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Take Care Health Systems opens on-site medical center, pharmacy at Sanofi U.S. HQ

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, and Sanofi U.S. have announced the opening of a full-service medical center and on-site pharmacy at Sanofi’s U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, N.J.

The Sanofi health center and pharmacy is operated by Take Care Health Systems and serves 2,600 employees in the Bridgewater area. Services include primary care, urgent care, laboratory services, preventive care, wellness, health screenings, patient education and disease management. In addition, the on-site pharmacy provides medication counseling, prescription transfers, automatic refills and OTC items.

The clinic and pharmacy will help employees achieve and maintain improved health outcomes by allowing them to manage their healthcare needs during the workday, and Sanofi will evaluate these outcomes to guide future decisions on employee wellness offerings.


“As a global healthcare company that is dedicated to solving health challenges, it is essential for us to know that we are doing everything we can to help our own employees and their dependents stay well,” stated Sanofi’s Judy O’Hagan, VP U.S. human resources. “By providing access to the broad range of healthcare services that will be made available through this health center and pharmacy combination, we will offer a cost-conscious, convenient approach to health care for our employees.”



In addition to the on-site clinic and pharmacy, the company offers a variety of health-and-wellness services at sites across the United States. Sanofi recently distributed vouchers to all U.S. employees and dependents for a flu shot, redeemable at any Walgreens throughout the country.



“Sanofi is a true innovator that continues to demonstrate a commitment to their employees by offering a robust array of health services at the worksite,” stated Peter Hotz, Walgreens group VP. “This is an example of a leading company working with Walgreens to deliver and develop innovative health services and worksite offerings that can drive improved patient outcomes, overall savings and happier and more productive employees."

Recent research has demonstrated that the face-to-face counseling and convenient access provided by the combination of an on-site pharmacy and full-service health center can drive a nearly 10% increase in medication adherence. Nonadherence is a significant health issue; up to 11% of hospital admissions can be attributed to nonadherence of medication therapy, and it currently costs an estimated $100 billion a year to the national healthcare system.


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FDA approves first-ever drug for rare blood disorder

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment made by Alexion Pharmaceuticals for a rare blood disorder that affects children.

The FDA announced the approval of Soliris (eculizumab) for atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare and chronic disease that can lead to kidney failure, stroke and death. According to the FDA, aHUS accounts for 5% to 10% of all cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome.

"This is the first approval of a drug for treating this life-threatening disease, and the first approval for use of Soliris in children," FDA Office of Hematology and Oncology Products Richard Pazdur said. "This approval underscores how an increased understanding of the biology of the disease and how a drug interacts with that process can expedite drug development."


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Ridding homes of bed bugs, one spray at a time

BY Allison Cerra

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Bayer HealthCare’s Rid brand is taking its battle beyond lice with the introduction of Rid home lice, bed bug and dust mite spray.

"Rid is a household name for moms and healthcare professionals, who have dealt with lice, but the same active ingredient that can kill lice and their eggs can now be used for bed bugs," Bayer HealthCare VP U.S. marketing and new business development Barton Warner said.

The spray, which can be used on mattresses, baseboards and moldings as a first step to help eliminate bed bugs, is available in the first aid aisle of most drug stores, the company said.

For tips on how detect and eliminate bed bugs, click here.


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