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Atherotech to roll out new cholesterol test

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA Atherotech and specialty retailer Any Lab Test Now last week announced the roll out of Atherotech’s VAP Cholesterol Test direct to consumers.

“We are excited to bring the VAP Test directly to consumers at such an attractive price point because it empowers them to manage their own health, gain more insight in their cardiovascular health and provide their health care provider with more information to accurately treat and manage their health,” stated Joe Neely, CEO Any Lab Test Now.

The VAP Cholesterol Test is an expanded cholesterol profile that identifies people at risk and is the first cholesterol test to directly measure LDL.

“Any Lab Test Now is a good fit for the VAP Test as it allows a growing population more access at an affordable price,” added Atherotech president Michael Mullen. “Our test gives people an opportunity to mitigate their risks that might have otherwise gone undetected.”

As part of the partnership, Any Lab Test Now will offer the VAP test individually for $79 and also include it as part of two value panels — the Metabolic Syndrome Panel ($229) and the Heart Health Panel ($279).

Founded in 1992, Any Lab Test Now is a franchise lab testing facility that provides medical lab tests to consumers and employers in a retail setting.

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NACDS develops Marketplace Retail Scorecard

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH, Fla. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores developed a results-driven resource for retailers attending the 2009 Marketplace conference, called the Marketplace Retail Scorecard. The scorecard focuses retailers on finding new vendors or products, identifying marketing and merchandising opportunities and resolving issues.

“Now, more than ever, retailers are ensuring that their business activities produce tangible results for their bottom lines,” stated Jim Whitman, NACDS SVP meetings and exhibits. “We urge retailers to utilize this new tool as a way to ensure that their business meetings are successful and yield results long after the NACDS Marketplace conference has taken place.”

The scorecard is divided into five “S.M.A.R.T.” deliverables — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound — which will enable retailers to target their goals ahead of time, quantify them, conduct follow-up and plan accordingly for future business activities with suppliers, NACDS stated.

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts annual event

BY Alaric DeArment

WELLESLEY, Mass. The New England Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hopes to raise $1.5 million with a black-tie gala Saturday.

The chapter’s Massachusetts branch will have its 27th annual Hearts & Heroes Gala at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, paying tribute to Insulet Corp. president and CEO Duane DeSisto as honoree and giving the Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion Award to Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“In the fight against diabetes, we have one vision: to find a cure,” JDRF New England Chapter executive director Heidi Daniels said in a statement. “Duane DeSisto, Insulet Corp. and Sen. Kennedy are true champions in the hearts and minds of all of us with loved ones who have Type 1 diabetes.”

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