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[email protected] program ambassador Amanda Peet gets flu shot in NYC Walgreens to support ‘Get a Shot, Give a Shot’

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In preparation for flu season, actress Amanda Peet, ambassador of the UN Foundation’s [email protected] program, received her annual flu shot at Walgreens’ flagship store in New York City to support its "Get a Shot, Give a Shot" campaign.

As a mother, actress and ambassador to the UN Foundation’s [email protected] program, Peet spoke about the importance of providing life-saving vaccinations to children in need across the globe. 

Walgreens has partnered with the UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign to provide up to 3 million vaccines to children in need to help protect against such diseases as measles, pneumonia, polio and rotavirus. From now through Oct. 14, Walgreens will donate the value of one life-saving vaccine to children in developing countries for every flu shot or other vaccine administered at its pharmacies, or Healthcare clinic or Duane Reade pharmacy across the country.

 

 

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J&J must change color of labeling on Duragesic patches to aid safety, FDA says

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is requiring Johnson & Johnson to use long-lasting ink in the labeling and dosage strength of an opioid painkiller patch it markets in order to make it easier to see.

The agency announced that it would require J&J subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to change the color of the ink on Duragesic (fentanyl) patches. The patches administer the drug fentanyl through the skin, but because of the delivery method, they can cause serious harm or even death to children or pets if they touch a patch that has fallen off the patient. The more prominent coloring will make it easier for patients or caregivers to see if the patches have been improperly applied or fallen off.

The FDA also recently issued an advisory saying that fentanyl patches should be discarded by folding the sticky sides together and then flushing them down the toilet, and that patients regularly check them to make sure they haven’t come loose.

 

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Bartell sponsors week of health, beauty events

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Several Bartell Drugs locations will offer week-long events devoted to health and beauty starting next week, the Seattle-based retail pharmacy chain said.

Bartell, which operates 61 stores in and around Seattle, said health events that include mobile digital mammography screenings offered by Evergreen Health would take place at eight stores, while health clinic testing and screenings would take place at five stores. Screenings include blood glucose testing, meter exchange and education, cholesterol testing, bone density screenings for osteoporosis, blood pressure testing and others.

J.J. Virgin, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days" will appear at two of the chain’s Seattle stores.

 

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