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California Pharmacists Association partners with PrescribeWellness to promote flu shots

BY Alaric DeArment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Pharmacists Association and PrescribeWellness have launched a partnership designed to boost flu vaccination rates, the CPhA said Wednesday.

The "One Million More" flu shot campaign aims to increase the year-over-year influenza vaccination rate by 1 million immunizations by donating communication materials to flu shot administrators so that they can educate patients about the importance and ease of getting a flu shot.

"This initiative demonstrates the important role that pharmacists play as the most accessible healthcare provider in a community," CPhA CEO Jon Roth said. "Today, pharmacists do much more than safely dispense medication; they provide immunizations, diabetes management, cholesterol screenings and an array of other important health services."


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Safeskin covers up sports-related injuries for kids, teens

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA — Kimberly-Clark has introduced a new colored sports wrap specifically created for children and teens.

Safeskin kids sports wrap is designed to secure bandages and splints, as well as cushion or support wounds. The self-adhesive, water-resistant, latex-free and reusable wrap is available in blue, red, green and yellow.

"More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries each year, with strains and sprains being among the most common complaints," said Jamie Britton, marketing leader for the Kimberly-Clark home professional business. "When this happens, we think kids should have superior support to get back in the game, as well as the opportunity for self-expression. They shouldn’t have to wear the same dull sports wraps as adults."

Safeskin kids sports wrap currently is available at Walmart for a suggested retail price of $3.94, with expanded distribution expected in early 2012.


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Deloitte survey: Consumers still spending on holidays despite economic concern

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

NEW YORK — Despite concerns about the economy and rising household expenses, nearly 3-out-of-5 consumers (59%) will put aside economic worries and spend the same or more this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s 26th annual survey of holiday spending intentions and trends. While this is a slight decline from 2010, it represents an eight percentage point increase from 2009.

“Lackluster employment growth, debt crises and stock market fluctuations have battered consumer confidence while inflation left many with lighter wallets this fall,” said Alison Paul, vice chairman and U.S. retail and distribution leader at Deloitte LLP. “Consumers will be conservative this holiday season, but remain resilient and maintain a more positive interest in holiday shopping than we witnessed during the recession.”

Among holiday shopping destinations, the Internet and discount stores are at the top of the list, with 48% of consumers planning to shop these two destinations for holiday gifts. While online interest climbed, discounters slid 10 percentage points from the 2010.

More than one-quarter (27%) of smartphone owners said they plan to use their devices for holiday shopping to search for store locations (67%), compare prices (59%) and check product availability (46%). Additionally, 44% said they plan to use social media to seek discounts, read reviews and check family and friends’ gift lists.

“Consumers are using online and mobile platforms to make the most of their holiday budgets, and the survey indicates that they will do more than just compare prices,” Paul said. “Retailers that use mobile and online channels to show product availability, locations and pricing but add customized promotions and gift ideas may encourage shoppers to come in the door for a specific gift and take additional items to the register.”

In other survey findings:

  • Of the 68% of consumers who plan to change the way they shop to save money, 51% said they plan to head online to find better prices — up 10% from last year — while 46% said they plan to buy more items that qualify for free shipping;

  • More than half of consumers (53%) reported plans to begin shopping before Thanksgiving, but 73% said they intend to hold out until after this holiday to make the majority of their purchases;

  • Apparel ranked as the most popular holiday gift (48%), followed by gift cards (45%, down 11% from last year); and

  • Higher-income households’ gift spending will hold up, while middle- and lower-income groups are paring back. Households earning $100,000 or more annually expect to trim gift spending by 2% to shell out an average of $812 on gifts, compared with a 26% drop to $291 on gifts among those earning less than $100,000.

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