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New Zim’s Advanced, Arnica Max skin care items launch from Perfecta Products

BY Jason Owen

NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Perfecta Products Inc. unveiled two new skin care products into the Zim’s line, the company announced on Thursday.

Zim’s Advanced is adding two new products: Advanced with Hydrocortisone and Advanced Gel with Acemannan. Zim’s Advanced with Hydrocortisone is the latest in naturally-based first aid products that help with a host of skin care issues, including rashes, insect bites, eczema and psoriasis, the company stated. The Zim’s Advanced Gel with Acemannan can help treat cuts, scrapes, abrasions and burns. Zim’s Advanced Gel will be available in a 3-oz. version and Zim’s Advanced with Hydrocortisone will be available in a 3-oz. cream form as well as a 3.25-oz. continuous spray.

"We are not just about cracked skin anymore,” said Perfecta Products Inc. director of marketing and sales Mark Smith. "Our new Zim’s Advanced items are designed to meet consumers’ requests for more natural-based products. We have combined science and nature to create superior products."

In addition to Zim’s Advanced, Perfecta Products will also release Zim’s Arnica Max. Zim’s Arnica Max includes a proprietary blend of arnica and aloe vera, which includes organic aloe, natural menthol and arnica. It will be available in 4-oz. gel and 3-oz. roll-on.

Arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic medicines and is used by many athletes and weekend warriors worldwide, the company noted.

"Perfecta Products has been a leader in the use of arnica and other natural products in the topical analgesics category. We have been using it in our products for more than 60 years," Smith said. "We felt it was important to bring out a new product specially formulated using maximum arnica to provide temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscle and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains."


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Jim Cramer gets bullish on Rite Aid on ‘Mad Money’

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — "Rite Aid is back!” That’s what Jim Cramer told viewers during the “Lightening Round” portion of his “Mad Money” investment advice program on Wednesday on CNBC.

When asked by a caller his opinion on Rite Aid stock, Cramer enthusiastically replied, “Rite Aid is good. … It is an okay situation. The group is strong. Rite Aid is back!”

As of midday trading on Thursday, Rite Aid’s stock was trading at $3.58, up about 3%.

Click below to see the segment from Wednesday’s show.

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CVS/pharmacy survey: Less than half of Americans more likely to get flu shot this year

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — According to a new survey from CVS/pharmacy, less than half of those surveyed (46%) were more likely to get a flu shot this year following last season’s late flu outbreak. However, many more (59%) said they consider it a social responsibility to get the flu shot every year in order to keep their community healthy and minimize the spread of the influenza virus.

"It is important for people to get the flu shot annually because it is the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza to others, and your immunity from the virus declines over time," stated Papatya Tankut, VP of pharmacy affairs at CVSCaremark. "The results of our consumer survey demonstrate the heightened awareness among Americans to get vaccinated, and CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are two of the most convenient places to get a flu shot."

Convenience is a major driver in a consumer’s decision about where to receive a flu shot. Nearly half (47%) of the respondents agree that it is inconvenient to make an appointment for a flu shot.

CVS Caremark stated that this season more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores and 650 MinuteClinic sites inside select CVS locations will be providing flu shots every day, including evenings and weekends, no appointment needed. All CVS/pharmacy and most MinuteClinic locations are offering flu vaccinations this week, and all locations will have the vaccine in stock by the end of August.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone who is at least 6 months old get a flu shot as soon the vaccine is available.

The survey also indicated that 80% of respondents who have ever received a flu shot would recommend the high-dose flu vaccine to a friend or family member over the age of 65 years, knowing that it increases the immune system’s response for added protection against the flu virus.

For customers 65 years or older, CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic offer the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine. The high dose vaccine contains four times the antigens as the seasonal flu vaccine in order to provide better protection for this age group, who are at greater risk of developing severe illness from the flu.

Additional key findings from the survey include:

  • More than 60% agree that they feel more susceptible to the flu virus when traveling;
  • Nearly 2-out-of-5 respondents agree that they are more likely to get a flu shot when flu outbreaks are reported in the news; and
  • More than half of those who have ever received a flu shot did so because they believe it keeps them healthy and safe.

Health insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, typically cover the full cost of a flu shot. CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic can directly bill many national and regional health plans that cover all or part of the cost of a flu shot.

Customers will receive a 20% off CVS/pharmacy Shopping Pass when they get a flu shot at CVS or MinuteClinic. The Shopping Pass can be used with CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare card to save 20% off non-pharmacy purchases up to $100.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CVS/pharmacy from June 18 to 20 among 2,084 adults, ages 18 years and older.

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