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Keri Glassman tapped as new Konsyl spokeswoman

BY Michael Johnsen

EASTON, Md. — Konsyl recently announced that nutrition expert Keri Glassman will become the company’s new spokeswoman.

“Many people believe that fiber supplements are for people who already have health issues, but my goal is to show people that this is not the case,” Glassman said. “In fact, getting adequate amounts of fiber is necessary to everyone in order to best manage all aspects of well-being.”

Glassman is the founder of Nutritious Life, an advisory board member and regular contributor to Women’s Health Magazine, a regular contributor to national TV shows including NBC’s "The Today Show" and ABC’s "Good Morning America" and the author of three books including, Slim Calm Sexy Diet, The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge, Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin and Beautiful and The Snack Factor Diet. In her new role, Glassman will work with Konsyl to educate consumers on the importance of fiber and how to utilize fiber supplements in their diets.


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AAFES, Marvel roll out collaborative issue of comic book

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Marvel Custom Solutions on Thursday announced the 13th collaborative issue of an “Avengers” comic book, available only through AAFES locations.

Marvel and AAFES have printed 1 million copies of the free comic book and currently are available at Exchange stores worldwide while supplies last.

“These comic books are a great medium for us to show our appreciation and gratitude for U.S. service members,” stated Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, senior enlisted adviser for AAFES. “This particular story is one of duty, integrity, loyalty and courage, something all soldiers and airmen can personally connect with.”

“All of us here at the House of Ideas greatly respect and admire the actions that the men and women of the U.S. military perform every day to ensure our freedom,” Marvel Custom Solutions editor Bill Rosemann said. “The world saw the ‘Avengers’ assemble in the record-breaking movie, but now only the real-world heroes of the military get to enjoy this all-new, action-packed adventure by the all-star creative team including writer William Harms, penciler Tom Raney and cover artist Alan Davis.”

The 22-page story tells the tale of a message intercepted by mercenary squad Serpent Society, stating that a package of unknown contents is being transported from Afghanistan to America by Sgt. Joe Wilton. As a group of soldiers, along with Wilton, are returning home from deployment at the Atlanta International Airport, the Serpent Society attacks, seeking the case which they believe will grant them a fortune.

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BioScrip reports Q2 revenue jump

BY Michael Johnsen

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — BioScrip on Wednesday posted $155.9 million in second-quarter revenue, up 18.5% compared with the prior year.

"The second-quarter results demonstrate our progress in executing on our strategic plan," BioScrip president and CEO Rick Smith said. "We were able to close on the divestiture of the noncore pharmacy services assets and redeploy a portion of the proceeds towards the acquisition of InfuScience, while delivering sequential improvement on our adjusted EBITDA."

On July 31, BioScrip acquired privately held InfuScience for $38 million in cash. Headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., InfuScience acquires, develops and operates businesses providing alternate site infusion pharmacy services. InfuScience generates approximately $40 million in annual revenue and has five infusion centers located in Eagan, Minn.; Omaha, Neb.; Chantilly, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; and Savannah, Ga.

Smith continued, "The InfuScience transaction is consistent with our stated goal of building our infusion business through strategic and opportunistic acquisitions, which meet our financial criteria and build our national presence. We are pleased to have the InfuScience team join us and believe their focus on clinical excellence and high-touch service model are consistent with BioScrip’s customer-centric approach."

Infusion services segment revenue was $111 million, up 23.5%, primarily due to volume growth. Home health services segment revenue for second quarter 2012 was $16.9 million, down 4.6% because of reimbursement reductions from Medicare and the state of Tennessee TennCare program. Meanwhile, PBM services segment revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $28.1 million, up 16.7% thanks to the addition of a new Managed Medicare contract in late 2011.


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