Catalina Marketing Corp. names Selman president of healthcare division
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The healthcare division of a precision marketing and shopper-driven media company has a new leader.
Catalina Marketing Corp. announced the appointment of Renee Selman as president of its healthcare division, Catalina Health Resource, which delivers patient-driven educational support and information designed to empower patients to make better healthcare decisions, the company said. Selman, who brings more than 20 years of experience to Catalina, will be responsible for managing strategic direction, day-to-day operations and overall unit performance. Prior to this position, she spent the past five years serving as the worldwide president of Johnson & Johnson.
“Renee understands the intricacies of the changing health care landscape, the potential implications to our pharmaceutical partners, our retail partners and most importantly, the implications to patients. Additionally, she has demonstrated a talent for strategically aligning organizational objectives with marketplace demands, and addressing those demands through inspired business unit performance,” said Dick Buell, chairman and CEO of Catalina Marketing. “Her extensive industry expertise, combined with her proven ability to deliver results, makes her the right leader to take Catalina Health Resource to the next level.”
Study: Dementia may be triggered by depression in diabetics
NEW YORK Diabetic adults with depression are twice as likely to develop dementia, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
To test the idea that the development of dementia — which causes progressive decline of thinking and reasoning abilities — may be caused by both factors, researchers (that included Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System) led by Wayne Katon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, tracked the outcomes of adults from the Group Health Cooperative’s diabetes registry who agreed to participate.
Over the five-year period, 36 of 455 patients, or 7.9%, of the diabetes patients with major depression were diagnosed with dementia. Among the 3,382 patients with diabetes alone, 163 patients, or 4.8%, developed dementia.
The researchers calculated that major depression with diabetes was associated with a 2.7-fold increase of dementia, compared with diabetes alone. Because the onset of dementia sometimes can be marked by depression, the researchers also adjusted their hazard model to exclude patients who developed dementia in the first two years after their depression diagnosis. The team’s previous findings from earlier studies showed that depression increases the mortality rate among people with diabetes, as well as the rate of such complications as heart, blood vessel, kidney and vision problems.
“It seems prudent for clinicians to add effective screening and treatment for depression to other preventive measures such as exercise, weight control, and blood sugar control to protect against the development of cognitive deficits in patients with diabetes,” researchers said.
Grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institutes of Health, supported the study.
Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy closes in D.C. area
CHANTILLY, Va. The only pro-life pharmacy in the metropolitan area of the nation’s capital is closing, according to published reports.
The Catholic News Agency reported that the Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, in northern Virginia, was having financial difficulties and would need hundreds of thousands of dollars and would have to quintuple its customer base to stay open.
The pharmacy carried many of the same products as other pharmacies, but did not have contraceptive products, according to the CNA report. The pharmacy’s prescription records have been transferred to the local CVS store.