December 5, 2013

Making regular doctor appointments is the activity done most often by respondents (78%) to live a healthy life, at least 10 percentage points higher than diet and exercise, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. As many as 70% limit alcohol consumption, and 68% monitor their diet.

December 5, 2013

Among sufferers and those with a diabetic in the household, 80% look for new ways to manage their diabetes, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers.

September 25, 2013

Fast-acting OTCs (83%), cost (81%) and doctor recommendations (79%) ranked as the most important traits for cold, flu and allergy OTCs, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in August. However, flavor, all-natural and herbal ingredients play an increasingly important role in households with children.

August 27, 2013

As many as 90% of viewers indicated coupons or savings would incentivize them to purchase back-to-school products at a new store, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in July. And 66% are likely to purchase back to school merchandise at a retail pharmacy in the future — up from 38% of current purchasers.

August 27, 2013

Behind school supplies and apparel, health-and-wellness products rank third in terms of most commonly purchased product categories, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in July. As many as 20% of respondents indicated they plan to buy more preventive care items for their child this year compared with last year. Of those shopping for college-bound students, 36% are buying OTCs and/or vitamins.

August 26, 2013

Nearly 8-out-of-10 viewers who bring their child to the doctor's office for a physical are doing so one to three months before school starts, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in July. The majority of viewers indicated they begin their shopping about one month before school starts — either after or overlapping the timing for back-to-school physicals.

August 15, 2013

Eisai, the U.S. pharmaceutical arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., announced the launch of a new website, "Closing the Gap: Obesity Management for Employers," to provide employers with an educational resource for information about obesity management.

May 15, 2013

Three-in-five consumers indicate that looking their best is an important part of how they measure overall health, according to an online survey of almost 700 AccentHealth viewers conducted in April. However, this figure grows to 73% among those who are most proactive about wellness.

May 14, 2013

Not surprising, the majority of respondents who visit the doctor report that they are proactive about their health, according to an online survey of almost 700 AccentHealth viewers conducted in April. And about one-third of respondents indicated that they were "very proactive" about their health.

March 21, 2013

Among users of retailer apps, 77% report they are likely to increase their frequency of use or use new features, according to a recent online survey of more than 600 AccentHealth viewers. Cost-saving seekers will continue to fuel future app usage (67%); however, significant interest in less commonly used tools today — such as live expert chatting (30%), bar code scanning (55%) and prescription regimen management (46%) — are expected to contribute to growth in app use.

March 12, 2013

Web searches, app usage and product information searches top the charts for smart device usage, according to a recent online survey of more than 600 AccentHealth viewers. As many as 91% of smart-device users visited a search engine over the past 30 days, while 85% reported using an app and 83% searched for a product.

March 11, 2013

While retail stores remain the top shopping destination, nearly one-third of consumers (29%) report they do most shopping online, according to a recent online survey of more than 600 AccentHealth viewers. Sixty-nine percent of consumers still identify with the in-store shopping experience.

February 22, 2013

While pharmacists are reported as the primary source of information on OTCs, doctors are the ‘go-to’ on vitamins and dietary supplements, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in late 2012. Two-in-5 survey participants reported that they were primarily given information about their supplements from their doctor, followed by 28% who received that information from a friend or relative, and 18% who researched their supplements online.

February 21, 2013

Almost 3-in-4 women surveyed supplement their diets (74%) versus 65% of men, and 81% of consumers older than 55 years reported supplementing versus 72% of consumers between the ages of 35 years and 54 years, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in late 2012. As many as 70% of the generation of respondents between the ages of 18 years and 34 years reported they take vitamins and/or supplements.

January 15, 2013

When considering the purchase of a never-before-used OTC, consumers are diligent about learning more, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. Nearly three-quarters of respondents indicate they always read the instructions/insert before taking an OTC product for the first time.

December 18, 2012

One-in-5 respondents expect any increase in OTC usage will be related to aging, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. However, consumers younger than 55 years were the drivers behind increased OTC usage through 2012.

December 17, 2012

Insurance coverage is a significant factor that is driving increased OTC utilization — 67% of respondents switched to an OTC once insurance coverage was suspended for a prescription formulation. According to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September, one-third of consumers reported insurance stopped covering a prescription once an OTC equivalent was available.

December 13, 2012

Anticipated increases in OTC use for the upcoming year are driven by those who have already reported a rise in usage, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. Almost half of those who reported increased use of OTC medicines in the past year project that trend will continue with another increase in OTC use in the coming year.

December 12, 2012

As many as 26% of consumers increased their usage of over-the-counter products in the past year, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. Anticipated increases in OTC use for the upcoming year are driven by those who have already reported a rise in usage in the past year.

November 30, 2012

For the most common conditions suffered by consumers or someone in their household, OTCs served as the first line of defense for more than 40% of consumers across the board, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers that was conducted in September.

For the 77% of AccentHealth viewers who had experienced heartburn in the past year, 46% used an OTC treatment for relief. For top five symptoms/conditions experienced by viewers in the past year — including cold, cough/sore throat, headache, sinus/nasal congestion and runny nose — 43% of consumers used OTCs to address those conditions before other treatment options.

November 29, 2012

Among those health conditions treated with OTCs, AccentHealth viewers reported that allergies, sinus/nasal congestion and pain — including back, muscle and menstrual — to be the most commonly suffered chronic conditions. And cold symptoms and headaches were the most commonly suffered acute conditions, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers that was conducted in September.

As many as 95% reported that either themselves or someone in their household had a cold, 92% suffered from a cough or sore throat, and 91% experienced a headache. The top conditions suffered chronically by respondents included sinus/nasal congestion (90%), muscle ache/pain (87%) and allergy (87%).

November 28, 2012

Consumers are increasingly turning to OTCs to treat their conditions, including both acute, episodic conditions like the common cold and such chronic conditions as frequent pain and allergy. However, the extent to which OTCs are used varies by condition, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. Headache sufferers reported using OTC medications most often (89%), while sufferers of certain digestive disorders use OTCs less often (53%).

November 26, 2012

More and more, consumers are turning to OTCs as the first line of defense when they first get sick — regardless of the condition suffered — and that appears to be consistent among AccentHealth viewers. According to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September, one-quarter of patients said they have increased their use of OTC products in the past year.

October 29, 2012

A growing number of patients have either already received or plan to receive a flu shot this year versus a year ago, and it should also be noted that more patients continue to embrace community pharmacy as a preferred destination for flu vaccinations. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, according to the most recent Patient Views infographic. According to an exclusive survey of more than 900 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in September, 57% of patients have received or plan to receive a flu shot this year, versus 53% in 2011.