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Rite Aid category manager resigns

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid category manager Paul Margeson has resigned, a company spokeswoman said.

Rumors surfaced last week that Margeson, who managed the pain care, gastrointestinal, smoking-cessation and upper-respiratory categories for the Camp Hill, Pa.-based retail pharmacy chain, had resigned.

"We thank him for his contributions to the company," Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower told Drug Store News, adding that the company intends to fill the position.

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FRS line extends its Healthy RTD line

BY Michael Johnsen

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — FRS last week launched two ready-to-drink health-and-wellness beverages: Healthy Slim to support weight loss and Healthy Defense for immune system support.

“Consumers are looking for convenient ways to stay healthy and active, and they want products that deliver results, not hype,” FRS chief marketing officer Matt Kohler said.  “We’re pleased to launch Healthy Slim and Healthy Defense, as the first beverages of their kind to feature Slendesta and EpiCor, two naturally made, functional ingredients backed by clinical science.”

According to FRS, Healthy Slim is one of the first beverages in North America to feature the antioxidant quercetin combined with Slendesta, a vegetable protein that signals fullness to the brain. The 20-calorie beverage will be available in two flavors: tropical and strawberry melon.

Meanwhile, Healthy Defense features both quercetin and EpiCor, a patented blend of supplements and dried yeast fermentate formulated to help balance the immune system and strengthen immune resistance. The Health Defense line extension will be available in pomegranate blueberry and citrus pomegranate flavors.

The two RTDs are line extensions for FRS’ Healthy Energy and Healthy Protein products. The two SKUs are shipping to GNC stores nationwide, as well as regional supermarkets in the West, Midwest and Northeast, according to FRS.


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3M, American Red Cross launch 4th annual Nexcare blood drive

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M on Monday announced the fourth annual Nexcare give program, a nationwide initiative that in partnership with the American Red Cross helps raise awareness around the need for blood donations.

“We are so grateful to all donors for their lifesaving work. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, so what better way to serve your community than by giving blood regularly,” said Dan Waxman, president of America’s Blood Centers.

This year, the Nexcare give program reminds people that “Giving Blood is Timeless” through a collection of limited-edition bandage designs inspired by trends from past decades. The World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day is June 14. Nexcare give bandages will be distributed at blood centers nationwide that week, beginning Monday, June 11. The bandage collection also is available by going to Nexcaregive.com.

The limited edition collection of Nexcare give Bandages features patterns based on iconic trends of decades past. Inspired by fashion, design and pop culture from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, the 2012 Nexcare give bandage collection will serve as a nostalgic reminder for current and potential donors that “Giving Blood is Timeless.” The collection includes designs ranging from retro polka dots and tie-dye to grunge plaid.


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