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Medco: Poor adherence may cause lack of response to medication

BY Alaric DeArment

BOSTON When a patient isn’t showing a response to a medication, a common tactic the doctor might use is to increase the dosage. According to a new study, however, the ineffectiveness might be happening because the patient isn’t properly taking the medication.

The Medco Research Institute, the research arm of pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions, found that nearly one-third of patients given increased dosages of antidepressants were not regularly taking their original prescriptions. Data from the study recently were presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s 62nd Institute on Psychiatric Services in Boston.

 

Medco said the study showed doctors should monitor a patient’s adherence to their antidepressants before raising the dosage because poor adherence may contribute to disease relapse, thus leading to unnecessary dosage increases.

 

 

“A physician usually increases a dose when a patient is not responding to the current dosage,” Medco Neuroscience Therapeutic Resource Center national practice leader and lead study author David Muzina said. “But the analysis shows that the reason the dose may not be effective is that many patients are not taking their antidepressants as directed.”

 

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Axium Healthcare Pharmacy celebrates anniversary

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE MARY, Fla. Independent specialty pharmacy provider Axium Healthcare Pharmacy is celebrating 10 years in business, Axium said Wednesday.

The company first opened in 2000 in a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility in Altamonte Springs, Fla., moving into a 45,000-sq.-ft. facility in Lake Mary, Fla., in 2005. Two years later, it had opened three new locations, in Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico, and now employs around 125 people.

“Over the past 10 years, Axium has been able to grow considerably without losing our primary focus, taking care of the patient,” Axium president and CEO Mark Montgomery said. “Axium has become an essential national specialty pharmacy provider to assist patients with their medication needs.”

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The Natural Dentist introduces sore throat products

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. The Natural Dentist on Monday launched two throat spray products — one formulated for kids and one for adults — that will be available at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

 

“When we started our product research, we were disheartened at some of the ingredients traditional throat sprays contain, including up to 50% alcohol despite lingering controversies regarding the use of alcohol in oral care products,” stated Kelly Kaplan, president and COO of Revive Personal Products, parent company of The Natural Dentist.

 

 

The Natural Dentist sore throat spray soothes and moisturizes with pure vegetable glycerin and other all-natural ingredients, such as echinacea, goldenseal, calendula and grapefruit seed extract. The Natural Dentist sore throat spray for kids contains no alcohol and features an orange flavor, while the alcohol-free adult product comes in mint.

 

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