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CDC updates polio vaccine recommendations

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated a health advisory, recommending an inactivated poliovirus booster for adults traveling to countries with an active wild polio virus in circulation. 

These countries include Cameroon, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic. The United States is not expected to issue any requirements for entry into the United States, however, according to the CDC.

According to reports, the CDC is aligning its vaccination recemmendation to that of the World Health Organization. As many as seven countries that have reported polio cases but have not exported the disease, including Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria, are encouraged to ensure polio vaccination boosters among residents and long-term travelers.

 

 

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Upsher-Smith Laboratories gains approval for testosterone gel Vogelxo

BY Michael Johnsen

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Wednesday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its new drug application for Vogelxo (testosterone) gel for topical use CIII.  

Vogelxo is a Schedule CIII androgen indicated for testosterone replacement therapy in males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone: primary hypogonadism (congenital or acquired) and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (congenital or acquired).

The company is preparing to launch Vogelxo in the near future, the company stated.

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Sam’s Club new credit card offering will boost membership value

BY Michael Johnsen

Sam’s Club recently announced a credit card cash back program that gives members the opportunity to earn up to $5,000 annually. Marking one of the biggest changes in membership in more than a decade, the club operator in one fell swoop boosted its appeal to loyal Sam's Club members and close the gap between Sam's Club and its chief rival, Costco. 

The news comes off of a first-quarter performance that Sam's Club  president and CEO Rosalind Brewer characterized as “one of our more difficult quarters.” While the club operator was negatively impacted by weather and a reduction in public assistance, Costco emerged under the same conditions with a positive same-store sales comp figure. 

So the card is more about adding value to Sam's Club membership. “We’re always looking for ways to find time and money-saving solutions for our members," Brewer stated in a release. "The 5-3-1 Sam’s Club program and co-branded MasterCard mean industry-leading savings and security innovation for today’s consumer.”

But adding value isn't the only accomplishment of the newly introduced, cutting-edge card. The innovation referenced by Brewer, and the news hook that grabbed the overall attention of the media, guards against credit card fraud. Each credit card has an embedded chip that makes the card more difficult to duplicate. Following Target's and Neiman Marcus' recent challenges with credit card security, the issue has become a top concern among today’s shoppers. And Sam’s Club is the first mass retailer to actively implement chip-enabled technology. 

According to reports, the United States has been slow to adopt the chip-enabled technology, chiefly because of the cost associated with replacing member cards and the POS terminals that can read the cards. 

 

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