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Bi-Lo Holdings acquires 22 Piggly Wigglys across South Carolina, Georgia

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings on Thursday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to acquire 22 Piggly Wiggly stores with approximately 1,200 store employees in South Carolina and coastal Georgia.  

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We look forward to welcoming these new associates to the Bi-Lo Holdings family and to building on the strength of these stores," stated Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. "We will continue to fine-tune our company and network of stores so that we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers — the freshest foods, the best deals and really connecting to their neighborhoods."

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the transaction, the acquired stores will be rebranded under the BI-LO banner name.


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Walgreens raised more than $4.6 million to support Type 1 diabetes research in July

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Throughout the month of July, customers of Walgreens helped raise more than $4.6 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. 

"We are grateful to Walgreens for its exceptional support of our mission, and we thank all of its customers for making such a positive impact on our research programs and helping the millions of people affected by Type 1 diabetes," Jeffery Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF, stated. "For more than two decades, Walgreens has been a dedicated corporate participant, and JDRF is pleased to work with a company that is helping to lessen the impact of Type 1 diabetes until we find a cure."

"Walgreens’ Way to Well Commitment is dedicated to providing resources that help with the prevention and detection of today’s leading diseases," said Jack Cantlin, divisional VP retail clinical services for Walgreens. "We’d like to thank our customers for their contributions and aligned efforts to help people get, stay and live well."

JDRF and Walgreens are teaming up again this fall to give JDRF supporters the chance to support T1D research when they get their flu shots. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, Walgreens will donate $1 to JDRF for each flu shot administered when a customer presents the JDRF/Walgreens flyer at checkout. Walgreens has committed a minimum of $25,000 to this program, with a maximum of $100,000.

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Pertussis more common among older adults than previously thought, GSK study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — While pertussis is often considered a childhood disease, a new study from GlaxoSmithKline indicates it’s a lot more common among older adults than commonly reported.

The study, released Thursday at the 2013 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, estimated that the actual number of pertussis cases among adults ages 50 years to 64 years was about 520,000 this year, as opposed to the 8,764 cases that were treated, and about 465,000 among those ages 65 years and older, despite the 6,359 cases treated.

In other words, that means about 202 cases per 100,000 adults ages 50 years to 64 years, and 257 per 100,000 among those ages 65 years and older — about 42 to 105 times higher than those that are medically attended.

"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], other public health authorities and infectious disease experts have long suspected that pertussis cases in adults go undetected or are misdiagnosed as other respiratory ailments," GSK Vaccines VP and director of scientific affairs and public health Leonard Friedland said. "To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to quantify the incidence of cough illness attributed to B. pertussis via regression modeling among those greater than 50 years old."

 

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