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Roundy’s makes flu shots available

BY Michael Johnsen

 

MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s stores — which include Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s — on Monday announced that flu shots were made available at all pharmacies, with no appointment needed during pharmacy operating hours.
 
“We’re pleased that year after year more and more of our patients and customers take advantage of this advanced service that we offer,” stated George Kowalski, VP Roundy’s pharmacy. “We will be encouraging as many people as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones this year by getting their flu shot.”
 
All Roundy’s pharmacists are certified immunizers and are available to administer the traditional flu vaccine and Fluzone HD for patients ages 65 and older. Roundy’s flu shots are given at a regular price of $26.00.
 
 

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CVS Health study shows improved adherence and outcomes for generic statins

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A new study by researchers at CVS Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital found that patients who took a generic statin were more likely to be adherent to their medication than those starting on a branded drug, and had an 8% lower rate of the composite endpoint of cardiovascular events and death.

The study, published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is the first to investigate whether starting on a generic versus a brand-name drug for the treatment of high cholesterol is associated with improved health outcomes.

"While statins are the most frequently prescribed drugs in the U.S. and have been shown to be effective in reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular-related deaths, they are only effective if patients take them," stated Joshua J. Gagne, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital and lead author of the study. "This study is the first to provide evidence that starting therapy with a generic statin versus a branded drug improved both medication adherence and clinical outcomes."

The researchers reviewed medical and pharmacy claims for more than 90,000 Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years and older, with prescription drug coverage between 2006 and 2008. Among patients in the study, the mean co-payment for a generic statin was $10 compared with $48 for a branded statin. The main outcome measures of the study were adherence to statin therapy and health outcomes as determined by tracking hospitalizations for acute coronary syndromes or stroke and death.

"We know that medication non-adherence is complex and very personal and that there are many reasons patients fail to adhere to therapy," stated William H. Shrank, SVP and chief scientific officer of CVS Health, and the study's senior author. "Drug cost is one important factor. This study provides clear evidence that the use of lower cost generic medications, when appropriate, not only reduces cost for the patient and improves adherence, but also improves health and reduces mortality."

 

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D.STANLEY says:
Sep-23-2014 08:00 pm

They needed a study to show people are more likely to buy and take prescriptions when they cost less? This must be the kind of work the scientists who graduate with 2.0s end up doing.

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Kroger makes the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America for the second time

BY Michael Johnsen

 

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday announced it has made the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America for the second time. The company's inaugural listing was last year.
 
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America tracks the economic, environmental and social sustainability performance of the top 20% of the 600 largest North America-based companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index. 
 
"We strive to make the world a better place through our sustainability leadership," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger's CEO. "We believe we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment, the economy and our communities, and so we have challenged all parts of our business to make improvements today that will protect tomorrow. Kroger's inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a sign that we are making real progress."
 

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