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Money changes everything

BY Rob Eder

When all things are equal — particularly, cost! — there is no doubt that satisfied pharmacy customers are fiercely loyal to their preferred stores. But like Cyndi Lauper once sang, "Money changes everything," particularly for the 32% of Patient Views respondents who said they would be willing to change pharmacies for a savings of $5 or less, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. How low will they go? Eight percent would switch for less than a buck.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that will be appear in every edition of DSN magazine and the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

How likely are you to switch pharmacies if you faced higher costs at your current pharmacy?

Source: AccentHealth. To view the methodology, click here.

 

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AAP updates flu vaccination recommendations

BY Michael Johnsen

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — The American Academy of Pediatrics on Tuesday recommended annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization for all individuals ages 6 months and older, including all children, adolescents and young adults.

The updated policy statement, “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2012-2013” published in the October 2012 issue of Pediatrics, includes guidance on vaccine formulations, dosing and administration, as well as current treatment guidance for antiviral medications.

According to the AAP, special efforts should be made to vaccinate people in the following groups: children who have chronic medical conditions that increase their risk of influenza complications, such as asthma, diabetes and immunosuppression or neurologic disorders; family members and others who are in contact with children with high-risk conditions and children under age 5 (especially children under 6 months of age); all healthcare personnel and women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, have just delivered or are breast-feeding during influenza season.


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Pacific Natural Foods introduces holiday line

BY DSN STAFF

TUALATIN, Ore. — Pacific Natural Foods has launched a new line of classic holiday accompaniments, designed to make holiday meal prep a snap.

The new holiday collection includes organic pumpkin puree, organic turkey gravy, organic whole berry sauce and jellied cranberry sauce. All products in the holiday line are packaged in BPA-free Tetra Recart cartons to ensure freshness. What’s more, the organic pumpkin puree and organic whole berry and jellied cranberry sauces are vegan and gluten free.

"Our broths and condensed soups have been a trusted part of holiday meals for years," Pacific Natural Foods VP marketing Kevin Tisdale said. "We know consumers are looking for convenience without sacrificing quality. Since we make these holiday classics like you’d make them at home and pack them in BPA-free packaging, we’re able to deliver both. The next best thing truly is homemade."

The organic pumpkin puree carries a suggested retail price of $3.69 per 16-oz. carton; the organic turkey gravy carries a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 13.9-oz. carton and the organic whole berry and jellied cranberry sauces carry a suggested retail price of $3.99 per 15.6-oz. carton.

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