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Bartell launches teddy bear drive for kids

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is accepting donations of teddy bears for children in stressful and traumatic situations at its stores as part of a program set to last through the first of April, the regional chain said Monday.

Bartell’s, which operates 58 stores in and around Seattle, said customers could buy an official "Bartell Bear" for $7 or donate a new or gently used teddy bear less than 12-in. size for the "Teddy Bear Patrol" campaign. The company is teaming up with local radio station Warm 106.9 FM for the effort.

The drive also includes special collection events at three of the chain’s stores.

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First Databank launches rebranding effort

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Clinical drug information provider First Databank is rebranding itself, the company said Monday.

FDB said the rebranding initiative was designed to focus attention on the role of integrated drug knowledge in healthcare information technology. The initiative will include a new logo and corporate identity program and revamped website, as well as changes to its drug database, the National Drug Data File and FDB MedKnowledge, and a new blog.

"The healthcare environment, including how medications are ordered, dispensed and administered, has evolved and so have we," FDB president and CEO Greg Dorn said. "Today, we are looking at medication decision-making in a whole new way — driven by a crystal-clear understanding that technology must work, first and foremost, to serve the needs of the clinician. We live in an era where insights and innovation, propelled by collaboration in healthcare delivery, will make an enormous difference in the lives of patients."

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Energizer to roll out flameless wax candles collection

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Energizer has teamed up with Liown Electronics for its latest line of flameless wax candles.

Made with real wax and featuring advanced LED technology, Energizer said the candles offer the same benefits of a traditional flamed candle without the worry of open flames. The collection will include a broad range of colors and scents, traditional size pillars, as well as votives and a full assortment of seasonal options.

"People love the wonderful scents and ambiance candles create, but often are worried about the safety of an open flame," Energizer’s general manager of strategic ventures Anne Bannister said. "These candles are perfect for families with children and pets or those that worry about forgetting to blow out their candles. We expect a great response from retailers and consumers to our new LED flameless wax candles that are both safe and beautiful, and deliver the quality they’ve come to expect from the Energizer brand."

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