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Healthier snack options to augment move toward fresh

BY Michael Johnsen

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Worried you can’t get your child to eat their vegetables? Pack them in a chip. This Creative Snacks product pictured here was part of a Wegmans standee display just outside the pharmacy aisle and across the way from more natural chip selections (Terra Sweet Potato Chips, for example). These kinds of products may dovetail nicely with the drug channel’s move toward fresh — merchandising a healthier snack option in an easy-in, easy-out retail setting.

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WAG, Novo Nordisk, Sharps Compliance team up to offer free needle disposal system

BY Alaric DeArment

HOUSTON — Walgreens and Novo Nordisk are working with Sharps Compliance to offer Sharps’ Complete Needle Collection & Disposal System for customers who use injectable drugs.

Sharps said Monday that the program with the pharmacy retail company and drug maker would offer the system for free in a special promotional program that lasts from Oct. 23 until Nov. 19 and coincides with National Diabetes Month, with sponsorship from Novo Nordisk. The disposal system allows users of such injectables as insulin to safely dispose of used needles and ship them to Sharps, which then destroys them.

"Our unique three-way cooperative arrangement with Walgreens and Novo Nordisk is the first of its kind to involve a retail pharmacy and pharmaceutical manufacturer to address the proper handling and disposal of needles for the approximately 13.5 million people that require injectable medications for their health and well-being," Sharps president and CEO David Tusa said.

Under the program, which is receiving sponsorship from Novo Nordisk, customers at Walgreens can purchase the system at any Walgreens store and then receive a rebate form at the register for the $4.99 cost of the system.

"We believe that working together, we have an excellent opportunity to offer our customers a safe, environmentally friendly means of disposing of their needles, syringes or other injectable devices and are proud to offer the easy-to-use system for their safety and convenience," Walgreens group VP pharmacy operations Suzanne Hansen said.


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CDC: More than 10% of American adolescents, adults take antidepressants

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — More than 1-in-10 Americans ages 12 years and older take antidepressants, and the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased 400% between 1988 and 2008, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found 11% of American adolescents and adults were using drugs to treat depression between 2005 and 2008. Girls and women were more likely than boys and men to take the drugs, while non-Hispanic whites were more likely to take them than non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican-Americans.

About one-third of people with severe depression took antidepressant drugs, while more than 60% of Americans taking the drugs had taken them for two years or longer. Fourteen percent had taken them for 10 years or longer.

Results of the study were based on the NHANES medical examination, which included 13,897 people ages 12 years and older.


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