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Rite Aid stocks extra emergency supplies ahead of Hurricane Irene

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — With Hurricane Irene barreling up the East Coast and expected to make landfall in the Northeast this weekend, Rite Aid is stocking extra emergency supplies in its stores in affected regions, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Rite Aid stores in three states have increased supplies of bottled water, batteries, flashlights, canned foods, first aid supplies, disposable cameras and other items.

The American Red Cross recommends having a seven-day supply of medications and medical supplies, such as syringes, hearing aid batteries and glucose testing strips on hand.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is urging people not to use food or drugs damaged by flood waters and to keep a supply of clean water available.

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AccuDial: Parent-tested, parent-approved

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — AccuDial Pharmaceutical on Thursday announced its Children’s AccuDial line of pediatric medications featuring the company’s accurate weight-based dosing label has been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval.

“Winning the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval is both humbling and exciting for AccuDial Pharmaceutical,” AccuDial chairman and CEO Robert Terwilliger said. “We found that by leveraging innovative technology, AccuDial’s labeling system is able to meet both a functional and emotional need in consumers that resonates in the market.”

PTPA Media consists of North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with more than 40,000 parents. Because independent parent volunteers evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience — not on commercial considerations, the company stated.

“At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust,” PTPA Media CEO Sharon Vinderine said. “When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and websites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless.”

AccuDial also announced the company will soon launch Children’s Pain and Fever with acetaminophen in five flavors: cherry, dye-free cherry, bubblegum, strawberry and grape.

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Harris Teeter closes three stores amid hurricane

BY Allison Cerra

MATTHEWS, N.C. — North Carolina-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter has elected to close three locations due to the inclement weather.

Stores in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Corolla, N.C., and Kitty Hawk, N.C., were all closed as Hurricane Irene continues its path along the eastern shores.

Harris Teeter also noted that it has prepositioned tractor trailers with generators and dry ice at key distribution points and also has stocked stores in advance with disaster supplies including water and ice.

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