PHARMACY

Chronic disease patients want online services from drug companies, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Demand among consumers for online services from drug companies to help manage chronic conditions is strong, according to a new study from healthcare market research firm Manhattan Research.

The ePharma Consumer — 2012 study, based on an online survey of 6,607 adults conducted in the last three months of 2012, found that 30% of online consumers with a chronic condition and 38% of caregivers are interested in registering for a patient-support program that would give access to a range of services, such as financial assistance, meal plans and recipes, condition-management tools and a hotline of registered nurses. Current adoption of such programs varies considerably from one condition to another; for example, 41% of online patients with multiple sclerosis used one. In addition, 75% of online consumers using online pharma patient support programs said they feel confident their prescriptions are right for them.

"Patients are interested in patient support programs from pharma, and they don’t necessarily mind registering for access," Manhattan Research VP research Monique Levy said. "At the same time, pharma isn’t top-of-mind as a destination, so marketers must consider partnering with other health resources such as general health websites, pharmacies and hospitals in an effort to gain traction for these programs."

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NACDS adds new specialty pharmacy session to Regional Chain Conference agenda

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has expanded its program lineup for the upcoming 2013 Regional Chain Conference to now include a new session of specialty pharmacy.

The conference will take place Feb. 3 to 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is designed to address the challenges facing senior retail executives who operate up to 250 stores.

The new "Developing Specialty Pharmacy" session is scheduled to take place on Feb. 3 and will be presented by Gary Cohen, CEO of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, and Michael Nameth, acting executive director of NASP and CEO of Town Total Health.
 

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FDA approves Wockhardt epilepsy drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic epilepsy drug made by Wockhardt, the company said.

Wockhardt, based in India, announced the approval of lamotrigine extended-release tablets in the 25-mg, 50-mg, 100-mg, 200-mg and 300-mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Lamictal XR. The U.S. market for the drug is about $250 million, according to IMS Health.


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