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More than 80% of mothers regularly experience pain, survey finds

BY Alaric DeArment

STERLING, Ill. — The vast majority of mothers experience pain throughout their bodies, according to a new survey.

The survey, commissioned by electric massager maker Wahl Clipper Corp. and conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 84% of mothers experience pain. This includes 80% who experience lower back pain, 76% with shoulder and neck pain, 70% with upper back pain and 65% with joint pain. The survey included 2,000 men and women, including 300 mothers with children younger than 18, who were asked about their pain and how they cope with it.

"As a mom, it’s easy to just accept that pain is part of the job," Wahl massager division product manager Jenny McLaughlin said. "As a leader in pain management, we’re committed to developing new and better tools that can help those in pain, including moms, manage it more effectively from the comfort of their own homes."

The survey found that while the majority of mothers experience pain, they’re 10% more likely to have it in the upper back and 3% more likely to have it in the lower back, neck and shoulders, and almost 25% are more likely to experience it at least once a week. The company said this may account for why they’re more willing to do something to treat their pain; 70% said they treat it with medication, 43% use hot-cold treatments and 27% use massage therapy. Wahl’s products include the Hot/Cold Massage Gel Pack and the Hot/Cold Therapeutic Massager.

A 2012 survey of 1,000 mothers of children, conducted by Opinion Research Corp. and commissioned by the company, found that the average mother spends nearly 40 hours per week transporting children, cooking, cleaning and running errands, while 72% of mothers also work or volunteer.

 

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National Alliance for Hispanic Health partners with Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The National Alliance for Hispanic Health on Thursday announced a partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition to increase awareness among Spanish-speaking consumers for the importance of safe use of medicines that contain acetaminophen. Many Hispanic consumers are not aware of any health risks associated with taking too much acetaminophen and do not check to see if their medicines contain acetaminophen, a drug ingredient in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines, according to Community Panel Discussions recently conducted by the Alliance.

“We need to do a better job supporting Hispanic consumers in safe medicine use, including understanding their medicine labels and the drug ingredients they are taking in over-the-counter and prescription medicines,” said Jane Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

“The Alliance’s research tells us there is a need in the Hispanic community for culturally and linguistically relevant resources and tools to help make safe medicine decisions when using acetaminophen,” said Emily Skor, VP Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation, a member of the Coalition. “We are thrilled to partner with the Alliance to develop and disseminate Spanish-language educational tools on the safe use of medicines.”

Acetaminophen awareness education will include:

  • More than 50,000 Spanish-language brochures distributed to more than 250 organizations that serve Hispanics in communities nationwide;
  • Distribution of free brochures at the Alliance’s “Get Up and Get Moving” health fairs across the country; and
  • Promotion of acetaminophen safe-use to more than 10,000 members of the Alliance’s Buena Salud Club through online, mobile and social media platforms.

As part of this effort, KnowYourDose.org now features new sections in Spanish. It includes an interactive medicine label reader, answers to frequently asked questions about acetaminophen and a cartoon encouraging medicine safety.

Healthcare providers can order free Spanish- and English-language educational materials for patients from the Coalition’s web site at KnowYourDose.org/order.

 

 

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CVS Caremark to serve 1.1M CareFirst members

BY Antoinette Alexander

BALTIMORE, Md. — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has entered into a three-year agreement with CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit and other related services to its commercial and Medicare Part D members, CareFirst announced earlier this week.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all claims for CareFirst members with a pharmacy benefit will be processed through CVS Caremark.

“As Federal health reform begins to fully take effect, we are heading into a challenging environment in which meeting our members’ pharmacy needs — and doing so cost efficiently — is more important than ever,” stated CareFirst president and CEO Chet Burrell. “We conducted a thorough and competitive process to identify the best possible pharmacy benefit partner. Through our new relationship with CVS Caremark, we expect to realize substantial savings in prescription drug costs that we will reflect in premiums to our subscribers. These savings are critical as we seek to keep coverage affordable in the face of many factors that continue to push health care costs upward.”

Under the terms of the agreement, CVS Caremark will provide a specialized account team to help support the integration of pharmacy data and information into key CareFirst initiatives, CareFirst stated.

“We are pleased that CareFirst has selected CVS Caremark to manage the pharmacy benefit for their members starting in 2014,” added Jon Roberts, president of CVS Caremark’s PBM business. “We believe that CVS Caremark’s unique integrated model for pharmacy care will provide CareFirst members with innovative, cost-effective pharmacy benefit management services that also help improve health outcomes.”

 

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