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Carmex expands skin care portfolio with new 13-oz. lotion pump

BY Antoinette Alexander

MILWAUKEE — Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balm products, has expanded its skin care line with the new Carmex Healing Lotion in a 13-oz. pump.

With the addition of the new 13-oz. lotion pump, and other trial and travel sizes now available, Carma Laboratories has developed its skin care line into multiple product sizes. The suggested retail price for the new pump is $10.99.

“Carmex fans have embraced our skin care line since we unveiled the Healing Lotion and Healing Cream last year,” stated Paul Woelbing, president of Carma Labs. “Our goal was to leverage the healing power of Carmex to develop a family of skin care products that work, as well as our popular lip balm. We are excited that we now offer two Carmex skin care formulas in a variety of sizes to serve virtually every customer need.”

Originally sold exclusively at Walgreens and Walgreens.com, Carmex skin care products now will be available this fall at most national chain drug and retail stores including Walmart, CVS, Meijer and Drugstore.com.

Carmex Healing Lotion features aloe and vitamin E to moisturize, heal and protect skin from dryness. In addition to the new 13-oz. pump, Carmex Healing Lotion is available in a 5.5-oz. tube for a suggested retail price of $5.99 and a 1-oz. trial-size tube that retails for 99 cents.

In 2010, Carmex unveiled its new skin care line — Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream — the first Carmex products outside of the lip balm category.

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‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Scott Pelley to be keynote speaker at NACDS Foundation Dinner

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has tapped "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley to be the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Foundation Dinner on Nov. 29 in New York.

“We are honored that distinguished journalist Scott Pelley will provide the keynote address at this year’s NACDS Foundation Dinner,” stated Edith Rosato, president of the NACDS Foundation.  “We look forward to his captivating accounts and energizing message, crafted with the benefit of a 20-year career on the front line of news and politics.”

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Pelley became a national reporter for CBS News in 1989.  He went on to become the network’s chief White House correspondent.  During his career, he covered some of the biggest domestic and international news stories and interviewed a variety of world leaders, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Pelley has received multiple awards for his reporting and investigative work.

Pelley and his "60 Minutes" team provided independent coverage of 2003’s invasion of Iraq, having decided to forego the Pentagon’s approach to “embedding” reporters within the U.S. forces.  He also is known for diverse reporting, including an award-winning investigation of child slavery in India, and an interview in 2008 with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke — despite the tradition by which the Federal Reserve chairman refrains from such exposure.  In 2002, Pelley was granted the only interview with President George W. Bush on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“The NACDS Foundation values the opportunity to present highly relevant insights on an evening that celebrates the NACDS Foundation’s highly relevant work to advance public health,” Rosato stated.

The NACDS Foundation is guided by a mission to utilize and support education, research, and charitable involvement to help people improve their health and quality of life through an understanding of medication therapy and the importance of taking medications appropriately.  Each year, the financial support provided by the Annual Dinner benefactors is used to develop programs and research to further advance patient care through community pharmacy.

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Sam’s Club to offer free thyroid health tests for women

BY Alaric DeArment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Mass merchandiser Sam’s Club is offering a free women’s health screening in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the chain said Tuesday.

Sam’s Club pharmacies will offer all women, including members and nonmembers, free thyroid health tests on Oct. 8 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., including the TSH test for thyroid disorders, blood pressure and body mass index tests. Thyroid disease affects millions of people in the United States — mostly women — and is often a symptom of other health issues and can lead to serious conditions, such as cancer and infertility.

"The estimated number of people with undiagnosed thyroid disease may be 10%," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "A woman faces as high as a 1-in-5 chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime, and that risk increases with age and for those with a family history of thyroid problems."


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