Heart failure patients skip meds due to cost, study finds
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Many patients with heart failure skip pills due to medication costs, according to research by the Mayo Clinic.
The study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, tracked the pharmacy records of 209 patients ages 60 to 86 years in Olmsted County, Minn., who were asked how often they missed doses or didn’t take their drugs at all and why.
Among patients who didn’t follow their medication regimens well, 46% reported they had stopped taking statins or did not fill a prescription because of cost, while 23% said they skipped doses to save money. Younger patients were slightly more likely to skip doses than older patients, and men were more likely than women to not stick to certain drug regimens.
“We found patients weren’t filling their prescriptions because of the expense,” lead study author and Mayo Clinic cardiologist Shannon Dunlay said. Dunlay said patients who have heart failure and are worried about costs should tell their physicians, as lower-cost alternatives may be available.
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Drugstore.com shareholders challenge Walgreens’ acquisition
STEVENSON, Md. — The law firm of Brower Piven on Tuesday announced that a class action lawsuit has commenced in the Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of all shareholders of Drugstore.com, alleging violations of state law by the company’s board of directors relating to the proposed acquisition by Walgreens.
The complaint alleged that Drugstore.com’s board of directors breached their fiduciary duties by failing to maximize shareholder value, among other things.
The complaint further alleged that while the company announced that the $3.80 in cash for each share of stock is a premium of approximately 102% over Drugstore.com’s 30-day average closing stock price — and a premium of approximately 113% over the closing price of Drugstore.com’s common stock on the last trading day prior to the announcement — the proposed transaction price actually represents a small premium to the company’s summer stock high of $3.34 per share (13.8%) and a discount to prior trading prices in the last year. (The stock traded at a high of $3.91 on May 3, 2010.)
Drugstore.com stock was trading at a four-penny premium to the Walgreens offer Wednesday morning, apparently in anticipation of a rival offer or a sweetened pot from Walgreens. However, according to several analysts, that’s not likely to happen. “Walgreens’ offer was for a whopping 113% premium,” wrote Rick Munarriz in a March 28 Motley Fool column, referencing the March 23 Drugstore.com closing price of $1.79. “A higher offer for a company that has missed Wall Street’s profit targets in three of last year’s four quarters seems highly unlikely.”
If consecrated, the Walgreens/Drugstore.com deal will make for an online health retailing powerhouse — Walgreens and Drugstore.com were ranked Nos. 68 and 46, respectively, out of all online retailers in the Internet Retailer’s "Top 500 Guide."
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Target focuses on food in Charlotte
MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced plans to remodel several stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area.
According to the company, the remodeling began March 27 and includes such features as an open-market fresh food layout, complete with a selection of fresh produce, fresh meat and baked goods. The new layout also features reinventions in several other areas throughout the store, including beauty, home, baby and shoes.
The remodeled stores, according to Target, will offer guests approximately 40% more food offerings (on average) than a general merchandise location. “We heard from our guests that they wanted more fresh food options in the convenience of their local Target store,” said Annette Miller, SVP grocery at Target. “Our guests lead busy lives, and with the increased food selection, we’ve made it easy to complete their grocery list or pick up tonight’s dinner during their regular Target shopping trip.”
In addition to the expanded food layout, remodeled stores also include upgraded beauty department displays featuring softer lighting and curved fixtures. The home department has added wider aisles and lower product fixtures, offering easier navigation. The baby department has broadened the visibility between baby gear, supplies and apparel. The shoe department provides better product visibility and has enhanced guest comfort with additional seating and mirrors.
Target stores completing remodels in the Charlotte area in March include:
Charlotte Midtown, 900 Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte, N.C.;
Charlotte South, 7860 Rea Rd., Charlotte, N.C.;
NE Charlotte, 8120 University City Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.; and
Charlotte SE, 1900 Matthews Township Pkwy, Matthews, N.C.
Additional stores now under construction for June completion include Pineville, 9531 South Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. Additional stores now under construction for July completion include Huntersville, 9801 Sam Furr Rd., Huntersville, N.C.; and Rock Hill, 1900 Springsteen Rd., Rock Hill, S.C.
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