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Ukrop’s offers flu-vaccine gift-giving program

BY Michael Johnsen

RICHMOND, Va. Ukrop’s Super Markets last week announced a new program to help drive consumers into the grocer for their flu shots called the FluGram. Ukrop’s partnered with Novartis Vaccines on the FluGram, an influenza vaccination gift-giving program. Customers can reserve influenza vaccinations before and during the influenza season for themselves or anyone else. When a flu shot is reserved and paid for, the purchaser will receive a FluGram gift card to present to the recipient. The gift card is redeemed when the flu shot is administered.

“Getting a flu shot is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your family from the dreaded and potentially deadly influenza,” stated John Beckner, Ukrop’s director of pharmacy and health services. “Between our regular flu clinics and walk-in shots, we’re making it as easy as possible to get a flu shot this year,” Beckner added. “Our FluGram allows you to give the gift of health to someone who might not ordinarily seek an influenza vaccine on their own. The FluGram essentially reserves a vaccination for the recipient, ensuring they’re protected.”

Ukrop’s is expecting a busier flu vaccine this year than last with an order of some 35,000 doses this year, compared to the 30,000 shots that its pharmacy personnel administered last year.

Flu shot options at Ukrop’s this season include its annual flu clinic program, the grocer is hosting 38 flu clinics across its locations. All FluGram gift cards are for sale for $32 at Ukrop’s pharmacies.

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IRI hosts town meetng for Wal-Mart suppliers

BY Drew Buono

CHICAGO Information Resources Inc. is a hosting a Wal-Mart Supplier Town Hall Meeting to show the latest innovations in product assortment and space planning solutions to help suppliers grow their business with Wal-Mart.

IRI will address its partnership with Bentonville Software Associates that will align the customer data and space planning processes that use each company’s software. Wal-Mart relies on these companies to help their suppliers improve category performance and reduce internal labor costs. The software from the companies also streamlines data integration, sales forecasting, as well as evaluates profitability and out of stocks.

The meeting will take place on Oct. 30th in Rogers, Ariz. From 8-11:30 a.m. CST.

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Educational children’s book about hemophilia published by Bayer and BioRx

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Bayer HealthCare and BioRx, a specialty pharmaceutical company, have joined together to publish a children’s book about hemophilia.

Written by Chris Perretti Barnes, the mother of a young boy with hemophilia A, I AM NATE is the second in a series of books intended to educate children about hemophilia.

“For children living with hemophilia, learning and talking about hemophilia and inhibitors can be overwhelming, confusing, and scary,” said Barnes. “I AM NATE can help parents open up lines of communication with their child and begin a discussion in a friendly, fun, and safe way. It is wonderful that both Bayer and BioRx value educating youth in the hemophilia community.”

Hemophilia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints or internal organs that effects about 17,000 Americans. Deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known as factor VIII or IX, cause the disease. The most common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective. Hemophilia B is characterized by deficient or defective factor IX.

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