Hormone in fat could aid in diabetes treatment
WASHINGTON A study published Thursday in the journal Cell has shown that a hormone produced in the body’s fat could help combat diabetes.
The hormone, palmitoleate, increases the ability of the body to control glucose levels by stopping the accumulation of fat in the liver, the study’s authors wrote. The scientists conducted the study on mice, but the hormone exists in humans as well. Whether the hormone can combat complications related to obesity in humans depends on whether it serves the same function in humans as in mice.
Save Mart guarantees prescription filling in 19 minutes or less
MODESTO, Calif. In an effort to provide faster service, Save Mart Supermarkets has announced that its Save Mart and Lucky banners will guarantee an order of up to three prescriptions filled within 19 minutes.
Customers whose prescriptions take longer than 19 minutes to fill will receive Save Mart’s offer of dinner and a movie: a $10 store gift card and a free one-night rental from redbox. “Every pharmacy needs to fill every prescription accurately,” said Michele Snider, senior director of pharmacy at Save Mart Supermarkets. “Our pharmacies already provide excellent customer service, and now our 19-Minute Promise will ensure that we also deliver prescriptions quickly.”
Save Mart Supermarkets operates 116 pharmacies in 250 stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Study finds home delivery of prescriptions increases generics sales
NEW YORK Patients are more likely to use generic drugs if they get them from home delivery pharmacies rather than retail pharmacies, according to a study by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, which operates a home delivery service.
The study found that patients using Sanofi-Aventis’ Ambien (zolpidem) or a generic version of the drug were 34 percent more likely to pick the generic version if they received it by home delivery.
“Financial incentives are important but not enough to realize the full money-saving potential of therapeutically equivalent generics,” study author Emily Cox said.