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UrgentRx expands distribution into Duane Reade, Walmart

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — UrgentRx on Wednesday announced expansion of its line of fast-acting over-the-counter flavored powder medications into Duane Reade and Walmart. 

“As the reputation of our products has spread, we’ve been pleased by the response from consumers and retailers — who are both quickly recognizing that being on-the-go doesn’t mean you have to suffer when common ailments strike,” stated Jordan Eisenberg, president of UrgentRx. “Today, UrgentRx possesses a retail presence in more than 1,200 stores across the country. And through our current negotiations with retailers we expect to be in more than 25,000 locations by Q3 2013.”

UrgentRx was named “Best New Product” by attendees at the ECRM Health Care show in August. Soon after, the company launched its sixth product, Allergy Attack Relief to Go.

“Our goal has always been to make on-the-go ailments as easy to treat as when you are sitting in the comfort of your home within reach of your medicine cabinet,” Eisenberg said. “We’ve been incredibly excited to find that so many people are now considering UrgentRx to be a key part of their life and their health care.”


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Max-Wellness plans senior-facility stores

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Max-Wellness will open a prototype, small-format store at an assisted-living facility this spring, CEO Michael Feuer told Drug Store News.

Feuer could not disclose the facility’s location, but said it would be "economically high-end." The store will be 500 square feet and located in the lobby, similar to the health and wellness chain’s hospital stores, but slightly smaller and more open. A larger rollout of the so-called "satellite stores" is planned for later on.

The deal will also include a "Wellness-in-a-Box" vending machine at the other end of the campus, which can dispense health and wellness products. The Cleveland-based chain, which operates stores in Ohio and Florida, has already deployed the machines in other markets, such as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

 

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Cirrus Healthcare Products launches new line of licensed AquaEars

BY Michael Johnsen

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. — Cirrus Healthcare Products will celebrate two decades of company success in 2013 with the launch of a new line of AquaEars, the company announced Wednesday. The soft silicone AquaEars ear plugs will now be available in a variety of licensed characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Disney and Hello Kitty. 

“Ear health is an enduring and growing consumer category, and we continue to create innovation and new product offerings to fill out the needs in this space,” stated Drew O’Connell, CEO Cirrus Healthcare Products. “We launched our company two decades ago with the pioneering EarPlanes ear plug for the reduction of ear pressure and discomfort during flight, and it remains a top seller. The new licensed and printed AquaEars lines … are an exciting addition to our product family for 2013, and will help reduce the noncompliance issue with children’s ear plugs.”

AquaEars offer dual protection, sealing out water and reducing ear discomfort due to water pressure, as well as reducing noise for sensitive ears with a noise reduction rating of 30.

 

 

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