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Sam’s Club offers free screenings for Men’s Health Month ahead of Father’s Day

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — To mark Men's Health Month and with Father's Day just around the corner, Sam's Club is offering all men — regardless of membership status — free health screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 13.

The free “His Health” screenings are confidential and available at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. The screenings include tests for the following:
  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen), a test used to screen men ages 40 and older for prostate cancer by checking the blood level of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate gland

  • Blood pressure

  • Total cholesterol

  • HDL (good cholesterol)

  • Risk ratio

  • Glucose

  • Body mass index (BMI)

  • Vision (not available at all locations)

“Sam’s Club is proud to make it easier for men to be proactive about their health by offering free screenings, including a PSA test for prostate cancer. We hope everyone stops by their local club to participate and to show dad just how much they care,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP of Sam’s Club Health and Wellness.

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Bayer to sell Diabetes Care unit to Panasonic Healthcare

BY David Salazar

LEVERKUSEN, Germany — Bayer announced Wednesday that it would be selling its Diabetes Care business to Tokyo-based Panasonic Healthcare. The $1.1 billion deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016 and will include Bayer’s Contour line of blood glucose monitors and test strips, as well as lancing devices like Microlet and Elite. 
 
"For more than 20 years, our companies have shared complementary goals,” Panasonic Healthcare president Kenji Yamane said. “We anticipate that this partnership will take our two great businesses to new heights, and we wholly welcome the BDC team as full partners to Panasonic Healthcare.”
 
Bayer’s Switzerland- and U.S.-based Diabetes Care unit brought in a little over $1 billion in 2014 sales with its Contour blood glucose monitor and test strip line leading its portfolio.
 
“We are confident that the sale of our Diabetes Care business to our long-standing partner Panasonic Healthcare … will support the long-term sustainability of this portfolio," Bayer HealthCare CEO Werner Baumann said.
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Target doubles share buyback authorization

BY Dan Berthiaume

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is doubling the amount of its share buyback authorization from $5 billion to $10 billion. Under this authorization, through first quarter 2015, the company had invested a total of $3.7 billion to retire 56.9 million shares at an average price of $65.06 per share.
 
Target said this plan represents a continued focus on returning cash to shareholders. The retailer follows a plan of investing in the core business through projects that support strategic and financial goals, supporting the dividend and returning cash to shareholders.
 
“Today’s announcements reinforce Target’s long history of thoughtfully returning cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchase,” said John Mulligan, Target’s executive VP and CFO.
 
Target also declared a quarterly dividend of 56 cents per common share, a 7.7% increase from the prior quarterly dividend of 52 cents.  The dividend is payable Sept. 10, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business Aug. 19, 2015.
 
Target posted an announcement of the share buyback and quarterly dividend on its website by mistake on the afternoon of June 9, ahead of its shareholders meeting, but quickly removed the posting and then officially released it later that night after the meeting concluded.
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