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Whole Foods helps customers combat cold, flu season

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN — Whole Foods is focusing on immune support by offering educational podcasts, in-store lectures, a brochure and a "seasonal wellness shopping list" to customers this fall.

Whole Foods said that the promotion, which is being held during the months of October and November, is part of the Be Good to Your Whole Body campaign.

"As the seasons begin to change, there’s no better time of year to strengthen the body’s defenses," said Jeremiah McElwee, executive Whole Body coordinator at Whole Foods. "In the Whole Body department, shoppers will find natural options to gear up for cold and flu season, including products that can help nourish, strengthen and support the body’s defenses."

The promotion includes:

  • In-store lectures by Whole Body experts, which will provide shoppers with ideas and tips on staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season;

  • An in-store brochure offers seasonal wellness tips to prepare for cold and flu season;

  • Three cold and flu audio podcasts, which will be available online this month; and

  • The Whole Foods "seasonal wellness shopping list," which explores herbs and nutrients that may offer immune system support.

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Lannett begins shipping three generic drugs

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett announced that it has begun shipping three generic drugs that recently were approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The generic drug maker said that it has shipped diethylpropion tablets in the 25-mg strength; phentermine hydrochloride capsules in the 37.5-mg strength and loxapine capsules in 5-mg, 10-mg, 25-mg and 50-mg strengths.

“Sales of the three products augment and strengthen our growing product offering, and we expect will be solid contributors to both sales and profits in fiscal 2012," Lannett president and CEO Arthur Bedrosian said.


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Rite Aid pharmacists help Medicare Part D patients find prescription drug programs

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid said its pharmacists will be ready to help patients and caregivers choose the prescription drug plan that works best for them as 2012 Medicare Part D open enrollment begins Saturday.

Open enrollment is beginning a month earlier than in previous years so that Medicare administrators can process plan choices before the new year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"Rite Aid pharmacists are trusted advisers to give Medicare patients and their caregivers the latest estimated plan costs based on their personal prescription needs," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "The role of our pharmacists as trusted advisers is tidal so that Rite Aid remains a destination for Medicare patients all year long."


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