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Global Trend in Diabetes Could Exact Catastrophic Toll on Emerging Global Healthcare Systems
Date:11/2/2011

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The current model for care of people with diabetes is no longer viable, and continuing today's approach could bring devastating consequences not only the United States healthcare system, but also emerging systems in developing countries, as diabetes is now the most significant public health problem worldwide.

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On the crux of Diabetes Awareness Month, three of the world's most influential diabetes experts challenge a range of current views on diabetes in a new video series Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) is calling "Critical Conversations: Diabetes" aimed at confronting some of the biggest, and most divisive issues in diabetes care today.

"We are at an important crossroads in diabetes care, and we must engage in an honest debate about the issues surrounding diabetes today if we are to ever have a chance at preventing the disease from exacting what can only be viewed as a catastrophic impact on global health," said Merri Pendergrass, M.D., Ph.D. National Practice Leader for the Medco Diabetes Therapeutic Resource Center® and host of "Critical Conversations: Diabetes" released today on www.DiabetesMonth.tv.

Joining Dr. Pendergrass in "Critical Conversations: Diabetes" are:

  • Vivian Fonseca, M.D., FRCP, Tullis–Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Section of Endocrinology, Tulane University; chairman of the clinical practice committee of the American Diabetes Association and editor in chief of Diabetes Care
  • Philip Raskin, M.D., Clifton and Betsy Robinson Chair of Biomedical Research and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicin
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