Gatineau, QC. (September 21, 2016) Ideal ProteinTM released survey results showing 98 percent of pharmacy partners are satisfied or extremely satisfied with the efficacy of the medically-developed weight loss protocol. The online survey, conducted in June by Ideal ProteinTM, surveyed 96 Canadian pharmacy partners currently offering the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol (IPWLP).
Among the survey’s other key findings:
Statistics show that 70 percent of Americans3 and 54 percent of Canadians4 are overweight or obese, and many of these individuals are at risk for health problems related to high blood pressure and cholesterol, stroke and heart disease.5 Some are already taking medications, often multiple prescriptions, to manage these conditions. This constellation of factors has caused many pharmacists to take action and offer medically sound weight loss solutions to their communities.
"As trusted and easily accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacists have an opportunity to make a measurable impact on the health of the communities they serve," said Dr. Thomas Barus, Pharm.D., RPh., Director of Pharmacy Services at Ideal Protein, "The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is all about helping people regain their health and vitality. The survey results on patient outcomes and protocol efficacy further validate this for us.”
Pharmacists report that after successfully completing the IPWLP, their patients experience improved health outcomes, including lower blood sugar levels, decreasing and stabilizing blood pressure, and lowered pain and inflammation. The IPWLP also provides an additional revenue stream that can help to offset reductions in reimbursement for prescription drugs.
Additional findings from the survey showed that 78 percent, 70 percent and 63 percent of respondents reported that offering the IPWLP in their pharmacies resulted in little to no impact on their ability to dispense medications, positively impacted incremental front store sales and increased pharmacy foot traffic, respectively.
Dr. Barus continued, “At Ideal Protein, we are pleased to receive such positive feedback, which further validates our commitment to empower pharmacists and their teams to expand their patient service offerings with our protocol for weight loss and weight management.”
Click to read research presented at Cleveland Clinic and National Obesity Conferences about changes in patient health metrics with weight loss.
To see how pharmacists are helping patients lose weight and improve their health as a result, click here.
About Ideal Protein
The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is medically designed and developed and is consistent with evidence-based guidelines for weight loss management and maintenance. The protocol tackles the root cause of weight gain – the body’s overproduction of insulin - by limiting consumption of sugars in the form of fats and carbohydrates, while maintaining protein intake to preserve muscle mass. It is exclusively available from Ideal Protein’s approved health care professionals and trained coaches. For more information, visit www.IdealProtein.com.
1 Non-dispensing pharmacy programs include programs such as Smoking Cessation, MedsCheck/MTM, Health Screenings, etc. 2 Ibid.
3 Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Health 2015. Table 53. Selected health conditions and risk factors, by age: United States, 1988– 1994 through 2013–2014 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf#053
4.Government of Canada. 2014. Body mass index, overweight or obese, self-reported, adult, by sex, provinces and territories http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/health82b-eng.htm
5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH). What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity? https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/risks