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Endocrine Society releases recommendations for continuous glucose monitoring

BY Alaric DeArment

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — Patients with diabetes may benefit from a system that provides continuous, real-time glucose readings, according to new clinical practice guidelines released by the Endocrine Society.

While most patients with diabetes measure blood glucose by pricking their skin to get a drop of blood and then measuring it with a glucose meter, continuous glucose monitoring measures glucose in the interstitial fluid, the fluid between cells just under the skin.

"There are some caveats to consider before accepting continuous monitoring of glucose as a routine measure to improve glycemic control in diabetes," said David Klonoff, chairman of the task force that drafted the guidelines and a doctor at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo, Calif. "There are still concerns about the high costs of CGM and the accuracy of the various systems available."

The new guidelines, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, recommend use of CGM in children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes because it will help them maintain target blood sugar levels while reducing the risk of low blood sugar, and in adults with Type 1 diabetes who have shown they can use CGM devices on a daily basis. They also recommend refraining from using CGM alone for glucose management in hospital intensive care units and operating rooms.

 


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Scotch-Brite introduces new botanical disinfecting wipes

BY Rozanne Gelbinovich

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Scotch-Brite, a 3M brand, has introduced new botanical disinfecting wipes, a no-rinse household cleaning solution. The brand is encouraging families to try the wipes to disinfect their kitchen counters and prepare homemade pizzas right on the countertops in celebration of National Pizza Month.

“Disinfecting wipes are one of the fastest-growing segments in the home cleaning category,” said Heather Green, marketing manager for the Scotch-Brite brand. “That led us to bring the innovation of Scotch-Brite together with CleanWell Co., makers of the patented thyme-based disinfecting technology, to introduce a no-rinse botanical disinfecting wipe that kills 99.9% of household germs, including cold and flu viruses.”

Scotch-Brite botanical disinfecting wipes are available in lemongrass and breeze scents at a suggested retail price of $2.99 for 35 wipes and $4.99 for 75 wipes. For more information, visit Scotch-Brite.com.

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Walgreens. There’s a way to stay well (by getting your flu shot here)

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — There are two crucial points to come out of the Walgreens Flu Impact Report. First is that Walgreens even has a Flu Impact Report. That’s reflective of just how fast retail pharmacy is becoming the place to go for a convenient-and-affordable influenza inoculation. Second is the correlation between flu season and holiday travel that includes Thanksgiving and the December season of gift-giving events. Because it doesn’t matter where over the hill toward grandmother’s house you go, there will be a Walgreens within 3 miles of where you’ll be, so your flu shot is covered.

(THE NEWS: Walgreens Flu Impact Report: Flu derailed 3 million travel plans. For the full story, click here.)

Just how much has retail pharmacy become ensconced in the administration of flu shots? "Walgreens … administered 6.4 million flu shots during the last flu season [2010-2011] as we continued to be the largest provider of flu shots in the country outside of the government," Walgreens president, CEO and director Greg Wasson told analysts in September.

And that’s just Walgreens. CVS Caremark, Rite Aid, Walmart and just about every other retail pharmacy out there has identified vaccine delivery as a new, lucrative revenue stream.

Better, flu shots are a gateway vaccine. Because more retail pharmacies also are administering back-to-school vaccines and travel vaccines for those making winter getaways overseas. In fact, the vaccine business at retail is fast evolving into a year-long offering. And with the seasonal spike that flu brings every year, that helps not only to drive foot traffic, but also to increase awareness that patients no longer have to schedule a doctor’s appointment in time for the first day of school or that flight out of town.

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