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Stop & Shop helps customers prep for flu season

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop once again is offering flu vaccinations at all of its in-store pharmacies.

Flu shots are provided any time the pharmacy is open and are administered by Stop & Shop’s in-store pharmacists. The cost for the flu shot is $30 and most major insurance plans along with Medicare are accepted. Stop & Shop noted that its pharmacists also are available to provide on-site flu clinics at workplaces.

As part of its flu shot offering, Stop & Shop also has partnered with various health-related vendors to offer a free coupon book worth more than $30 in savings, while supplies last, to customers who receive a flu shot.

"Stop & Shop is committed to providing health-and-wellness solutions across our store — from the produce department to the pharmacy," said Joel Berman, director of pharmacy at Stop & Shop’s New England division. "Because of increased costs, many customers are looking for affordable solutions to keep themselves and their families healthy. We’re glad to do our part by offering convenient and affordable immunizations each year."


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Ruiz Foods names new leader

BY Allison Cerra

DINUBA, Calif. — Ruiz Foods has named Rachel Cullen as president and CEO.

Cullen, who most recently worked at Dean Foods Ice Cream, has more than 25 years of experience with leading food and consumer businesses such as Unilever, Kraft and Orange Glo International.

"Our unique culture has been instrumental in helping us come a long way since we made our very first burritos and enchiladas in 1964," Ruiz Foods co-founder and chairman emeritus Fred Ruiz said. "I am pleased to be able to say that Rachel recognizes the strength of our culture and embraces our commitment to our community and our team Members. She also understands the significance of the leadership role we have built in the industry and will support the continued focus on both our customers and consumers — a focus we work very hard to maintain."

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Bloomberg enters agreement with Source Healthcare Analytics

BY Allison Cerra

PHOENIX — Bloomberg has tapped a Symphony Health Solutions company to provide U.S. prescription audit data to Bloomberg’s more than 310,000 professional service subscribers worldwide.

Symphony Health Solutions said Source Healthcare Analytics’ agreement with Bloomberg will provide Bloomberg professional subscribers with weekly and monthly retail, nonretail and mail-order prescription activity integrated directly into their workflow.

"This agreement demonstrates Bloomberg’s recognition of the quality of our data and underscores our excellent customer service," Source Healthcare Analytics president and chief commercial officer Bob Jansen said. "We are delighted to work with Bloomberg and expand Wall Street’s access to a key set of comprehensive and actionable pharmaceutical market data."


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