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B.C.’s Heart and Stroke Foundation urges women to stay alert about heart health

BY Michael Johnsen

VANCOUVER, B.C. Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation is urging Canadian women to place their heart health at the top of their list of New Year’s resolutions in 2009, the organization announced Friday, launching Heartbeats, a tool to help women keep heart health as a top priority throughout 2009.

“Women today lead busier lives than ever, and we know that our own health often slips down the priority list,” said Bobbe Wood, president and chief executive officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon. “Heartbeats helps women make a commitment to their heart health, giving them the support, and the little push they sometimes need to keep on track with their goals.”

As part of the new program, Heartbeats will provide women with a year-long dose of weekly lifestyle tips via text message, e-mail or RSS feed. Canadian women who sign up for Heartbeats at www.thehearttruth.ca before March 2, 2009, will be automatically entered into the Heart of Fashion contest with the chance to win a round-trip flight for two to Toronto, two nights at a luxury hotel, spending money and two VIP tickets to the celebrity-studded Heart Truth Fashion Show during L’Oreal Fashion Week.

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CVS Caremark expands H1N1 vaccinations to more locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark is now providing H1N1 flu vaccinations at select CVS/pharmacy locations in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York, as well at MinuteClinic locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The eight states are among many that have lifted priority group restrictions, allowing all patients to be eligible to receive the shot while supplies last.

“Our customers depend on CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic for their health care needs, so we are pleased to be able to expand H1N1 vaccine availability to these additional states,” stated Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. “H1N1 flu is currently active in many communities across the country and it is likely that we will see increased flu activity, as is typically the case, in January and February.”

CVS Caremark continues to expand the availability of H1N1 vaccine in its stores and retail health clinics across the country and the vaccine now is available in 28 states and Washington, DC at either CVS/pharmacy or at MinuteClinic.

H1N1 vaccine is being offered at:

  • Select CVS/pharmacy locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (Longs Drugs stores), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
  • MinuteClinic locations in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The cost of the H1N1 flu vaccination shot at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic is a $15 administration fee, which may be covered by insurance.

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Giant Food launches free antibiotic prescription program

BY Antoinette Alexander

LANDOVER, Md. Giant Food is launching a free antibiotic prescription program that will run from Jan. 2 to March 21 in all Giant pharmacies.

The program covers 36 generic antibiotics in nine basic categories. The retailer is supporting the program with television ads, physician outreach, in-store communication and an expanded Web presence.

“Free antibiotics is the latest good news our pharmacies are offering the public,” stated Andrea Astrachan, consumer advisor for Giant Food. “We also offer up to a 90-day supply on over 350 commonly prescribed generic drugs for only $9.99.”

The company operates 182 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Within its 182 stores, 163 have full service pharmacies.

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