees.

 

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Spices may reduce insulin, triglyceride response, research finds

BY Allison Cerra

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Adding spices to a meal can help reduce insulin and triglyceride response, according to new research published in the Journal of Nutrition.

In a small study of six healthy yet overweight men, ages 30 to 65 years, researchers led by Sheila West of Pennsylvania State University found that adding two tablespoons of culinary spices (a combination of rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika), compared with eating a meal without spices, the subjects experienced an insulin response reduction of 21% and a triglyceride response reduction of 31%. Additionally, antioxidant activity was reduced by 13%.

"Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood," West was quoted as saying. "If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease is increased. We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30%, compared to a similar meal with no spices added."

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Carex puts its pill organizer where the money is

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands recently introduced the Apex 14 day pill wallet, an efficient and discreet solution for everyday organization of medicines.

Four separately labeled compartments (morning, noon, evening and bedtime) each hold up to 11 aspirin-sized pills. And each compartment can be removed and placed into a backpack or a purse, making it convenient for traveling.

The Apex 14 day pill wallet is available online and at select retailers, independent pharmacies and drug stores for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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