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Take Care announces openings of six retail clinics in Tennessee

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has expanded its presence in Tennessee with the opening of six new retail-based clinics in the Knoxville and Memphis areas.

 A total of 18 Take Care Clinics are now open in the state, including two in Knoxville, four in Memphis and 12 in Nashville.

“Take Care Clinics have been very well-received in Tennessee since opening clinics in Nashville in 2007,” stated Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We are able to expand into Knoxville and Memphis because consumers embrace our high-quality, affordable and convenient model of health care. More than 675,000 patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we look forward to providing greater access to care as we continue to expand in Tennessee and across the country.”

The clinic operator currently manages 247 clinics in 32 markets in 15 states.

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Chattem launches Gold Bond, Icy Hot external care products

BY Michael Johnsen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Chattem on Thursday announced the introduction of 15 new product launches, including four across the Gold Bond brand, three Icy Hot new products and two Cortizone-10 items.

The new product lineup includes two new skin care SKUs—Gold Bond Soothing and Gold Bond Protection. The Soothing SKU is formulated with anti-inflammatories and is targeted toward people with sensitive skin.

The company also introduced a new foot category of Gold Bond products, including a foot pain relief product that combines the skin technology of Gold Bond with the pain relief technology of Icy Hot, the company reported. The amount of consumers who are on their feet and suffering foot pain is extraordinary, and this would be the first and only product targeted really at tired, achy, painful feet.

The PM line of Icy Hot products has only been marginally successful, noted Zan Guerry, Chattem chairman and chief executive officer, during a conference call with analysts. “They didn’t bring the kind of breakthrough technology that we like to bring,” he said.

For 2009, across the Icy Hot brand Chattem plans to launch Icy Hot Medicated Roll. “If you think of an ACE bandage-type texture, it’s the type texture in that area, but this you can tear easily and so you can use it anywhere, anytime for on-the-go pain relief,” Guerry said. A second Icy Hot product to be launched this year is the Icy Hot No-Mess Applicator, which works like a roll-on deodorant product in application, Guerry said.

 

The new product launches also include two new Cortizone SKUs—Cortizone Cooling Gel and Cortizone Easy Relief, another roll-on product.

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Brand director announces Safeway to carry O Organics supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES Global Brands on Thursday announced the launch of O Organics Supplements through Safeway.

“As one of the retail world’s fastest growing product segments, the organic sector is rapidly outgrowing its niche status and becoming a mainstream staple with strong, across-the-board demand from the many shoppers who are looking for healthier, more environmentally friendly options,” stated Sheetal Khanna, director of brand strategy for Global Brands at Lucerne Foods. “We’re continually developing new products to best serve this fast-changing market and the O Organics Supplements line delivers exactly the type of simple, effective and affordable solutions these consumers desire.”

The 12-SKU line of USDA certified organic supplements includes vitamin C, calcium and St. John’s Wort.

O Organics plans to expand the line to other retailers in 2009.

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