CVS/pharmacy unveils express photo pickup
WOONSOCKET, R.I. Shortly after announcing its deal with Shutterfly, CVS/pharmacy is further enhancing its photo services by offering an express pickup option to customers.
Customers now can create photo books, calendars and cards and order prints online at CVSphoto.com, select the express pickup option and retrieve the finished products in an hour at any CVS/pharmacy location.
From Oct. 24 through Oct. 30, CVS/pharmacy customers who purchase any express pickup photo product will get one free.
“At CVS/pharmacy, we are always looking for ways to add value to the products and services we provide,” said Grant Pill, VP merchandising for CVS/pharmacy. “Express pickup is a perfect example of how we are making it more convenient than ever for our customers to use CVS Photo by offering services that save time. As our customers look ahead to their holiday shopping, express pickup will give them a quick and easy option to create personalized and meaningful gifts and greetings that are available when they need them, whether shopping early or at the last minute.”
Combining Invirase, Norvir could cause health problems
SILVER SPRING, Md. Combining two antiviral drugs for HIV may raise the risks of life-threatening heart problems, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.
The agency said it would require changes to the safety labeling for Genentech’s drug Invirase (saquinavir) following reports that combining it with Abbott’s Norvir (ritonavir) could lead to prolongation of the QT and PR heartbeat intervals. Prolongation of the QT interval could lead to an abnormal heart rhythm condition called torsades de pointes, which can lead to the potentially fatal condition called ventricular fibrillation.
“Patients should talk to their doctor if they have any concerns about their treatment,” FDA Office of Antimicrobial Products director Edward Cox said. “Certain drugs may interact with Invirase and increase the risk of developing these side effects, so patients should be sure to tell their doctor about other medicines they may be taking, including nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.”
Fresh & Easy gives away more than 200,000 reusable bags in September
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Regional supermarket chain Fresh & Easy said its promotion of reusable canvas bags has been successful, with more than 200,000 bags given away in September.
Coupons for the free canvas bag were available to customers on mailers and flyers, as well as through the company’s Facebook fan page, Fresh & Easy said. Since opening its first store in November 2007, Fresh & Easy has given away more than 800,000 reusable bags at store openings, events and through giveaways. This past summer, the supermarket chain hosted a bag design contest.
“We are trying to remove barriers for customers so they use and reuse their reusable bags,” said Roberto Munoz, Fresh & Easy neighborhood affairs director. “We’re happy to see customers got excited about the promotion –– we want to engage our customers in making greener choices. We will continue to do these types of giveaways and promotions in the future to help encourage our customers to use reusable bags.”