MinuteClinic opens first clinics in Nebraska
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that the first MinuteClinic in Nebraska are opening this week inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.
Two clinics opened Wednesday in Lincoln and one is opening Thursday in Omaha. A third clinic in Lincoln and three more clinics in the Omaha area will open later this month. MinuteClinic now has clinics in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
"We are excited to bring MinuteClinic's high quality, convenient and affordable medical services to Nebraska, our first expansion state in 2014," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark Corp.
"We anticipate an increasing demand for services in Nebraska and believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to help broaden access to care."
Sussman added that MinuteClinic is committed to helping patients find a medical home and believes it can play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.
"About 50% of our visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider," Sussman stated. "And about half of the patients we see at MinuteClinic do not have a personal physician, due in large part to the severe shortage of primary care doctors in the U.S."
Patients who visit MinuteClinic without a primary care provider are provided a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients, stated Sussman.
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Sales of Nivea, Eucerin increase during first half of 2014 at Beiersdorf
HAMBURG, Germany — Beiersdorf released results for the first half of the year and recorded a lift in sales of Nivea and Eucerin brands in the consumer business segment.
The consumer business segment recorded organic sales growth of 5% in the first half of the year. The strong euro led to a reduction in this figure of 5.1 percentage points as a result of negative effects from currency translation, the company stated. Structural changes reduced growth by 0.1 percentage points. In nominal terms, sales therefore decreased by 0.2% to €2,637 million.
Nivea sales rose by 6.1% compared with the previous year. In the first half of 2014, Eucerin continued its strong sales performance of the previous year, recording a 6.8% increase in sales. La Prairie recorded sales growth of 7.0%.
Consumer sales in the Americas were down 4% on the previous year (€464 million), due to exchange rate changes for the U.S. dollar and the key South American currencies. Organic sales in the Americas region rose by 4.8%. Sales in North America were up 4.2% on the previous year.
Organic group sales in the first half of the year were up 5.0% on the prior year. Growth was reduced by 4.8 percentage points due to exchange rate effects. Nominal group sales were up 0.2% on the previous year, at €3,171 million (previous year: €3,163 million). The consumer business segment recorded organic growth of 5.0%, while sales grew organically by 5.4%.
Looking ahead, the company stated that it expect slightly higher growth in the United States economy in 2014. Alongside increased consumer spending due to a lower unemployment rate, it anticipates higher public spending.