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AccuDial: Parent-tested, parent-approved

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — AccuDial Pharmaceutical on Thursday announced its Children’s AccuDial line of pediatric medications featuring the company’s accurate weight-based dosing label has been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval.

“Winning the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval is both humbling and exciting for AccuDial Pharmaceutical,” AccuDial chairman and CEO Robert Terwilliger said. “We found that by leveraging innovative technology, AccuDial’s labeling system is able to meet both a functional and emotional need in consumers that resonates in the market.”

PTPA Media consists of North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with more than 40,000 parents. Because independent parent volunteers evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience — not on commercial considerations, the company stated.

“At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust,” PTPA Media CEO Sharon Vinderine said. “When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and websites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless.”

AccuDial also announced the company will soon launch Children’s Pain and Fever with acetaminophen in five flavors: cherry, dye-free cherry, bubblegum, strawberry and grape.

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Harris Teeter closes three stores amid hurricane

BY Allison Cerra

MATTHEWS, N.C. — North Carolina-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter has elected to close three locations due to the inclement weather.

Stores in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Corolla, N.C., and Kitty Hawk, N.C., were all closed as Hurricane Irene continues its path along the eastern shores.

Harris Teeter also noted that it has prepositioned tractor trailers with generators and dry ice at key distribution points and also has stocked stores in advance with disaster supplies including water and ice.

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Walgreens preps patients for Hurricane Irene

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As officials across the East Coast closely monitor the approach of Hurricane Irene, Walgreens on Thursday afternoon released several tips for assuring prescription needs are met for those potentially impacted by the storm.

In the event of evacuation, patients should proceed to a safe location first and refill any medications at the nearest pharmacy. That allows patients to avoid potentially long lines at their local pharmacy, and they won’t needlessly delay any evacuation.

Patients should also pack their current medications in a waterproof bag — even if the bottle is empty. The information on the prescription label will help a pharmacist refill the medicine once they’ve arrived at their destination. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine.

Other suggestions included keeping a written record of current prescriptions with other valuable papers, including information on current dosage and doctor’s contact information. Walgreens patients can register online at Walgreens.com and print out this information directly from their patient profile, the pharmacy operator noted.

Users of Web-enabled cell phones can also register for Walgreens mobile applications to order prescription refills while on the go and locate the nearest pharmacy.

Walgreens also is a member of ICERx.org (In Case of Emergency Prescriptions), a secure prescription information network available to pharmacists and doctors during a national emergency. As a member, Walgreens pharmacists can fill prescriptions and access information for hurricane-affected patients even if the patient normally uses another pharmacy.

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