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Natural Product Solutions tap former NBA star John Salley as spokesman

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE — Natural Product Solutions last month announced its partnership with four-time NBA champion, television personality and health-and-wellness enthusiast John Salley on a line of natural supplements called VirMax.

The VirMax line of natural oral supplements has five products; two address prostate health, as well as low testosterone in men, and the other three are designed to enhance sexual performance. “As a vegan and someone who pays close attention to what I put in my body, I was excited to learn about VirMax,” Salley said.
 


“Having someone like John who’s extremely in touch with healthy living and who also happens to be a four-time NBA champion join our team gives us a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of a lot of people," stated Marty Gallant, VirMax president and CEO.


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Five Star Quality Care sells pharmacy business to Omnicare

BY Alaric DeArment

NEWTON, Mass. — Five Star Quality Care is selling its pharmacy business for $30.7 million, the company said Tuesday.

Five Star said it would sell business, which consists of eight pharmacies serving institutional pharmacy services to 247 senior living communities in 13 states, to Omnicare.

In addition to the $30.7 million sale, the deal includes the sale to Omnicare or retention of certain items of net working capital worth about $9.4 million.

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Walgreens opens smartphone photo software code to third-party developers

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday extended its innovation in mobile technology with the introduction of a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit, enabling photo printing directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices.

“Our new QuickPrints SDK enables third-party software developers to tap Walgreens Web services, building a broad selection of apps that deliver our convenient store capabilities to more customers,” Walgreens e-commerce chief technical officer Abhi Dhar said.

The launch of the QuickPrints SDK marks the first time that Walgreens has provided an open interface for third-party application developers to integrate Walgreens in-store services. QuickPrints, currently available in the Walgreens iPhone and Android applications, allows mobile users to print photos directly from their phone in about an hour.

"With almost 30% of photos today taken on smartphones and the popularity of photo applications growing, the opportunity for consumers to benefit from the convenience of printing their memories to Walgreens through a variety of photo apps is tremendous,” said Jasbir Patel, senior director of Walgreens photo.

The QuickPrints SDK already has been adopted by GroupShot, Kicksend, Pic Stitch, Pinweel and StillShot, with more partners expected to join the program in the coming weeks. Walgreens also is partnering with Aviary, a digital photo-editing platform currently used by more than 1,200 app developers and 8 million consumers, to leverage its growing group of photo application partners.

To encourage mobile developers to include new features using the QuickPrints SDK within their application, Walgreens will host its first Mobile Photo Hack Day event Aug. 11, at its downtown Chicago e-commerce office at 36 S. Wabash Ave. The event will provide developers the opportunity to meet, collaborate and showcase their creative implementations of the QuickPrints SDK in their applications.

Developer demos will be reviewed by a panel of top industry professionals with a total of $5,000 in cash prizes available to the top developer integrations.

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