Kroger offers $4 co-pay program for diabetes test strips
CINCINNATI — Diabetes patients at Kroger pharmacies who have private insurance can pay $4 for blood-glucose test strips, the supermarket operator said.
Kroger said insured patients could pay a $4 co-pay for Kroger Premium test strips. People with diabetes can spend as much as $1,000 per year out of pocket on test strips alone, Kroger said.
"We listen to our customers, and one of their main worries is that their co-pay on blood-glucose test strips continues to rise," Kroger pharmacy marketing manager Teri Rose said. "Our Kroger $4 co-pay program immediately addresses that situation. Our hope is that by providing real savings, our customers can afford other medications, diabetic supplies or even healthy food items."
Kroger said that unlike co-pay buy-down programs offered by many blood-glucose test strip companies, Kroger’s program would not require patients to carry or renew any type of membership card.
GSK’s Alli, celebrity Samantha Harris team up to battle the bulge this holiday
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and TV personality Samantha Harris have teamed up to announce the launch of "Let’s Fight Holiday Fat" — a new, free online guide that provides weight maintenance support for Americans trying to squeeze in healthy eating and exercise this season.
The tool, created courtesy of Alli, an FDA-approved weight-loss aid available without a prescription — is for anyone interested in overcoming the holidays and being weight-loss-ready for 2013.
LetsFightHolidayFat.com combines three core elements for the weight-conscious during the holidays — diet, physical activity and motivation, all in an easy-to-use interface. It helps track goals and prepare for long-term success with various features, including:
- Follow-along fitness videos, from cross training to yoga/pilates;
- Healthy (i.e., reduced calorie, low-fat) daily meal suggestions and recipes;
- Custom calorie- and activity-tracking;
- Community and social features and forums;
- Smart phone accessibility; and
- Expert tips and tricks.
"GSK is excited to offer this new tool, specifically to help those looking for a guide during the difficult month of December when it comes to maintaining your weight," stated Deborah Larsen, marketing director of Alli. "The Alli brand has always offered a comprehensive support program to make weight loss manageable and motivational, and we wanted to provide yet another convenient resource. Samantha Harris shares our strong passion for a healthy lifestyle, and we’re pleased to be working together to help others defeat temptation while embracing the holidays this year."
Cold-EEZE helps support City Harvest ‘Daily News’ Readers ‘Care to Feed the Hungry’ food drive
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Makers of Cold-EEZE, Prophase Labs, a leader in OTC natural cold remedies, has announced its support for the Daily News Readers’ "Care to Feed the Hungry Canned Food Drive," a 30-year tradition of collecting nonperishable food donations throughout New York City.
As part of this food drive event, Cold-EEZE will bring America’s favorite reality sweethearts, Kevin and Danielle Jonas from E!’s hit TV show "Married to Jonas," to New York City’s Engine 8, Ladder 2, Battalion 8 Firehouse located at 165 East 51st Street (between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue) on Friday, December 14 from noon to 2 p.m.
"We’re pleased to join forces with the Daily News, City Harvest and Kevin and Danielle Jonas to offer New Yorkers some much-needed relief during this difficult time," said Ted Karkus, chairman and CEO of ProPhase Labs. "As a New Yorker myself, I know the importance of this initiative and am humbled to be a part of it both personally and professionally."
This year, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry and deliver it free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City. The food it collects throughout the year will then be delivered to the more than 1 million New Yorkers facing hunger, including those people who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.