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Letter from the Editor #520

May 9, 2010
 

Every time we send you a newsletter it is packed full of information about new drugs, therapies and ideas for improving patient care. As our staff researches these articles we are often fascinated by the discovery process and how much work goes into bringing these ideas to market. Then I spend a day at the pharmacy and see exactly how much this all costs. Too often a new medication that comes to market is either not covered by insurance, requires prior authorization, or has a copay so high our patients can’t afford it. Even when a brand medication is covered and the copay is reasonable it really puts a burden on our Medicare Part D patients by pushing them towards the “donut hole” quicker.

New changes in healthcare may improve that. Our former intern from University of Florida, Issak Smith, did some great investigative work that sheds light on exactly what is happening for your patients. Click here to read his article, Medicare Part D — A Boon for Industry and Insurers Alike.

 

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You ask, we deliver. The questions keep coming for Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., and she has more answers for you this week. Check out Physical Activity Q & A with the Doctor, Part 4.

Announcements:

Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, May 22
The TCOYD team will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Raleigh Convention Center for a conference and health fair on Saturday, May 22. Special Guests: Nicole Johnson, (MA, MPH, Miss America 1999) and Charlie Kimball (Indy Lights, Race Car Driver). For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: May 9, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics:  The story of a law enforcement veteran who faced down discrimination at the FBI … and won. Then, a rising rap star explains her struggles with her dad’s diabetes, and getting up close and personal with your pancreas. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s Poll question:

Which restaurant type on average exceeds the daily recommendation of 1500mg sodium with more than 2400mg/meal?

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We can make a difference!

 

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Check out this week’s “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief