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Study says grapefruit can help treat diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO According to a recent study published in the science journal PloS One, eating grapefruit could help treat diabetes, as an antioxidant found in the fruit has the same benefits as two separate drugs used to combat the condition. Naringenin, which gives grapefruit its bitter taste, mimics the action of fenofibrate and rosiglitazone, two lipid-lowering drugs used to help control Type 2 diabetes.

“Chemicals like naringenin were long sought after by the pharmaceutical industry, but their development was plagued by safety concerns,” stated Yaakov Nahmias, lead author. “This is a step forward, but we shouldn’t get carried away [thinking] that eating large amounts of grapefruit will be a magic bullet — it won’t.”

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Target to provide flu immunizations in pharmacies and clinics

BY Jim Frederick

MINNEAPOLIS Gearing up for flu season, Target will launch its nationwide flu vaccination program at its more than 1,600 pharmacies and Target Clinic locations beginning Sept. 1.

Target pharmacists and clinicians will administer the flu shots, at a cost of $24, during regular pharmacy and in-store clinic hours, including weekday evenings and weekends. Target Clinic locations also will offer the nasal spray for $36.

No appointment will be necessary for flu shots, which will protect against both the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus. The company said it would “accept many major insurance plans, which may cover the full cost of the flu vaccine.”

Keri Jones, Target SVP merchandising, said the goal will be to make the 1,743-store chain “the complete prevention destination.”

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CDMA hires Fruth Pharmacy vet as SVP

BY Antoinette Alexander

NOVI, Mich. The Chain Drug Marketing Association last week named Bob Messick to the newly created position of SVP.

“Bob’s past retail experience with Fruth Pharmacy for 28 years will be a positive addition to our CDMA staff,” stated Jim Devine, president of CDMA. “Bob has also served on the CDMA board of directors and CDMA strategic planning committee. His knowledge from having served in these positions will be a great asset to CDMA.”

In the past two years, CDMA has experienced 25% growth in sales and membership.

Messick’s responsibilities at CDMA will include purchasing, marketing and advertising. He will report directly to Devine and will start Aug. 30. Messick has relocated from West Virginia to Brighton, Mich., with his wife, Julia, and their three sons.

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