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Clorox gives quick, dirty advice on keeping bachelor pads clean

BY Allison Cerra

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox recently launched the "Quick & Dirty" cleaning guide for bachelors on its website.

In line with Valentine’s Day, Clorox incorporated its line of cleaning products into the guide. The line was developed after a Clorox-sponsored study, conducted by Charles Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona, found that some bachelor pads may contain more than 15 times the amount of bacteria than the homes of bachelors’ female counterparts. Of the surfaces tested in bachelors’ apartments, coffee tables and remote controls harbored the most bacteria.

To download the Clorox guide, click here.

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HealthWarehouse.com to acquire online assets of Hocks Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — HealthWarehouse.com on Tuesday announced that it has consummated two separate transactions to acquire all the online assets of Hocks Pharmacy, an online reseller of over-the-counter medications, diabetic supplies and medical equipment. HealthWarehouse.com also will merge with a newly formed subsidiary of Hocks Pharmacy.

Following the acquisition, the business will continue to operate under the Hocks.com name until transitioning to HealthWarehouse.com when the time is appropriate, the company announced.

"The combination will bring together two companies committed to providing great customer service and affordable prices on medications to the consumer," stated Lalit Dhadphale, HealthWarehouse.com president and CEO.

A day before the acquisition, HealthWarehouse.com announced that the company has been added to the prescription drug benefit program that Huntington Insurance offers to self-insured companies for more than 100 employers with 200,000 employees in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Under that partnership, participating employers can offer their employees the option to have 300 prescription medications for $3.50, and 1,000 medications for less than $25, delivered to employees’ homes via free shipping.

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Pa. health dept. helps smokers quit in the name of love

BY Michael Johnsen

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday announced it would be distributing free nicotine replacement therapy kits beginning on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, to help Pennsylvanians who want to give up tobacco “in the name of love.”

Under the Quit for Love campaign, the kits will be available through the state’s Free Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for approximately six to eight weeks, or while supplies last.

"Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease," stated Eli Avila, acting secretary of health. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1-of-every-5 deaths nationwide is attributed to smoking. Quitting tobacco is a major step toward improving your overall health. Do it for yourself, for your friends, for your loved ones."

The NRT kits are paid for by funding from the federal stimulus program and the Master Settlement Agreement. Under this agreement, 46 states — including Pennsylvania — receive payments from the tobacco industry to offset smoking-related medical costs and to help reduce the use of tobacco products.

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