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Walgreens raised more than $4.6 million to support Type 1 diabetes research in July

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Throughout the month of July, customers of Walgreens helped raise more than $4.6 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. 

"We are grateful to Walgreens for its exceptional support of our mission, and we thank all of its customers for making such a positive impact on our research programs and helping the millions of people affected by Type 1 diabetes," Jeffery Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF, stated. "For more than two decades, Walgreens has been a dedicated corporate participant, and JDRF is pleased to work with a company that is helping to lessen the impact of Type 1 diabetes until we find a cure."

"Walgreens’ Way to Well Commitment is dedicated to providing resources that help with the prevention and detection of today’s leading diseases," said Jack Cantlin, divisional VP retail clinical services for Walgreens. "We’d like to thank our customers for their contributions and aligned efforts to help people get, stay and live well."

JDRF and Walgreens are teaming up again this fall to give JDRF supporters the chance to support T1D research when they get their flu shots. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, Walgreens will donate $1 to JDRF for each flu shot administered when a customer presents the JDRF/Walgreens flyer at checkout. Walgreens has committed a minimum of $25,000 to this program, with a maximum of $100,000.

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Pertussis more common among older adults than previously thought, GSK study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — While pertussis is often considered a childhood disease, a new study from GlaxoSmithKline indicates it’s a lot more common among older adults than commonly reported.

The study, released Thursday at the 2013 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, estimated that the actual number of pertussis cases among adults ages 50 years to 64 years was about 520,000 this year, as opposed to the 8,764 cases that were treated, and about 465,000 among those ages 65 years and older, despite the 6,359 cases treated.

In other words, that means about 202 cases per 100,000 adults ages 50 years to 64 years, and 257 per 100,000 among those ages 65 years and older — about 42 to 105 times higher than those that are medically attended.

"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], other public health authorities and infectious disease experts have long suspected that pertussis cases in adults go undetected or are misdiagnosed as other respiratory ailments," GSK Vaccines VP and director of scientific affairs and public health Leonard Friedland said. "To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to quantify the incidence of cough illness attributed to B. pertussis via regression modeling among those greater than 50 years old."

 

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Study: NPs strengthening focus on promoting patient adherence

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — With physicians already in short supply and millions of uninsured Americans set to enter the healthcare system in 2014 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect, nurses and physician assistants are stepping up to fill the gap and are increasingly taking a central role in helping patients stay on therapy, according to Manhattan Research’s "Taking the Pulse Nurses 2013" study.

"Nurse practitioners are playing a key role in driving medication adherence while using a variety of support tools, including digital support and services," Shawn Dimantha, principal analyst at Manhattan Research, stated.

Promoting adherence to treatment is becoming all the more important to providers and health systems in light of the healthcare reform-fueled shift toward outcomes-based reimbursement. The study, for which Manhattan Research surveyed 909 practicing U.S. nurses and physician assistants, found that:

  •  Nearly 9-out-of-10 NPs provide patients resources to help them stay on track with their medicines, and 3-out-of-10 NPs have referred them to such digital adherence tools as websites or apps
  • Almost half of NPs said the time they spend on patient education has increased over the past two years
  • More than 3-out-of-5 NPs said patient outcomes will be a top priority in their practice for the next one to two years

"As NPs spend more time on patient education, there is an opportunity for pharma to extend services beyond the pill, including providing more engaging online patient education materials and tools that help patients stay on their medication,” Dimantha stated.
 

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