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Magical mice make debut at Walmart

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — Cepia, a toy and game manufacturer, announced the debut of The Amazing Zhus, a collection of toy mice that perform magic tricks. The toys are meant to foster creativity and confidence in children by letting them learn to act out magic tricks or to just sharing the magic with their friends, the company said.

"The Amazing Zhus are truly unlike anything in the marketplace," said James Russell Hornsby, CEO of Cepia. "Kids love magic, and with The Amazing Zhus it's easy because the magic is in the mouse."

The motorized mice are available in two different characters: The Great Zhu and Madame Zhu. Each magician pet also includes one magic wand and three magician cards. The company anticipates that the toy will be a hot commodity for the holidays. Consumers can find them exclusively on presale at Walmart.com/AmazingZhus; the product will appear in stores early in October and range in price from $7.99 to $24.99.

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Lay’s announces final call for ‘Do Us A Flavor’ contest

BY Vivian Gomez

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Lay's has issued a last call for votes in its "Do Us a Flavor" contest. Since July 28, consumers have been putting the four finalist flavors — Lay's Cappuccino, Lay's Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Lay's Wavy Mango Salsa — to a nationwide taste test.
 
Chosen from more than 14.4 million fan submissions gathered between Jan. 13 and April 5, fan votes will decide which of the four finalist flavors should be named the winner and remain on store shelves after the contest ends.
 
The finalist behind the winning idea will take home a $1 million grand prize or 1% of their winning flavor's net sales through July 1, 2015 (whichever is higher); the three runners-up will each win $50,000.
 
From now until 11:59:59 p.m. (CDT) on Oct. 18, fans may vote once each day for their favorite finalist flavor at DoUsAFlavor.com; via Twitter, Instagram and/or Vine using the hashtags #SaveCappuccino, #SaveBaconMac, #SaveWasabi or #SaveMango; and/or via text message by texting "Cappuccino," "Bacon Mac," "Wasabi" or "Mango" to 24477 (CHIPS).
 
To submit a flavor for the Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest, participants were asked to provide their name, flavor name, up to three possible ingredients, the chip style and a 140-character description or inspiration for their flavor.
 
This year's final four are:
 
  • Lay's Cappuccino, submitted by Chad Scott, who spends his days as a visiting lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and nights working toward his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Constantly inspired and fueled by his local baristas' concoctions, and as a longtime lover of potato chips, Chad submitted the idea of a cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chip. Important to note, Lay's Cappuccino flavored potato chips do not contain coffee or caffeine.
  • Lay's Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, submitted by Matt Allen, who landed his dream job as a full-time firefighter in Troy, Ohio. When it was his turn to cook the "family meal" at the firehouse during training, Matt knew exactly the way to his team's hearts and stomachs. His specialty bacon mac & cheese was a huge hit, and now all of America can get a taste of this Ohio firehouse favorite on a potato chip.
  • Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger, submitted by Meneko Spigner McBeth, who is a registered nurse in Deptford, N.J., with a passion for sushi that started when she was just a little girl, eating handmade rolls by her grandmother. Through the years, her affinity for spicy foods and tastes, like wasabi, only grew, inspiring this potato chip flavor.
  • Lay's Wavy Mango Salsa, submitted by Julia Stanley-Metz, from Sacramento, Calif., who credits most of her culinary creations to her husband, Rick, who loves to experiment with exotic flavors and ingredients. She and her family have Taco Tuesday every week, taking fresh ingredients from the garden to create her perfected mango salsa recipe — now on a chip.
     
The winner of this year's Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest will be announced in late October.
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CVS Health thanks pharmacists during American Pharmacists Month

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I.  — CVS Health is thanking its 26,000 pharmacists during American Pharmacists Month for their role in changing the way health care is delivered to increase access, lower costs and improve quality in the company's retail pharmacies, mail service pharmacies and specialty pharmacies nationwide.

"Last month, we changed our company name to CVS Health to reflect our broader health care commitment and our expertise in driving the innovations needed to shape the future of health," said Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health. "Our pharmacists are playing a critical role in our evolution, delivering breakthrough products and services and enabling patients and clients to manage health in more affordable, effective ways through medication adherence programs, specialty pharmacy services and other innovative pharmacy programs we are developing."

CVS Health pharmacists are helping people on their path to better health through a number of programs and services.

  • CVS Health's smoking cessation program includes access to pharmacists at all 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations, who can provide a smoking cessation assessment with a customized quit plan, advice on support resources and recommendations on stop smoking aids.
  • Pharmacists from CVS Health's retail business and specialty services are working together to provide patients choice and flexibility in how they access their specialty medications and receive clinical support through the Specialty Connect program. This partnership gives patients the option to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS/pharmacy location, while still receiving insurance guidance and clinical support by phone from a team of specialty pharmacy experts at CVS/specialty.
  • Pharmacists are providing access to flu shots and other vaccinations at every CVS/pharmacy location nationwide seven days a week with no appointment needed, including evenings and weekends.
  • CVS pharmacists will help patients understand their prescription insurance coverage options under Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act when open enrollment begins for these programs on Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, respectively.
  • CVS Health's Pharmacy Advisor program epitomizes the company's unique integrated model, improving medication adherence and identifying gaps in care to improve the health of people with chronic diseases through pharmacist consultations combined with clinical patient data.

In addition, CVS Health will celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 22 to thank its more than 50,000 pharmacy technicians for the support they provide to CVS pharmacists and pharmacy teams across the organization.

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