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Fruth Pharmacy opens location in Charleston, W. Va.

BY David Salazar

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Fruth Pharmacy recently opened a new location here in a space previously occupied by Highland Pharmacy, operated by Highland Behavioral Health Services and largely servicing the Prestera Center’s behavioral health patients. 
 
With Highland exiting the location, Fruth entered a partnership to provide services in the area. 
 
“We are pleased to partner with Fruth Pharmacy to assure that the needs of behavioral health clients previously served by Highland Pharmacy will continue to be met with quality pharmacy services.  Fruth and Highland share the goal of providing high quality services to those in need in our community.”
 
There were only three days between the last day of Highland Pharmacy’s operation and the opening of Fruth Pharmacy on Nov. 16. 
 
“We wanted to help fulfill a need for patients of Highland Pharmacy,” Fruth Pharmacy president Lynne Fruth said. “Change can be good — our goal is to make this transition a positive change for these patients.”
 
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Software gives diabetes patients more control of glucose levels

BY Richard Monks

Dexcom has developed technology that it said gives patients with diabetes an unprecedented level of control over their condition.

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The company’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring, or CGM, allows patients to get a reading every five minutes via a disposable body-worn sensor that uses bluetooth technology to communicate with a hand-held monitor or smartphone.

Web-based software lets patients automatically download their glucose data and send it directly to a physician or other healthcare provider for review.

“Patients see trends in their glucose, and they can see whether it is going up or down and how fast it is going in that direction,” EVP and chief commercial officer Rick Doubleday said. “This gives them the opportunity to avoid both high glucose levels and low glucose levels.”
 

In addition, he explained, Dexcom CGM has customizable alerts that warn users if their glucose level varies too far in either direction, allowing them to take the necessary action to prevent an adverse event.

“This is especially beneficial during times when the person might be distracted and not paying attention to their glucose level, like sleeping, working or playing a sport,” Doubleday said.

Technology like this, he stressed, can help patients control their conditions and drive down healthcare costs.

“Glucose management is at the heart of managing diabetes,” Doubleday said. “We provide the data that allows these parties to be better connected and provide greater outcomes for patients with diabetes.”

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Generics improve access to care, combat rising costs

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Few factors have played as significant a role in helping curb healthcare costs over the past decade as generic drugs, a report released by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association showed.

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The report, prepared for GPhA for the seventh straight year by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, shows that since 2005 generics have saved patients $1.68 trillion. In 2014 alone, the report noted, generic drugs trimmed more than $254 billion from healthcare spending. Slightly more than one-third of those savings were from generics taken by people ages 65 years and older.

“This new report reinforces that generic drugs are a critical part of any solution to rising costs for patients, payers and for the entire healthcare system,” GPhA president and CEO Chip Davis said. “Safe, effective and more affordable generic medicines mean increased access for the millions who rely on these life-saving therapies.”

According to the IMS report, 88% of all prescriptions in the United States are filled with generics. However, these lower-cost alternatives to branded drugs account for only 28% of pharmaceutical spending.

Davis said these savings are particularly relevant given lawmakers’ efforts to lower the costs of federal and state health programs.

“As policy-makers look for solutions to rising healthcare costs, we look forward to working with Congress, the FDA, the patient and provider communities, and stakeholders from all corners of the supply chain to embrace policies that support generic manufacturers’ ability to provide this remarkable level of savings,” he said.

The savings that generics can provide federal and state programs are already apparent, the report found, noting that Medicare saved $76.1 billion in 2014 by using generics. That figure, Davis said, translates into an average of $1,923 for every person enrolled in the program. For the joint state and federal Medicaid program, the 2014 savings amounted to $33.5 billion, or $479 per enrollee.

The IMS report also noted that generics provided significant savings across a wide range of therapeutic classes. For example, it said patients saved $38 billion by using generics to treat mental health conditions, while $27.9 billion were saved with generic hypertension drugs and $26.8 billion were trimmed from spending on medications to manage or lower cholesterol levels.

“It is evident that annual spending on many medication classes would soar in the absence of generic competition,” said IMS Institute executive director Murray Aiken. “This underscores the need to sustain the generic drug industry and actively pursue policies that support or grow, rather than undermine, patient and health system savings from generic drugs.”

This year’s report marked the first time that IMS has included state-by-state savings from generics in its GPhA report. Generics had the greatest impact on per capita Medicaid spending in Kentucky, West Virginia, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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