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Fred’s reports monthly sales

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Deep discounter Fred’s on Thursday posted $209.3 million in sales for the five weeks ended Jan. 2, representing a 4% increase as compared with December 2008. Comparable-store sales for the month increased 1.3%, versus flat comparable-store sales in the same period last year.

“We are pleased with Fred’s December sales performance, especially considering the tough consumer environment that persists, as comparable-store sales for the month rebounded,” stated Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. “Several key factors contributed to these positive results, including improved customer traffic, continued pharmacy department script growth and better clearance of seasonal inventory.”

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Adherence to HIV therapy may cut healthcare costs, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Increased adherence of HIV therapy may be cost-effective, according to a new study.

Researchers studied 6,833 HIV-infected adults in a South African HIV cohort who started antiretroviral therapy between Aug. 6, 2000, and April 20, 2006. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of antiretroviral therapy adherence on direct healthcare costs among adults in a resource-limited setting.

The study, led by Jean Nachega, M.D., Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues found high antiretroviral therapy adherence was associated with lower mean monthly direct healthcare costs, particularly reduced hospitalization costs. Although medication costs were higher for patients who took their drugs as prescribed, overall average monthly costs for those with the best adherence were $63 a month lower than for those with the worst adherence rates.

The findings were published in the Jan. 5 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. 

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My Girl’s radiation cream now available at oncology boutiques, all-natural stores and pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON Breast cancer patients looking for a natural burn cream to protect their skin from the effects of radiation therapy can now purchase My Girl’s radiation cream in eight states.

The cream now is available in oncology boutiques, all-natural stores and pharmacies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia.

The calendula-based burn cream reduces pain and itching and decreases inflammation that may occur as a result of radiation therapy.

My Girl’s radiation cream has won praise from cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy as it fills a void for those seeking a non-greasy, hypoallergenic burn cream that contains no alcohol, fragrance, artificial preservatives, toxic chemicals, mineral oil, petroleum or parabens.

 

For more information, visit http://www.radiationcream.com.

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