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Report: Flu shot clinics arrive in local airports

BY Allison Cerra

FORT WAYNE, Ind. Flu shot clinics have landed in baggage claim at airports across Indiana, according to local reports.

In an effort headed by the Indiana State Department of Health, has staged clinic sites, which offer season flu and H1N1 vaccinations, at Indianapolis International and Evansville Regional airports this week. Additionally, residents and visitors also may receive free doses of the H1N1 vaccine at Fort Wayne International Airport.

The Hoosier State has expanded its inoculation efforts because it wants both residents and visitors not to ignore the pandemic, despite reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that flu and H1N1 incidence rates have dropped. In Indiana, 38 people died as a result of the H1N1 virus since June.

“We understand people may not see the flu as a particular risk,” said Jennifer Dunlap, the state department of health’s spokeswoman. “We still want to remind people that H1N1 is here to stay.”

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NACDS names Roger Merrill ‘Pharmacy Great Communicator’

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An executive from Perdue Farms received the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ “Pharmacy Great Communicator” designation, NACDS announced Thursday.

Roger Merrill, a medical doctor and Perdue’s chief medical officer, received the designation on account of comments he made during a lecture last month at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, quoted in trade publications.

“Pharmacists could be hugely helpful in our patient-care continuum,” Merrill said in one of his comments. “Pharmacists know more than I do about drugs and drug treatment.”

The NACDS gives the award to people who “raise the public’s awareness of pharmacy’s ability to help patients improve their health-and-wellness, while reducing long-term healthcare costs, through strategies such as boosting medication adherence.”

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Fruth Pharmacy raises funds for Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation

BY Alaric DeArment

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. Fruth Pharmacy has started a fundraising drive for a local hospital, the regional retail pharmacy chain announced this week.

Fruth said that for every gallon of Fruth milk sold in its stores, 5 cents will go to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation to help with the building of a new children’s hospital designed to serve southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio, with the goal of raising $25,000 in 2010. Broughton Food Co., which produces milk for Fruth, will add a new label to milk containers featuring the Children’s Hospital logo.

“Fruth Pharmacy is proud and honored to make a strong commitment to the Children’s Hospital project,” Fruth president Bob Messick stated. “The children of West Virginia deserve to have a modern, state-of-the-art facility to meet their healthcare needs.”

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