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Target announces flu shot availability, expanded offerings

BY David Salazar

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Target has announced that flu shots are available in their pharmacies and clinics. Customers can show up without an appointment to get this year’s flu vaccine, and the company accepts most insurance, Target said. At those locations that have both a pharmacy and clinic, both will administer shots. 
 
In addition to the standard flu shot, Target said that it would be offering egg-free vaccinations for pregnant or allergic customers, and a nasal spray. 
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Report: Target expands list of unacceptable chemicals

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is expanding the list of chemicals it wants suppliers to take out of their products, stepping up pressure on its vendors to respond to consumer health concerns.
 
According to a new report from Bloomberg, the list includes almost 600 substances on Health Canada’s roster of prohibited cosmetic ingredients, such as coal tars and bisphenol A. It also adds triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient that is under review in hand soaps and sanitizers by the FDA.
 
Target made the changes earlier this year without publicizing them, but a Washington-based advocacy group called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families plans to spotlight the list this week, according to Bloomberg.
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Daily Diversion: DSN tracks Pope Francis’ NYC visit

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Drug Store News online editor David Salazar was onsite for the Papal Procession through Central Park in New York City on Friday.

Those with tickets to view the motorcade through Central Park’s West Drive between 72nd and 60th St. could begin checking in at 11 a.m. and had to pass through security by 3:30 p.m., many hours before the 5 p.m. procession began. However, attendees were lining up to see the Pope well before the 11 a.m. call time.

On Friday, the Pope addressed the United Nations General Assembly and visited Ground Zero in the morning, while later in the day visiting a school in East Harlem, traveling through Central Park and leading a mass at Madison Square Garden, one block from the Drug Store News offices.

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