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Price Chopper announces job cuts

BY Antoinette Alexander

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets has cut about 80 positions, citing a need to improve efficiency within the company amid rising costs, including “skyrocketing” healthcare costs.

"Operating a retail business that lives on narrow margins and employs 22,000 people has become increasingly more challenging given today’s realities. Skyrocketing healthcare costs, rising commodity and fuel costs, rising wages and reduced SNAP benefits, on top of increased competition from a variety of food and non-food businesses that have added food to their mix, have made it more imperative than ever for us to become as efficient as possible in order to best position the company for long-term success,” said Jerry Golub, president and CEO of Price Chopper.

The eliminated positions were in management, field, clerical and administrative support. Store-level positions were not impacted.

"Despite the difficulty of the decisions implemented today, we are very optimistic about the future of our company and ready to face the challenges that lie ahead. Though painful, these actions serve to better position Price Chopper as we move forward, both strategically and competitively,” Golub added.

 

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ACIP votes to recommend using nasal spray flu vaccine instead of the flu shot in children ages 2 years to 8 years

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday voted to recommend a preference for using the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 years to 8 years of age when it is immediately available. 

This new ACIP recommendation is based on a review of available studies that suggests the nasal spray flu vaccine can provide better protection than the flu shot in this age group against laboratory-confirmed, medically attended flu illness. The recommendation also says that if the nasal spray flu vaccine is not immediately available, the flu shot should be given so that opportunities to vaccinate children are not missed or delayed. 

Flu shots continue to be approved and recommended for vaccination of children and adults as indicated. Since 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ACIP have recommended that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine annually with rare exception. This new ACIP recommendation must next be approved by the CDC director. The recommendation would then be incorporated into the 2014-15 influenza prevention and control recommendations, and published in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, at which point it would become official CDC policy.

ACIP is a panel of immunization experts that advises the CDC.

 

 

 

 

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GelStat launches Chews 2 Lose Appetite Suppressant Gum

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM CITY, Fla. — GelStat on Tuesday announced that it has launched its new weight-loss diet aid Chews 2 Lose Appetite Suppressant Gum and has signed a distribution agreement with Windmill Health Products. Windmill serves more than 3,500 independent pharmacies and is initially placing "Chews 2 Lose Appetite Suppressant Gum" in 300 of these pharmacies.

"Our pharmacies like the fact that we bring them new innovative products of this caliber," said Bruce Burns, Windmill SVP. "We have nothing else like Chews 2 Lose in our product offerings, it's a very unique, simple to use problem solution product. The high-end looking display and packaging will certainly grab attention on the countertops."

Started by Ed Frankel, who is a pharmacist, Windmill serves more than 3,500 independent pharmacies exclusively with their Independent Pharmacy Division. Windmill represents third-party brands (currently GelStat Migraine) along with an entire self-branded line of vitamins, supplements and products for a healthy lifestyle. 

 

 

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