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CVS/pharmacy reaches mobile customers with iPhone app

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy has developed a free, downloadable application for mobile customers that seek to manage their prescriptions and shopping lists on the go.

The drug store chain said that its app is available for the iPhone, can be downloaded from iTunes or the Apple app store and allows customers to take advantage of the following features:

  • Find nearby CVS/pharmacy locations using the GPS-based store locator with integrated driving directions and maps;
  • Refill prescriptions from a personalized prescription history for pickup at any CVS/pharmacy;
  • Transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy to CVS/pharmacy;
  • Access the Drug Information Center to retrieve critical details about medication management, including instructions for use, dosing information, side effects and relevant safety warnings;
  • View and manage sales circular to create a custom shopping list and identify money-saving deals each week; and
  • Schedule a flu shot at any local CVS/pharmacy location.

“We have introduced the CVS/pharmacy mobile application to give customers the ability to manage prescriptions and access important health information from any location,” said Rob Price, SVP marketing and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy. “In addition to managing prescriptions, the mobile application will provide instant access to our flu shot scheduler, and even allow customers to plan shopping trips in advance using our mobile circular. With more than 7,000 locations and the addition of this mobile application, CVS/pharmacy continues to be the most convenient destination for our customers’ healthcare needs.”

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Boogies be gone

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Little Busy Bodies has brought to the market Achooz, a saline nose wipe aimed at adults, following its success with its for-kids version Boogie Wipes.

The saline solution is ideal for dissolving dried mucus, the company noted. Pictured here on a clip-strip, Little Busy Bodies’ pathway to success may mirror that of Airborne, as the line of kids and adult nasal wipes was developed by two moms.

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Cub Foods addresses gluten allergies with diet management program

BY Allison Cerra

STILLWATER, Minn. Supervalu’s Cub Foods is looking to help customers with gluten sensitivity with the launch of a new, informative diet management program at its stores located in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Developed by Supervalu’s health-and-wellness team and dietitians, the program will roll out in phases over the next three months. The program will present in-store signage about gluten-free foods in Cub Foods stores — as well as in Supervalu’s family of other stores — and also will feature gluten-free shopping lists and guides. In addition to recipes, more extensive gluten-free shopping lists and snack and meal solutions will be available on the stores’ websites.

The new program builds on Supervalu’s Nutrition iQ program, an in-store nutrition ratings system to help customers identify healthy food choices.

“For people suffering from gluten intolerance, eating foods with gluten causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine, which can result in nutrients passing through the body without being absorbed. This may contribute to other health concerns, including malnutrition, some types of cancers and a variety of autoimmune diseases,” said Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu pharmacy director of clinical programs. “As a whole, the U.S. population is seeing an uptick in gluten intolerance, and there are many more people who have it — but don’t know it. This program is designed to help people manage a gluten-free diet and hopefully encourage others to seek advice from a healthcare professional about a possible sensitivity to gluten.”

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