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Sanofi Pasteur starts shipping 2014 flu vaccine

BY David Salazar

SWIFTWATER, Pa. — The first batch of vaccines for the upcoming flu season is on its way to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors offices. Some 65 million doses Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone vaccines were approved for release earlier this week by the Food and Drug Administration.

“The flu impacts people in the U.S. every year, and the single best way to help prevent getting or spreading the influenza virus is timely vaccination,” said Sanofi Pasteur’s U.S. Chief Medical Officer and VP, scientific and medical affairs, David Greenberg. “Sanofi Pasteur is committed to helping people fight the flu by offering a broad range of flu vaccine options to meet the needs of patients across multiple age groups."

Though flu season isn’t typically in fever pitch until around February, the delivery schedule for vaccines continues through October for Sanofi Pasteur’s four Fluzone vaccines, the company said.

Beyond the traditional Fluzone, which is approved for children more than six months old, the company manufactured a vaccine that protects against four flu strains, as well as a high-dose vaccine for patients over 65 and an intradermal vaccine. The four-strain vaccine was first used last year, and the high-dose Fluzone is meant to strengthen immune systems more susceptible to catching the flu.

Sanofi Pasteur is still taking orders at VaccineShop.com from health providers.

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Eastside Marketplace sold to Stop & Shop’s owner

BY Raven Romero

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – According to published reports, Eastside Marketplace, a Providence, R.I.,- grocery store, has been sold to a subsidiary of Ahold USA, which operates Stop & Shop stores.

The independent grocery store, a local leader in marketing organic, prepared and international foods, is being sold by Scott B. Laurans, who has been the owner since 1981.

Laurans told WPRI.com that he plans to keep the existing 168 employees and management in place, and will continue to operate the business as “Eastside Marketplace.”

“It’s great for our employees, great for our customers and the community at large to have one of the great retailers in the world make that long-term commitment to Rhode Island and Providence, in particular,” Laurans said.

Ahold USA operates four divisions: Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Carlisle and Giant Landover. The company has U.S. headquarters in Quincy, Mass., and Carlisle, Penn., and said it employed 117,000 people nationwide as of last year.
 

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Cardinal Health, NCPA co-host Health on the National Mall event in Washington

BY Raven Romero

WASHINGTON — Health on the National Mall, co-sponsored by Cardinal Health and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), showcased the expanding role pharmacists are playing in improving patient care.

The event was held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C., in front of the Capitol Building. It featured tents staffed by community pharmacists who shared insights into how patients can better manage common health issues and chronic conditions ranging from asthma and diabetes to heart health and weight management. There also was music and entertainment, free educational materials, healthy snacks and water.

Health on the National Mall highlighted the many ways community pharmacists, who are among the nation’s most trusted and accessible healthcare providers, can provide knowledgeable, accessible patient care services that improve the overall health of the communities they serve.
 
“Community pharmacists play a critical role in helping patients achieve better health outcomes,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “This is particularly true in rural communities where the independent community pharmacist may be the only provider for many miles around. NCPA is proud to partner with Cardinal Health on this event to increase public awareness about how pharmacists help millions of Americans every day.”

Health on the National Mall is part of Cardinal Health’s annual Retail Business Conference, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of community pharmacists, which this year expects to welcome nearly 8,000 attendees.
 

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