Omron turns up home blood pressure monitoring promotion with TV doctor
BANNOCKBURN, Ill. —Omron Healthcare earlier this month joined forces with “The Dr. Oz Show” in an integrated media partnership to help spread the word about the importance of home blood pressure monitoring.
The Omron Healthcare integration included a sponsored segment on “The Dr. Oz Show’s” premiere episode, which aired Sept. 7, in addition to a consumer incentive that was revealed by Dr. Oz during the show. The first 50,000 viewers to visit DoctorOz.com were able to download a $10 coupon good on any Omron Healthcare home blood pressure monitor at participating retailers.
“High blood pressure is a growing concern in the United States among adults, and is often referred to as the ‘silent killer,’” stated Ranndy Kellogg, Omron Healthcare VP marketing and product development. “We’re thrilled to align with ‘America’s Doctor’ in the Sept. 7 season premier to help spread the word about the importance of home blood pressure monitoring, further helping to decrease the risk of heart disease and increase life expectancy.”
As many as 1-in-3 people suffer from high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Monitoring blood pressure at home is an important step people can take to reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke, Omron stated. More than 50% of people with high blood pressure who monitor at home show an improvement in medication compliance and are quicker to take action.
Pharmacies should get out of tobacco-selling, into smoking-cessation game
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT The news that San Francisco’s board of supervisors gave preliminary approval to ban tobacco sales at all retailers that operate pharmacies, including mass merchants and grocers, is a step in the right direction, because if drug stores are going to be banned from selling them, then all retail pharmacy outlets should be banned. However, there’s an even bigger picture to consider.
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As many dollars as pharmacy retailers made selling cigarettes, there is much more to be gained in medication therapy management, and there is a significant opportunity for retail pharmacy to have a greater stake in the future of health care.
Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable disease, illness and death worldwide, according to the American Lung Association. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly by "secondhand" smoke.
Furthermore, smoking-related healthcare expenditures are a major drain on the U.S. healthcare system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking cost the United States more than $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct healthcare expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker.
Clearly, there’s a positive role that pharmacists can play in smoking cessation. To further support this, a recently published study on the "effect of a pharmacist-managed smoking-cessation clinic on quit rates" found that pharmacists can play a vital role in smoking cessation, especially in a group setting, as they can reach more people within the same time frame.
The study found that at three months and six months, 47.6% and 52.4% of patients reported being smoke-free, respectively. The study was conducted on patients that had participated in the pharmacist-managed Smoking Cessation Group Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Participants received structured group counseling on various topics associated with cessation.
It also should be noted that in August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Medicare coverage for seniors trying to quit smoking was expanded to include everyone on Medicare.
Amgen recalls certain lots of Epogen, Procrit
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Several lots of two drugs used to treat anemia are being recalled due to possible contamination.
Amgen said Friday that it was voluntarily recalling certain lots of Epogen and Procrit (epoetin alfa) from distributors, wholesalers, healthcare providers and pharmacies as a precaution due to the possible presence of extremely thin and barely visible glass flakes known as lamellae that result from an interaction between the drugs and the glass vials used to store them.
The drugs are used to treat anemia resulting from chemotherapy, kidney failure and HIV therapy.