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Walmart, Sam’s Club announce flu shot offering

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart and Sam’s Club are offering flu shot clinics to customers through their partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics.

The clinics, located in more than 4,100 select stores and clubs nationwide, will offer flu shots for $25. Medicare Part B or private health plans may cover part or all of the cost of the immunization, Walmart and Sam’s Club noted. Additionally, Mollen is expanding its immunization menu to also include vaccines for pneumonia, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria pertussis), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), meningitis, HPV (human papilloma virus) and hepatitis A and B. The decision was based on changing state regulations that require mandates around these immunizations for both children and adults.

"Providing flu shots in our stores is another way Walmart helps deliver access to affordable healthcare solutions to our customers," Walmart health-and-wellness division president John Agwunobi said.

Customers can visit Walmart.com/flushots or SamsClub.com/healthyliving to find specific dates, times and locations for the flu vaccination clinics.

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Rob Holston named EVP of Symphony Analytics North America

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — SymphonyIRI Group has appointed Rob Holston as its EVP of the company’s Symphony Analytics North America division.

Holston, who joined SymphonyIRI in 2009, will continue reporting to SymphonyIRI president and CEO John Freeland. Prior to joining SymphonyIRI, Holston was practice leader for shopper marketing at Deloitte Consulting.

"Symphony Analytics has great momentum and our market-leading capabilities in predictive analytics and modeling that blend consumer, shopper, market and retail views are just one more way that we can help our clients discover and activate untapped growth opportunities," Holston said. "SymphonyIRI is committed to driving the growth of our analytics business through focused and transformative innovation to support our clients’ rapidly evolving needs, and I am excited to be leading the team."

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Omnicare rings closing bell at NYSE

BY Alaric DeArment

COVINGTON, Ky. — Pharmaceutical services provider Omnicare celebrated its 30th anniversary as a public company by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the company said.

CEO John Figueroa presided over the ringing of the bell to mark the occasion, the company said, as did other members of the company’s senior leadership team and 30-year employee Tom Marsh.

"It is an honor to ring The Closing Bell to celebrate this important milestone in our company’s history," Figueroa said. "Over the last 30 years, Omnicare has grown from a small service provider to hospitals into a true leader in professional pharmacy, related consoling and data management services for skilled nursing, assisted living and other chronic care institutions. Additionally, we have built  a comprehensive specialty care business, which serves the rapidly growing specialty pharmaceuticals market. We have a proud and rich history, and today we salute three decades of Omnicare’s dedicated service to our nation’s elderly and noters with specialized pharmaceutical needs."

The company was incorporated on May 19, 1981 and listed on the NYSE on Dec. 29 of that year. The company will also mark its 30th anniversary with a "30 Days of Giving" campaign, spending the month of October offering opportunities for employees to get involved in charitable works and conducting a companywide United Way campaign.

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