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Perrigo to field store brand version of bubble gum-flavored Children’s Zyrtec Allergy Syrup

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Tuesday announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug application for cetirizine hydrochloride oral solution USP, 1 mg/mL, bubble gum flavored, the store brand equivalent to Children’s Zyrtec Allergy Syrup. Perrigo expects to begin shipments of the product during the upcoming cough/cold/flu season.

Children’s Zyrtec Allergy Syrup is indicated for indoor and outdoor allergies in children 2 years of age and older and is part of the overall Zyrtec brand with estimated annual sales of approximately $380 million.

Perrigo’s chairman, president and CEO Joseph Papa stated, "This approval strengthens our leading store brand position and highlights our commitment to bringing new products to the market."


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Study: Almost one-third of adults are getting their flu shots after-hours

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — A study published Monday evening by the Annals of Family Medicine found that 30.5% of adults seeking vaccinations did so during the evening (17.4%), on the weekend (10.2%) or on a holiday (2.9%), such as Columbus Day or Veterans Day. The study also found that the patients who most likely received vaccinations during these times were younger (less than 65 years old), male, residing in urban areas and without chronic conditions — groups with historically lower vaccination rates. 

"A large proportion of adults [are] being vaccinated … when traditional vaccine providers are likely unavailable," observed lead author Jeffrey Goud of the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. "With the low rates of adult and adolescent vaccination in the United States, community pharmacies are creating new opportunities for vaccination that expand access and convenience."

The study analyzed the more than 6 million flu shots administered by Walgreens pharmacists between August 2011 and July 2012.


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Kmart launches low-cost check cashing

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Members of Kmart’s loyalty card program can use low-cost check cashing services at stores, the chain said Tuesday.

Kmart announced the launch of the check cashing service, for Shop Your Way members, at stores nationwide. For $3 or less, members with a valid identification card can cash checks and receive cash for government checks up to $2,000, payroll checks up to $1,500 and personal checks up to $400. According to a 2011 study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., more than 28% of households either don’t have bank accounts or underuse them, conducting financial transactions outside the banking system. About 10 million households lack a bank account.

"With the addition of check cashing to our Kmart financial services portfolio, our Shop Your Way members now have the convenience of cashing checks where they shop, saving them time and money," VP financial services of parent company Sears Holdings Jai Holtz said. "Along with Kmart’s other financial services offerings, including layaway, walk-in bill pay, money transfer, money orders, ATMs and prepaid debit cards and reloads, we are providing one-stop shopping for our members’ needs."


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