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Rite Aid launches healthy skin campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Retail pharmacy chain Rite Aid is promoting healthy skin care as part of a partnership with the Skin Cancer Foundation, the retailer said Wednesday.

The new campaign offers free skin care guides in stores and online, expert advice from pharmacists and continued support for the fifth annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, also offered under a collaboration with the foundation. The tour, launched in March, is visiting more than 50 Rite Aid stores around the country and offering free, full-body skin cancer screenings.

The campaign, which runs through July 31, is emphasizing good skin care to ward off skin cancer. The company said skin care was especially important for people taking prescription drugs that might heighten sensitivity to sun, as well as patients who might be at risk for chronically dry skin, such as those with diabetes.

"As trusted and accessible healthcare providers on the front lines of community health care, our pharmacists are able to help customers make informed choices on a wide range of health topics including choosing the sunscreen that best suits their needs," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "We hope our customers will take full advantage of these free resources, which can help guide smart skin-care choices for years to come."

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Save Mart Supermarkets names VP of FoodMaxx

BY Michael Johnsen

 MODESTO, Calif. — Save Mart Supermarkets announced the hiring of Brett Wing as VP of FoodMaxx operations. Wing comes from Cub Foods/Supervalu in Hudson, Wis., and brings 35 years of grocery store and senior management experience, the grocer stated.

“Brett’s vast experience with Cub Foods and the variety of positions he has held at Supervalu will allow him to help grow our FoodMaxx market share in an economy that is very challenging for our customers,” stated Frank Capps, Save Mart EVP and chief sales officer. “It is a time where our customers are looking for value in every food item they buy. We are looking forward to his fresh look at our business.”

In 1987, Capps joined the Cub Foods/Supervalu and held various positions, including VP marketing, corporate director of produce and corporate director of frozen food/dairy/liquor, among other positions.

Wing’s grocery career started with Safeway in Boulder, Colo. He served on the board of trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the past five years and was an active community leader serving as the president of the Cub Cares Community Foundation.

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Ferndale Healthcare launches OTC hemorrhoid therapy

BY Michael Johnsen

FERNDALE, Mich. — Ferndale Healthcare on Monday announced the launch of RectiCare Anorectal cream, an over-the-counter therapy to help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. RectiCare is a topical, local anesthetic that contains 5% lidocaine.

Each tube of RectiCare comes with a supply of "finger cots," little cotton covers that fit over the finger. They promote hygienic application, since the finger doesn’t come into contact with the product or the area to which it’s being applied, the company stated. 


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