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Texas once again tops Walgreens Flu Index activity

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Walgreens has released yet another update in its Flu Index activity. For a third straight week, Texas holds the top spot in an increase in incidences of influenza according to the newly released data for the week ending Dec. 23.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. The data is analyzed at a state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For the week ending Dec.23, the top 10 designated market areas with flu activity were:

1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
4. Houston, Texas
5. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.

For the same time period, the top 10 DMAs with the greatest gains in flu activity were:

1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
3. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
4. Houston, Texas
5. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
8. San Antonio, Texas
9. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
10. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

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Nutrisystem to revamp plans for weight loss

BY DSN STAFF

Nutrisystem is jumping into the new year by announcing new diet plans for consumers and a new multi-brand strategy for the 2018 diet season ahead.

“As America strives to lose weight and become healthier, we’re committed to helping through a platform of solutions across multiple brands,” Dawn Zier, president and CEO of Nutrisystem said. “The market is growing and consumers are demanding more customized solutions that are ordered online and delivered directly to their home. This is something we’ve refined over decades, and it is a clear strength of Nutrisystem.”

Part of these launches will include the Nutrisystem Turbo 13 which includes Turbo TakeOff, a one week-jumpstart with specially designed foods. The Nutrisystem Turbo for Men program will include new NutriPro shakes and increased snacking options. The South Beach Diet also will launch a one-week phase one jumpstart called the 7-Day Body Reboot.  

“Our multiple programs appeal to men and women across America who want to lose weight to improve their health and have more energy,” Keira Krausz, CMO of Nutrisystem, said. “We are committed to delivering the most convenient, easiest-to-follow weight-loss solutions. Customers can choose from hundreds of food items that nourish and satisfy, and we believe we offer the best value for the money.”

The company also announced that it will be working with musician and reality star, Jesse James Decker on a 260 marketing campaign that will launch on television, print, digital and other platforms. 

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Walgreens Boots Alliance reduces stake in China’s pharmacy wholesaler

BY Gisselle Gaitan

It has been announced that Walgreens Boots Alliance will be reducing its stake in Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a pharmaceutical wholesaling joint venture in China. This announcement comes after the Deerfield, Ill.-based company announced plans earlier this year their plans to take a 40% stake in Sinopharm Holding GuoDa Drugstores.

The company will sell a 30% interest in Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation to Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical Holdings. This will lead Walgreens Boots Alliance to own a 20% interest in Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and it will allow the company to continue to account for the other’s remaining stake as an equity method investment.

This proposed deal is subject to regulatory review, approval and other customary closing conditions. 

Walgreens Boots Alliance's portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare among others.  

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