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Rite Aid to deliver flu shots to commuters at Grand Central Terminal

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid will sponsor a flu vaccination clinic at New York’s Grand Central Terminal to help prevent flu and raise money for a charity for families affected by 9/11, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

The "Rite Aid Shield Yourself, New York" event will take place at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, from the morning through the evening, with pharmacists on hand to administer shots.

For every flu shot administered at the event, Rite Aid will donate $3 to Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit that supports families of 9/11 victims and first responders. In addition, the company will distribute free donation tickets to commuters passing through the hall, donating $3 to the charity for everyone who presents a Grand Central Terminal donation ticket when purchasing a flu shot or flu shot gift card at any Rite Aid store.


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FDA approves Sagent antibiotic

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic antibiotic made by Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Sagent said.

The drug maker announced the approval of clindamycin injection, which the company said was the 12th product approved under its joint venture with Strides Arcolab, under which Strides is responsible for developing and supplying injectable products that Sagent markets in the United States.

The market for injectable clindamycin this year is about $65 million, according to IMS Health.


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CVS Caremark tips hat to pharmacists, pharmacy techs during month of October

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In honor of American Pharmacists Month, CVS Caremark is recognizing the role pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play in the U.S. healthcare system.

CVS Caremark said it will publicly recognize its more than 26,000 pharmacists and their commitment to patient care during the month of October with ads in industry trade publications and on its in-store radio network. What’s more, the company also will salute its 50,000 pharmacy technicians later this month on Oct. 25, which is Pharmacy Technician Day.

"Pharmacists are consistently ranked by the public as being the most accessible and among the most trustworthy health care providers in the community," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said. "CVS Caremark’s pharmacists play an important role in supporting our goal to provide greater access, convenience and quality pharmacy care to patients."

According to a study conducted by the company last year, face-to-face interaction with a pharmacist was the most effective method of communication to get patients to take their medicine as prescribed.


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