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CVS to offer uninsured patients free flu shots

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark is partnering with nonprofit Direct Relief USA to offer up to $5 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who lack health insurance, the company announced on Wednesday.

Direct Relief USA works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients. Most of the facilities in Direct Relief’s network are affiliated with either the National Association of Community Health Centers or the National Association of Free Clinics. CVS Caremark and Direct Relief USA will distribute vouchers redeemable for a free flu shot at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic to participating clinics and health centers. These facilities will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations in order to provide them with a free flu shot voucher.

Beginning Sept. 20, CVS free flu shot vouchers for the uninsured will be available at participating community clinic and health centers for their existing patients. Names and locations of participating clinics will be made available on Sept. 20.

"With every CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic location providing flu vaccinations this year, we want to make sure that as many people as possible have access to a flu shot, including patients for whom cost may be a barrier," stated Larry Merlo, president and COO of CVS Caremark. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone receive a flu shot this year. We are pleased to partner with Direct Relief USA to help accomplish that goal."

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ProPhase Labs picks agency of record

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. ProPhase Labs on Tuesday announced it has retained media solutions company Women’s Marketing as its agency of record. The agency will work closely with ProPhase Labs to develop and implement high-impact media campaigns for Cold-Eeze and Kids-Eeze across a variety of networks, the company stated.

 

The ad campaigns coincide with improvements to Cold-Eeze and Kids-Eeze product and packaging, including a Kids-Eeze line of symptom relievers in a "chew" form.

 

 

“ProPhase Labs has been working hard to further improve our current product lines and bring new, effective products to market,” stated Ted Karkus, ProPhase CEO. “We are excited to join with WMI to create a dynamic media campaign that will introduce our new and improved products to new consumers and reinvigorate our loyal customers.”

 

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FDA to investigate egg production sites

BY Allison Cerra

SILVER SPRING, Md. Investigators at the Food and Drug Administration will check the 600 largest egg production facilities in the United States over the next 15 months, with the help of state and local partners.

The FDA’s efforts are part of a new egg safety rule that went into effect in July, following a salmonella outbreak. Nearly 1,500 cases of illnesses were reported, according to FDA Consumer Health Information.

The announcement was posted on the agency’s website.

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