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Walgreens launches ‘Way to Well’ tour

BY Ryan Chavis

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced the launch of the 2014 Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP, an outreach program that provides free preventive and early detection health services to communities across the country.

Walgreens will use the tour through December to provide free health tests, assessments and education and consulting services. The tour’s bundle of free health tests and risk assessments is designed to provide community members with personal health insights that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, according to the company. The tests, which are collectively valued at more than $100, are administered to adults ages 18 years and older.

“The free health tests offered provide valuable insight into your overall health and wellness. They are a great way to learn how to make changes to improve your health and reduce the risk of common chronic illnesses,” said Harry Leider, M.D., Walgreens’ chief medical officer. “Walgreens’ purpose is to help people get, stay and live well, and by providing these free preventive and early detection health services, we aim to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide.”

All participants will receive a free, one-year AARP membership. Those under the age of 50 years can pass the free membership along to an eligible adult. Existing AARP members will receive a one-year extension to their current membership.

“We are excited to once again work with Walgreens to bring this community outreach program to communities in need nationwide,” said John Wider, president and CEO of AARP Services. “This tour continues to serve America’s growing population of people [older than age] 50, delivering critical insights into their health so that they can live healthier lives.”

To find out when the Way to Well Health Tour is serving a neighborhood near you, visit Walgreens.com/WaytoWell.

 

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Snackeez travel cup makes debut on retail shelves in stores

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — The makers of Flipeez and Stompeeze have announced the introduction of Snackeez, an all-in-one drinking and snacking cup. The product features a 4-oz., flip-top lid snack bowl that screws into the base cup, which holds 16 ounces of liquid.

Snackeez features four color combinations — blue, pink, green and orange — each with a contrasting grip around the cup. Snackeez are spill-resistant and BPA free.

Snackeez is now available at Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart for $9.99.

 

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Jubilant Life Sciences announces generic Aldacone, Namenda

BY Ryan Chavis

UTTAR PRADESH, India — Jubilant Life Sciences, an integrated pharmaceuticals and life sciences company, last week announced that it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for spironolactone tablets, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg, which is the generic version of Aldactone. The drug is used to treat fluid retention caused by congestive heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver.

The market size for spironolactone tablets is $87 million per annum, according to IMS data. The company said it expects to launch the product in first quarter 2015.

The company also received FDA approval for memantine tablets, 5 mg and 10 mg, the generic form of Namenda from Forest Labs. Memantine tablets are used for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s disease. The drug is expected to launch after the patent expiry in 2015, the company said.

 

 

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