Nearly one-third of women don’t fill new osteoporosis prescriptions, study finds
PASADENA, Calif. — A new study by Kaiser Permanente finds that a large percentage of women with osteoporosis fail to pick up new prescriptions for the condition.
The study, which was based on the electronic health records of 8,454 women ages 55 years and older who were Kaiser Permanente Southern California members between December 2009 and March 2011 and were prescribed a new bisphosphonate medication, found that 29.5% of them did not pick up their prescription within 60 days of the order date. The problem was particularly acute among older women and those who used the emergency department in the prior year, but women taking other prescription drugs and those who had been hospitalized in the prior year were more likely to pick up their prescription. The same was true of women who had received their prescription from a doctor practicing at Kaiser Permanente for 10 years or longer.
"Although bisphosphonates have been proven to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fracture, low adherence to these medications is common, which contributes to serious and costly health problems," Kaiser Permanente scientist and lead study author Kristi Reynolds said. "This study simultaneously examined patient and prescribing provider characteristics and helped identify certain factors associated with why patients failed to pick up their new prescriptions."
The study was published this week in the journal Osteoporosis International.
Coke to launch caffeine-free Zero this summer
ATLANTA — Coke Zero has seen double-digit sales growth over the last five years, according to the company, and Coke is hoping to increase those numbers even more this summer with the release of Caffeine Free Coke Zero.
The company hopes the addition of a caffeine-free Coke Zero will further expand the ubiquity of the zero-calorie, fast-growing brand, as well as allow wary consumers to drink the beverage late in the day or evening without the caffeine keeping them up at night.
“Caffeine-free products are growing in popularity, making up nearly 30 percent of all sparkling beverage sales in the U.S.,” said Stuart Kronauge, head of Sparkling at the Coca-Cola North America Group. “By introducing Caffeine Free Coke Zero, we’re giving fans exactly what they want, making the brand accessible for enjoyment all day long.”
Caffeine Free Coke Zero will begin appearing on shelves in supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchants nationwide in mid-July, and will be available coast to coast in August. It will be packaged in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 2-liter bottles.
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AMS introduces ‘Pretty’ line of cosmetic bags, earns WBENC certification
DALLAS — Burgeoning manufacturing company Accelerated Manufacturing Solutions is anticipating an exciting year ahead as it celebrates two key achievements: the launch of its new brand of soft cosmetic bags and travel cases, which has already gained distribution at Walmart, and being awarded the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certification for woman-owned businesses.
AMS’ new line of soft cosmetic bags and travel cases, called pretty, features modern designs and is crafted with durable materials and priced competitively in the category. The girl-on-the-go can expect sturdy, catch-free zippers and easy-to-clean fabric in a variety of sizes to carry all her beauty needs.
Two collections have launched with new launches planned twice a year. The Southern Charm collection boasts trendy, eye-catching patterns that appeal to both tweens and teens. And the Translucent Bag collection’s neon, eye-popping hues and see-through material is both stylish and functional for women of all ages.
Walmart stores are carrying both collections for a total of 16 SKUs in all 3,500 doors. They retail from $4.99 to $7.99. Walmart also offers pretty Classic Black bags that retail from $5.49 to $13.99. The Classic Black bags and additional patterns and designs are ready to market and available for retail, the company stated.
AMS will be displaying the new pretty line this year at ECRM and the NACDS Annual Meeting and Total Store Expo.
Meanwhile, AMS also is celebrating the fact that it has been awarded the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certification for woman-owned businesses. WBENC is a third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States.
"We are thrilled to be officially certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. We look forward to the opportunities the WBENC certification will bring our company," stated AMS president and CEO Cindy McClain of the recognition.