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CVS/pharmacy reaches mobile customers with iPhone app

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy has developed a free, downloadable application for mobile customers that seek to manage their prescriptions and shopping lists on the go.

The drug store chain said that its app is available for the iPhone, can be downloaded from iTunes or the Apple app store and allows customers to take advantage of the following features:

  • Find nearby CVS/pharmacy locations using the GPS-based store locator with integrated driving directions and maps;
  • Refill prescriptions from a personalized prescription history for pickup at any CVS/pharmacy;
  • Transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy to CVS/pharmacy;
  • Access the Drug Information Center to retrieve critical details about medication management, including instructions for use, dosing information, side effects and relevant safety warnings;
  • View and manage sales circular to create a custom shopping list and identify money-saving deals each week; and
  • Schedule a flu shot at any local CVS/pharmacy location.

“We have introduced the CVS/pharmacy mobile application to give customers the ability to manage prescriptions and access important health information from any location,” said Rob Price, SVP marketing and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy. “In addition to managing prescriptions, the mobile application will provide instant access to our flu shot scheduler, and even allow customers to plan shopping trips in advance using our mobile circular. With more than 7,000 locations and the addition of this mobile application, CVS/pharmacy continues to be the most convenient destination for our customers’ healthcare needs.”

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A&D Medical rolls out new monitoring devices

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN JOSE, Calif. A&D Medical on Wednesday introduced three new wireless telehealth and wellness devices featuring ANT technology.

 

A&D Medical’s monitoring devices with ANT wireless technology are essential feedback components for wellness coaching and health tracking, the company stated. Suitable for Web-based employee health programs, disease management, prevention programs and consumer wellness solutions, A&D Medical’s ANT devices enable a richer, more data-driven experience for both program administrators and end users.

 

 

These three A&D Medical products are designed for use with both mHealth and eHealth applications. Using ANT technology, the new products include a tri-axial activity monitor, precision personal health scale and an automatic blood pressure monitor. Each of these products feature an ANT wireless radio with automatic data transmission for seamless health metrics tracking.

 

 

ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low-power practical wireless networking applications. It is designed for ease of use, efficiency and scalability with an installed base of more than 11 million nodes to date.

 

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Cub Foods addresses gluten allergies with diet management program

BY Allison Cerra

STILLWATER, Minn. Supervalu’s Cub Foods is looking to help customers with gluten sensitivity with the launch of a new, informative diet management program at its stores located in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Developed by Supervalu’s health-and-wellness team and dietitians, the program will roll out in phases over the next three months. The program will present in-store signage about gluten-free foods in Cub Foods stores — as well as in Supervalu’s family of other stores — and also will feature gluten-free shopping lists and guides. In addition to recipes, more extensive gluten-free shopping lists and snack and meal solutions will be available on the stores’ websites.

The new program builds on Supervalu’s Nutrition iQ program, an in-store nutrition ratings system to help customers identify healthy food choices.

“For people suffering from gluten intolerance, eating foods with gluten causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine, which can result in nutrients passing through the body without being absorbed. This may contribute to other health concerns, including malnutrition, some types of cancers and a variety of autoimmune diseases,” said Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu pharmacy director of clinical programs. “As a whole, the U.S. population is seeing an uptick in gluten intolerance, and there are many more people who have it — but don’t know it. This program is designed to help people manage a gluten-free diet and hopefully encourage others to seek advice from a healthcare professional about a possible sensitivity to gluten.”

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