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Pharmacy eclipses vaccine barriers as one-stop shop

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then that means 200 sq. ft. of retail pharmacy is the equivalent to acres of doctors’ offices and medical clinics. If inhibitive cost, lack of awareness and prohibitive access represent the reasons behind why more people don’t get vaccinated, then pharmacy provides the all-in-one solution — because pharmacy can help eclipse each one of those vaccine barriers.

(THE NEWS: HHS unveils National Vaccine Plan. For the full story, click here)

Pharmacy represents a less expensive venue in which to get a vaccine shot, at least as opposed to making an additional doctor’s appointment on top of regular checkups. The pharmacist — or in the case of such retail clinics as MinuteClinic or Take Care Clinics, the nurse practitioner — is a well-schooled healthcare professional who can help educate the general public around the benefits of a vaccine, as well as help dispel any cryptic myths associated with a particular vaccine. And prohibitive access? Ready access is one of the key value propositions associated with both retail pharmacy and retail clinics.

Overcoming barriers to vaccine utilization is most important because of how well vaccines work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no one dies of diphtheria anymore since a vaccine for that bacterial infection has been introduced. There has been more than a 99% reduction in measles deaths and a 99% reduction in death by mumps. And while there has only been a 93% reduction in death resulting from the whooping cough, that very well could be because of those barriers to vaccine access.

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TeleBrands introduces three new ‘As Seen On TV’ products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — TeleBrands, a developer of "As Seen On TV" products, has introduced three new innovations.

The lineup includes:

  • Pasta Boat, a 5-in-1 pasta cooker that cooks, strains, serves, steams and serves. Complete with stay-cool handles, the steamer rack can be used to steam potatoes or vegetables right in the microwave. Pasta Boat cooks pasta in approximately 18 minutes and carries a suggested retail price of $9.99;

  • Chef Basket, which goes straight from the pot to the plate and folds flat for easy storage. It can cook, boil or deep fry foods with ease. When you turn the Chef Basket upside down, it becomes a steamer. Chef Basket carries a SRP of $14.99; and

  • One-Second Needle, which makes threading a needle as simple as 1-2-3. Simply loop and thread and continue your work. Each One-Second Needle includes eight sewing needles and a 130-piece sewing and mending kit. One-Second Needle carries a SRP of $9.99.

The TeleBrands products now are available at Walgreens.

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Aldi takes a bite out of the Big Apple

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Discount grocer Aldi has opened its first-ever New York City-area store in the borough of Queens.

The store, which is located in Rego Park, marks the first of three grocery stores the company plans to open in New York, including new locations in the Bronx and Bay Shore, Long Island.

Aldi, which offers a limited assortment of items, said it will bring its standard floor plan to Queens, which includes wider-than-typical 8-ft. aisles.

"Our growth is a testament to our popularity with consumers and the loyalty of our long-time customers," said Bruce Persohn, VP of Aldi’s South Windsor division in Connecticut.

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