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Marsh offers free vitamin program for expectant mothers

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS Marsh Supermarkets on Thursday implemented a new program designed to help expectant mothers manage health care costs with its Prenatal Select Program, a program that provides free prenatal vitamins using selected products made by the Ethex Corporation.

“We at Marsh understand that while pregnancy is a time of joy, it can also bring with it many concerns,” stated Chris Duffy, Marsh vice president of pharmacy. “Marsh is happy to help alleviate one financial concern with the introduction of our free prenatal vitamin program.”

The news comes in the same month that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that younger women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the least aware of the benefits in supplementing with folic acid during pregnancy.

In analyzing the results of five national surveys conducted annually by the Gallup Organization between 2003 and 2007, 61 percent of women in this age group were aware of the benefits of folic acid, but only 6 percent knew when folic acid should be taken. In addition, only 30 percent of women in this age group, which accounts for approximately one-third of all births, supplemented with folic acid.

The program is available to anyone with a valid prescription for prenatal vitamins. Once the prescription is presented, the shopper can receive 30 day despensings of selected prenatal vitamins absolutely free with no strings attached for up to one year. The Prenatal Select Program is available at all 41 Marsh pharmacy locations in Indiana. Marsh Pharmacists are available to explain the program and answer any questions.

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FDA approves change in Claritin labeling

BY Michael Johnsen

KENILWORTH, N.J. Schering-Plough on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved additional labeling for Claritin that emphasizes the allergy medicine is appropriate for use to help treat both indoor (perennial) and outdoor (seasonal) allergies.

“Schering-Plough is pleased that the FDA has approved the change to the Claritin label to help us to communicate to consumers that Claritin works hard to relieve both indoor and outdoor allergies,” stated John O’Mullane, vice president of research and development for Schering-Plough Consumer Health Care.

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Forward Foods introduces Detour bar to alleviate stress

BY Michael Johnsen

MINDEN, Nev. Forward Foods on Wednesday extended its Detour bar with the addition of the Detour Yoga Bars.

The new Yoga Bar, in blueberry and peach mango flavors, includes lemon balm to help alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm while supporting strong, flexible muscle development with 11 grams of protein. 

“We listened extensively to participants of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi,” stated Patrick Muldoon, chief executive officer of Forward Foods. “Many felt their specific needs for stress alleviation and relaxation were underserved in today’s protein bar category.”

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