FDA requests more data for Baxter, Halozyme biotech treatment
DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration is requesting additional data from two drug makers for a treatment for immune system disorders.
Baxter and Halozyme said the FDA wanted more data to review their application for HyQ, a combination of immune globulin and recombinant human hyaluronidase.
The companies said they would work to develop studies to provide additional data to address the agency’s concerns.
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How consumers choose a primary pharmacy
Given all the attention around the hotly contested Express Scripts-Medco merger, Drug Store News thought we’d ask our C2B consumer reporters, if all things were equal and every pharmacy accepted their insurance, what would be the most important factors in choosing a pharmacy? Ninety-four percent said location/convenience, followed by customer service (50%). That’s just a taste of what they told us.
1) If all pharmacies accepted your insurance or charged the same amount for your prescription, what would be the most important factor(s) when choosing a pharmacy?
* Includes kindness of staff, knowledge of what I am getting and staff ability to answer questions.
2) How many pharmacies do you use to serve all of your prescription needs?
3) If you answered more than one pharmacy, why do you use multiple pharmacies?
4) What characteristics do you like most about your current pharmacy of choice?
* Includes kindness of staff, knowledge of what I am getting and staff ability to answer questions
Other popular responses: knowledge of product, insurance coverage, online reorder, wide selection, well operated and rewards program.
5) What are the cons about your current pharmacy of choice?
Other popular responses: no drive-through, understaffed, lack of insurance coverage, untrusted brands, decor, long checkout lines and lack of privacy.
6) What over-the-counter categories do you expect to find in the store where you purchase your prescriptions?
Other popular responses: children’s, dental, toiletries, ear care, topical, analgesics and contraception.
7) Some pharmacies offer patients consultations with pharmacists. Does your pharmacy of choice offer consultations?
8) If yes, have you ever tried a pharmacist consultation?
9) If you have tried a consultation, who paid for it?
10) If your pharmacy did offer consultations, would you be interested in receiving this kind of service?
11) If your insurance did not cover consultations, would you be willing to pay out-of-pocket for a consultation?
12) Do you use Twitter or Facebook?
Drug Store News has partnered with Engage.Me to develop the DSN/C2B Mobile Insights series as a regular feature and premium content offering for DrugStoreNews.com users. Interested in utilizing DSN/Engage.Me field research capabilities for exclusive research on your company? Contact Rob Eder at [email protected].
This survey was conducted by Engagement Media Technologies using the Gevius mobile application and EMTech backend. The campaign had 170 participants — 42% male and 57% female. The breakdown of participant age range is: 18 to 25 years old (16%), 26 to 35 years old (30%), 36 to 45 years old (18%), 46 to 59 years old (23%), and 60 years old and up (12%).
A good primary-care doctor someone to coordinate your health care, help choose your specialists, and be the first to diagnose just about any problem is the key to good medical treatment.
In fact, the pharmacy that you choose should have a good sized inventory. Smaller inventory pharmacies often have now run out of drugs and this causes the patient to have to wait a day or two to get a prescription while they order it. Or you will have to go to another pharmacy that has your prescribed drug in stock. Actually, no pharmacy can guarantee that they will have your prescribed drug 100% of the time, but if they have a large inventory, the odds are pretty good that they will have it in stock.
Walgreens, Lilly Diabetes partner on hypoglycemia education
INDIANAPOLIS — Lilly Diabetes and Walgreens on Monday launched an awareness campaign at 43 Walgreens pharmacies throughout the Indianapolis area on the consequences of hypoglycemia.
"At Lilly Diabetes, we understand that managing diabetes extends beyond medicines to tools and resources that provide real, personalized solutions to improve the quality of everyday life," stated Steve Sugino, VP Lilly Diabetes. "This initiative will not only provide needed education, but will also ultimately help facilitate better discussions between pharmacists and people with diabetes that can lead to improved disease management."
The Lilly Diabetes-Walgreens approach is designed to complement the care and guidance people with diabetes receive from their healthcare providers. The campaign will be launched in 43 Walgreens stores in the Indianapolis area and will showcase Walgreens’ new approach to community pharmacy that includes making pharmacists more accessible for patient consultations. Based on customer feedback over the next six months, the companies will explore expanding the campaign in additional cities.
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