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Flu still strong in Texas, but Tennessee is next

BY Michael Johnsen

U.S. markets in the South top list for flu activity gains this week, according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index released Wednesday.

For the week ended Jan. 13, the top 10 markets experiencing flu activity gains were:

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Corpus Christi, Texas;
  3. Knoxville, Tenn.;
  4. Tri-Cities, Tenn.-Va.;
  5. Nashville, Tenn.;
  6. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.;
  7. Montgomery-Selma, Ala.;
  8. Chattanooga, Tenn.;
  9. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas; and
  10. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas.

The top 10 designated market areas with flu activity were:

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Tyler-Longview(Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas;
  3. Corpus Christi, Texas;
  4. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas;
  5. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas;
  6. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas;
  7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas;
  8. Knoxville, Tenn.;
  9. Houston; and
  10. San Antonio.

The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranks those states and markets experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico.

That data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

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CRN switches gears on scheduling The Conference

BY Michael Johnsen

The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s annual conference is becoming a week-long weekday affair with a change in the schedule from Wednesday through Saturday to Tuesday through Friday.

The 2018 The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry will take place Oct. 16-19 at The Ritz-Carlton, in Dana Point, Calif.

“CRN understands that attendees want to receive the full value that The Workshop and The Conference offer, which means being able to attend all of the sessions,” CRN president and CEO Steve Mister said. “A Tuesday through Friday schedule allows for attendees to fit in more programming during their business week.”

“CRN understands that attendees want to receive the full value that The Workshop and The Conference offer, which means being able to attend all of the sessions.”

In particular, Mister noted The Conference’s popular “Breakfast With…” session, previously held on Saturday morning, has featured such prominent speakers as Joe Scarborough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs. This year’s “Breakfast With…” featuring another highly anticipated speaker,will be on Friday morning, just before the close of the conference.

The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science is a single full day of presentations taking place that Tuesday, followed by an evening reception that dovetails as the kickoff event for The Conference. Conference sessions then begin the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 17, and are slated to end by noon on Friday Oct. 19.

Additional details and registration for The Workshop and The Conference will be available mid-2018.

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Wax-Rx introduces doctor-developed earwax removal kit

BY Michael Johnsen

Wax-Rx, a new ear-cleansing solution, will be featured next week at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Regional conference, the company reported.

“About 20 years ago, I invented a product to remove wax from my patients’ ear canals,” Teddy Garcia, product developer, said. “We have been selling it to doctors’ offices ever since. Later, we realized there was a demand for people to be able to clean their ears at home and not always have to go in for an office visit. This is especially true for those with chronic problems.”

The Wax-Rx Ear Wash System is a safe, pain-free, doctor-developed cleaning system that optimizes hearing and ear health. The affordable at-home kit includes an ear wash sprayer bottle, a handy basin (to avoid making a mess), ear wax removal drops and pH conditioning powder that rinses out the ears.

Wax-Rx is currently available online and through select independent pharmacies.

 

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