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Report: R.I. health department revises ruling on CVS’ MinuteClinic, drops some conditions

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — After CVS Caremark was given the green light to open MinuteClinics in Rhode Island — with imposed conditions — the state’s Department of Health has now revised its ruling and dropped some key conditions.

“We are pleased that the Rhode Island Department of Health has approved the application of MinuteClinic to open seven retail clinics in Rhode Island, and we are appreciative of the diligence of all of the parties that have been involved in the review of our application. We have accepted the conditions related to the amended decision and look forward to opening clinics in Rhode Island later this year,” said company spokesman Mike DeAngelis in a statement sent to Drug Store News.

As previously reported, health director Michael Fine approved plans to open retail clinics in the state, but did impose 22 conditions intended to address physician concerns that such clinics could fragment care and interfere with the physician-patient relationship. However, Fine did note that there is no evidence of such damage elsewhere in the country, and he acknowledged that demand demonstrates a need by patients.

That ruling has now been revised to eliminate specifics about the amount of free care the clinic operator needs to provide to the poor and no longer limits the type of health problems that the clinics can address, the Providence Journal reported. The revision also drops a provision intended to encourage CVS Caremark to establish MinuteClinics in areas where it can be difficult to find a family doctor.

 

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R.HAMMERLE says:
Jun-03-2014 07:32 am

Finally, a state official puts the well being of the public ahead of government-protected private practices.

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Walmart Canada CEO takes on new role

BY Mike Troy

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart Canada president and CEO Shelley Broader’s responsibilities have been expanded to include oversight of Europe and Africa.

Broader was named EVP, president and CEO of Walmart EMEA, a region Walmart defines as including Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In her new role, Broader will lead Walmart’s retail operations and oversee business development in those regions and report to Walmart International president and CEO David Cheesewright. She succeeded Cheesewright as Walmart’s top Canadian executive in the fall of 2011 when he was tapped for the EMEA role. Broader joined Walmart Canada in December 2010 as chief merchandising officer after holding leadership roles with Hannaford Bros. and Michael’s. Her successor in Canada was not immediately named.

“Shelley has been a strong leader since joining Walmart Canada and is the ideal person to leverage the tremendous potential the EMEA region holds for our company,” Cheesewright said. “Shelley’s leadership of our business in Canada during a time of increased competition underscores her knowledge of the retail environment, which will serve her well in her new role.”
 
Walmart operates 1,345 stores and employs 285,000 people in the region Broader will oversee in her new role.

 

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Stratum C menopausal skin care solution hits U.S. market

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Surrey, England-based Forme Laboratories, which specializes in menopause dermatology, has brought its Stratum C skin care line developed for peri-menopausal and menopausal skin to women in the United States.

Its proprietary ingredients include high levels of active peptides to double collagen production, combat wrinkles and lines, repair dry, itchy and less supple skin and replenish lost vitamins, the company stated. Chains of amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in the skin, and Stratum C’s active ingredients combine the optimum amount of Matrixyl, wrinkle-reducing pentapeptides, along with four further complex peptides, to hydrate, moisturize and tighten the muscles deep in the lower layers of the skin.

As the aging process accelerates during menopause, the skin changes, which causes fine lines and wrinkles to form. When the skin is less able to retain water, collagen production — which gives skin its thickness and suppleness — decreases rapidly.

“One of the active ingredients in Stratum C has been shown in studies that I carried out to increase the production of collagen by skin cells by up to 70%," stated Ian Hamley, who conducted the research at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Stratum C products contain large quantities of active ingredients to deliver long-term collagen growth and wrinkle-reducing properties, which in clinical trials, have been shown to reduce existing deep wrinkles by 45% in one month, according to the company.

In addition, Stratum C products contain hyaluronic acid, squalane and seaweed extracts to hydrate the skin. This is combined with natural sources of vitamin A and E, derived from apricot kernel and jojoba oils, to replenish the vitamins lost through menopause.

The Stratum C Menopause Repair Serum and Stratum C Menopause Protect Cream are the flagship products.

 

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