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Class action law firm taken to task for fabricating claims against supplement cos.

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Bayer executive joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce board

BY Michael Johnsen

WHIPPANY, N.J. – Bayer on Thursday announced that Raymond Kerins Jr., SVP communications, government relations and policy, has been elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business organization. 
 
Kerins, who joined Bayer in 2013 after serving in senior executive positions at Pfizer and Merck, is a veteran communications and government relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in helping global multinational corporations improve their financial performance and overall corporate reputation. Kerins will work closely with his fellow directors on the Chamber board to advocate for pro-business policies. 
 
"I am honored to join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and look forward to actively engaging stakeholders all around the world," Kerins said. "The Chamber has a long and storied history of serving as the voice for business in the United States and abroad. We must continue that great work by engaging Americans and educating policymakers on how best to keep America's economy growing."
 
Kerins also serves as a board member of the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center and Chairman of one of GIPC's Engagement Task Forces.
 
 
 

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Walgreens tracks the beginnings of flu activity in Texas and the South

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – While Walgreens Flu Index data suggests a slight increase in flu activity in some markets, overall activity remains relatively low across most of the U.S. 
 
For the week of Dec. 6, the top 10 markets with flu activity are predominantly in Texas. 
 
  1. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas;
  2. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas;
  3. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas;
  4. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.;
  5. Chattanooga, Tenn.;
  6. Montgomery – Selma, Ala.;
  7. Knoxville, Tenn.;
  8. Birmingham (Anniston & Tuscaloosa), Ala.;
  9. Columbus – Tupelo – West Point – Houston, Miss.; and
  10. Austin, Texas. 
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.
 

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