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Cutting specialty pharmacy costs

BY DSN STAFF

AUDIO Q&A: Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy in late February released data showing that both patients and their health plans can realize savings of up to 60% on the cost of infused specialty medications by choosing alternate treatment sites, such as the ones fielded by Walgreens. DSN caught up with Michael Einodshofer, director of utilization management at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, to discuss the potential cost-reduction impact savings it can have on employers and payers.

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SC Johnson takes green steps with expanded Mini concentrated cleaners line

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson has expanded its Mini line of concentrated cleaners, which are designed to help consumers make a greener refilling choice.

The Mini line, which now includes Fantastik, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout and Windex, builds on the company’s concentrated refill pilot last July. The pilot included the launch of Windex Mini, which was "designed to create dialogue, engage consumers about the green choice concentrates can offer and kick-start a concentrate revolution," SC Johnson said, adding that concentrated refills have the potential to save millions of pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills nationwide. All of the items in the line already are produced with 50% post-consumer-recycled content, while the Scrubbing Bubbles trigger bottle is made with 30% post-consumer-recycled-content.

Along with the line of concentrates, SC Johnson launched its new Green Choices Marketplace, an online store that offers consumers the opportunity to purchase any of its concentrate brands.

“We’ve been working to crack the code on what would make concentrated refills a more popular choice,” SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson said. “Now we’re adding improvements that reflect the feedback we’ve heard from Windex Mini users and move us closer to an option that we hope will create greater demand for these products. The resource savings with refills are hard to deny, and that’s something we really want to communicate and encourage.”

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‘The Descendants’ to be launched on Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Searchlight are bringing home one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD.

Directed by Alexander Payne, "The Descendants" stars George Clooney and Shailene Woodley, and is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. It follows the story of Matt King (Clooney, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the role), an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.

The Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release of the film is packed with deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes extras and exclusive featurettes. "The Descendants" will hit retail on March 13.

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