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Walgreens to be part of preferred pharmacy networks across four Medicare Part D plans

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With the Medicare Annual Election Period set to begin Oct. 15, Walgreens on Wednesday announced it will be a part of preferred pharmacy networks of four national Medicare Part D plan sponsors: Coventry, Humana, SmartD Rx and UnitedHealthcare.

"Having Walgreens as a preferred network provider offers a number of benefits for plan members, including greater access to pharmacy services and cost savings on prescription drugs," Walgreens group VP pharmacy operations Suzanne Hansen said. "There are changes to Medicare each year and important information beneficiaries need to know, whether they’re selecting a plan for the first time or evaluating if their current plan is still the best option."

In addition to participating in the preferred networks, Walgreens also will be in the network of hundreds of other Medicare prescription drug plans for 2013.


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Red Bull Editions to enter market in 2013

BY Allison Cerra

LAS VEGAS — Red Bull will introduce a new line of energy drinks this coming March.

The Red Bull Editions, which provide the same functional benefits of the original, come in cranberry, lime and blueberry flavors and are packaged in red, silver and blue cans, respectively. The new beverages were showcased at the National Association of Convenience Stores conference this month in Las Vegas.

Red Bull Editions will be available nationwide in single 8.4.-oz. single cans and 8.4-oz. four-packs.

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Mars Chocolate to debut Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites

BY Allison Cerra

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate is gearing up for the launch of new candies that are "unwrapped, pop-’em-in-your-mouth, bite-sized cubes."

New Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites are "a convenient and easier-to-eat format," Mars Chocolate said.

Kosher-certified and available at stores nationwide in May 2013, Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites will be available in 2.83-oz. bags for a suggested retail price of $1.49 each. Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites also will be available in 8-oz. and 7-oz. bags, respectively, for $2.99 each.

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