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SunTech Medical introduces new reusable, one-piece blood-pressure cuffs for clinical settings

BY Michael Johnsen

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — SunTech Medical on Monday announced the launch of a new line of reusable cuffs for blood-pressure monitoring in a clinical setting.

The one-piece durable cuff has a nylon shell that is easily cleaned and disinfected to help minimize cross contamination. A tapered tail design allows easy application and eliminates sharp corners, improving patient comfort.

The cuffs are color coded for quick size identification and available with a variety of connector configurations. SunTech Medical also offers a cuff standardization program to standardize facilities to a single connector type.


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Dollar General plays up toy deals

BY Gail Hoffer

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is promising big savings on toys — right up until Christmas Eve. From Sept. 29 through Dec. 24, the retailer is offering a 10% discount on toy purchases of $75 or more.

“Dollar General is committed to helping customers stretch their holiday budgets, and one way we are doing this is with the holiday toy discount,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s EVP, division president and chief merchandising officer. “Toys are at the top of many shopping lists, so we’re happy to help shoppers save more on these purchases and delight children with our great products.”

According to Dollar General, its stores will be stocked with hot toys from Mattel, Disney and Hasbro along with a wide selection of $5 and $10 toys.

 

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Bi-Lo adds generic Plavix to discount program

BY Alaric DeArment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Supermarket chain Bi-Lo is adding the generic form of a blood-thinning drug to its generic-discount program.

The company announced Friday that patients could buy generic clopidogrel for $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply with the chain’s Pharmacy Discount Card. The branded version of the drug, which recently became available as a generic, is marketed by Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

"The generic form of Plavix was just recently released in the market, and it provides customers with initial savings over the brand equivalent," Bi-Lo Holding VP pharmacy John Fegan said. "This prescription is a highly requested medication from Bi-Lo customers, so we are especially pleased to offer an even deeper discount that allows them to focus on what is important — their health."

Earlier this month, Midwestern mass-merchandise chain Meijer announced it would give away generic versions of Pfizer’s cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) for free. Prior to the November 2011 expiration of its patent, Lipitor was the top-selling drug in the world, with U.S. sales of $7.7 billion, according to IMS Health. Plavix was the second highest-selling drug, with U.S. sales of $6.8 billion.


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