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Friskies brand celebrates online cat capers

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — Cat videos equate to massive popularity, at least by the Internet's viral-content standards. Friskies, a brand from Nestlé Purina PetCare, celebrated the best of the best at its awards gala, "The Friskies." 

The public had the opportunity to vote on their favorite videos from Aug. 11 to Sept. 8 at TheFriskies.com. Twelve finalists of "The Friskies" gathered in Los Angeles to find out which kitty would snatch the coveted title. Notable YouTube figures The Fine Bros., Grace Helbig, Zach King, Will Braden and Jesse Wellens were on hand to present the awards. Friskies announced four category winners, as well as a grand prize winner. 
 
The category winners were:
 
  • Funny: Cat vs. Flipflop starring Buddy, Palm Coast, Fla.;
  • Res-cute: Cat and Baby Play Peekaboo starring Howie, Liverpool, Ohio;
  • Epic: How Bob Gets His Exercise starring Bob, Atlanta; and
  • Strange: Dumpster Kitty starring Cole and Marmalade, Tampa, Fla.
The Dumpster Kitty video nabbed the grand prize spot. In addition to the cash and bragging rights, Friskies awarded select cat-shelter organizations across the country with 250,000 total cans of Friskies wet cat food. 
 
Visit TheFriskies.com to watch the winning videos. 
 

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Kmart Pharmacy encourages patients to get flu shot, helps loyalty members save money

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy has announced that it is offering flu shots in stores for as low as $24.99. In addition, Shop Your Way members who receive their vaccination can get a $5 Kmart gift card with coupon available in select circulars and online.

"Preparing for flu season early is important, but we realize families are busy this time of year," stated Dain Rusk, VP and general manager of pharmacy for Sears Holdings. "We encourage families to take this important step to protect their health, and Kmart Pharmacy makes it easy to just walk-in and check it off your list."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adults — especially older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions — should begin receiving vaccinations now to ensure as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. Flu season occurs in the fall and winter, usually peaking in January or February, but occurring as early as October and as late as May.

According to Rusk, patients may also want to explore high dose flu vaccines — recommended by the CDC for patients older than 65 — or quadrivalent flu vacciness.  Patients also should consider getting immunized against other infectious diseases, such as pneumonia, combined tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, meningitis and shingles. Kmart pharmacists are trained and qualified to advise and administer all of these vaccinations.  

 

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GNP launches Good Neighbor Pharmacy University

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESTERBROOK, Pa. — Good Neighbor Pharmacy, a national independent pharmacy network, on Thursday announced the launch of Good Neighbor Pharmacy University, an online central resource for network members to access information and education.
 
“As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, Good Neighbor Pharmacy is a partner to community pharmacists as we deliver resources and tools to help their businesses thrive,” stated Scott Robinson, VP Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “Access to this new online resource center will provide members with the knowledge and best practices they need to provide superior service to their customers and communities.”
 
Good Neighbor Pharmacy University gives network members exclusive information and continuing education courses to support delivery of high-quality patient care. Resources include:
 
  • Educational Resources: A range of seminars, webinars and continuing education courses, as well as a convenient training log to document course progress for pharmacy staff members;
  • Industry Articles: A variety of pharmacy business news that keeps members up to speed with what’s happening in their communities and around the nation;
  • Knowledge Exchange: Opportunities to tap into the Good Neighbor Pharmacy network of pharmacists to facilitate co-learning and shared problem solving. The Knowledge Exchange will contain discussion boards, forums for sharing best business practices and Q&A panels; and
  • Business & Marketing Tips: Monthly tips from business and marketing experts to help pharmacy owners build a strong brand identity through traditional marketing and social media channels.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy University was first introduced at AmerisourceBergen's ThoughtSpot 2014, along with several other digital platforms

 
 

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