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PhRMA: White House Healthcare Summit “offers opportunity for input into reform”

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON An organization that represents the drug industry said Thursday that the White House’s healthcare summit in Dearborn, Mich., part of a series that will include several cities, “offers opportunity for input into reform.”

“Through a series of White House health reform summits taking place in Dearborn and other cities across the country over the next two months, a diverse group of stakeholders – including patients, physicians, industry, labor and government – will be openly discussing key elements needed in a comprehensive healthcare reform package,” said Billy Tauzin, president, CEO Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. “These discussions are critical to help ensure that healthcare reform remains a top national priority this year and does not fall by the wayside.”

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Perf Go Green introduces eco-friendly batteries

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Perf Go Green Holdings, Inc., the leader in biodegradable plastic products and everyday green solutions, announced the launch of PerfPower Eco-Alkaline Batteries.

Containing no lead, mercury, or cadmium, PerfPower high-performance batteries and packaging materials are recyclable and are made with recycled materials. Consumers can recycle the products through Perf Go Green’s www.i-recycled.com, which will be live March 31, 2009.

“With our PerfPower batteries and free recycling program we hope to engage consumers in the recycling process and hopefully through its accessibility, recycling will become habit,” said Tony Tracy, Perf Go Green chairman and CEO.

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Supervalu launches “refund rewards” program

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS One of the country’s largest supermarket operators is giving customers at select stores a way to stretch their dollars in the midst of the economic downturn.

Supervalu announced Wednesday the start of a “refund rewards” program, whereby customers who buy gift cards in $250 or $300 increments will get an additional $20 or $30 added to the card, respectively. The company will offer the program from March 15 through April 15 at its Acme, Albertsons, Bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco and Shaw’s/Star Market stores.

“We know that consumers’ budgets are strained like never before, so we’re looking for ways to help our shoppers find value at the grocery store,” Supervalu chairman and CEO Jeff Noddle stated. “This program will help our shoppers put more in their carts, whether they’re looking to stock up on staples or purchase items for a special meal.”

The company said gift card purchases can’t exceed $1,250 per household, not including the bonus amount, and the cards can’t be used to buy alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, fuel, prescription drugs, additional gift cards or dairy products.

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