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Walgreens study highlights how pharmacist interventions can lower healthcare costs

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens last week shared study results suggesting that pharmacist interventions for patients starting new medications improve adherence by more than 3%, representing an aggregated cost savings of $164 per patient over six months. The findings of “Improving Medication Adherence and Healthcare Outcomes in a Commercial Population Through a Retail Pharmacy Chain” were presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Conference. 
 
“This data demonstrates that reaching patients when they start new medications through multiple pharmacy-led channels, including one-on-one consultations, can play an important role in driving better health outcomes,” Harry Leider, Walgreens’ chief medical officer, said. “These interventions, along with ongoing support from pharmacy staff, translate into patients being less likely to end up in high-cost settings like the hospital or emergency room.”
 
According to Walgreens, this study is one of the first to quantify the total savings this type of approach to medication management.
 
The study, conducted as a collaboration between Walgreens Health Services and Outcomes Research and IMS Health, evaluated patients starting new medications across 16 drug classes, and analyzed the difference in outcomes between patients who received pharmacy interventions at Walgreens, and a control group of matched non-Walgreens control patients over a six-month period. The interventions included pharmacist consultations, both face-to-face and over the phone, and reminders for prescription refills and pick-up via automated calls, text messages and e-mail.
 
Othr highlights from the study included a nearly 2% lower hospital admissions and nearly 3% lower emergency room visits, equating to $38 lower emergency room costs per patient, in patients who received a pharmacist intervention. 
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higi, ADA partner on education campaign during American Diabetes Month

BY David Salazar

CHICAGO — Health and Wellness platform higi announced Monday that it would be partnering with the American Diabetes Association on a new education campaign called “Eat Well, America!,” which will be promoted in the 10,000 retail locations with higi’s health stations during American Diabetes Month. 
 
“higi and the American Diabetes Association share the same goal of creating meaningful, lasting and healthy habits for individuals and their families who are struggling with diabetes,” higi CEO Jeff Bennett said. “We are proud to work closely with a venerable organization like the the American Diabetes Association to fight this systemic health problem that impacts millions of lives, through new and creative collaborations.” 
 
Throughout November, people can participate — via higi’s health stations, app and web portal — in an “Eat Well, America!” challenge, with a grand prize of a $500 gift card to a higi retailer or a cookbook signed by ADA-featured authors. Participants earn points for checking in at high stations — 50 for checking blood pressure and another 50 for checking their weight. 
 
“It’s the small, everyday decisions people make that add up to a healthier lifestyle,” Maggie Powers, the ADA’s president-elect of health care and education. “As a certified diabetes educator, I encourage people to think critically about what they eat and incorporate exercise into their lives as these actions contribute to wellness on the whole. Creating achievable goals for healthy habits and tracking everyday progress is an excellent way to prevent, delay or manage diabetes.”   
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CVS/pharmacy to feature Eva Longoria in latest SU2C in-store radio spots

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, on Monday announced the launch of its second annual in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that supports cancer research that will help get new therapies to patients quickly and save more lives. The in-store fundraising campaign, which features actress and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria, is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.
 
Now through Nov. 28, CVS/pharmacy customers can support SU2C in stores nationwide by making a $1 or $3 donation at the register or by donating online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. Donations made during this campaign will support SU2C's collaborative cancer research model which supports "Dream Teams," and brings together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.
 
"We're so proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer to positively impact people living with cancer," stated Helena Foulkes, president, CVS/pharmacy.  "Joining our colleagues and customers in supporting this groundbreaking research is a great extension of CVS Health's purpose of helping people on their path to better health."  
 
The campaign will include in-store radio spots featuring Eva Longoria, which will remind shoppers that nearly 1.65 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, that there are more than 200 different types of cancer and that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.
 
"We are making progress in the fight to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors, but with more than 1,600 people in the U.S. dying from cancer each day, there is still a great deal more that needs to be done," said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. "We are incredibly grateful to CVS Health for giving people an easy way to make a donation to help advance our mission and remind everyone that it takes all of us to beat cancer."
 
In September, CVS Health and SU2C announced a print, radio and digital public service announcement campaign featuring television stars like Julie Bowen, entitled "It's Impossible to Beat Cancer Alone," (see video above) aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer and to encourage the general public to learn more and get involved.
 
 
 
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