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Schnucks Pharmacies to offer four breast cancer meds for $9

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS — As part of its new Women’s Wellness initiative, Schnucks Pharmacies has announced that four different oral breast cancer medications (Letrozole, Megestrol, Anastrozole and Tamoxifen) will be available for $9 with a valid prescription.

According to Schnucks VP of pharmacy, Mike Juergensmeyer, Schnucks Pharmacies is taking its generic antibiotic and prenatal programs one step further as the first pharmacy to target the breast cancer category for discount.  

“Our pharmacy buyers worked hard to be able to bring these medications to our customers at the lowest prices possible,” Juergensmeyer stated. “Schnuck pharmacists are critical members of each patient’s healthcare team. Offering significant discounts on four highly-prescribed prescription drugs, allows us to make an even greater difference in the lives of women battling breast cancer.”

Helen Chesnut, executive director of Susan G. Komen, St. Louis, added, “Schnucks has been a valued corporate partner for Komen St. Louis, helping to advance the Komen promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. Every day, Komen St. Louis is focused on meeting the breast health needs of the women and families most at risk and most in need right here in our community. We appreciate Schnucks’ commitment to women’s health.”

Schnucks has partnered with Komen St. Louis for more than 15 years to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and local breast health programs.

Schnucks president and CEO Todd Schnuck said, “The more we speak to our teams about nourishing people’s lives, the more we find ways to make a difference. We all know of women battling breast cancer; they are our wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. It’s important that each of them understands she is not in the fight alone. We are excited about what this new discount program will mean for women’s health.”

Juergensmeyer said that the selected $9 medicines are breast cancer specific (although sometimes used on other cancers) and approved by most insurance plans. The new low price of the drugs will extend the time it takes for the patient to hit the point in their insurance coverage where they pay out of pocket.  

The following are now offered at all Schnucks Pharmacies at the following strengths and counts:  

  • Letrozole 2.5mg – 30ct.,
  • Megestrol 40mg – 60ct.,
  • Anastrozole 1mg – 30ct.,
  • Tamoxifen 10mg – 60ct., and
  • Tamoxifen 20mg – 30ct.

Schnuck stated that of the nearly 15,000 teammates across the St. Louis-based grocer, 49% are women. “Increasing the survival rate and finding a cure takes a team to work along with physicians to help achieve great results for patients. We believe that this new discount program combined with pharmacy and nutrition counseling and infusion therapy makes Schnucks a vital part of every woman’s health team,” he added.

Other money-saving programs at Schnucks Pharmacies include:

  • Free generic oral antibiotics,
  • Free prescription prenatal vitamins,
  • $2 oral diabetes medications, and
  • $4, 30-day and $10, 90-day generic prescriptions.

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Camber launches generic Evista

BY Ryan Chavis

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Camber Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of raloxifene hydrochloride, USP tablets in 60-mg dosage strengths. The drug is the generic version of Evista tablets from Eli Lilly and Co. Raloxifene will be available in 30- and 100-count bottles. 
 
“Raloxifene is an important product addition in Camber’s portfolio, one of many we have planned in the coming months” said Kon Ostaficiuk, president of Camber. “Our continued growth as a leading generic supplier is a testament to our strong API manufacturing and the integrity of our supply chain.”
 
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N.Y.C. New York Color names Demi Lovato global brand ambassador

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty announced on Friday that recording artist and actress Demi Lovato is joining N.Y.C. New York Color as its first-ever global brand ambassador.

She will be featured in global marketing and social media campaigns to support N.Y.C. New York Color cosmetics and nail enamel lines. Lovato, who just kicked off her World Tour, will appear in her first N.Y.C. New York Color advertising campaign at the start of 2015.

"We are thrilled to welcome the talented Demi Lovato into the N.Y.C. New York Color family," said Johanna Businelli, chief marketing officer, color cosmetics, Coty Inc. "Demi's youthful, modern sensibility, audacious style and wide-reaching appeal make her the perfect choice to represent N.Y.C. New York Color on a global scale. Her impressive social influence also will help us to further engage with a new generation and Demi's fans.  Demi's accessibility and willingness to play with color and fashion trends embodies the spirit of N.Y.C. New York Color."

Lovato will represent the full range of N.Y.C. New York Color products, including eye shadow, mascara, lip color, face powders and nail polish. As the face of N.Y.C. New York Color, Lovato will be featured in global multimedia campaigns, including print, digital, in-store and social media platforms. Exclusive behind-the-scenes content from Lovato's campaigns will be available on NewYorkColor.com and N.Y.C. New York Color's social media channels.

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