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Walmart looks to bring holiday cheer with Christmas price guarantee

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that it is helping ensure customers pay the lowest price on holiday gifts with the launch of its Christmas price guarantee.

Customers who purchase eligible product at Walmart anytime between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, and then find those same products advertised for less at another store, will receive a Walmart gift card for the difference through Dec. 25.

"The greatest gift we can give our customers this holiday is great low prices on the things they want most," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. "Walmart is easing shopping stress this Christmas by allowing customers to shop when and how they want, all while guaranteeing low prices through the entire holiday season."

Walmart’s Christmas price guarantee is valid on purchases made Nov. 1 through Dec. 25 on identical items (the same brand, size, color, quantity, grade and model number) that currently are available at competitor’s stores located within the same local market as a particular Walmart store. To apply for the Christmas price guarantee, customers need to simply bring in their original Walmart cash register receipt and the local competitor’s current printed ad to Walmart’s customer service desk through Dec. 25. Once validated, a gift card for the difference will be issued. Items placed on layaway also will be eligible for the Christmas price guarantee.

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FDA to healthcare professionals: Stop administering flu shots via jet injectors

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued guidance regarding the use of injector devices to administer flu vaccines to patients.

The FDA said that healthcare professionals should not use such clinical devices to administer flu vaccines, adding that all vaccines, including influenza, "be administered in accordance with their labeling."

"At this time, there are no vaccines for the prevention of influenza disease that are approved by the FDA for administration by jet injector … [they] have not been evaluated for delivery by jet injection," the FDA said in its guidance.

Only one vaccine is approved for administration via jet injector: the measles mumps and rubella vaccine (also known as MMR), the agency said, adding that it has no safety and efficacy data for other vaccines delivered by jet injector.

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Kroger discontinues needle-free flu vaccine offering

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger has discontinued offering needle-free clinical devices to administer flu vaccinations at all pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations.

Kroger said that its decision was based on guidance from the Food and Drug Administration that advised healthcare professionals not to use needle-free clinical devices to administer flu shots.

Kroger said it is seeking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the FDA regarding revaccinations.


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Jesse_EngAmer says:
Oct-25-2011 08:37 pm

FDA-approved vaccines have information in their labeling about how they should be administered, but doctors and other health professionals can opt for off-label use of medications if they believe it is in the best interest of their patientshttp://eng.am/vKYA5n This is a perfect example of the FDA working in the interests of Big Pharma and not the American public. The PharmaJet Jet Injector had been cleared for general use and its makers were coerced into pulling their product due to it's use with brand-name products. If it were dangerous at all, off-brand or on-brand it'd be outright banned. This is FDA working for profit.

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