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Roche launches pilot program to help diabetes patients with co-pay savings

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS Roche on Friday announced the launch of its new eVoucherRx pilot program in California, a program designed to make it easier for patients with diabetes to receive their co-pay savings on Accu-Chek test strips.

The program, active now at participating pharmacies, ensures patients with diabetes that their co-pay for Accu-Chek test strips will not exceed $25. The program provides a discount of up to $40 per month, potentially lowering a patient’s cost of blood glucose monitoring supplies by up to $480 per year.

“Lowering the patient’s financial responsibility for diabetes therapy positively influences adherence and persistency in the self-management of their disease, especially during these challenging economic times,” stated Dan Kane, Roche VP marketing. “eVoucherRx also helps prescribing physicians know that more of their patients will be able to afford their diabetes supplies.”

eVoucherRx is a program that works in real time at the point of dispensing, which means patients do not need to do anything  other than go to a participating pharmacy. To find a list of participating pharmacies, patients are encouraged to go online and visit www.accu-chek.com/evoucher.

The eVoucherRx program is administered by RelayHealth for patients with commercial third-party health insurance. The program is not open to patients age 65 or older, cash-paying customers, patients on Medicare, Medicaid or those subsidized by other government-funded plans.

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Chill International launches cooling towel for hot flashes, night sweats

BY Michael Johnsen

KEY WEST, Fla. Chill International on Thursday announced the launch of a new menopausal cooling towel, called Chill Cooling Towels, which provides relief for hot flashes and night sweats.

The Chill Towels were first introduced in many Walgreens in Florida this spring, the company reported.

“Initial consumer response has been overwhelming,” stated Allan Wimer, Chill CEO. “Consumers love the fact that the towels do not need to be chilled and are genuinely amazed at how long the towel’s cooling sensation lasts,” he said. “In fact, consumer tests indicate the cooling sensation lasts up to 2-3 hours depending on climate conditions.”

The towels are available in three sizes.

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Dietary supplement recalled after FDA discovers Rx-only ingredient

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Universal ABC Beauty Supply International on Monday recalled its dietary supplement diet aid products after the Food and Drug Administration determined the supplements contained sibutramine, a prescription-only ingredient used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss.

FDA advises that these products pose a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.

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