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Sergeant’s Pet Care Products taps Tiffani Thiessen for pet health awareness campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

OMAHA, Neb. — Sergeant’s Pet Care Products on Wednesday embarked on an awareness campaign alerting pet owners on how to keep their pets healthy. 

Sergeant’s and spokeswoman Tiffani Thiessen, actress and animal advocate, are joining on the emBARK on Pet Health campaign,  which asks pet owners to take a pledge to become more mindful of their pet’s ongoing needs at www.embarkonpethealth.com

Each pledge triggers the donation of a Sergeant’s Pet Health Kit to include with new adoptions at local shelters nationwide, with the help of the American Humane Association. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products is committed to donating up to 5,000 kits, which includes a shampoo, a dental kit, a "calming collar" and a joint supplement. 

"I have always been an animal advocate, especially for those living in shelters," Thiessen said. "Keeping my animals healthy and happy is of utmost importance to me which is why I decided to join Sergeant’s Pet Care Products and American Humane Association. I’d like to help educate and empower pet owners with the tools and information they need for daily pet care to aid in a long and healthy life for their animals."

"As pet owners and leaders in the pet care industry, we understand that pets truly are members of the family," stated Patsy Sumner, VP marketing services. "We know owners want to keep these family members healthy, so it’s our mission to ensure that we are a resource they can call on when they have questions regarding their overall health needs. The products and tools we provide are designed to ensure that pets and their families have long, happy and healthy lives together."


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California vaccine distributor reports inventory still on hand for last-minute inoculations

BY Michael Johnsen

TEMECULA, Calif. — While this season’s flu epidemic maintains its strength across the West Coast, one vaccine distributor announced Wednesday they still have vaccine on hand. 

"FFF is prepared to respond to the unpredictable nature of flu season. And our secure supply chain can always be counted on to deliver safe products — even in times of limited supply," stated Patrick Schmidt, CEO FFF Enterprises. "We purchase direct from manufacturers and sell only to licensed hospitals, pharmacies and clinics."

Last week,the California Department of Public Health reported outpatient influenza-like illness of 6.2% for the week ended Jan. 26, up from 4.7% the week prior. 

"Although flu season is already in full swing in California and across the country, there is still time for individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated," Schmidt said. Peak season is generally in February but can run well into March, he added.


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J.D. Power and Associates: Roche Diabetes’s Accu-Chek products scored highest in satisfaction in survey

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS — Adults living with diabetes in the United States reported highest satisfaction using Roche Diabetes Care’s Accu-Chek products compared with other blood-glucose-meter manufacturers, according to the inaugural J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction Study released Tuesday. 

The study gathered responses from 2,681 current meter users with type 1 and 2 diabetes in the U.S. to determine customer satisfaction across six factors: performance; ease of use; design; features; cost of test strips; and training.

In addition to achieving the highest in overall satisfaction, Accu-Chek blood glucose meters by Roche, which include the Accu-Chek Nano SmartView system, Accu-Chek Aviva Plus and Accu-Chek Compact Plus, scored the highest in performance, ease of use, cost of test strips and training. According to a J.D. Power and Associates press release announcing the study results, Accu-Chek meters by Roche "perform particularly well in the performance factor, reflecting a high level of confidence among users that they are obtaining accurate readings."

"Roche is honored by these results because they reflect our unwavering commitment to providing our customers with the best possible products and services that fit right into people’s lives," stated Marc Gibeley, head of Roche Diabetes Care North America. "As J.D. Power and Associates is the gold standard of measuring customer satisfaction, we’re humbled by the outstanding results achieved by Accu-Chek meters in its independent analysis."

 

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