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CVS to donate $3 for every flu shot to USO

BY Alaric DeArment

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is using flu shots to support the USO in recognition of Veterans Day.

CVS/pharmacy said Wednesday that it would donate $3 to the USO during the week of the holiday, between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17, pledging a minimum donation of $50,000, and up to $100,000. The company said the idea was to remind Americans that a flu shot is the best way to protect against flu.

"We are pleased to partner with the USO again this year to remind those who protect our country to protect themselves with a flu shot this season," CVS Caremark VP pharmacy affairs Papatya Tankut said. "Veterans Day week is an ideal time to get vaccinated before flu season peaks because it takes a couple of weeks after the vaccine is given to provide full immunization against influenza."


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Walgreens recognizes vets with discount on Veterans Day

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To honor and celebrate the service and commitment of the nation’s military heroes, Walgreens on Wednesday announced the offer of a discount to all veterans and active duty military in support of Veterans Day. On Sunday, Nov. 11, veterans will receive 15% off eligible store items and 20% off Walgreens and W Brand products with a valid military ID or proof of service at any Walgreens and Duane Reade drug store nationwide.

“To our employees who are veterans and veterans across this great nation, we want to thank you for your service, sacrifice and courage,” stated Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “We are grateful for their contributions, and want to offer our appreciation and respect to all who have served.”

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H.D. Smith readies for second major storm system projected to hit New Jersey, New York coastline

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The New York Metro Division of H. D. Smith Wholesalers on Tuesday announced it has been preparing for the Nor’easter — anticipated to impact the northeastern United States as soon as Wednesday — by following the same emergency preparedness protocols the wholesaler had put into action both before and after Hurricane Sandy. 

"Our foremost priority is ensuring that local pharmacies — the first place so many people turn to for medical and emergency supplies — can help patients access the medicines and home health products they need," stated Dale Smith, president and CEO of H. D. Smith.

The New York Metro division prepared for Hurricane Sandy by providing extra deliveries and instructing customers to stock up ahead of the storm in case of supply chain disruptions. After the storm passed, the division was up and running on a generator and filled and delivered orders to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and independent pharmacy retailers.  

"Thanks to proactive planning and preparedness, along with dedicated employees, … we were able to continue to supply vital pharmaceuticals, home health care, durable medical equipment, OTC medications and consumer goods to our many customers in the New York Tri-state area and beyond," added Christian Herrington, corporate VP operations at H. D. Smith.

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