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Survey: Seniors not aware medicines can cause constipation

BY Michael Johnsen

STAMFORD, Conn. — Many of this country’s 80 million baby boomers who take medications for such conditions as pain, high cholesterol, hypertension and even depression are not aware that some of those medications could lead them to seek relief from occasional constipation, according to a nationwide survey of 1,150 men and women age 50 years or older taking medications for common medical conditions released by Purdue Products Wednesday.

About one-third of respondents (35%) were advised that possible side effects of their medications included occasional constipation. The survey also found that only 16% of those polled were aware that occasional constipation could be a possible side effect of their medications prior to talking to a healthcare provider. Nine-out-of-10 respondents (90%) who reported occasional constipation while taking their medication found this problem frustrating.

As many as 92% of the survey respondents said that healthcare providers should provide more information about side effects, such as occasional constipation, with particularly high agreement among people who reported suffering from occasional constipation (96%).

Occasional constipation was the side effect experienced most by survey respondents, with nearly 1-in-5 (17%) reporting they experienced increased occasional constipation since they started taking their medication.

Further, sufferers experience this problem an average of seven times per month, with a majority of respondents experiencing occasional constipation once a week or more (58%).

The vast majority of survey respondents (86%) agreed that occasional constipation can be a significant side effect of taking certain prescription medicines, with particularly high agreement among people who reported suffering from this problem (96%).

According to the survey, 86% of sufferers have taken some sort of action to relieve their occasional constipation. Specifically, they have increased their water consumption (74%), increased their fiber intake (72%) or taken stool softeners (67%).

"We commissioned this survey as part of our ongoing initiatives to provide healthcare professionals and consumers information about the importance of recognizing and relieving occasional constipation," stated Charlene Bailey, director of product management at Purdue Products. "With a majority of the consumers polled saying that occasional constipation is embarrassing to discuss and one-third of sufferers saying they have not discussed their occasional constipation with their healthcare provider, we will continue to get the word out about the treatment options available."

 


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Getting personal

BY Barbara White-Sax

Industry experts say growth in the photo department will come from personalized products. “The photo category of the future is in user-generated content,” said Steve Giordano Jr., president of Lucidiom. “Customers should be able to go into a drug store and purchase personalized invitations, banners and thank you notes for a party.”

Retailers, Giordano said, have to go deep in the category to be competitive. That means offering everything from invitations and sticky notes to photobooks.

Photobooks have shown annual gains of about 8%. “Photobooks take some creativity to produce, and they are not a 4×6 replacement,” said Gary Pageau, a spokesman for the Photo Marketing Association. “The model of standing at a kiosk for a long time is under challenge, so software that makes it easier to produce a great-looking photobook [will drive growth in the future].”

Greeting card applications are a promising area of growth for photo processing. Folded greeting card sales were up 35% at Lucidiom. Customized greeting cards often sell for less than the traditional cards in the greeting card aisle, but the industry hasn’t done a good job of communicating that to consumers.

Online order/retail pickup is growing 8% per year. The ability to access photos on Facebook has provided some growth to kiosk printing. “Images [on] Facebook can now be accessed at many 
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Pawlenty joins RedPrairie board

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — RedPrairie, a global supply chain and retail technology provider, on Tuesday announced the appointment of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty to RedPrairie’s board of directors.

Pawlenty is the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Drug Store News Industry Issue Summit on Nov. 29 in New York.

"Pawlenty’s experience in financial management and cultivating economic development makes him a strategic addition to RedPrairie’s existing board of tenured and innovative business leaders," the company stated.

"Tim’s combination of experience in the public and private sectors makes him an exceptional addition to RedPrairie’s board of directors," stated RedPrairie CEO and fellow board member Mike Mayoras. "Tim and RedPrairie share a track record of strong financial performance, a passion for innovation and a commitment to advancing the interests of those we serve."

"I’m impressed with RedPrairie’s visionary strategy," Pawlenty said. "Their unique position in this market, at the intersection of supply chain and all-channel commerce, is compelling. RedPrairie is at the forefront of the movement to connect the supply chain and consumers in this rapidly evolving global economy. I’m looking forward to being part of a company with such significant financial momentum and that is a force in driving change in the software industry."

During his time as governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty oversaw the interests of 5.2 million citizens and was responsible for a $50 billion biennial budget, 30,000 employees and more than 20 agencies and departments. As governor, Pawlenty oversaw economic development efforts on behalf of Minnesota businesses, including the promotion of international business through trade missions to nine countries.

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