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Jif whips up new peanut butter spreads

BY Jason Owen

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Jif Peanut Butter announced on Tuesday a new whipped flavor innovation to add to its line of peanut butter products.

Jif Whips Peanut Butter Spread is a new smooth, fluffy spread that is whipped. It’s a more ideal choice for dipping snacks and still provides as much versatility in snacking and spreading peanut butter on consumer favorites, like bagels or fruits, the company stated.

Jif Whips is available in two on-going varieties: whipped peanut butter and whipped peanut butter and chocolate. In addition, Jif Whips is rolling out a seasonal whipped peanut butter and chocolate mint variety for a limited time.

Jif Whips Whipped Peanut Butter has a suggested retail price of $3.49 for a 15-oz. wide-mouth tub. Whipped Peanut Butter and Chocolate comes in a slightly larger 15.9-oz. tub with a SRP of $3.89. The seasonal Whipped Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint is available in a 15.9-oz. tub with a SRP of $2.99.


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Perrigo to field store brand version of bubble gum-flavored Children’s Zyrtec Allergy Syrup

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Tuesday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug application for cetirizine hydrochloride oral solution USP, 1 mg/mL, bubble gum flavored, the store brand equivalent to Children’s Zyrtec Allergy Syrup. Perrigo expects to begin shipments of the product during the upcoming cough/cold/flu season.

Children’s Zyrtec Allergy Syrup is indicated for indoor and outdoor allergies in children 2 years of age and older and is part of the overall Zyrtec brand with estimated annual sales of approximately $380 million.

Perrigo’s chairman, president and CEO Joseph Papa stated, "This approval strengthens our leading store brand position and highlights our commitment to bringing new products to the market."


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Study: Almost one-third of adults are getting their flu shots after-hours

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — A study published Monday evening by the Annals of Family Medicine found that 30.5% of adults seeking vaccinations did so during the evening (17.4%), on the weekend (10.2%) or on a holiday (2.9%), such as Columbus Day or Veterans Day. The study also found that the patients who most likely received vaccinations during these times were younger (less than 65 years old), male, residing in urban areas and without chronic conditions — groups with historically lower vaccination rates. 

"A large proportion of adults [are] being vaccinated … when traditional vaccine providers are likely unavailable," observed lead author Jeffrey Goud of the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. "With the low rates of adult and adolescent vaccination in the United States, community pharmacies are creating new opportunities for vaccination that expand access and convenience."

The study analyzed the more than 6 million flu shots administered by Walgreens pharmacists between August 2011 and July 2012.


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