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Take Care announces openings of six retail clinics in Tennessee

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has expanded its presence in Tennessee with the opening of six new retail-based clinics in the Knoxville and Memphis areas.

 A total of 18 Take Care Clinics are now open in the state, including two in Knoxville, four in Memphis and 12 in Nashville.

“Take Care Clinics have been very well-received in Tennessee since opening clinics in Nashville in 2007,” stated Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We are able to expand into Knoxville and Memphis because consumers embrace our high-quality, affordable and convenient model of health care. More than 675,000 patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we look forward to providing greater access to care as we continue to expand in Tennessee and across the country.”

The clinic operator currently manages 247 clinics in 32 markets in 15 states.

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GNC prepares care packages for troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH GNC on Wednesday shipped nearly 50,000 packages of Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer, Zicam, Band-Aids and more to American troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“At GNC, we’re dedicated to helping people ‘Live Well,’” stated Tom Dowd, executive vice president at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters. “This means providing them with trusted nutritional information and high-quality products they need to stay healthy, especially when they’re hard at work overseas. We know our troops use and appreciate these products, so this donation makes perfect sense.”

The over-the-counter remedies will be distributed to active duty men and women all over the United States as they depart for service, GNC stated.

GNC has 108 stores on military bases throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii, and stores on bases in Japan, Bahrain, Guam and Korea. GNC products are also available in commissaries and AAFES Overseas Exchange locations.

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Brand director announces Safeway to carry O Organics supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES Global Brands on Thursday announced the launch of O Organics Supplements through Safeway.

“As one of the retail world’s fastest growing product segments, the organic sector is rapidly outgrowing its niche status and becoming a mainstream staple with strong, across-the-board demand from the many shoppers who are looking for healthier, more environmentally friendly options,” stated Sheetal Khanna, director of brand strategy for Global Brands at Lucerne Foods. “We’re continually developing new products to best serve this fast-changing market and the O Organics Supplements line delivers exactly the type of simple, effective and affordable solutions these consumers desire.”

The 12-SKU line of USDA certified organic supplements includes vitamin C, calcium and St. John’s Wort.

O Organics plans to expand the line to other retailers in 2009.

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