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Study: 2-in-5 Americans will be obese by 2030

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Researchers from the Duke University Medical Center on Monday released a public health study finding that even maintaining the current prevalence of obesity in the United States would realize savings of almost $550 billion over the next two decades.

However, the forecasting study found that 42% of the U.S. population could be obese by 2030, suggesting the U.S. healthcare system could be burdened with 32 million more obese people within two decades. The study also forecasted an increase in the number of individuals with severe obesity (a body mass index greater than 40), with rates rising to 11% by 2030.

The study, based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other organizations, was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on May 7.


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H. D. Smith signs wholesale deal with PharmacyGPO

BY Alaric DeArment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pharmaceutical wholesaler H. D. Smith will act as the exclusive supplier of various healthcare products for a buying group that serves independent pharmacies, the company said Monday.

H. D. Smith announced a deal with PharmacyGPO to supply prescription drugs, health-and-wellness products and durable medical equipment, saying it would help the buying group expand its presence in community pharmacies and long-term care facilities; PharmacyGPO’s membership has grown by 300% since its founding last June. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Like PharmacyGPO, H. D. Smith is committed to providing outstanding service and delivering business advantages to the community-based pharmacies and healthcare facilities that are the backbone of our nation’s health system, so we feel privileged to partner with PharmacyGPO as its sole provider of pharmaceutical wholesale distribution and customer services," H. D. Smith chairman and CEO Dale Smith said. "Our companies have complementary missions and long-term growth tracks, and we look forward to working alongside PharmacyGPO to help its members impact positively patient care operating profitable businesses."


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Eruption launches energy powder into c-store, specialty channels

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Eruption on Thursday launched its Eruption Effervescent Energy, an energy powder supplement that can be added to any beverage.

"We developed Eruption to fill a void in the energy drink marketplace," Eruption president Joshua Shirk said. "It comes in a small packet and can be added to any beverage, so it’s convenient for on-the-go lifestyles."

The energy powder is presently available through the convenience channel and specialty fitness stores. Available in two flavors — lava lime and magmaberry — each powder contains 45 mg of caffeine, electrolytes, CoQ10, along with several vitamins and minerals. The drink mix is sweetened with stevia.


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