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Common antacids raise risk of fracture

BY Anna Mcgrath

NEW YORK Common antacids known as proton-pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists have been found to increase risk of hip and thigh fractures.

Common proton pump inhibitors (e.g. Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium), as well as histamine-2 receptor antagonists, Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac, are known for easing stomach acid.

A study by Douglas A. Corley, in addition to prior findings, confirmed that such drugs generally used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease increase users’ risk of foodborne infections and fractures.

Corley’s study collected data on more than 160,000 individuals who use, as well as do not use, these medications. Data showed people with hip fractures were 30% more likely to be taking proton pump inhibitors over two years, and those suffering from hip fractures were 18% increased fracture if taking histamine-2 receptor antagonists.

According to Elton Strauss, chief of Orthopaedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in N.Y.C, “The key to this article is awareness for both the physician prescribing the meds and the patient taking them. It is the classic problem in medicine of risks versus benefits.”

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Abbott Nutrition rolls out three new flavors for its ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate lineup

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio Abbott Nutrition on Tuesday announced the introduction of three new flavors to its ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate lineup, including dark chocolate caramel pecan, dark chocolate mocha and dark chocoloate cookies n’ creme.

“Building on the successful launch of ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate Nutrition Bars last year, Abbott is introducing three more delectable flavors for consumers to enjoy,” stated Monica Hysell, Abbott Nutrition general manager and division vice president, healthy living.

The bars will be featured in new packaging, which features clean lines and ingredient graphics. The new packaging will be rolled out to all ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar flavors over the coming months.

As part of the new flavor introduction, Abbott is donating a portion of proceeds from ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar purchases to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for a total of $120,000, to help the Foundation restore music programs in public schools.

With every UPC code entered from a single bar, Abbott will donate $0.05 and for every multi-pack carton UPC code, $0.50 will be donated to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

The fundraising effort is part of the ZonePerfect brand’s “live.create.” campaign, which supports the discovery of music and art at festivals nationwide. The ZonePerfect brand will be sampling its new dark chocolate flavors and hosting a live concert event in conjunction with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation at its upcoming tour stop — Film Independent’s 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival from June 18 – 28.

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Select Jewel-Osco pharmacies to offer special services to support hospice care

BY Allison Cerra

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. Jewel-Osco Pharmacy has formed a partnership with Elgin-based Passages Hospice Care that will empower hospice caregivers to focus more on the special needs of their patients’ care.

Under a new model of care, Passages caregivers will work closely with Jewel-Osco pharmacists — located in 15 stores throughout Northern and Central Illinois — who will provide special prescription and consultative services. As a result, hospice caregivers will have quick and convenient access to the products and professional expertise available at a typical hospital pharmacy.

“We are very excited about the potential benefits this new partnership will extend to our patients as well as their caregivers and family members. When a patient first enters hospice care, one of the challenges for caregivers and family members is accessing the special medications needed by their patient or loved one. We’re taking the guesswork out of this process,” said Matt Cross, regional manager of Managed Care, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy.

Hospice care is often reserved for critically and terminally-ill patients.

Jewel-Osco, a Supervalu company, operates more than 170 in-store pharmacies in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. In addition to full-service prescription services, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy provides immunizations, diabetes care services and medication therapy management services, which are performed by specially trained Jewel-Osco pharmacists.

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