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Rite Aid Foundation hits the road with its KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation last week launched its KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic, which will visit KidCents charities in communities served by Rite Aid to provide free flu shots to children served by the charity. Immediate family members as well as the staff and volunteers of the charity will also be able to receive free flu shots.

"Each year, millions of children get sick with the flu, a virus that can be especially tough on children," stated Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation. "Since a flu shot is the single best way to prevent the flu, we're making it easier than ever for kids and their families to fight the flu by bringing the KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic to town."

The KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic will begin its three-week tour in Pittsburgh and travel across country to Washington and California. In addition to inoculating children against the flu, each of the charities visited by the KidCents Mobile Flu Clinic will receive a $10,000 KidCents grant from The Rite Aid Foundation.

"As a thank you for the great work our KidCents charities are doing in their communities, we wanted to do something meaningful for them," Henderson said. "We hope that this KidCents donation will help them continue doing what they do best, while keeping children safe, happy and healthy through flu season and beyond."
 

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Cirrus Healthcare improves upon its best-selling EarPlanes with launch of EP2

BY Michael Johnsen

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. — Earlier this year, Cirrus Healthcare Products improved upon what was already one of the leading earplugs on the market with the introduction of EP2 at a suggested retail price of about $10.

Its predecessor, EarPlanes, generated $3 million across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended July 10, according to IRI, on growth of 3.9%.

"After years of Earplanes user requests for a reusable,softer [earplug] and a safety tether for child safety, Adult and Childrens EP2 was released to the market," Drew O'Connell, CEO Cirrus Healthcare, told Drug Store News. "User experience to date has been very positive."

Cirrus Healthcare is both the pioneer and patented inventor of Earplanes, raising awareness across both consumers groups and doctors that a solution to ear barotrauma was available. "Today, Earplanes is the gold standard in flight protection globally," O'Connell said.

In addition to including a convenient tether, the improved EP2 earplugs are reusable for up to 10 trips.  

 

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Goodgut prebiotics gain mass retail distribution

BY Michael Johnsen

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Greenteaspoon, the team behind Goodgut, on Thursday announced that its clinically-proven line of prebiotic supplements is now available at leading retailers nationwide. 

Goodgut products, which work to help stop "leaky gut" and promote digestive health, have been offered through the company's website and on Amazon.com for the past year. Now, customers have the option to pick up Goodgut prebiotics from their local Walgreens, CVS, Vitamin Shoppe or Meijer stores.

"On behalf of the Goodgut science and R&D team, we're thrilled our customers now have the option to shop for our products at leading national chain outlets within their own neighborhoods," stated Robert Wotring, CEO of Greenteaspoon.  "We believe that the Goodgut product line has the potential to fundamentally transform people's digestive, as well overall, health and well-being – and we are extremely excited that leading drugstore chains have embraced our breakthrough offering," he said. "The fact that Goodgut is now accessible to individuals via the mass consumer marketplace speaks to the retail segment's growing support for what we believe is a truly evolutionary addition … to the fast-growing prebiotic/probiotic space."

The brand markets multiple formulas designed to help a range of individuals based on their specific digestive profiles and overall gut health needs.

Goodgut Rescue provides rapid help for the sudden onset symptoms of diarrhea, upset stomach, gas and bloating; Goodgut Balance alleviates digestive distress and is designed to help balance daily health; and Goodgut Boost helps to strengthen the immune system.
 

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