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Jean Coutu Group develops Rx refill app

BY Michael Johnsen

LONGUEUIL, Quebec The Jean Coutu Group on Monday launched the first application in Canada that allows the refilling of prescriptions from a smart phone without going through a mobile website.

“In cooperation with Tactio Software, we have created a state-of-the-art iPhone application that allows our customers to have their prescriptions refilled at any time,” stated Alain Lafortune, SVP purchasing and marketing at JCG. “More and more people use a smart phone, so it had become important to position ourselves at the technological forefront and [by doing] so, remain a leader in our sector.”

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FDA approves OraSure Technologies’ hepatitis C test

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new rapid blood test for detecting hepatitis C, the agency said Friday.

The FDA approved Bethlehem, Pa.-based OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick HCV rapid antibody test, a test strip that delivers results in about 20 minutes. The test however, is not approved for HCV screening of the general population.

About 3.2 million people in the United States are chronically infected with HCV, and 17,000 people are newly infected each year. The disease can lead to liver disease and cancer, and is associated with around 12,000 deaths in the United States annually.

“Approval of OraQuick means that more patients can be notified of their HCV infection faster so that they can consult with their physicians for appropriate health measures,” FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health director Jeffrey Shuren stated. “Getting faster treatment is an important public health step to control this dangerous disease.”

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A&P expands Live Better!

BY Allison Cerra

MONTVALE, N.J. The A&P family of supermarkets has expanded the Live Better! Wellness Club for its A&P, SuperFresh, Waldbaum’s and Pathmark stores throughout the Northeast to include a new incentives program.

Fresh & Healthy Rewards provides Live Better! members with 20%-off coupons when they spend $50 in the produce section. Customers can sign up for the Live Better! wellness club at the courtesy desk or pharmacy department of their local A&P, SuperFresh, Waldbaum’s and Pathmark supermarkets.

The supermarket chain said the new program reflects its committment to providing shoppers with budget-friendly ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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