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Study: Diabetes incidence may depend on socioeconomic status

BY Allison Cerra

TORONTO It seems that women that make less money than their counterparts are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, Canadian researchers found in a new study.

The study, which was conducted over a 14-year period from 1994 to 2008 by Statistics Canada, found that women in low-income groups were more inclined to smoke and eat a poor diet, as well as be overweight. The main findings of the report confirmed the increased risk factor for diabetes among people with low socioeconomic status. The authors also found that out of the 12,333 respondents who were ages 18 years and older, 7.2% of the men and 6.3% of the women went on to develop diabetes or die from the disease just 15 years later.

 

The findings are derived from the results of the latest release of data from the National Population Health Survey, a longitudinal survey that has tracked the health status of more than 17,000 Canadians since 1994/1995.

 

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New mobile application keeps pharmacy customers in touch

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas Pharmacy technology company PDX and mobile application maker Acclaim Telecom Services will integrate Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX application with PDX pharmacy systems.

The integration will allow pharmacies to reach patients through text messages, emails and voice reminders regarding refills and other services. The product will be shown at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in San Diego later this month.

“By partnering with PDX, Acclaim’s Smart Mobile RX can be rapidly deployed by pharmacies across the spectrum of mobile phones in use by consumers,” Acclaim president James Davis said in a statement. “Pharmacy smart phone customers have the added benefit of downloading a branded mobile application from their respective phone providers’ application store.”

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Richard Salazar joins Pharmacy First’s Rx$hare program

BY Allison Cerra

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. A national network of retail community pharmacies has named a new manufacturer contracting director for a retail program designed to generate significant, incremental revenue for such businesses.

Pharmacy First announced Monday that Richard Salazar would join its Rx$hare program. Salazar will be responsible for all manufacturer contracts and programs under the Rx$hare program banner, which include market share programs, awareness programs, launch programs and Compliance Services, a direct-mail, patient-focused adherence model.

Prior to joining Pharmacy First, Salazar was national director of Rx and business development for AmerisourceBergen for six years.

“Clearly, with the retail pharmacy arena changing so quickly, we needed a person who knows the terrain and has contacts throughout the pharma industry. Additionally, we needed a person who understands the value of making and maintaining solid business relationships,” said Brian Huckle, Wholesale Alliance/Pharmacy First CEO. “Our board of directors is excited about getting someone like Rick to join our team, and we remain extremely excited about the opportunities available for independent pharmacies, and the solutions Pharmacy First offers to them.”

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