04/30/13

New Patient Savings Center Offers Medical Offices Easy Access to Database of Free and Low Cost Patient Assistance Programs

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 2013--

RPrescriptionBottle.jpgxVantage, the nations largest online scheduling system that strives to improve patient outcomes by enhancing the relationship between medical sales representatives and physicians offices, today announced that RxAssist , the recently acquired medication assistance resource center, is now successfully integrated into the RxVantage platform.

Established in 1999, RxAssist, one of the first web-based medication assistance resource centers, provides a current and comprehensive database of patient assistance programs (PAPs). One of the most trusted brands in the industry, RxAssist has served more than 20 million patients and healthcare providers. It helps them to easily obtain information about free and low-cost prescription drug programs, and provides tips on managing medication costs as well as information on safety net programs for the underinsured.

RxVantage streamlines the scheduling process for pharmaceutical and other medical sales representatives, saving medical practices an average of 12 hours per month, said Daniel Gilman, co-founder and chief information officer for RxVantage. Now, with the RxAssist savings center, providers can save even more time by navigating the complex world of PAPs, co-pay cards, and coupons in a single, centralized online location.

With a comprehensive range of efficiency tools, RxVantage is utilized by tens of thousands of medical office managers, staff and providers, as well as pharmaceutical and medical sales representatives. RxVantage is free for medical practices to use.

Through the RxAssist acquisition, RxVantage now includes a patient savings center module which enables users of the platform to access RxAssists robust database of free and low cost PAPs. Along with PAP information, search results display all available co-pay cards, coupons (which can be emailed or texted directly to the patient) and comparative geocentric (where the patient lives/shops) pharmacy pricing.

For more information on patient assiatnce programs see http://www.pharmacydrugguide.com/Patient_Assistance_Programs and https://www.pparx.org/

04/24/13

Former NBA Champion John Salley Partners With Watertree Health To Promote Free Prescription Discount Card

NEW YORK, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/  Former NBA champion, television/film personality and health & wellness advocate John Salley has partnered with Watertree Health, a leading provider of free prescription discount cards, to help promote and distribute their card to anyone who needs help paying for their medicines.

Salley, a vegan and much sought after speaker on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle, believes that a healthy diet is the best medicine.  However, he also recognizes that many people need traditional medicines to help maintain their well-being but are unable to pay for them. It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans dont have full prescription coverage. For this reason says Salley, I am thrilled to partner with Watertree Health in order to make a difference, by helping people afford the medicines they sorely need.

For Salley, there are several benefits to promoting the free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card – helping people get the medicines they need to stay healthy, and raising awareness and funds for The John Salley Foundation whose mission is to educate the community about the dangers of childhood obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago.

 

Watertree Health Co-Founder and CEO Matt Herfield says, What makes this such an exciting partnership is the belief we both share, that people deserve the opportunity to live healthy lives.  It was the reason he started the company, to address the growing need for affordable health care products and services, and to help those who are most at risk.

 

Accepted at over 60 thousand pharmacies nationwide, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card is a simple way to get significant savings on brand name and generic prescriptions. Its pre-activated and easy to get at www.WatertreeHealthCard.com.  It is not and should not be mistaken for health insurance.

03/26/13

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

This March, in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, CDC is working to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury. Improved prevention, recognition, and response can help address this important public health problem.

Understanding TBI

Have you ever hit your head as a result of a fall, car crash, or other type of activity and just did not feel right afterwards? After a few days, you returned to your normal activities, but continued to experience headaches sensitivity to noise, or difficulty concentrating and remembering things. Does this sound familiar?

A TBI can disrupt the normal functions of the brain. TBIs—ranging from mild concussions to severe, life-threatening injuries—can be prevented. The burden of TBI can be reduced through primary prevention strategies and improvements in the health and quality of life for TBI survivors.

CDCs researchers indicate that in the United States:

  • males have the highest rates of TBI,
  • the youngest children and older adults are at highest risk for sustaining fall-related TBIs,
  • Photo: A mother fastening a helmet on her son.adolescents and young adults (i.e., persons aged 15–24 years) have the highest rates of motor vehicle–related TBIs, and
  • adults aged ≥75 years have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and are more likely to die from TBI (either TBI alone or along with other injuries or illnesses) than any other age group.1

Learning the Signs and Symptoms

Most people with a TBI recover quickly and fully. But for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. And in severe cases, a TBI can lead to coma and even death. In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children, and teens. Those who have had a TBI in the past are also at risk of having another one and may find that it takes longer to recover if they have another TBI.

Symptoms of TBI usually fall into four categories

 

TBI symptoms thinking icon.gif Thinking/
Remembering
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Mood
TBI symptoms sleep icon.gifSleep
Difficulty thinking clearly Headache
Fuzzy or blurry vision
Irritability Sleeping more than usual
Feeling slowed down Nausea or vomiting
(early on)
Dizziness
Sadness Sleeping less than usual
Difficulty concentrating Sensitivity to noise or light
Balance problems
More emotional Trouble falling asleep
Difficulty remembering new information Feeling tired, having no energy Nervousness or anxiety

Some of these symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury or until the person starts resuming their everyday life and more demands are placed upon them.

See When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention, to learn about danger signs to watch for among adults and children.

Getting Help

People with a TBI need to be seen by a health care professional. If you think you or someone you know has a TBI, contact your health care professional. Your health care professional can refer you to a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, or specialist in rehabilitation such as a speech pathologist. Getting help soon after the injury by trained specialists may speed recovery.

Getting Better

Photo: A father and son.Rest is very important after a TBI because it helps the brain to heal. Ignoring your symptoms and trying to tough it out often makes symptoms worse. Be patient because healing takes time. Only when your symptoms have reduced significantly—and you have the approval of your health care professional—should you slowly and gradually return to your daily activities, such as work or school. If your symptoms come back or you get new symptoms as you become more active, this is a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. Stop these activities and take more time to rest and recover. As the days go by, you can expect to gradually feel better. If you do not think you are getting better, tell your doctor. See Getting Better for tips to help aid recovery from a TBI.

Reaching Out

Several groups help people and their families deal with concussion and more serious TBIs. They provide information and put people in touch with local resources such as support groups, rehabilitation services, and various health care professionals.

See Finding Support for more information, including contacting support groups in your area.

Learn more information about TBI in the militaryExternal Web Site Icon, including an interactive website for service members, veterans, and families and caregivers.

Improving Research

Research and data are critical to understanding traumatic brain injury as an important public health problem. CDC collects and reports TBI data to help inform prevention strategies, identify research and education priorities, and to support the need for services among those living with a TBI.

See more TBI statistics or who is at risk and download reports, get national and state TBI estimates, and to learn about the leading causes of TBI in the United States.

Helping Spread the Word

To help improve prevention, recognition, and response to TBI, including concussions, CDC developed the Heads Up educational initiatives to offer information to health care professionals, school professionals, sports coaches, parents, athletes, and others.

 

Content source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Injury Response

03/22/13

Lupin Launches Generic Diovan HCT® Tablets

 Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. has received final approval for its Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP, 80 mg/12.5 mg, 160 mg/12.5 mg, 160 mg/25 mg, 320 mg/12.5 mg and 320 mg/25 mg from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (US FDA) to market a generic version of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s (Novartis) Diovan HCT® Tablets, 80 mg/12.5 mg, 160 mg/12.5 mg, 160 mg/25 mg, 320 mg/12.5 mg and 320 mg/25 mg, respectively. Lupin has already commenced shipping the product.

Lupin’s Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP is indicated for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure in patients not adequately controlled with monotherapy or as initial therapy in patients who are likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals.

Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP, 80/12.5 mg, 160/12.5 mg, 160/25 mg, 320/12.5 mg and 320/25 mg had annual U.S sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion (IMS MAT Sept 2012 sales).

About Lupin Limited
Headquartered in Mumbai, Lupin is an innovation led transnational pharmaceutical company producing and developing a wide range of branded and generic formulations and APIs. The Company is a significant player in the Cardiovascular, Diabetology, Asthma, Pediatric, CNS, GI, Anti‐Infective and NSAID space and holds global leadership positions in the Anti‐TB and Cephalosporin segment.

Lupin is the 5th largest and fastest growing generics player in the US (5.1% market share by prescriptions, IMS Health) and the 3rd largest Indian pharmaceutical company by sales. The Company is also the fastest growing top 10 generic pharmaceutical players in Japan and South Africa (IMS).

For the financial year ended March 2012, Lupins Consolidated Total Income and Profit after Tax were Rs. 70,972 million (USD 1.49 billion) and Rs.8,676 million (USD 182 million) respectively. Please visit http://www.lupinworld.com for more information.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Lupin Limited. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable generic medicines and branded formulations trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies. For more information, visit http://www.lupinpharmaceuticals.com

For further information please contact:
Shamsher Gorawara
Head – Corporate Communications
Lupin Limited:
Ph: +91 98 20 338 555
Email: [email protected]

Or

Rajiv Pillai
Head – Investor Relations
Lupin Limited:
Ph: +91 98 20 552 083
Email: [email protected] 

03/18/13

Free Nicotine Patches and Gum in NYC Through March 21

New York Citys Department of Health is offering nicotine patches and gum to those who  fill out a form through  March 21.  In addition to the stop smoking starter kit, smokers who want to quit can call a Quit Coach at 1-866-697-8487 to get support and strategies that will help them be more successful at quitting.

In addition to this government-sponsored event, the manufacturers of nicotine patches and gum also sponsor stop-smoking events from time to time.  Additionally, coupons for nicotine patches and gum can help smokers quit for less.