Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why Physicians Dispense

Americans spend more than 20 billion dollars on weight loss annually2. Many try to lose weight on their own with little success. Dieters typically make four or five attempts per year.

A large percentage of dieter's expenses goes towards supplements. It is estimated that 50% of Americans take multivitamins and 1 in 5 adults take some type of herbal supplement3. However, when patients are left to find products on their own they are often not getting what they need.

Recently tests were conducted on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements from retailers including GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. It was found that four out of five of the products tested did not contain any of the ingredients listed on the label4. "The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies."

"Three out of six herbal products at Target — ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep aid — tested negative for the herbs on their labels. But they did contain powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots. And at GNC, the agency said, it found pills with unlisted ingredients used as fillers, like powdered legumes, the class of plants that includes peanuts and soybeans, a hazard for people with allergies."


This is just one of the many reasons why it is important for patients to use physician-recommended, therapeutically dosed products, such as those manufactured by Legere Pharmaceuticals.


In-office pharmaceutical dispensing improves the quality and therefore the cost effectiveness of losing weight by assuring that patients are getting the highest quality ingredients. Both the medical professional and the patient benefit from in-office pharmaceutical dispensing solutions. Dispensing in-office creates an additional revenue stream for the physician and saves the patient a trip to their local vitamin shop.

Medical Professional Benefits:

- Supplemental Revenue
- Increased Patient Compliance

Patient Benefits:

- Convenience
- Increased confidence (that they are getting what they need)





References:

2. (2012). 100 Million Dieters, $20 Billion: The Weight-Loss Industry by the Numbers. ABC News. Retrieved from: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/100-million-dieters-20-billion-weight-loss-industry/story?id=16297197

3. Scott, C. (2015). Americans Spend Billions on Vitamins and Herbs That Don’t Work. Healthline. Retrieved from: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/americans-spend-billions-on-vitamins-and-herbs-that-dont-work-031915

4. O'Connor, A. (2015). New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers. NY Times. Retrieved from: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/new-york-attorney-general-targets-supplements-at-major-retailers/?_r=0



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