Artificial pancreas may benefit young Type 1 diabetes patients
LONDON Sleeping overnight with an artificial pancreas system benefits children and teenagers with Type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in the Feb. 5 issue of The Lancet.
The study, funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge in England, had participants aged 5 to 18 spend the night in a hospital using a combination of commercially available blood glucose sensors and insulin pumps controlled by a computer program that determined insulin dosage based on blood glucose levels.
The study found that the patients had targeted blood glucose levels for twice as long when they used the artificial pancreas system than when they used conventional therapy.
“These studies show that automated systems not only can help people manage diabetes by maintaining good control, they will also improve quality of life for the people with Type 1 diabetes and their families by lowering the risk of hypoglycemia,” University of Cambridge Institute of Metabolic Science researcher and lead study author Roman Hovorka said. “These results suggest that closed-loop devices may be able to significantly lower the patient’s risk of developing complications later in life by reducing or even overcoming the burden of hypoglycemia.”
NACDS names Roger Merrill ‘Pharmacy Great Communicator’
ALEXANDRIA, Va. An executive from Perdue Farms received the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ “Pharmacy Great Communicator” designation, NACDS announced Thursday.
Roger Merrill, a medical doctor and Perdue’s chief medical officer, received the designation on account of comments he made during a lecture last month at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, quoted in trade publications.
“Pharmacists could be hugely helpful in our patient-care continuum,” Merrill said in one of his comments. “Pharmacists know more than I do about drugs and drug treatment.”
The NACDS gives the award to people who “raise the public’s awareness of pharmacy’s ability to help patients improve their health-and-wellness, while reducing long-term healthcare costs, through strategies such as boosting medication adherence.”
Fruth Pharmacy raises funds for Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. Fruth Pharmacy has started a fundraising drive for a local hospital, the regional retail pharmacy chain announced this week.
Fruth said that for every gallon of Fruth milk sold in its stores, 5 cents will go to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation to help with the building of a new children’s hospital designed to serve southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio, with the goal of raising $25,000 in 2010. Broughton Food Co., which produces milk for Fruth, will add a new label to milk containers featuring the Children’s Hospital logo.
“Fruth Pharmacy is proud and honored to make a strong commitment to the Children’s Hospital project,” Fruth president Bob Messick stated. “The children of West Virginia deserve to have a modern, state-of-the-art facility to meet their healthcare needs.”