“We have a system that needs fixing.” That comment on the state of the nation’s healthcare system, shared by physician and New York Times correspondent and senior writer Elisabeth Rosenthal, served as the springboard for a high-level summit on the future of health care in the United States. The event drew a who’s who of nationally known health experts, scientists and government officials.
Almost 70% of adults with Type 1 diabetes never use their blood glucose self-monitoring devices or insulin pumps to download historical data about their blood sugar levels and insulin doses — information that likely would help them manage their disease better.
UC-San Francisco and Walgreens on Tuesday opened a Walgreens store on the UCSF campus that aims to improve medication safety, decrease healthcare costs and help patients use medicines more effectively by offering pharmacist-based patient care and expanded health-and-wellness services to the community.
In support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers, CVS Caremark announced on Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the United States by Oct. 1, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step.
Even though section 1201 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the section that enables health payers to charge a 50% premium on smokers — won't go into effect until 2015, smoking cessation will be a growing category in 2014.
Safeway pharmacists will use a program developed by the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy to help people quit smoking, under a partnership with the supermarket operator announced by the university.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday announced it will serve as a promotional partner for the one-day scientific symposium "Vitamin D: Beyond Bone," presented by the New York Academy of Sciences, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute.
Procter & Gamble on Tuesday afternoon named a healthcare veteran to its board. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, 53, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco was named to the board, effective Dec. 13.