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Kinney Drugs opens store in Waterbury, Vt.

BY Alaric DeArment

WATERBURY, Vt. Kinney Drugs plans to give its newest store a big opening, the regional retail pharmacy chain announced Monday.

Kinney will stage an opening of its Waterbury, Vt., store on March 27, formerly a Vincent Drugs store. The opening ceremony will feature free blood pressure screenings and giveaways such as ice cream and bottled water and a contest to win a Conair gift basket, a big-screen TV and a $100 gift card.

The store will offer free prescription delivery, EZ Refill phone-in or online refill services and free vials containing personal medication information for use in an emergency. Front-of-store products will include consumables, OTC and beauty products, greeting cards and photo processing.

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Survey finds shoppers with a plan spend most money

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Coupon clippers and shoppers that plan their excursions to the supermarket are more likely to spend more money, according to a Henkel survey.

Henkel, a manufacturer of such brands as Dial soap, said that those who go to supermarkets with the intent to shop and save yield more profit than carefree shoppers. On average, coupon clippers spent more than $7,100 last year. What’s more, Henkel added, these shoppers accounted for 31% of spending on packaged goods in 2009, even though they only make up 26% of U.S. households.

Another interesting fact, the CPG maker noted, is that shoppers with a plan also are less likely to shop at new stores.

The survey was baed on tracking of about 40,000 households performed by ACNielsen and Information Resources Inc.

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Bayer aspirin quick release crystals

BY Michael Johnsen

CVS had this citrus-flavored Bayer aspirin quick release crystals clip-stripped within adult dentures. And while this product isn’t the 81 mg of aspirin recommended for daily consumption to prevent a second heart attack (it contains 850 mg in each powder pouch), there is still a very strong need for this kind of easily stored/quickly administered aspirin product for seniors.

Sufferers of any heart attack are recommended to chew and swallow aspirin just after they’ve dialed 911 and called for help. As the first aid for heart attacks, aspirin makes platelets less sticky and can minimize blood clot formation and prevent further blockage of the artery.

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