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Eisai launches educational resource for worker obesity management

BY Jason Owen

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co. Ltd., announced on Thursday 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.

"We know from our research that most employers consider obesity to be a top employee health challenge," said Dave Martin, VP of managed markets, value and access for Eisai. "While there are some helpful resources available for employers, we also noted significant gaps; therefore, we decided to build this all-inclusive website as a companion to an e-newsletter, in partnership with The Benfield Group."

Both the e-newsletter and the website will provide employers access to articles, links to other sites and other downloadable tools including:

  • Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions: The Importance of Integrating New Prescription Medications into Employer Strategies to Help Reduce Obesity in their Employee and Dependent Populations. A publication that reviews the challenges and opportunities of obesity management and provides recommendations from an Eisai-sponsored advisory board of leading employer health benefit decision-makers on approaches to update employer strategies.
  • Blueprint for Health: A free, interactive online tool available through the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that allows employers to estimate direct and indirect costs associated with the conditions they select, by entering key employee demographics.
  • Your Weight Matters Campaign: The Your Weight Matters Campaign was developed by the Obesity Action Coalition and sponsored by Eisai. The Your Weight Matters Campaign encourages all Americans to measure their weight and take the Campaign Challenge by making a pledge to talk to a healthcare provider about their weight and its impact on their health. All Campaign participants receive a free toolkit to help them prepare for the conversation of weight with their healthcare provider.

The content for the Blueprint for Health and Your Weight Matters Campaign websites are not controlled by Eisai, the company noted.


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Bartell Drugs’ new South Lake Union store features beer on tap

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs’ new South Lake Union store, which opened its doors on Aug. 2, features a growler station where shoppers can get local beers straight out of the tap — a first for the family-owned pharmacy retailer.

According an article by the Puget Sound Business Journal, the growler station is proving to be a hit with shoppers as the new location went through keg after keg that first Friday.

A growler is a 64-oz. glass jug that is filled straight from the tap. And, in case customers don’t have their own jug, Bartell offers the glass jug for $8.99. The brew sells for $9.99 or $10.99 per growler, depending on the beer, the article stated.

The new store location also features some Northwest favorites, including cheeses, chocolates and wine.

The retailer operates 59 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.
 

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