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Sam’s Club to offer free vision screenings

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is encouraging customers to protect their eyes by offering free vision screenings at its stores nationwide on Aug. 13.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., both adults and children can receive a vision acuity screening, as well as a quick take-home test called an Amsler Grid, which tests for blurred or missing areas of vision.

The screenings will be offered in Sam’s Club locations that have a pharmacy and/or optical centers. What’s more, the optical department is offering savings on eye health brands through Aug. 28. Additionally, members and guests can receive free samples of Zeiss lens wipes and Zeiss liquid eyeglass cleaner.

"Vision screenings are important preventative health measures for all ages to maintain eye health and preserve sight for years to come," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Vision problems can start at any age and early detection is the key to good vision. With many adults and children preparing to focus on chalkboards and computer screens this fall, Sam’s Club is proud to offer free eye health screenings to benefit the communities we serve."

In addition to the vision screenings, the company also will offer free glucose tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes can cause blindness and more new cases of blindness are diagnosed among diabetes patients ages 20 to 74 years. The tests will not be offered in stores located in Hawaii, Maryland and Tennessee.

For more information, visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy names VP specialty infusion services

BY Allison Cerra

FLINT, Mich. — Hetty Lima has been tapped to serve as Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy’s VP specialty infusion services, the company announced this week.

In her new role, Lima will will be responsible for leading the sales and operations for Diplomat’s specialty infused product lines, including the national nursing network.

Lima, a 27-year industry veteran, served in various executive-level positions at such companies as Baxter Healthcare, CVS Caremark’s specialty pharmacy division and Coram’s Hemophilia Services division.

“Hetty’s years of specialty pharmacy and Orphan Disease experience will be invaluable to Diplomat as we build out our specialty infusion capabilities,” said Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman said. “Her experience in biopharmaceutical product launch, business development and sales and marketing are a perfect fit for Diplomat’s rapid growth in the specialty pharmacy market.”

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Two kids films arrive on DVD, Blu-ray this month

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is bringing two animated films to DVD and Blu-ray formats this month.

"Mars Needs Moms" and "The Fox and the Hound 30th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection" will be available Aug. 9 at retailers nationwide.

Mars Needs Moms" in the following formats:

  • 4-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D, DVD and digital copy) for the suggested retail price of $49.99;

  • Two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray 2D + DVD) for $39.99;

  • Single-disc DVD for $29.99;

  • High definition movie download for the suggested retail price of $39.99; and

  • Standard definition movie download for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Meanwhile, the "The Fox and the Hound 30th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection" features the 1981 film, "The Fox and the Hound" and the 2006 sequel, "The Fox and the Hound 2," in high definition for the first time. The films will be available in a single 3-disc Blu-ray combo pack.

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