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Harris Teeter helps customers save via pharmacy promotion

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter has launched its Rx Punch Card promotion, which can help loyalty program customers save on groceries when they fill or transfer a prescription to one of the chain’s pharmacy locations.

As part of Rx Punch Card promotion, VIC loyalty program customers that transfer or fill a prescription will receive a $20 electronic coupon, which automatically will be applied to their card, for use on their next Harris Teeter grocery purchase of $20 or more. VIC households can earn up to 10, $20 coupons during the promotion for a total of $200 in savings, the company said.

The promotion runs through April 3.

Harris Teeter operates 136 pharmacy locations in six states, including Washington, D.C.

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Laurry Hinds joins BioPlus

BY Allison Cerra

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Laurry Hinds has been named regional director at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy, responsible for business development in western North Carolina, the company announced.

Hinds, a registered nurse, will focus on hepatitis C and intravenous immunoglobulin sales. IVIG is a blood product used to treat certain immune deficiencies, autoimmune diseases and acute infections.

“We are delighted that Laurry has joined our business development team. She brings a rare combination of enthusiasm and knowledge that I know will create strong relationships with the referral sources in her market,” BioPlus VP sales Bill Cook said.


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Galderma Labs launches new pump design for rosacea drug

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas — Galderma Labs has launched a newly designed pump dispenser for a drug used to treat rosacea, the drug maker said Tuesday.

Galderma announced the availability of the dispenser for MetroGel (metronidazole) gel in the 1% strength. The drug is used to treat bumps and blemishes in patients with rosacea. The Food and Drug Administration approved the pump in October.

"MetroGel 1% is the most widely prescribed branded topical medication for rosacea by physicians, and it makes sense to provide this proven treatment to patients in a way that suits their desire for more convenience," University of California Los Angeles clinical instructor of dermatology Debra Luftman said. "Not only will the pump make it simpler for patients to use the treatment, it may help provide consistent dosing so that patients use the correct amount of medication."

Rosacea, which is treatable but has no cure, affects more than 16 million people in the United States.


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