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Mich. companies to be honored at gala for health, wellness in workplace

BY Alaric DeArment

WARREN, Mich. — Companies that work to create healthy workplaces will be honored next month as part of the annual Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness program, the groups sponsoring the program said Thursday.

The program will honor winning companies at a breakfast celebration and symposium on Oct. 3, with awards presented by the Michigan Business and Professional Association, Wellco, Corp! magazine and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association, and sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Management Systems of America, Walgreens, the Michigan Wellness Council, St. John Providence Health System, McGraw Wentworth and the VisTaTech Center. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based mass merchandise retailer Meijer, which operates about 200 stores throughout the Midwest, is among the dozens of winners.

"Having a healthy and happy workforce leads to a healthy company bottom line," Michigan Business and Professional Association and Michigan Food and Beverage Association president and CEO Jennifer Kluge said. "This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to healthy employees, healthy families and a healthy community."


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Nestea enters portable water-enhancers market

BY Jason Owen

STAMFORD, Conn. — Nestea Iced Tea launched on Thursday a new portable, customizable drink innovation: Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer.

Nestea Liquid Water Enhancer is concentrated liquid made from real tea leaves, has zero calories and contains natural flavors. It’s easy to use. Simply squeeze the desired amount of liquid concentrate into any glass or bottle of water, stir or shake, and the drink is ready.

"We’re thrilled to bring to market a product that makes delicious tea enjoyment just a glass or bottle of water away," said Sara Hilliard, senior marketing manager for Nestea. "Nestea Liquid Water Enhancers allow iced tea fans a way to get the refreshment they crave through this convenient, fun-to-use product." Nestea Liquid Water Enhancers will be marketed together with the company’s portfolio of bottled water brands such as Nestle Pure Life, Poland Spring, Arrowhead and Ozarka, so consumers have two portable refreshment products at a special price.

Nestea Liquid Water Enhancers will be available exclusively at local Target stores starting in September with three flavors available — Iced Tea with Lemon, Iced Tea with Peach, Half & Half Iced Tea. Green Tea Citrus will be available in November at other locations, such as convenience and grocery stores.


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CVS Caremark research finds new method for classifying patient medication adherence behaviors

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Researchers at CVS Caremark and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that a new approach to classifying patients by their long-term medication adherence behavior may be more accurate than traditional approaches.

Using an approach called group-based trajectory modeling, the research team followed more than 264,000 statin users over a 15-month period and created measures to account for different adherence behaviors. The researchers identified key groups into which various patients would fall based on these measures in an effort to predict and compare their long-term adherence patterns.

The findings were published in the September 2013 issue of Medical Care. 
 


This method, which is based upon observed patterns of medication filling over time, allows researchers to more accurately capture and describe adherence compared with techniques that simply classify patients as adherent or not, using average levels of adherence. In addition, the trajectory patterns that are created should allow for more targeted interventions to address nonadherence. In this study, use of trajectory modeling was especially useful for accounting for variable patterns of intermittent and long-term adherence behaviors.
 


“Our findings could help facilitate research on medication adherence and medication effectiveness in a variety of ways,” stated Niteesh Choudhry, associate physician of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “For example, by using group-based trajectory modeling, we could help identify patients with distinct patterns of adherence so that healthcare professionals could appropriately target interventions. In addition, data related to the quantity and timing of medication availability could help improve our understanding of the effects of nonadherence on clinical outcomes.”
 


Based on the study group, researchers categorized patients in to six distinct groups according to characteristics:
 


  • Nearly always adherent (23.4%)
  • 

Brief gap in medication use or filled irregularly during the first nine months, but improved during the last six months (11.4%)


  • Slowly declining adherence throughout the 15 month period (11.3%)


  • Used statins only occasionally across the 15 month study period (15%)


  • Rapid decline in statin use after initiation (19.3%) 


  • Virtually no fills after their initial fill (23.4%)



Group trajectory modeling also identified certain characteristics that impact medication adherence. For example, among the study participants, those patients with the best adherence were on average older, more likely to have a higher income, more likely to be a high school graduate and less likely to be black. In addition, those with the best adherence were more likely to be a Medicare Part D beneficiary or live in New England. Those with the lowest adherence rates tended to be generally younger, male and less likely to have an initial prescription that provided them with more than a 30-day supply of medication. 


 
“CVS Caremark continues to engage in cutting-edge research using novel approaches to analyze data so we can better understand the adherence behaviors and needs of the patients we support, “ stated Troy Brennan, EVP and chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. “The use of trajectory models could help us more accurately identify patients at risk for medication nonadherence so we can develop and implement targeted interventions to help them stay on their medications for chronic health conditions.”


CVS Caremark stated that it plans to use these research results along with other key learnings to identify, develop and pilot interventions that will help improve medication adherence for the patients it supports. The company is currently evaluating and piloting a number of interventions that range from the development of models to predict a patients’ adherence behaviors in order to better target interventions; to the use of medication reminder devices to help combat forgetfulness; to digital interventions that engage patients to encourage adherence.


CVS Caremark has been working in a multi-year collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to research pharmacy claims data in order to better understand patient behavior, particularly around medication adherence. Annual excess healthcare costs because of medication nonadherence in the United States have been estimated to be as much as $290 billion annually.


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