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Solvay Pharmaceuticals offers support to women whose partners have low testosterone

BY Michael Johnsen

MARIETTA, Ga. Solvay Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that it has introduced a new toll-free number, 1-866-996-LowT (5698), available through the end of January, to help increase awareness around low testosterone in men among women. The company has also expanded its Web site offerings at www.IsItLowT.com.

“Thirteen million men in the United States ages 45 and older suffer from low testosterone, but less than 10 percent are receiving treatment,” said Harry Fisch, professor of clinical urology, Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital. “Women play an active role in their husband’s health; if they are better informed about the signs and symptoms of treatable medical conditions such as low testosterone they can help make a big impact in the health of their male partners.”

In a survey of women with husbands or male partners over 40, Solvay found that women are twice as likely as men to prompt their partners to have an annual medical exam. And as many as 65 percent of women reported that worrying about their husband or male partner’s overall health will affect their anxiety levels in 2009. To help jump-start that health-related conversation, Solvay’s new tools are designed to provide women easily-accessible information including a low testosterone screener, tips on starting a conversation with men about Low T, facts on the relationship between Type 2 diabetes and low testosterone, and treatment options for low testosterone.

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CVS Caremark expands H1N1 vaccinations to more locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark is now providing H1N1 flu vaccinations at select CVS/pharmacy locations in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York, as well at MinuteClinic locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The eight states are among many that have lifted priority group restrictions, allowing all patients to be eligible to receive the shot while supplies last.

“Our customers depend on CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic for their health care needs, so we are pleased to be able to expand H1N1 vaccine availability to these additional states,” stated Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. “H1N1 flu is currently active in many communities across the country and it is likely that we will see increased flu activity, as is typically the case, in January and February.”

CVS Caremark continues to expand the availability of H1N1 vaccine in its stores and retail health clinics across the country and the vaccine now is available in 28 states and Washington, DC at either CVS/pharmacy or at MinuteClinic.

H1N1 vaccine is being offered at:

  • Select CVS/pharmacy locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (Longs Drugs stores), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
  • MinuteClinic locations in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The cost of the H1N1 flu vaccination shot at CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic is a $15 administration fee, which may be covered by insurance.

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Giant Food launches free antibiotic prescription program

BY Antoinette Alexander

LANDOVER, Md. Giant Food is launching a free antibiotic prescription program that will run from Jan. 2 to March 21 in all Giant pharmacies.

The program covers 36 generic antibiotics in nine basic categories. The retailer is supporting the program with television ads, physician outreach, in-store communication and an expanded Web presence.

“Free antibiotics is the latest good news our pharmacies are offering the public,” stated Andrea Astrachan, consumer advisor for Giant Food. “We also offer up to a 90-day supply on over 350 commonly prescribed generic drugs for only $9.99.”

The company operates 182 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Within its 182 stores, 163 have full service pharmacies.

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