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CVS Health, Direct Relief to donate $1M in flu shot vouchers to uninsured

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — CVS Health and Direct Relief have teamed up to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance.

Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu shot voucher that is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location.

"Cost should not be a barrier to receiving important preventive health care such as a flu vaccination. While most insurance plans fully cover the cost of a flu shot, our partnership with Direct Relief will help ensure that thousands of uninsured patients will have access to a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic at no cost to them," stated Papatya Tankut, VP of pharmacy affairs at CVS Health.

Direct Relief's network is comprised of more than 1,200 community health centers and clinics nationwide.

"While flu shots offer the best protection against influenza viruses, too many families with low incomes and without insurance are unable to afford the vaccination," said Damon Taugher, director of U.S. programs at Direct Relief.  "Direct Relief is delighted to work with CVS Health to help protect thousands of people who are in tough financial situations access a flu shot at no cost to them this season."

Community health clinics that received flu shot vouchers are located in the following metropolitan areas:

•    Boston
•    Chicago
•    Dallas
•    Detroit
•    Houston
•    Los Angeles
•    Miami
•    New York City
•    Newark, N.J.
•    Orlando, Fla.
•    Philadelphia
•    Phoenix
•    Tampa, Fla.
•    Trenton, N.J.

A list of select participating locations at which flu shot vouchers are now available for uninsured patients of the health clinics may be found at cvshealth.com/flu-shot-vouchers-participating-clinics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get an annual flu shot.
 

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Tummy Co. signs Arie Luyendyk, Jr. to be Relief OTC Antacid brand ambassador

BY Michael Johnsen

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“Whether it’s from eating fatty foods or the stress of a break-up, heartburn is like having an inferno in your chest,” Luyendyk said, “so finding fast relief is critical.”
 
Relief OTC Antacid is an orange crème-flavored drink that begins to work quickly by neutralizing acid. “Unfortunately, a growing number of people have all but givien up in finding fast relief,” said Doug daCosta, executive chairman of Tummy Co. 
 
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GoGargle! aims to provide sore throat relief

BY Michael Johnsen

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — GoGargle! on Wednesday announced the introduction of a new gargle solution to help soothe sore throats. According to the company, gargling can provide fast relief for throats, but the taste and inconvenience of saltwater gargling stops many from using this remedy.
 
Arizona nurse, January O'Connor, along with husband and business innovator, Tim O'Connor, created GoGargle! to solve this problem. GoGargle! makes traditional gargling better by adding such ingredients as honey, aloe, chamomile and mint, along with zinc, vitamins and herbs to create a better-tasting way to soothe sore throats. The bacteria-fighting salt cleanses and helps reduce inflammation, while the other ingredients soothe, creating a clean, refreshing sensation, according to the company.
 
"GoGargle! uses salt water – which has been touted by moms and grandmas for generations – to flush and cleanse the back of your throat and help reduce inflammation," stated January O'Connor. "But unlike mom's home remedy, GoGargle! actually tastes as good as it works!"
 
GoGargle! is available at CVS Health locations across the country and other retailers including Albertsons, Winn-Dixie, Basha's, HyVee, Wegman's, Shopko, Weis, Harris Teeter and Meijer. The product was named Best New Product at the 2014 ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy Convention. 

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