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I-trax’s CHD Meridian to open new center in Wyoming

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHADDS FORD, Pa. CHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax company, plans to open a new healthcare center and pharmacy in Gillette, Wyo., that will serve employees of multiple mining companies that have formed a coalition known as the Wyoming Quality Healthcare Coalition.

In March, Walgreens announced the creation of a new Health and Wellness division that will manage health centers and pharmacies at large-company worksites, while continuing the rollout of Take Care Health Clinics located at its retail stores nationwide. As part of the new division’s strategy, Walgreens plans to acquire I-trax and privately held Whole Health Management of Cleveland. Walgreens estimates the current potential market for worksite health centers and pharmacies includes more than 7,600 corporate campuses of 1,000 employees or more.

The new health center is expected to open in July. It will incorporate primary care services, an on-site pharmacy, radiology and lab services. More than 5,200 employees, their covered dependents and retirees, will have access to the center. It will be staffed by about 15 healthcare and administrative professionals, including a wellness professional.

“We are pleased that the Wyoming Quality Healthcare Coalition, through its rigorous search process, selected CHD Meridian to work with them to create this new center,” stated R. Dixon Thayer, chief executive officer of CHD Meridian. “We believe that selecting us is recognition of our 40-year-plus history of providing on-site healthcare services to some of this country’s largest employers.”

The coalition is comprised of three mining holding companies including Foundation Coal West, Powder River Coal Company and Rio Tinto Energy America and their affiliates.

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GE introduces ChipCap humidity and temperature gauge

BY Diana Alickaj

BILLERICA, Mass. GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies has announced a new product; proven to lower the cost of humidity and temperature sensor integration by 50 percent or more, according to published reports.

The product is known as ChipCap, a sensor for relative humidity and temperature used for the HVAC, automotive, medical and appliance industries. It is the only device that offers digital and analog configurations on a single chip. According to published reports, it is also highly resistant to contaminants and is programmed to fully recover in condensing environments.

Bryan Conner, Global Product Manager of Gas and Moisture for GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, says, “ChipCap offers a full factory calibrated solution. It doesn’t require further signal conditioning, therefore reducing the overall design time in integration and time to market for new products. By eliminating the need for calibration, end users increase throughput and lower cycle time once in production.” The new product is sad to save an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 in capital equipment costs and calibration labor, according to published reports.

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Oxycontin removed from Walgreens Tampa Bay locations

BY Diana Alickaj

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. As a response to recent pharmacy robberies in the Tampa Bay area, Walgreens has decided to remove the drug Oxycontin from some of its Tampa Bay stores, according to published reports.

Oxycontin, which is supposed to be used in treatment for severe pain or injuries, as well as cancer, has been identified as a street drug with names like OC, Ox, Kicker or Oxy. The most recent robbery occurred on March 27, according to published reports, during which a man pulled out a gun to obtain Oxycontin.

Carol Hively, a spokesperson from Walgreens, released the following statement in response to the news of the removal of Oxycontin:

“Walgreens is in the process of removing OxyContin from some of its stores in the Tampa area. This is a temporary measure we’re taking for the safety of our customers and employees, in response to local robberies. Signs are posted in our stores informing pharmacy patients of the change.”

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