The Health News USA December 6 2017

  • In the wake of CVS Health announcing its plans to acquire insurer Aetna for roughly $69 billion, aiming to safeguard against challenges in retail and healthcare, Walgreens is taking a different approach to grow, starting at the front of its stores. The Illinois-based drugstore chain announced Monday a rebranding strategy aimed at educating consumers on Walgreens’ long-standing history, and stepping up efforts to target a younger demographic, particularly females.
  • While about 10%-25% of Americans suffer from depression at some point in life, depression rates are more than doubled in the trans community. A study conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that almost 40% of trans individuals have attempted suicide.
  • A CVS-Aetna combination could create a health colossus that would reach deeper into the average customer’s life to manage care and cut costs, according to analysts who follow the companies. Drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager CVS Health Corp. has agreed to buy the nation’s third-largest insurer, Aetna Inc. Such a deal would combine a health insurer that covers around 22 million people with a company that runs 9,700 drugstores and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics. CVS also processes more than a billion prescriptions annually through CVS Caremark, its pharmacy benefits management business.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/04/walgreens-unveils-rebranding-effort-as-pharmacy-wars-escalate.html

In the wake of CVS Health announcing its plans to acquire insurer Aetna for roughly sixty nine billion dollars, aiming to safeguard against challenges in retail and healthcare, Walgreens is taking a different approach to grow, starting at the front of its stores. The Illinois-based drugstore chain announced Monday a rebranding strategy aimed at educating consumers on Walgreens’ long-standing history, and stepping up efforts to target a younger demographic, particularly females. Earlier this year, Walgreens said it would acquire roughly one thousand nine hundred stores from the Rite Aid nameplate, which are still being transferred over. Initially, Walgreens tried to outright buy the chain in two thousand fifteen, and has since scaled back the number of stores in the purchasing agreement when met with regulatory surveillance.
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Even as internet giant Amazon threatens to enter the drug industry, having already held preliminary talks with generic drug makers about potentially entering the space, Walgreens is pouring money into its own store renovations and now a reinvented marketing campaign. The company will add a new tagline to its logo: “Trusted since nineteen 0 one.” Meantime, Walgreens is modernizing its business, showing off an updated mobile app, a strong loyalty program, and a website where shoppers can buy online and pick up in store. The company said its repositioning intends to reach two demographics of female shoppers –
millennials and Generation X – to make Walgreens their “preferred pharmacy of choice.”

According to Walgreens Chief Marketing Officer Adam Holyk, Walgreens has already brought in more “appropriate” brands for younger shoppers, with a big emphasis on its beauty aisles.
Walgreens has revamped the aisles where it sells CoverGirl and Maybelline cosmetics, among other brands, in more than one thousand stores.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article187957844.html

Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed annually on November twenty, was first celebrated in nineteen ninety nine to honor the life and death of Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered the prior year, as well as to memorialize all transgender victims of similar hate crimes.
In the past eighteen years, massive strides have been made in terms of the visibility of transgender individuals; however, several issues, ranging from discrimination and victimization to inadequate access to healthcare, continue to impact the behavioral health of this population.

While about ten percent to twenty five percent of Americans suffer from depression at some point in life, depression rates are more than doubled in the trans community. A study conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that almost forty percent of trans individuals have attempted suicide. These findings may, in part, be explained by gender dysphoria, the distress occurring when someone’s birth-assigned gender differs from their gender identity, the sex they personally identify as.

Studies have shown that medical interventions, such as hormonal treatments and gender affirmation surgeries, aimed at aligning a patient’s physical sexual characteristics with their gender identity, can help ameliorate gender dysphoria and improve mental health outcomes. In one such study, the American Academy of Pediatrics followed adolescents through their transition process while simultaneously monitoring their mental health. They found that the transition not only alleviated gender dysphoria but also reduced rates of depression and anxiety, reaching levels of well-being similar to people of the same age in the general population.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/us/article/3-reasons-why-CVS-would-want-to-buy-health-12402387.php

A CVS-Aetna combination could create a health colossus that would reach deeper into the average customer’s life to manage care and cut costs, according to analysts who follow the companies. Drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager CVS Health Corporation has agreed to buy the nation’s third-largest insurer, Aetna Incorporated. The deal would be worth about sixty nine billion dollars.

Such a deal would combine a health insurer that covers around twenty two million people with a company that runs nine thousand seven hundred drugstores and more than one thousand one hundred walk-in medical clinics. CVS also processes more than a billion prescriptions annually through CVS Caremark, its pharmacy benefits management business.

Here are three key factors involved in this deal: One: Pharmacy benefit managers — which run prescription drug plans for employers, government agencies and insurers — use their large purchasing power to negotiate prices. But they and insurers have long wanted to do more than just process claims and pay bills. Aetna could use the CVS network of clinics to help patients with diabetes keep tabs on their blood sugar and cholesterol levels. That could stave off more serious complications like a heart attack; Two: Bulking up for Amazon- combining with Aetna would help CVS protect its stake in the pharmacy benefits management market in case online retail giant Amazon jumps into prescription drugs. It also would bring in more customers to its stores as Aetna patients fill prescriptions and possibly buy other items, too; Three: Decent regulatory odds-  Antitrust regulators have sued to stop Aetna’s purchase of rival Humana Incorporated and the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem Incorporated deal with Cigna Corporation. Those multibillion-dollar acquisitions would have boiled the country’s five biggest insurers down to three.

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