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Study: Almost one-third of adults are getting their flu shots after-hours

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — A study published Monday evening by the Annals of Family Medicine found that 30.5% of adults seeking vaccinations did so during the evening (17.4%), on the weekend (10.2%) or on a holiday (2.9%), such as Columbus Day or Veterans Day. The study also found that the patients who most likely received vaccinations during these times were younger (less than 65 years old), male, residing in urban areas and without chronic conditions — groups with historically lower vaccination rates. 

"A large proportion of adults [are] being vaccinated … when traditional vaccine providers are likely unavailable," observed lead author Jeffrey Goud of the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. "With the low rates of adult and adolescent vaccination in the United States, community pharmacies are creating new opportunities for vaccination that expand access and convenience."

The study analyzed the more than 6 million flu shots administered by Walgreens pharmacists between August 2011 and July 2012.


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Kmart launches low-cost check cashing

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Members of Kmart’s loyalty card program can use low-cost check cashing services at stores, the chain said Tuesday.

Kmart announced the launch of the check cashing service, for Shop Your Way members, at stores nationwide. For $3 or less, members with a valid identification card can cash checks and receive cash for government checks up to $2,000, payroll checks up to $1,500 and personal checks up to $400. According to a 2011 study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., more than 28% of households either don’t have bank accounts or underuse them, conducting financial transactions outside the banking system. About 10 million households lack a bank account.

"With the addition of check cashing to our Kmart financial services portfolio, our Shop Your Way members now have the convenience of cashing checks where they shop, saving them time and money," VP financial services of parent company Sears Holdings Jai Holtz said. "Along with Kmart’s other financial services offerings, including layaway, walk-in bill pay, money transfer, money orders, ATMs and prepaid debit cards and reloads, we are providing one-stop shopping for our members’ needs."


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IT Cosmetics receives minority equity investment from TSG Consumer Products

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO — Equity investor TSG Consumer Partners LLC has made a minority equity investment in IT Cosmetics, a beauty line that is primarily distributed on QVC and the Shopping Channel, and is now expanding to Ulta Beauty stores.

“We continue to see a trend in multi-purpose cosmetics lines where products don’t just cover imperfections but nourish and improve the skin as well,” stated Blythe Jack, managing director at TSG Consumer Partners. “IT Cosmetics falls squarely within this growing category as its products offer anti-aging benefits in addition to aesthetic improvements. This made the brand particularly appealing to TSG, in addition to the charismatic leadership and vision of its founders, Jamie and Paulo.”

To increase IT Cosmetics’ growth, TSG will help the brand focus on a variety of initiatives including the expansion of the product portfolio, penetration into the U.S. specialty beauty channel and increased brand marketing to drive overall awareness.

Founded in 2008 by Jamie Kern Lima and Paulo Lima, IT (Innovative Technology) Cosmetics was developed to deliver anti-aging, color-infused skin care products.


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