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A chemical analyzer that fits in the palm of your hand

BY Gina Acosta

LA JOLLA, Calif. — A new smartphone device is aiming to disrupt the personal health care industry.

MyDx is the first battery operated, handheld, chemical analyzer for consumers. The patented device is being developed to tell consumers everything from the chemical toxicity of the water in their cup to the THC levels of cannabis, which is the first market that MyDx is pursuing due to the industry’s rapid growth and high demand for a practical and cost-effective testing device.

MyDx was founded by former Pfizer scientist and Panasonic technology and market developer Daniel Yazbeck, who was concerned about the chemicals surrounding our daily lives, including the growing number of pesticides that are sprayed on most fruits and vegetables.

“The advantage [of MyDx] is empowering people to make more informed decisions, to trust and verify for themselves the chemicals in what they eat, drink and inhale,” Yazbeck said. 

The company recently announced a $4 million distribution agreement targeting the cannabis market. This follows its initial revenues of close to $219,000 in its first quarter of sales, which was generated almost exclusively from direct to consumer online sales following a modest marketing campaign. 

To watch videos of the MyDx product, click here.

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Giant Eagle COO announces retirement

BY Michael Johnsen
PITTSBURGH – A career that began in 1974 as a Giant Eagle supermarket clerk will end on June 30, 2016 as one of the company’s most instrumental figures in recent decades, president and COO John Lucot, will retire after 42 years of service to the Pittsburgh-area grocer.
 
“John’s value to Giant Eagle is immeasurable," stated Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet, who will also assume COO responsibilities for the company moving forward. "In addition to his expertise, steadfast leadership and competitive and fiery spirit, the profound and positive impact he has had on the lives of our team members cannot be understated.”
 
“The fact that I have spent my entire career with Giant Eagle is a testament to the compassionate spirit and commitment to the personal growth of others that is at the core of our wonderful organization,” Lucot said. “And it is this commitment to serving others, including our tens of thousands of team members and millions of customers, that I will miss most.”
 
Lucot has served in his current leadership role since January 2012. His tenure has included executive positions in distribution, retail development, real estate and operations. 
 
With Lucot as a member of the senior leadership team, Giant Eagle has experienced significant growth, the grocer noted, entering new markets and launching new banners including Market District. Additionally, during this time, Giant Eagle launched its fuelperks! customer loyalty initiative and has enhanced its Own Brands program, which now includes more than 12,000 products equal to or better than the national brand counterparts.
 

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Walgreens makes naloxone available throughout New Mexico

BY Michael Johnsen
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Tuesday announced it has expanded the availability of naloxone to all of its New Mexico pharmacies, in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.
 
Naloxone is now accessible in more than 70 Walgreens pharmacies throughout New Mexico. Previously, the medication was available without a physician’s prescription at Walgreens only in parts of the state. 
 
In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without requiring a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. Since its announcement, naloxone has been made available without a prescription in more than 1,500 Walgreens pharmacies throughout the states of Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
 

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