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Poll: Majority of Americans satisfied with healthcare system as it stands

BY Michael Johnsen

PRINCETON, N.J. — Two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them today, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this week. While health insurance status was a major determinant of this satisfaction, even one-third of those who didn’t have health insurance still reported they were satisfied.

Those seniors eligible for Medicare were the most satisfied, followed by younger Americans who are less likely to have health insurance and less likely to have chronic disease in need of management. 

"Most Americans do not believe the healthcare system in this country is in crisis," the Gallup poll concluded. "At the same time, a clear majority of Americans now say they disapprove of the Affordable Care Act. Their disapproval could be because many don’t see the need to change the system, and worry that the new legislation will affect a process they currently are satisfied with."

 

 

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Study: Probiotic supplementation reduces pediatric doctor visits

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — A study published earlier this week in the journal Pediatrics determined that the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri helped substantially reduce episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract infections among children in a daycare setting. 

Additionally, the number of doctor visits, antibiotic use, absenteeism from day school and parental absenteeism from work were significantly reduced in the L. reuteri group. 

A cost-benefit analysis revealed significant reductions in costs in the L. reuteri-treated children, researchers noted. No adverse events related to the study product were reported.

 

 

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AstraZeneca launches Nexium Direct home delivery service

BY Michael Johnsen

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca on Wednesday launched Nexium Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name Nexium delivered directly to their home. Nexium Direct is part of AstraZeneca Direct, a web-based offering that delivers select brand name prescription medications from AstraZeneca. The medications are dispensed by a team of registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians available through a collaboration with Eagle Pharmacy.

“Today, people are taking a more active, participatory role in their healthcare. With this in mind, AstraZeneca has created Nexium Direct, giving patients and prescribers a choice when it comes to how they receive branded Nexium from AstraZeneca,” stated Linda Palczuk, VP cornerstone and commercial excellence. “Nexium has been a treatment option for acid reflux disease for over 13 years, with more than 236 million prescriptions written. We’re proud to offer patients and prescribers another way to receive this important treatment.”

Patients wishing to enroll go to PurplePill.com and click on the Nexium Direct link to complete the online enrollment form and provide a valid prescription for Nexium. During and after enrollment, patients will have access to a 24-hour support center to contact via email or phone if they have questions, the opportunity to request auto refills, and free home delivery.

 

 

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