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QualityHealth.com survey shows consumers most concerned with cost of health care

BY Jenna Duncan

JERSEY CITY, N.J. The most recent Web site poll conducted by QualityHealth.com about the state of the U.S. healthcare system and which points of care were most important when considering cost showed that most Americans are unhappy with the current system and wish to pay less, even if it means giving up services and access they now receive.

QualityHealth.com polled 10,025 registered site users between Oct. 25 and 29 for its “HealthOpin” poll. The age range of the survey respondents was between 35 and 54 years old with 89 percent of respondents identifying as female and 11 percent male. QualityHealth.com reported the margin of error at plus or minus 3 percent.

The results showed that Americans were leaning slightly towards the proposed healthcare reforms presented by presidential candidate Barack Obama. Fifty-six percent of respondents like Obama’s plan to make insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions, the results stated.

About a third of respondents said that they were in favor of John McCain’s plan to revise Medicaid and Medicare. A total of 24 percent said that they support his plan for government to put more support behind access and care at walk-in clinics in retail outlets, the survey report said.

A total of 83 percent of respondents said they were not satisfied with the current state of the healthcare system and 82 percent said they the affordability of healthcare coverage is a great concern.

Household cost of care was named by 38 percent of participants as the most pressing healthcare issue, while 20 percent said moving to a universal healthcare was most important. Another 17 percent said their most pressing concerns centered around changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

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Walgreens announces promotions of several execs

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. Seven Walgreens executives received promotions Wednesday.

Carlo Baldan, a category manager for the sleep, pain and incontinence categories, was promoted to divisional merchandising manager for personal care in the retail pharmacy chain’s beauty and fashion division.

Robert Tompkins, the divisional merchandising manager for OTC drugs, was promoted to general merchandising manager of the health and wellness purchasing group, succeeding Chong Bang, who is now vice president of customer-centric retailing. Bob Cinq-Mars will replace Tompkins as divisional merchandise manager for OTC categories including medications for pain, sleep, incontinence, nutrition, diet and smoking cessation.

Robert Bobber, the divisional merchandise manager for consumables, will be in charge of OTC categories that Cinq-Mars previously managed. Robin Randolph, divisional merchandise manager for electronics, will take over for Bobber while maintaining her current position.

Scott Minger, associate category manager for vitamins, has been promoted to category manager for vitamins.

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Lannett Co. announces patent approval for generic pain drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA Generic drug maker Lannett Company announced earlier this month that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to subsidiary Cody Laboratories for a method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone.

“Our patented method for preparing hydromorphone and hydrocodone will greatly enhance our ability to manufacture these products quickly and efficiently,” Lannett president and chief executive Arthur Bedrosian said. “Importantly, with minimal incremental investment, the faster manufacturing time appreciably expands our manufacturing capacity, allowing us to maximize our production assets.”

Hydromorphone and hydrocodone are opiate-derived drugs used for treating pain.

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