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Walgreens, UN Foundation launch ‘Get a Shot. Give a Shot’ campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation on Tuesday announced the launch of the “Get a Shot. Give a Shot” campaign, a second-year collaboration to provide life-saving vaccines to children who need them most in developing countries. 
 
Now through Oct. 13, for every flu shot or other immunization administered at Walgreens pharmacies, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy in New York, Walgreens will donate the value of a life-saving vaccine through the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
 
After Oct. 13 and continuing year-round, Walgreens will donate the value of a vaccine for each additional non-flu, CDC-recommended immunization the company administers as part of “Get a Shot. Give a Shot,” with an overall goal of 6 million life-saving vaccines, twice the number provided last year through the program with the help of Walgreens customers.
 
“'Get a Shot. Give a Shot’ truly demonstrates the value of public/private collaboration and creates a unique opportunity for our customers to play an important role in helping to protect millions of children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president, pharmacy, health and wellness. “So many countries are seeing decreases in childhood mortality as a result of higher immunization rates for measles and other diseases. And we’re proud to expand our relationship with the UN Foundation to carry our purpose to help people get, stay and live well beyond the United States and to other parts of the world.”
 
“Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the lives of children in developing countries by protecting them from life-threatening diseases,” said Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the UN Foundation. “With access to vaccines, families are healthier, economies are stronger and governments are more stable. By expanding our partnership with Walgreens, we can continue to help children reach their full potential, while creating more prosperous, resilient communities.”
 
“As some of the most trusted healthcare professionals in America, our pharmacists — along with Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners — are providing unprecedented access to immunizations and other important preventive health and wellness services,” added Brad Wasson, Walgreens group VP pharmacy, health and wellness. “We continue to develop innovative programs and initiatives aimed at improving immunization rates, and it’s gratifying to see the impact Walgreens is making in the United States, and increasingly, across the globe.”
 
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New Crest Sensi-Stop strips offer sensitivity relief

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Crest has officially unveiled “one of its most breakthrough product launches in a decade.” Enter the new Crest Sensi-Stop strips.

The first-of-its-kind strips provide targeted, immediate and long-lasting tooth sensitivity relief.

“Crest Sensi-Stop strips are Procter & Gamble’s biggest innovation ever in the tooth sensitivity category,” said Charles Pierce, group president, global oral care and new business creation and innovation, P&G. “This new at-home treatment addresses tooth sensitivity and is a simple and highly-effective addition to existing oral care routines. One Strip, 10 minutes and up to one month of protection.”

According to P&G, more than 50% of people will experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their life, caused by weakened enamel, gum recession and other factors. However, only 4-in-10 sensitivity toothpaste users are reportedly satisfied with their sensitivity toothpaste, which served as a primary motivation for bringing Crest Sensi-Stop Strips to market.

With Crest Sensi-Stop strips, the right amount of tooth sensitivity treatment is applied exactly where it is needed. They are designed to cover the outer gumline of sensitive teeth for 10 minutes. Using the same ingredient as some professional treatments, exposed dentinal tubules are blocked. Dentinal tubules are small passageways that lead directly to nerve endings. These tubules can be exposed because of the loss of enamel from teeth and receding gums.

Suggested retail prices for the new Crest Sensi-Stop strips are $19.99 (6 ct.), $27.99 (10 ct.) and $34.99 (12 ct.). The strips are available at drug stores and mass retailers throughout the United States.

Another product for sensitivity relief, Crest Sensi-Repair and Prevent toothpaste is tailored for sensitive mouths and helps repair painful sensitivity and prevent future sensitivity by building a therapeutic and protective layer. For those consumers who prefer a gentle oral care routine, Crest and Oral-B also offer Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush and Oral-B Glide Sensi-Soft Dental Floss.

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General Mills to acquire Annie’s

BY Ryan Chavis

BERKELEY, Calif. — Annie's, a natural and organic food company, will be acquired by General Mills for $46 per share for a total transaction of $820 million. The deal represents a 51% premium over Annie's 30-day average closing price of $30.47 as of Sept. 5. Annie's will remain headquartered in Berkeley, Calif.. 
 
"We are excited about this strategic combination, which will enable Annie's to expand the reach and breadth of our high-quality, great-tasting organic and natural products, provide new opportunities for our employees, realize greater efficiencies in our operations and maximize value for our stockholders," said John Foraker, CEO of Annie's. "Powerful consumer shifts toward products with simple, organic and natural ingredients from companies that share consumers' core values show no signs of letting up. Partnering with a company of General Mills' scale and resources will strengthen our position at the forefront of this trend, enabling us to more rapidly and efficiently expand into new channels and product lines in a rapidly evolving industry environment.
 
Annie's board of directors unanimously recommended that its stockholders accept the General Mills offer. General Mills will launch a tender offer within 10 business days to purchase all outstanding shares. The deal is expected to close later in the year. 
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