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WHAT’S HOT: Night brace helps foot pain

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK —While there are plenty of insoles advertising relief of “heel pain,”there are comparatively few that specifically address plantar fasciitis, the root cause of many heel pain complaints. As many as 2 million people suffer through plantar fasciitis each year, most commonly middle-aged women and younger, recreational runners.

Beiersdorf, which promotes the Futuro Night line of braces, is launching an incremental plantar fasciitis solution in September, a dorsal night splint, called the Futuro Night Foot, that’s worn on top of the foot.

The product helps maintain a therapeutic angle of the foot between 85 degrees and 90 degrees while a customer sleeps, and features a pair of comfortable straps and breathable soft foam to help maintain the beneficial position of the brace overnight. The design also allows the user to walk while the night splint is worn, enabling them to make it to the fridge for a midnight snack.

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Kroger appoints Going as Michigan division president

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Wednesday that it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Michigan division.

Kroger currently operates 138 stores in the state; Going will oversee operations in them, effective immediately.

During his 26-year tenure with Kroger, Going has held a number of district- and division-level leadership positions at the store and has served as vice president of Retail Operations and vice president of Merchandising for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Rick brings extensive experience in operations and merchandising to this new role,” said Don McGeorge, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to his leadership as he works with our associates to build on Kroger’s growth in Michigan by focusing on our customers to create even better shopping experiences for them.”

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NACDS responds to “misleading” New York Times article

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has fired back at The New York Times after the publication ran an article in its Sept. 18 issue titled, “The ‘Poisonous Cocktail’ of Multiple Drugs.”

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

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