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Walgreens Flu Index shows evidence of flu season winding down

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The incidence of flu is beginning to scale back as evidenced by Walgreens' latest Walgreens Flu Index heat map, which shows the West Coast and Northeast United States are back in the "green" in terms of flu incidence.

For the week of March 5, the top 10 markets still showing signs of flu activity were:

  1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas;
  2. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  3. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.;
  4. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas;
  5. Corpus Christi, Texas;
  6. Shreveport, La.;
  7. Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), N.C.;
  8. Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C.;
  9. Oklahoma City; and
  10. Tri-Cities, Tenn.-Va.

The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Flu Index shows which populations are experiencing the most incidences of influenza each week based on Index methodology. The data does not measure actual levels or severity of flu activity.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at 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.
 

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Drive DeVilbiss launches top-line 4-wheel scooter

BY Michael Johnsen

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive DeVilbiss on Wednesday introduced its Panther Heavy-Duty 4-Wheel Scooter to its Power Mobility line.

"The Panther Heavy Duty scooter is a perfect retail scooter option for providers looking to diversify their business through retail products that are not impacted by reimbursement changes," stated Brandon Sykes, product manager power mobility and manual wheelchairs, Drive DeVilbiss. "The Panther scooter offers modern styling and features that are comfortable and safe for the user."

The Panther offers both front and rear suspension with pneumatic tires, easy free-wheel mode, one-touch tiller positioning adjustment and ergonomic delta control handles.

The scooter has a weight capacity of 425 pounds, a top speed of 8 miles per hour and an estimated range of 25 miles. The total weight of the scooter is 264 pounds and offers either a 20-inch or 22-inch wide seat.
 

 

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Tapping into ‘natural’ trend, 21st Century launches PureMark Naturals VMS line

BY Michael Johnsen

TEMPE, Ariz. — 21st Century HealthCare earlier this week launched PureMark Naturals, a vitamin and supplement line offering a more natural and clean dietary supplement.

The company expects PureMark Naturals line to deliver wellness category growth and increase sales for retailers, according to Leanne Wilhardt, president, 21st Century HealthCare. “[More than] 71% of today’s consumers concerned about the long-term health impact of preservatives, artificial and GMO ingredients,” Wilhardt stated. “Our new line of vitamins and supplements is the answer to this demand.”

PureMark Naturals 17-item line offers natural, vegetarian and vegan friendly choices, in addition to non-GMO, gluten, wheat, dairy, soy and preservative free options.  The products also include a natural superfood and plant-based vegan protein enhanced with fruits and vegetables and enriched with nourishing extracts.  

The new premium line will soon be available at select retailers nationwide.

According to Wilhardt, PureMark Naturals was created based on top-trending products, while addressing the demands of today’s health conscious consumer. The packaging features a clean green design with a transparent label, allowing consumers to see exactly what they are purchasing.

She stated that research is showing consumers are actively seeking more natural products. A 2015 Gallup study found 50% of dietary supplement users reported using clean and natural labeled supplements, up from 36% in 2012. 

“Our PureMark Naturals line will expand with quality products inspired by nature that support clean and healthy living,” she said. “We’re excited to continue down the path of offering more natural products for consumers.”

 

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