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Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin expresses concern over WAG/ESI dispute

BY Michael Johnsen

MANITOWOC, Wis. — A state pharmacy association here weighed in on the Walgreens and Express Scripts dispute in an editorial published online late Thursday by the Herald Times Reporter.

"We do not want to see any reputable pharmacy excluded from providing care to patients, let alone a system as large as Walgreens," wrote Thomas Engels, VP public affairs of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. "However, Walgreens’ struggle with [ESI] is by no means unique. In fact, it is emblematic of the pressure being placed on pharmacies across Wisconsin," he noted. "If a large company like Walgreens can’t make the terms of Express Scripts contract work, just think how those same terms impact small pharmacies in rural parts of Wisconsin."

For the full editorial, click here.


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General Mills recalls 5-count chocolate-flavored Fiber One due to labeling error

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of a single day’s production of its chocolate-flavored Fiber One 90-calorie chewy bars because of a labeling issue.

This voluntary recall includes only 5-count boxes of chocolate-flavored Fiber One 90-Calorie chewy bars with the following “better if used by” date printed on the top of the box: "19MAY2012BV."

Product produced on this date may have been packaged incorrectly, and may contain sensitive ingredients not listed on the box’s ingredient label, such as peanuts. Rather than containing chocolate-flavored Fiber One 90-calorie chewy bars, the packaging being recalled could contain chocolate peanut butter flavor Fiber One 90-calorie chewy bars.

There have been no reports of allergic reactions or illnesses associated with this product, the company reported.

No other varieties or production dates of Fiber One products are affected by this recall.


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SoloHealth plans 2012 rollout of health-and-wellness kiosks nationwide

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — SoloHealth on Friday announced a nationwide rollout in 2012 of its next-generation health-and-wellness kiosks, the SoloHealth Station, with the goal of replacing many of the 25,000 outdated blood-pressure machines found today in retail locations nationwide.

Currently in select U.S. test markets and retail locations, SoloHealth’s next-generation, comprehensive SoloHealth Station will screen vision, blood pressure, weight and body mass index, and provide an overall health assessment free of charge. It also gives consumers access to a database of local doctors. The company plans to provide highly personalized and interactive healthcare opportunities for consumers, advertisers and retailers by placing kiosks in high-traffic retail locations and connecting them to SoloHealth’s multiplatform ecosystem across retail, online/digital, mobile and emerging platforms.

“We’ve had a tremendously positive response from all the audiences that the SoloHealth Station touches — consumers, retailers, health-and-wellness marketers and the healthcare industry," SoloHealth CEO Bart Foster said. "We are quite bullish on our future and our ability to contribute towards a healthier, more efficient American healthcare system," he said. “The current state of our healthcare system, political environment, technological advancements and consumer mindset makes it quite literally a perfect time for the introduction of the SoloHealth Station to capitalize on the emerging market. … I see tremendous opportunity for SoloHealth to become a perennial gateway and platform as consumer’s look to take charge of their health and work towards a healthier America overall.”

To help support the 2012 rollout, SoloHealth plans to hire approximately 50 additional staff over the next 18 months, including a CFO and marketing director.


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