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East Coast Rite Aids stock up emergency supplies in preparation of Hurricane Earl

BY Drug Store News Team

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid stores along the East Coast have stocked up on such supplies as bottled water, batteries, flashlights, small lanterns, candles, film and one-time-use cameras useful for insurance purposes, duct tape and masking tape, coolers, canned foods and other emergency provisions to help residents plan ahead for possible effects of Hurricane Earl.

Many Rite Aid stores also have emergency generators on stand-by in case of power outages, so that the stores can keep operating if possible.

If evacuated, residents or vacationers can visit any Rite Aid location nationwide for their prescriptions. The company?s satellite-linked computer network assures that a complete customer prescription history will be available at any Rite Aid store.

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Solantic announces flu vaccination program

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Solantic has announced the launch of its flu vaccination program for the 2010-2011 flu season at the company’s 34 walk-in urgent care centers statewide.

Solantic also provides offsite flu clinic services for those companies seeking to protect their employees.

The vaccine is priced at $30. Medicare and some insurance companies cover the cost of the flu shot. Solantic also offers the flu mist nasal spray for $40 and the pneumonia vaccine for $60.

The 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N1 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus. Antibodies begin providing protection approximately two weeks after vaccination.

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FDA approves Reckitt Benckiser’s Suboxone

BY Alaric DeArment

RICHMOND, Va. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Reckitt Benckiser’s treatment for opioid addiction, Reckitt Benckiser said.

 

The drug maker announced the approval of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone), a drug delivered through a fast-dissolving film placed under the tongue. The film is based on a technology known as PharmFilm, made by MonoSol Rx.

 

 

“The development of Suboxone sublingual film through our exclusive agreement with MonoSol Rx reinforces our commitment to our opioid dependence therapy franchise and to its development,” Reckitt Benckiser president Shaun Thaxter said.

 

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