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RediClinic to offer health-related services for back-to-school season

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON RediClinic, which operates 21 clinics in HEB grocery stores in Houston and Austin, is encouraging parents of school-aged children and teenagers to get ready for the coming school season, and is now offering several health-related services, including the new state requirements for immunizations, physical exams and acne treatment.

“The state of Texas recently updated immunization requirements for public school students,” stated Deborah Stepanik, director of clinical services for RediClinic. “Parents should consult their child’s immunization records to ensure that they are up-to-date on requirements because those who are not run the risk of not being able to attend school.”

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the new immunization requirements beginning Aug. 1, 2009 include:

  • Students entering kindergarten: two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine, two doses of MMR vaccine and two doses of Varicella vaccine or a written statement from a parent, school nurse of physician attesting to a child’s positive history of varicella disease.
  • Students entering seventh grade: two doses of Varicella vaccine or a written statement from a parent, school nurse of physician attesting to a child?s positive history of varicella disease; one does of Tdap, and if it has been five years since their previous does of a tetanus-containing vaccine, a booster dose of Tdap; one does of Meningococcal vaccine.
  • Students in eighth to 10th grade: Booster dose of Tdap if it has been 10 years since their previous dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine.

For those students suffering from acne, RediClinic now offers acne treatment.

The company currently operates 21 clinics in HEB grocery stores in Houston and Austin.

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Bartell Drugs collects food for people in need

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE A regional retail pharmacy chain has collected enough food for more than 15,000 meals for people in need.

Bartell Drugs announced Thursday that its “Stock the Pantry” food drive, which it had conducted with Northwest Harvest and Fisher Communications, had collected 16,767 pounds of food through the chain’s 55 stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

“Year-around hunger is an unfortunate reality for many children and their families, as well as many seniors,” Bartell chairman and CEO George Bartell said. “Through the generous contributions by our customers, we’re proud to support Northwest Harvest with this effort.

The food drive was launched in May as a way to help Northwest Harvest replenish its food stocks during the summer months.

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OSI Pharmaceuticals moving to Westchester Co., N.Y.

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MELVILLE, N.Y. Biotech company OSI Pharmaceuticals plans to move its U.S. operations to a single campus in upstate New York, the company announced this week.

OSI announced that it had purchased a 43-acre site in Ardsley, a community in the town of Greenburgh, N.Y., and would move 350 employees from Melville and Farmingdale, N.Y., Cedar Knolls, N.J., and Boulder, Colo., to the new campus in the second half of this year.

“The past 10 years has been a remarkable journey as the company has successfully brought its first oncology product, Tarceva, to market and taken the business profitable,” OSI CEO Colin Goddard said. “Nonetheless, we have recognized that we will only truly capture the full strategic value of our oncology franchise if we simplify our business by bringing together all the elements of our U.S. operations onto a single site.”

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