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Rite Aid sponsors flu vaccinations at Grand Central Terminal

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Rite Aid kicked off its "Rite Aid Shield Yourself, New York" event Wednesday morning at New York’s Grand Central Terminal, offering flu vaccinations delivered by Rite Aid pharmacists to the thousands of commuters passing through the Midtown Manhattan train station.

The retail pharmacy chain is co-sponsoring the event with Tuesday’s Children, a charity set up to benefit the families of 9/11 victims and first responders, and chairman David Weild showed up to spur New Yorkers into getting vaccinated by getting a shot himself. It was slightly awkward at first, as the French cuffs on Weild’s shirt made it difficult to roll up his sleeves, but Rite Aid clinical pharmacist Erik Groves — who said he had already performed about 8,000 vaccinations throughout his career — quickly administered the shot.

"We’d encourage everyone to go out and get a flu shot from Rite Aid," Weild told Drug Store News. "Bringing together organizations that care about the well-being of children is just a terrific fit."

For each vaccination administered, Rite Aid is donating $3 to the Tuesday’s Children. It also is handing out donation tickets that people can use to make $3 donations to the organization when they get a vaccination at a Rite Aid store.

"I’m just absolutely delighted to have a major retail pharmacy chain corporate sponsor," Weild said. "I’d like to see lots of people come out and get their flu shots — millions. Let’s try and get the whole United States population vaccinated at Rite Aid."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against influenza, but according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, only 27% of city residents are vaccinated in time for the start of the flu season, and more than 2,000 New Yorkers die every year from flu and pneumonia.


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NACDS Foundation provides funds to 12 colleges through Community PREP grant program

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The charitable arm of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced 12 academic institutions have received funding to expand community pharmacy residencies for recent pharmacy school graduates.

The NACDS Foundation said that the following schools received funding for the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project:

  • Concordia University;

  • Creighton University;

  • Ferris State University;

  • Midwestern University (Glendale);

  • The Ohio State University;

  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy;

  • SUNY Buffalo;

  • University of Charleston;

  • University of Kansas;

  • University of Kentucky;

  • University of Puerto Rico; and

  • University of Southern California.

Each of these academic institutions will receive a $50,000 residency grant.

“The Community PREP grant program was developed to provide expanded opportunities for pharmacy school graduates to pursue community pharmacy residencies and hone their skills in providing patient care services,” said NACDS Foundation president Edith Rosato said. “I commend these 12 institutions for their patient-focused residency programs which help cultivate pharmacy graduates’ abilities to provide innovation in the delivery of patient care services, for the ultimate advancement of public health.”

Back in May, the NACDS Foundation announced grants to Purdue University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of North Carolina.

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Coty, Elite enter deal to launch new fragrance collection

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Coty has teamed up with modeling network Elite to develop and market a new line of fragrances.

Slated to launch in January, the collection will include four fragrances that will embrace the alluring beauty and glamour associated with the world of modeling and fashion, Coty and Elite said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Based on our strong licensing partnerships, our unrivaled fragrance expertise, and the global reach of the Elite Models brand, we see an opportunity to broaden the scope of our business portfolio and team up with a brand that is on the cutting edge of the fashion business," Coty Beauty Renato Semerari said.

Coty and Elite said the companies will collaborate marketing plans for the international launch, which will include a comprehensive media campaign, as well as an Elite Model Look Contest. Details of the contest still are currently in development and will be announced closer to the launch, Coty and Elite noted.

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