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Suspended insurance coverage drives OTC utilization

BY Michael Johnsen

Insurance coverage is a significant factor that is driving increased OTC utilization — 67% of respondents switched to an OTC once insurance coverage was suspended for a prescription formulation. According to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September, one-third of consumers reported insurance stopped covering a prescription once an OTC equivalent was available.

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Wisconsin Pharmacal and Coleman introduce personalized first aid tins

BY Jason Owen

JACKSON, Wis. — Wisconsin Pharmacal, in an exclusive licensing partnership with the Coleman Co., has introduced unique, individualized first aid tins. Each tin contains commonly used first aid components including bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes and more, and comes packaged in a nostalgic, brushed-metal tin case with an embossed first aid cross adorning the lid.

"Our new Coleman first aid tins are a fresh approach to first aid," said Andy Wundrock, senior VP of sales and marketing for Wisconsin Pharmacal Company. "The novelty of the tin case is a real draw to consumers. That, combined with their convenient size, all-purpose contents and low price points make them a great buy for everyone, not just the serious outdoorsman."

That "convenient" size is uniquely packaged in 4 pocket-sized varieties — Personal Survival, All Purpose, Outdoor Essentials, and Fishing — none exceeding 3×5 in. The smallest tins contain 24 essential pieces while the largest includes 74 pieces. The tins carry a suggested retail price of $4.99 to $6.99. You can find out more by visiting www.ColemanFirstAid.com.

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Kroger names Lynn Gust president of Fred Meyer

BY Mike Troy

CINCINNATI — Long-time Fred Meyer executive Lynn Gust was named president of the 133-store Kroger division.

Gust, 59, joined Koriger in 1970 as a parcel clerk and most recently served as the company’s SVP of operations. Gust was appointed to that position in 2011 and prior to that he served as EVP of corporate merchandising and advertising. During his career Gust also served as VP of the Fred Meyer food group and SVP of store operations.

"Lynn’s long history with Fred Meyer and deep knowledge of our business will serve our customers well," said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger. "His passion for our employees and customers make him a great fit to carry on the Fred Meyer tradition."

The Fred Meyer tradition is that of a uniquely positioned retailer who large format multi-department stores defy neat classification although they bear the greatest resemblance to a Walmart supercenter. Stores range in size from 65,000-sq.-ft. to 250,000-sq.-ft. and offer roughly 250,000 products.

Fred Meyer’s headquarters are located in Portland and stores are located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. The company has 30,000 employees.

Gust was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. He is a member of the Portland State University Food Industry Leadership Center Advisory Board; on the board of directors of the Western Association of Food Chains; and on the board of directors of the Northwest Grocery Association.

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