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Study: Pharmacists positively impact diabetes health

BY Michael Johnsen

THOROFARE, N.J. – Pharmacists caring for underserved patients with suboptimally controlled type 2 diabetes were more adherent to their medications and had better glycemic control than those who did not have a pharmacist in their care team, according to a recent report in the journal The Diabetes Educator, Healio reported Wednesday
 
Consuelo Wilkins of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of 100 patient records to determine the effect of pharmacist-directed medication therapy management.
 
“Findings from this study may inform the development of metrics to more systematically assess the effects of pharmacist-directed MTM on health outcomes,” the researchers wrote. “These findings in a community health clinic population have broad implications for improving health care delivery and health outcomes in community-based settings.” 
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‘The Daily Show’ covers this year’s ‘allergy tsunami’

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
 
NEW YORK — What does the annual allergy season and the New York Knicks have in common? Every subsequent year, they both experience their worst season ever. 
 
Comedy Central's “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” recently produced a satire on the annual media coverage of the forever-getting-worse allergy season, which many this year are terming the “allergy tsunami.”
 
But there may be some credence to that reporting after all. Sales of cough/cold/allergy/sinus liquid formulations were up 41.3% to $420 million for the 12 weeks ended May 17, according to IRI across total U.S. multi-outlets. Tablet sales are also up 6.6% to $1.2 billion. 
 
While the recent introductions of liquid formulations Nasacort and Flonase to the OTC aisle is certainly bringing one-time prescription-only patients back to the allergy aisle in the local drug store, which is one explanation behind the escalating sales of allergy remedies, the fact is the number of allergens released into the atmosphere increases every year. And with that, there are more allergy sufferers. 

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Tic Tac launches flavor-changing Mixers

BY David Salazar

SOMERSET, N.J. — Tic Tac recently rolled out a new addition to its line of mints — flavor-changing Tic Tac Mixers. The new sub-brand features two-flavored mints that will change flavors as they melt. 
 
“While the majority of the gum and mints category is focused on functional, breath-freshening benefits, we saw an opportunity to offer our consumers an unexpected surprise,” said Ferrero U.S.A’s Tic Tac category director Todd Midura said. “New Tic Tac Mixers mints may ultimately bring a little fun to our consumer’s day – it’s something new and different from the Tic Tac brand.” 
 
Tic Tac Mixers will be available in late June and will start with two flavors: cherry cola and peach lemonade.
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