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CouponCabin.com announces more than 100 million clicked coupons

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Online coupon site CouponCabin.com has reached the fifth year of its life as a company and passed a milestone of 100 million coupons clicked, the company announced Tuesday.

The site features more than 1,000 online store partners and more than 5,000 coupons and deals.

“It’s been five great years for all of us at CouponCabin.com, and we are eager to top the 5,000 coupons mark more often, especially as the economy continues to be challenging,” president Scott Kluth said. “I think the main reason we’ve been successful is because we offer easy ways for online shoppers to save on a lot of different products and services.”

The site receives about 1 million visitors a month and has saved customers about $250 million since its inception, the company said.

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Judge orders Ely Lilly to unseal Zyprexa documents

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York said Friday he would unseal documents concerning Zyprexa, Eli Lilly’s schizophrenia drug.

Judge Jack Weinstein’s ruling was related to his granting of class-action status to a group of unions, pension funds and insurance companies alleging that the Indianapolis-based drug maker failed to disclose some of the drug’s side effects and marketed it for uses for which regulators had not approved it.

The documents date back to 2004, when several patients sued Lilly, alleging that Zyprexa (olanzapine) caused them to develop diabetes and gain excessive weight.

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New York legislation: pharmacists can administer vaccinations

BY Alaric DeArment

ALBANY, N.Y. Starting Dec. 4, pharmacists can apply to New York’s state government for certification to administer vaccinations, under legislation signed Friday by Gov. David Paterson.

The certifications will cost $100 every three years and require training. The shots will still require prescriptions.

The purpose of the bill, supporters said, was to increase the number of vaccinations in the state; in New York City, this could mean an additional 50,000 elderly.

“Allowing pharmacists to immunize would increase access to vaccinations, as pharmacies are open long hours, on weekends and most holidays,” said Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Long Island Republican who sponsored the bill.

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