Sanofi-Aventis completes acquisition of Chattem
PARIS A leading global pharmaceutical company has completed its acquisition of a consumer healthcare products manufacturer.
Sanofi-Aventis said that Chattem Inc. officially has become a a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sanofi-Aventis Group, strengthening its presence in the U.S. consumer healthcare market.
Sanofi-Aventis completed its tender offer of Chattem last month. There also has been speculation that the company is looking to make a stake in the OTC market with other acquisitions. Sanofi-Aventis said Thursday that the acquisition provides new channels for maximizing the potential of converting Sanofi-Aventis’ prescription medicines to over-the-counter products.
Chattem, Sanofi-Aventis’ U.S. consumer healthcare division, will be headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn. and led by current Chattem CEO Zan Guerry. Guerry will lead the U.S. consumer healthcare business reporting to Greg Irace, president and CEO, Sanofi-Aventis U.S.
“The addition of Chattem to our worldwide portfolio of leading consumer healthcare businesses represents an important milestone in Sanofi-Aventis’ strategy to become a global diversified healthcare leader,” said Christopher Viehbacher, Sanofi-Aventis CEO. “Chattem’s existing sales, marketing and distribution teams and infrastructure provide a tremendous platform for future conversions of prescription medicines to OTC products in the U.S., and I am confident that Chattem will maximize the success of those conversions. I look forward to working with Zan Guerry and the Chattem leadership team, who will play a key role in the performance of our consumer healthcare activities.”
Arkray USA helps diabetics choose health with new wellness program
MINNEAPOLIS Arkray USA on Tuesday introduced YouChoose, an exclusive patient wellness program that provides information on diabetes care and management. The free program is from Glucocard, Arkray’s line of blood glucose monitoring devices.
YouChoose is designed to help people better manage their diabetes through education, encouragement and healthy-living tools, the company stated, and includes online and offline support along with a comprehensive “Wellness Kit” that covers a variety of topics ranging from nutrition and recipes to activities and insulin levels.
The program also features “Ask Mary,” a virtual coach on the program’s Web site who offers tips and support through a blog and quarterly newsletter.
“At Arkray, we are on a mission to build a care community that empowers people to effectively manage their diabetes,” stated Jonathan Chapman, president of Arkray USA. “The launch of YouChoose is a significant new way for us to fulfill that promise.”
The patient wellness program is built around a Web site that collects and provides information around managing diabetes. It is designed to be a lifestyle tool, offering resources such as access to a diabetes specialist, a calorie counter and articles, videos and recipes. Visitors also have access to in-licensed content from dLife and Diabetic Living as well as videos on reading food labels, shopping for groceries and making healthy eating and activity choices.
Study finds most nurse practitioners recommend dietary supplements to patients
WASHINGTON The vast majority of nurse practitioners are actively recommending dietary supplements to their patients, the CRN Foundation, an educational affiliate of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, announced Wednesday.
According to a recent survey linked to its Life … Supplemented 2009 Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, 96% of nurse practitioners recommend dietary supplements to their patients, and their reasons are varied — most often for bone health (63% recommend for this reason), overall health and wellness (47%) and to fill nutrition gaps (44%).
As many as 81% of nurse practitioners personally inquire about which supplements patients are taking (and only 3% stated that no one in the practice inquires about supplements). When asked who brings up the subject of supplements most often, 55% of nurse practitioners said they personally ask, with 28% crediting nurse practitioners and patients equally, and only 17% crediting solely the patient.
"Nurse practitioners are very interested in integrative healthcare options, looking at the overall wellness picture, and figuring out how we focus on health maintenance and preventive approaches," stated Barbara Dehn, a practitioner with Women’s Physicians in Mountain View, Calif. and advisor to the "Life…supplemented" program. “I recommend my patients start with the basics: eat right, incorporate vitamins and other supplements and exercise regularly."
According to the study, nurse practitioners are personally incorporating the three pillars of health into their own lives: 84% said they try to eat a balanced diet, 95% take dietary supplements and 64% exercise regularly.
More than three-quarters of nurse practitioners are currently supplementing with a multivitamin; 64% are supplementing with calcium; 48% omega 3/fish oils; 23% botanicals like green tea; 18% glucosamine/chondroitin; and 17% fiber.