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Pharmline releases findings from double-blind study testing UTI treatment for women

BY Jenna Duncan

REYSSOUZE, France Pharmline and Burgundy Botanical Extracts have released the results of a more than 5-month long study into the efficacy of their product on UTIRose on treating urinary tract infections in women.

UTIRose contains a natural extract derived from the hibiscus flower. A 168-day long study of more than 60 women between the ages of 18 and 55 completed in July found that about 77 percent experienced a reduction in the number of UTIs, versus those who took a placebo and had no response.

More than 60 percent of women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetimes. Urological problems cost more than $3.5 billion a year in medical costs in 2007, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has reported.

For more information on UTIRose and Burgundy Botanical Extracts, go to www.UTIRose.com.

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Walgreens ships diabetes supplies for free to Medicare Part B patients

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has announced that it ship diabetes testing supplies for free to people who have their supplies covered under Medicare Part B.

The move comes at a time when budgets are tight—especially for seniors. To make getting diabetes supplies easier and more affordable, Walgreens said, patients can pick up their testing items at one of the 6,400 stores or have supplies mailed to their home at no cost.

Those seniors who are eligible can sign up by calling 1-888-PARTB-65 (1-888-727-8265) or request a call from a Walgreens representative by logging on to https://www.walgreens.com/partb. Special Walgreens phone reps will assist with filing all of the necessary Part B claim forms and will answer any other additional questions, the company said.

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Bruno’s, Food World stores announce closings of many in-store pharmacies

BY Jenna Duncan

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Bruno’s over the weekend announced that 22 out 40 in-store pharmacies in Bruno’s and Food World stored throughout Alabama and Florida will be closed. The closures will affect about 60 employees, the company said.

Bruno’s will sell remaining prescriptions and pharmaceutical inventories to CVS, a spokesman told the local media. CVS may also retain some of Bruno’s pharmacy employees.

No word yet on what Bruno’s will do with the remaining space in stores.  

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