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Universal Studios Home Entertainment to release ‘Ted’

BY Barbara White-Sax

Universal Home Studios will make its irreverent comedy "Ted" available on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and On Demand on Dec. 11. The comedy, directed by “Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. The foul-mouthed lead character, an oversized teddy bear named Ted, is voiced by MacFarlane.

Blu-ray and DVD bonuses include the movie’s unrated version, a gag reel and a “making of” feature. Exclusive to the Blu-ray version are deleted scenes and alternate takes. The Blu-ray combo pack’s digital copy of the film is compatible with iPhone, iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPod Touch, Android and UntraViolet.

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Tide urges fans to ‘Show Us Your Colors’ through contest

BY Barbara White-Sax

Tide’s online photo campaign, “Show Us Your Colors,” is offering fans a chance to win a trip for two to Super Bowl XLVII. The “Show Us Your Colors” contest is P&G’s latest addition to the brand’s season-long celebration of the pride and passion football fans show for their teams.

Fans can visit Tide.com or the brand’s Facebook page to share a photo documenting a time they were most proud to wear their team’s colors. On Nov. 30, one entrant will be randomly selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans for the big game in February.

All uploaded pictures will be viewable by galleries sorted by team. At the end of the sweepstakes, the team whose fans uploaded the most pictures will receive a $15,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

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Walgreens pledges to help seniors with Medicare enrollment

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will be offering free, personalized Part D plan comparison reports to help beneficiaries identify the plan that best meets their prescription drug needs, the retail pharmacy operator announced Monday. Plan reviews are available on a walk-in basis or by scheduling an appointment at Walgreens.com/medicare, Walgreens stated.

“The Medicare landscape can be challenging to navigate, and our pharmacists are trusted resources who can help beneficiaries understand their options to make the most informed plan choice,” stated Suzanne Hansen, Walgreens group VP pharmacy operations. “Prescription drug coverage is often times critical for those selecting new plans or evaluating their current plan. It’s helpful for Medicare beneficiaries to understand some of the ways to save on prescription costs through the use of preferred pharmacy networks or other means.”

Walgreens is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others to help Medicare beneficiaries learn about new benefits available to them under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Walgreens is providing customers a range of educational materials on newly available preventive services, as well as ways to save on prescription drug spending in the “doughnut hole,” or coverage gap. 

In addition, all Take Care Clinics located at select Walgreens are now offering the “Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit” and “Medicare Yearly Wellness Visits.” These wellness services are for Medicare enrollees and include screenings for a number of common conditions, as well as education and counseling to encourage wellness and prevent disease.

Plan comparison reports, available daily at all of the nearly 8,000 Walgreens stores nationwide, are generated from Medicare’s online plan finder. The report details each plan’s estimated annual costs, including monthly premiums, brand and generic co-pays and coverage through the coverage gap.  

Walgreens last week announced it will be a part of preferred pharmacy networks of four national Medicare Part D plan sponsors — Coventry, Humana, SmartD Rx and UnitedHealthcare. In addition to participating in the preferred networks, Walgreens will also be in the network of hundreds of other Medicare prescription drug plans for 2013. 

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