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Rosenbluth elected to the Fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

BY Antoinette Alexander

PHILADELPHIA Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care Health Systems and Walgreens SVP and president of Walgreens health-and-wellness division, has been elected to the Fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

“We are very happy to welcome Hal to the Fellowship. As a business leader, he brings a unique perspective of the growing issues that face the healthcare community,” stated George Wohlreich, director and CEO of the college.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians including Dr. Benjamin Rush.

As co-founder of Conshohocken-based Take Care Health Systems, which is now owned by Walgreens, Rosenbluth leads healthcare innovations in the consumer and employer space. Take Care Health Systems comprises the Walgreens Health and Wellness division and encompasses Take Care Consumer Solutions and Take Care Health Employer Solutions.

Take Care Consumer Solutions manages Take Care Clinics at select Walgreens drugstores throughout the country. Take Care Health Employer Solutions manages primary care, health and wellness, occupational health, pharmacy and fitness centers at large employer campuses. Combined, Take Care Health Systems operates more than 700 worksite and retail healthcare centers.

“Hal has been a charismatic force behind the development and expansion of innovative healthcare delivery models that reduce costs while providing patients with unprecedented access to high-quality care,” stated Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the National Nursing Centers Consortium and the Convenient Care Association, as well as a current Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Prior to joining Walgreens, Rosenbluth was president and CEO of Rosenbluth International, a Philadelphia-based global travel management company. He built RI into a $5 billion business with 4,300 employees operating in 35 countries before selling the company to American Express in 2003. The following year, he co-founded Take Care Health Systems. In addition to overseeing the launch and evolution of more than 350 Take Care Clinics at Walgreens, Rosenbluth pioneered the acquisition of two providers of worksite-based health, wellness and pharmacy services. In 2008, Chadds Ford-based CHD Meridian Healthcare and Cleveland-based Whole Health Management combined to form Take Care Health Employer Solutions bringing the total number of clinics and health centers operated by Walgreens Health and Wellness division to more than 700 nationwide.

Rosenbluth is the New York Times best-selling author of The Customer Comes Second, a book focusing on how to create a great service organization by first focusing on employees.

Rosenbluth is the recipient of the Marco Polo Award by the U.S.-China Foundation for International Exchanges and the Humanitarian Award, presented by the Foundation of Christians and Jews.

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Sandoz introduces hypertension generic

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. The generics arm of Swiss drug maker Novartis has introduced a version of a hypertension drug.

Sandoz announced the introduction of the injected drug nicardipine, a generic version of EKR Therapeutics’ Cardene, in 2.5 mg vials. The drug is designed for the short-term management of hypertension when treatment with orally administered drugs is not feasible.

Cardene had sales of $200 million during the 12-month period ended in September, according to IMS Health.

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Study finds life expectancy for young adults diminished by obesity

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Though the number of Americans who smoke has decreased dramatically in recent years, increases in obesity threaten to erase potential gains in the average life expectancy of young adults, according to a new study.

A team of researchers, led by Susan Stewart of the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research, published the study Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, forecasting the life expectancy of the average 18-year-old between 2005 and 2020 by comparing data on smoking and obesity.

The researchers used National Health Interview Survey data on smoking from two-year intervals between 1978 and 2006, as well as past trends in body-mass index based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in four- to six-year intervals between 1971 and 2006. They also factored in the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine the effects of smoking and body-mass index on health-related quality of life.

While declining rates of smoking would increase the average life expectancy of 18-year-olds, increasing rates of obesity would push it back down by eight to 11 months, the researchers found. By contrast, if all adults in the United States became nonsmokers of normal weight, life expectancies would increase by up to five years.

“If past obesity trends continue unchecked, the negative effects on the health of the U.S. population will increasingly outweigh the positive effects gained from declining smoking rates,” the authors wrote. “Failure to address continued increases in obesity could result in an erosion of the pattern of steady gains in health observed since early in the 20th century.”

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