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Obesity, diabetes burden patients, economy, study suggests

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Obesity and diabetes can create enormous burdens for those who live with the conditions, but a new study suggests they burden the economy as well.

The study, published in the May-June issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion, found that workers who are obese and have diabetes are less productive than counterparts without the two conditions.

Researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Strategic Health Solutions surveyed 7,338 working adults, asking them about reduced productivity at work, finding that obese people with Type 2 diabetes lost between 11% and 15% more time because of problems with their health. By contrast, people of normal weight lost 9% of work time.

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SDI: Rx antivirals drop close to 60%

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOIUTH MEETING, Pa. SDI’s Vector One: National shows that for the week ended May 8, the number of new antiviral prescriptions dispensed at retail pharmacies was 118,578 — a 59% drop compared with approximately 277,000 new prescriptions the week before.

Tamiflu accounted for 90% of the market’s new prescriptions last week, SDI stated Tuesday

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Drugstore.com sees increase in consumer visits

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVUE, Wash. Drugstore.com on Wednesday reported a 75% increase in the past year in the number of consumers visiting its coupon, sale and clearance pages for nonprescription health and beauty products.

The number of orders coming from customers searching for bargains is up more than 90% year-over-year, the online druggist reported.

“We see more and more consumers looking for ways to save money on products they use every day, and drugstore.com is focused on finding new ways to offer even more value. In fact we just lowered prices on more than 2,000 products,” stated David Lonczak, VP and chief marketing officer for Drugstore.com. “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve also seen more customers taking advantage of our drugstore.com dollars program, one of the highest value customer loyalty programs in the industry, offering 5% back toward a future purchase.”

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