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Walgreens offers pertussis immunizations in select Calif. stores

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. In response to the outbreak of pertussis, or “whooping cough,” in California, one drug store chain is offering pertussis vaccinations to its customers at more than 150 select stores throughout the state.

Walgreens said that its pharmacists in California can administer pertussis immunizations (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis-Tdap vaccine) to anyone age 9 years or older with no appointment necessary. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the California Department of Public Health have recommended that Californians get vaccinated to prevent the spread of pertussis, which is said to be the worst epidemic the state has seen in the past 50 years.

“We share in the recommendations of state and federal health officials that the best thing people can do to keep themselves and their families healthy during this epidemic is to get vaccinated,” said Bill Hose, California market VP for Walgreens. “In addition to children, who are the most vulnerable, those who care for or are in contact with children should also be immunized, and we’re continuing to stress these important statewide recommendations to our patients, customers and the general public.”

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Caraco adds new member to board

BY Alaric DeArment

DETROIT Caraco Pharmaceutical Labs has appointed a new member to its board of directors.

 

The generic drug maker announced Wednesday the appointment of former KPMG accountant Eddie Munson to its board of directors.

 

 

Munson, who served in various positions for KPMG, will serve on Caraco’s board of directors for a term ending at the 2011 annual meeting of shareholders.

 

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Novo Nordisk featured in Working Mother’s ‘100 Best Companies’ list

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PRINCETON, N.J. Working Mother magazine has named drug maker Novo Nordisk one of the best companies in the country for family-friendly benefits, the company said Thursday.

 

The U.S. subsidiary of the Danish drug maker was named a Working Mother 100 Best Company for programs designed to help families balance work-life needs, such as adoption reimbursement, health benefits, paid time off and assistance for families sending their kids to college.

 

 

“It is an honor to be named as a Working Mother 100 Best Company,” said Novo Nordisk VP human resources Jeff Frazier. “This recognition shows our commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment, where everyone has an opportunity to participate in creating business success and people are valued for their unique skills, experiences and perspectives.”

 

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