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Cardinal Health enhances cardiovascular tools available to retail pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health on Wednesday outlined a number of enhanced tools to make it easier for retail pharmacies to help their patients better manage their cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease.

“As payers place an increasing emphasis on improving their performance on Medicare’s Star Ratings System, they’ll increasingly look to retail pharmacies to deliver services that help patients better manage cardiovascular risks and improve their overall heart health,” stated Brad Tice, product leader for Cardinal Health’s Medication Therapy Management Solution. “We’re excited to introduce these enhanced services, which will make it easier than ever before for community pharmacists to deliver heart health services to patients and to market these valuable services to physicians, employers and payers.” 

Retail pharmacies that utilize Cardinal Health’s Specialized Care Center focused on Heart Health already have access to training, patient education, marketing tools, product and merchandising recommendations that help position them as a local destination for cardiovascular health needs.

Now, pharmacies that utilize Cardinal Health’s Heart Health Specialized Care Center also have access to:

  • My Digital Health Coach patient tracking and reporting tools;
  • New resources to make it easier to screen patients for cardiovascular risks;
  • New continuing education courses to enhance their knowledge about effective strategies for improving heart health;
  • Discounts on non-prescription products that patients with cardiovascular conditions need, like home diagnostics and pain relief products, vitamins and specialty supplements;
  • New print and electronic marketing tools to educate local physicians and employers about how community pharmacists can help patients prevent heart disease and improve heart health; and
  • New print and electronic promotional materials to market their heart health services to patients.

 

 

 

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CDC: Half of all seniors deal with incontinence

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Slightly more than half of all seniors who are not in an assisted living situation reported having issues with incontinence, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 50.9% who reported incontinence, 43.8% reported a urinary leakage, and 17.3% reported an accidental bowel leakage. Among those who reported an incontinence episode, the majority reported urinary but not accidental bowel leakage, while 10.6% of noninstitutionalized persons reported both urinary and bowel leakage.

More than one-half of noninstitutionalized women and more than one-quarter of noninstitutionalized men aged 65 and over reported a urinary leakage, CDC added. 

Restricting the definition of bladder incontinence to include only moderate, severe and very severe levels of incontinence reduced the percentage with bladder incontinence among noninstitutionalized men and women from 43.8% to 24%. When only severe and very severe levels were considered, the percentage with bladder incontinence was 8.1%. 

Among non-Hispanic white women, the percentage with urinary leakage was 1.8 times higher compared with non-Hispanic black women (58.3% compared with 33.4%). Observed differences in urinary leakage rates among noninstitutionalized persons by age, poverty level, level of education or marital status were not statistically significant.

"Incontinence presents a significant financial burden to the individual and to society," the CDC stated in its report. "In the United States, the cost of bladder incontinence among adults in 2000 was estimated at $19.5 billion, with $14.2 billion incurred by community residents and $5.3 billion by institutional residents. A majority (50%–75%) of the costs are attributed to resources used for incontinence management or 'routine care’ such as absorbent pads, protection and laundry."

In older persons, incontinence is associated with multiple interacting factors, including chronic conditions such as diabetes and stroke, cognitive impairment, and mobility impairment. Bladder incontinence may be caused by conditions such as age-related changes in the lower urinary tract, urinary tract infection and conditions not directly related to the genitourinary system, such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, cognitive impairment and mobility impairment.

 

 

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GetMyRx partners with McKesson’s Health Mart on launch of prescription fill app in NY

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Mobile technology company GetMyRx on Monday announced its smartphone app is available to New Yorkers. The GetMyRx app allows patients to order new prescriptions or refills, confirm the copay upfront and get medications delivered the same day at no extra charge. For the launch GetMyRx has teamed with Health Mart, a nationwide pharmacy franchise with more than 3,400 independently owned stores and a strong presence in New York City.

Owned by McKesson, Health Mart is one of the companies leading the effort to provide technology solutions that help independent pharmacies improve medication adherence, an area where community pharmacies are uniquely positioned to excel due to their exceptional clinical expertise and patient relationships.

“By working with GetMyRx, our independent pharmacy network can gain a competitive edge and deliver an unmatched customer experience that is a first-of-its-kind in the industry,” stated Eyad Farah, senior director of pharmacy solutions development at McKesson.

A recent Harvard University study showed that nearly one in three adults who receive a prescription never pick up the medication. GetMyRx addresses this challenge by letting patients order prescriptions through their smartphones and get free same-day delivery from a local pharmacy. 

 

 

 

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