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Teva launches new generic Pulmicort Respules dosage strength

BY David Salazar
JERUSALEM — Teva on Wednesday announced the U.S. launch of the 1-mg/2-ml dosage strength of its generic Pulmicort Respules (budesonide inhalation suspension). 
 
With the launch, the company completes its portfolio of Pulmicort Respules generics, having previously launched it in strengths of 0.25/2 ml and 0.5 mg/2 ml. The drug is indicated to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children aged 1 to 8 year. 
 
Pulmicort Respules saw U.S. sales of $217 million for the 12 months ended November 2015, according to IMS Health. 
 
 
 
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Diplomat rolls out campaign for MS Awareness Week

BY David Salazar

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat pharmacy, in honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, has rolled out a new campaign featuring patients living with MS. As part of the campaign, the company released a video of one MS patients, highlighting the story of one of the 350,000 to 500,000 people diagnosed with MS. 

"The real-life story of Bethany reveals the true spirit of the Diplomat Difference and the critical role that specialty pharmacy plays in managing some of the nation's most complex patient cases," Diplomat CEO and chairman Phil Hagerman said "At Diplomat, we're committed to not only provide high-touch care through our specially designed programs, but also listen to patient stories and share their victories, whether they be large or small.”
 

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Study: Health care experience disappoints 81% of consumers

BY David Salazar
CHICAGO — GE Healthcare Camden Group and Prophet on Wednesday published the results of a study that found about 81% of the people they surveyed are unsatisfied with their health care experience. 
 
The study also found a gap between what providers thing they are offering and how consumers perceive the quality of their offerings, with providers overestimated consumers’ opinion on quality by more than 20%. 
 
“There is a misperception among providers about how well they are truly meeting consumer expectations,” Prophet’s healthcare practice co-lead Jeff Gourdji said. “Although they acknowledge its importance, providers are finding it challenging to focus on patient experience in the face of so many competing priorities.”
 
In the past several years, the healthcare landscape has seen a growth in consolidation, as well as a dip in patient satisfaction, and experts who worked on the study attribute that to the patient’s growing desire to be more involved in their health care. Additionally, those involved with the study emphasized the imperative for providers to keep up with a rise in healthcare consumerism and patients’ increased focus on experience.
 
“The results of our study prove that to be successful, healthcare providers need to modernize their approach to patient experience,” GE Healthcare Camden Group president Laura Jacobs said. “Creating better and more holistic experiences doesn’t just mean happier patients. It translates to increased capacity, lower operating costs, improved financial performance, and higher employee satisfaction and retention. For healthcare providers, the key to profitability and longevity lies in their ability to deliver a superior consumer experience.”
 
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