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FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID vaccine

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID vaccine

WASHINGTON — A panel of U.S. health advisers endorsed booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine Friday, saying they should be offered at least two months after immunization. J&J has requested the Food and Drug Administration for flexibility with its booster, arguing the extra dose adds important protection as early as two months after

Employers embrace opportunity to increase patient access to preventive care for chronic conditions through pre-deductible coverage

Employers embrace opportunity to increase patient access to preventive care for chronic conditions through pre-deductible coverage

WASHINGTON — For people with chronic conditions, consistent medication use and access to routine health services to manage their condition is essential for maintaining a high quality of life. However, financial barriers created by outdated health insurance benefit designs can interrupt needed care for some patients. High-deductible health plans (HDHPs), for instance, feature lower-than-usual monthly

Tori Riebel named AllianceRx Walgreens Prime 2021 Pinnacle Award Winner

Tori Riebel named AllianceRx Walgreens Prime 2021 Pinnacle Award Winner

ORLANDO — Tori Riebel, manager of benefits at AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, received the specialty and home delivery pharmacy’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, as part of its third annual Excellence in Values celebration, held this week in Orlando. The Pinnacle Award recognizes a team member who has gone above and beyond in their work and consistently demonstrates the company’s

Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle launches free digital quoting and enrollment tool

Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle launches free digital quoting and enrollment tool

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle announces the launch of its free digital quoting and enrollment tool in advance of Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP), which begins Friday, Oct. 15 and ends Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. It is advised that Medicare recipients review their plan each year to ensure they have the best coverage

FDA’s panel backs Moderna’s booster shot for high-risk groups

FDA’s panel backs Moderna’s booster shot for high-risk groups

WASHINGTON — U.S. health advisers announced Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster protection against the virus. The panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that

CRN applauds nomination of Robert Califf for FDA Commissioner

CRN applauds nomination of Robert Califf for FDA Commissioner

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, applauds today’s nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, for Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The following is a statement from CRN’s president and CEO, Steve Mister: “CRN congratulates Dr. Robert M. Califf

Amobee and Catalina team on in-flight optimization initiative for CPG brands

Amobee and Catalina team on in-flight optimization initiative for CPG brands

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Amobee,and Catalina announced a strategic partnership to provide advertisers with real-time insights from UPC-level transaction data. Through this partnership, advertisers will now be able to leverage Amobee’s In-Flight Optimization for CPG brands with insights from Catalina’s real-time Point of Sale (POS) data to analyze current campaign effectiveness, and inform online strategy

NCA debuts new sweet insights report on chocolate consumers

NCA debuts new sweet insights report on chocolate consumers

WASHINGTON – The National Confectioners Association released on Thursday a new report exploring chocolate consumption patterns and preferences titled Getting to Know Chocolate Consumers 2021: Exploring Consumer Demographics, Consumption Preferences and Shopping Habits for Mainstream, Premium and Fine Chocolate. Conducted by 210 Analytics and made financially possible by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association and Barry CallebautUSA, the report provides

WBA announces consumer-centric health care strategy

WBA announces consumer-centric health care strategy

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) launched on Thursday its new consumer-centric health care strategy to drive sustainable, long-term profitable growth. The plan features the launch of Walgreens Health, a new business segment enabled by investments in VillageMD and CareCentrix, accelerating the company’s capabilities in primary care, post-acute care and home care. The strategic

NACDS report shows expanded role of pharmacies

NACDS report shows expanded role of pharmacies

ARLINGTON, Va.– A new report released Thursday by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security describes pharmacies’ success before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in confronting health inequities and disparities and issues recommendations for further progress in this critical area. The report, entitled “Striving Toward Health Equity in

WBA makes $5.2 billion investment in VillageMD

WBA makes $5.2 billion investment in VillageMD

DEERFIELD, Ill. —  Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has agreed to make an additional investment in VillageMD to advance its strategic position in the delivery of value-based primary care, a $1 trillion, fast-growing segment of the health care system. The companies said on Thursday that the $5.2 billion investment will accelerate the opening of at least

WBA’s fourth quarter results beat expectations

WBA’s fourth quarter results beat expectations

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance beat Wall Street’s expectations for fourth quarter revenue and earnings, with COVID-19 vaccinations and tests boosting traffic and demand rising for cough-cold medications and vitamins. Walgreens administered 13.5 million vaccines during the three months ended August 31 — almost double the 7 million it had expected to provide. Adjusted

Checkable Wellness launches multivitamin collection

Checkable Wellness launches multivitamin collection

FARGO, N.D. — Checkable Wellness is launching its initial supplement collection that empowers women to take charge of their health. This product line supports digestive health, urinary tract balance, hair and skin nourishment, memory improvement and sleep enhancement. New Checkable Wellness Collection: Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies: help with weight loss management, regulating blood sugar and

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