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Rite Aid Foundation donates $15K, filtration masks to American Red Cross for Tropical Storm Lee relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid announced Tuesday that its charitable arm has donated funds and filtration masks to the American Red Cross to benefit ongoing relief and recovery efforts in communities across south central Pennsylvania that were affected by Tropical Storm Lee.

The Rite Aid Foundation donated $15,000 to the south central Pennsylvania region of the American Red Cross, in addition to 10,000 filtration masks, as requested by the American Red Cross.

Rite Aid operates 71 pharmacies and employs more than 4,370 people in south central Pennsylvania.

“While the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee changed the lives of many Pennsylvanians in a matter of minutes, the cleanup and recovery process will take much longer,” Rite Aid Foundation president Mary Sammons said. “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross and hope our donation will help meet the needs of our neighbors in south central Pennsylvania as they continue to rebuild and recover from the devastating flooding in the months to come.”

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Clif Bar introduces peppermint stick flavor

BY Allison Cerra

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar is gearing up for the holiday season with a new limited-edition flavor.

Peppermint stick joins spiced pumpkin pie and iced gingerbread limited-edition flavors, Clif Bar said. All three flavors are available nationwide (while supplies last) for a suggested retail price of $1.39.

In line with the launch of the new limited-edition peppermint stick flavor, Clif Bar will donate 1% of net sales from the holiday-inspired flavors to Winter Wildlands Alliance, the first and only national organization that works on behalf of skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, winter hikers and other outdoor adventurers to address national issues that impact our winter wildlands, the company said.

“Like the first winter hike or that first morning run on fresh powder, the arrival of Clif Bar’s seasonal flavors is something Clif fans tell us they look forward to all year,” Clif Bar brand director Carly Lutz said. “It’s great knowing that we’re providing people with sound nutrition and sustained energy in nostalgic flavors, while contributing to protecting the places they play through our partnership with Winter Wildlands Alliance.”

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Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions to provide specialty services to Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield members

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Hy-Vee’s specialty pharmacy division its preferred provider of specialty pharmacy benefits for members, Hy-Vee said.

Starting Oct. 1, Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions will provide services to Wellmark members with disease states requiring such complex drug regimens as cancer, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and others.

"Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions’ customized patient programs, clinical expertise and dedication to customer service will allow Wellmark to deliver high-quality specialty pharmacy benefits while effectively managing costs," Wellmark pharmacy director Matt Hosford said. "Our combined commitment to quality and service will provide greater value for our customers."

Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions will offer services such as pharmacists available around the clock to answer questions or concerns, one-stop shopping for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and medication delivery through Hy-Vee pharmacies or directly to patients’ homes, offices or other locations.

"We are very pleased Wellmark recognized that the unique care model offered by Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions offers their members innovative, cost-effective specialty pharmacy benefit solutions that improve health outcomes," Hy-Vee Pharmacy Soutions president Michael Agostino said.

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