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Report: Albertsons expected to be reunited under one operator on Thursday

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho — Supervalu’s sale of Albertsons stores to Cerberus Capital Management will reportedly close Thursday at midnight, according to a published report by StateImpact Idaho.

In January, Supervalu announced a definitive agreement under which it will sell 877 stores across the Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market banners and related Osco and Sav-on in-store pharmacies to AB Acquisition, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, in a transaction valued at $3.3 billion. The move reunites all Albertsons stores under one operator.

According to the StateImpact Idaho report, a Supervalu spokesman disputed that the Albertsons deal will be finalized by midnight on Thursday and said the sale is expected to be complete “some time this week.”

 

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TreatMyUTI.com offers online access to physician diagnosis, UTI treatment

BY Antoinette Alexander

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new online service, dubbed TreatMyUTI.com, is offering patients what it says is the first online access to physician diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections with no office visit, exam or lab test required.

TreatMyUTI.com was founded by a group of physicians and this plan of diagnosis and urinary tract infection treatment is the first in a series of health issue diagnosis and treatment services that will be offered, the company stated.

It has been shown that women with the symptoms of burning and frequency of urination, without symptoms of vaginitis, have a greater than 90% chance of being diagnosed with a lower urinary tract infection. According to the company, a visit to a healthcare provider’s office, that includes an examination and series of lab tests, has not been proven to be more accurate over diagnosing a UTI than by history alone.

How it works:

  1. Visit the Web site to take a brief online assessment to register and start the process;
  2. Order your consult and the physician will contact the patient to gather the required information to make a diagnosis; and
  3. If appropriate, the patient makes a trip to the pharmacy to get the prescribed course of treatment.
     

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ACI survey: Spring cleaners cut back on products

BY Jason Owen

WASHINGTON — The American Cleaning Institute, in conjunction with Echo Research, conducted a survey of 1,777 Americans and found most respondents are spending less on cleaning products due to economic factors.

According to the survey, 69% of respondents who Spring clean say economic conditions influence their home-cleaning behaviors, with the top two changes included buying less expensive cleaning products and cleaning more themselves at home rather than hire a professional cleaning service.

While many respondents may be cutting back on how much they spend, there’s still ample opportunity for retailers to benefit from spring cleaning. More than 7-in-10 respondents indicated spring cleaning is an annual ritual in their home, with the bedroom (76%), kitchen (73%) and bathroom (69%) being the areas most often addressed. As ACI senior vice president of Education, Nancy Bock, says, “consumers [can] maximize their cleaning product purchases and stretch their dollars at home.” Bock suggests for consumers to actively read the product labels and to always use the right amount of product, especially with concentrated formulas, as well as to consider multipurpose cleaners, as the marketplace is flush with products that can effectively clean a variety of surfaces.

Consumers can find more useful tips on cleaning around the home on ACI’s Clean Living at Home page: www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living_at_home/.


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