Nonprofit honors Walgreens with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award
WASHINGTON — The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of large U.S. employers, today honored Walgreens for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging their workers and families to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Walgreens was among 65 U.S. employers that received the 2013 "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. Walgreens received a gold award for its “You and Walgreens.” This marks the first year Walgreens has received the award.
“You and Walgreens” provides 250,000 Walgreens team members and their families’ access to a variety of health and wellness resources such as free health testing, online health assessment, personal health coaches, online wellness programs, tobacco-free program, fitness center, on-site Healthy Living Centers, weight management programs and Work & Life Resources. Participants are also eligible to receive incentives through medical premium reduction and gift cards.
“For more than 111 years, Walgreens has been committed to helping its customers and team members get, stay and live well,” said Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Walgreens senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “We recognize the importance of team member engagement by providing the tools and resources to keep our organization happy and healthy.”
Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented, “We are proud to honor Walgreens for its ongoing commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees. Walgreens is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promoting healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Walgreens and its management team should be proud of their commitment to their program and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”
Winners of the “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for established healthy weight, healthy lifestyles programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; or Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.
Par ships authorized generic cardiovascular drug
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Generic drug maker Par Pharmaceutical Cos. has started shipping an authorized generic version of a heart-disease medication made by AstraZeneca.
Par said it had entered into an agreement with AstraZeneca to supply authorized generic Atacand (candesartan cilexetil) and had begun shipping the drug in the 4 mg, 8 mg, 16 mg and 32 mg strengths. Atacand has annual sales of about $113 million, according to IMS Health, and is used to treat certain kinds of heart failure and high blood pressure in children and adults.
Authorized generics are branded drugs marketed at a discount under their generic names, usually under a deal between the original manufacturer and a third-party company. Novartis generic subsidiary Sandoz announced Wednesday that it had received Food and Drug Administration approval for the generic version of Atacand.
Latin America’s Rayito De Sol sunless tanning line comes to U.S. market
MIAMI — Rayito De Sol, a sun care brand in Latin America, is now available in the United States and can be found at Ulta Beauty Stores.
Rolling out globally, Rayito De Sol is currently sold in 15 countries, including Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador and Paraguay, with more to come. Based in Argentina, this family-owned business has been operating for more than 90 years.
The Rayito De Sol product line promises to provide the finest in sunless tanning and creates a sun-kissed glow instantly. Rayito De Sol line provides immediate color plus SPF protection. The lotions, gels and spray allow individuals to create a customized level of glow and work with skin’s natural skin color to perfect the skin’s tone and level of desired tan.
- 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 35 ($14.99) ;
- 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel SPF 15 – Instant Medium Color ($14.99) ;
- 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel SPF 15 – Natural Color ($14.99);
- Bronzage Gradual Bronzing Spray ($14.99); and
- Bronzage Instant Bronzing Gel ($14.99).
Rayito De Sol is the first Hispanic sun care line in the United States, according to the company. The product line combines the skin care, makeup, sun care and sunless tanning categories.