Report: Hy-Vee embarks on aggressive growth plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The new Hy-Vee new store in Springfield, Ill., which marks the grocer’s 238th store in eight Midwestern states, is part of an aggressive growth plan, according to a local news report.
Hy-Vee chairman, president and CEO Randy Edeker told the State Journal-Register that the $20.8 million investment in the new Springfield location, which includes a pharmacy, is part of an aggressive growth plan that involves opening new stores, updating existing locations and branching out into new markets.
By the end of its fiscal year in September, Hy-Vee will have opened four new stores, including the Springfield store, expanded or remodeled 10 stores, relocated two and opened 16 convenience stores, the article states.
Furthermore, the company plans to open a new store is planned for Bloomington in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, and land has been purchased for a second store in Peoria, the article states. The company also just announced plans to expanding into the Minneapolis market
Progress report: Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance has adopted 17 recommendations
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the European Commission on Tuesday released the first progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance. The report renews the commitment of U.S. and European Union health authorities to pursue specific goals in their joint battle against antimicrobial resistance.
“The partnership offers a unique perspective to tackle antimicrobial resistance worldwide,” said Jimmy Kolker, HHS assistant secretary for global affairs. “We hope that the positive outcomes of this partnership will serve as a global model as we continue to work on this critical issue.”
TATFAR identified and adopted 17 recommendations for collaborations between the United and the European Union. Implementation of the recommendations has been carried out through increased communication, regular meetings, joint workshops and the exchange of information, approaches and best practices. Moving forward, one new and 15 existing recommendations will serve as the basis for partner agencies in the United States and the European Union to focus on areas where common actions can deliver the best results in prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance.
“Antimicrobial resistance is a priority of the European Commission, and international cooperation is key in addressing this serious cross border and global health threat. I am positive that our renewed commitment to TATFAR can make a tangible contribution in the area of global health security,” said John Ryan, acting director for Public Health in the European Commission.
TATFAR was created following the 2009 United States-European Union presidential summit with the goal of improving cooperation between the United States and the European Union in three key areas: appropriate therapeutic use of antimicrobial drugs in medical and veterinary communities, prevention of healthcare- and community-associated drug-resistant infections and strategies for improving the pipeline of new antimicrobial drugs. In 2013 it was decided to renew TATFAR for another two-year term.
The full report is available at CDC.gov/drugresistance/tatfar/report.html.
Innovative Products touts head lice prevention during summer months
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — Innovative Products on Tuesday showcased its Gotcha Covered preventive solution for head lice. Gotcha Covered offers a non-toxic range of lice prevention products for parents who are concerned about preventing an infestation of lice in their children’s hair.
“Lice know no geographical boundaries, and we know that parents everywhere need to feel confident their children will be free of head lice all year-round at both school and camp,” the company said. “The issue tends to get more attention during the school year; however, parents should remain diligent during the summer months, as kids are swapping baseball caps, sporting equipment and are more closely interacting during the summer.”
Gotcha Covered offers a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in detangler, styling gel and a surface spray. The suggested retail price is $9.99.
Gotcha Covered is now available online at drugstore.com and Walgreens.com, the company announced, and also is available online at HBAProducts.com, as well as at Dexter Pharmacy, Ehrhardt Pharmacy, HomeTown Pharmacy, People’s Pharmacy and Value Drugs.