Ford Sync AppLink drives mobile health with Allergy Alert app
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. on Thursday announced that IMS Health’s Allergy Alert application now is compatible with Ford Sync AppLink to give drivers a safe way to check the potential for scratchy eyes, sore throats and runny noses while on the go.
"Mobile health apps are changing the way consumers manage their own wellness, and Ford Sync provides the platform to extend this growing trend to the driving experience," said Doug VanDagens, global director of Ford Connected Services. "The Sync AppLink-enabled Allergy Alert app allows drivers to quickly check current and upcoming pollen and other health risk conditions with simple voice commands while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road."
With Sync AppLink, drivers can connect smartphones or tablets to their cars, and by using simple voice commands are able to quickly access information from Allergy Alert — while not having to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
Through the app’s pollen index rating, drivers can request to hear the types of allergen conditions they are likely to encounter that may cause a flare-up in personal allergy symptoms. The app also provides a risk index for asthma, cough-cold-flu and ultraviolet rays.
"Pollen affects everyone differently, and the IMS app was developed to specifically help people on the move improve their quality of life," said Dan Barton, U.S. head of product development for IMS Health. "Our experience with allergy sufferers suggests a strong demand for real-time information. The technology we’ve applied in the Ford Sync AppLink-equipped car helps drivers better prepare for the allergens they may encounter on the road by delivering reliable, timely and relevant information related to their destination. The app gives users the ability to more consistently manage their symptoms."
In spring of last year, Ford kicked off a series of research projects for in-car health-and-wellness-connected services, such as medical device connectivity, cloud-based health management services and mobile app integration. In just over a year, Ford now is delivering on the initial research with Allergy Alert as one of the first steps toward helping drivers to take care of themselves and their passengers.
"We are attempting to create the car that cares," noted Gary Strumolo, global manager of Ford Research and Innovation. "We want to change the paradigm that in-car connectivity systems, such as Sync, can only be used for information and entertainment purposes. Health and wellness are key issues for our customers outside of the car; therefore, we want to leverage our connectivity platform to improve their time behind the wheel. The trend in mobile health is all about knowing potential health concerns before they happen so that they don’t surprise a person, even while driving."
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Merrick Pet Care launches new dog food recipes
AMARILLO, Texas — Merrick Pet Care has introduced a new line of dog food recipes.
Calling it a "pet food revolution," the company said the new line is made according to the highest nutritional standards and features seven classic varieties (containing 60% meat/poultry/fish, 20% fruits and vegetables and 20% whole grains) and four grain-free varieties (containing 70% meat/poultry/fish and 30% fruits and vegetables). Merrick Pet Care also is encouraging consumers to visit the brand’s Facebook page to receive updates on the 11 new dog food recipes, which will tout new packaging and soon be rolled out to stores and online.
"Our intention is to create the most nutritionally superior products available. Because dogs want what we want: real whole food, worthy of a fork," Merrick VP marketing Carolyn Hanigan said. "We invite pet parents to join us in the food revolution. Merrick will ensure dogs everywhere get the food they’ve been begging for."
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Generics saved $1 trillion over last 10 years, study finds
WASHINGTON — Use of generic drugs has saved consumers and the healthcare system $1 trillion over the past decade, according to a new study released Thursday by a generic drug industry trade organization.
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association said that between 2002 and 2011, generics saved the country $1 billion every other day, totaling $193 billion in 2011.
"The remarkable findings demonstrated in this report are a testament not only to the generic industry’s tremendous accomplishments over the past decade, but to the even greater achievements that are still to come," GPhA president and CEO Ralph Neas said. "The Generic Drug Savings study shows conclusively that, as Congress and the White House gear up for the fiscal challenges facing them in the coming year, generic and biosimilar utilization are the best places to go for the ‘offsets’ that everyone will be desperately seeking. The sustainability of the healthcare system and the national economy depend in significant measure on the availability of affordable medicines."
The study, commissioned by the GPhA and conducted by IMS Health’s research division, also found that 2011 had the highest year-over-year increase in savings from generics since 1998, as savings increased 22%, compared with 2010, and savings from generics that have entered the market since 2002 have increased as well, totaling $481 billion over the decade. Meanwhile, 57% of the annual savings came from generic drugs for central nervous system disorders, such as antidepressants and anticonvulsants, as well as cardiovascular drugs, and nearly 80% of the 4 billion prescriptions written in 2011 were for generics, while accounting for only 27% of drug spending.
Generic drugs can save you up to 80% on the cost of a prescription when compared with the brand name drug. Most often, the savings range from 30% to 50%.According to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the average retail price of a generic prescription drug in 2008 was $35.22. The average retail price of a brand name prescription drug was $137.90. Choose a reliable online pharmacy to get your generic drugs.
I agree with you. Generic drugs are indeed a great help for public health care. Thanks to a federal law passed more than 20 years back, pharmaceutical companies can only hold a patent on a drug for so long. When the patent window expires, generic drug companies can copy it and sell it for cheaper as generic. Generic drugs, though bemoaned by Big Pharma, have saved customers over $1 trillion over the past ten years.
Indeed, this news is true. Thanks to a federal law passed more than 20 years back, pharmaceutical companies can only hold a patent on a drug for so long. When the patent window expires, generic drug companies can copy it and sell it for cheaper as generic. Generic drugs, though bemoaned by Big Pharma, have saved customers over $1 trillion over the past ten years, more than one trillion dollars saved thanks to generic drugs.