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Wegmans’ Pa. locations bid wine kiosks farewell, reports say

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It seems that Wegmans’ Pennsylvania locations have pulled the plug on automated wine kiosks, according to published reports.

The news follows the re-installation of the Pronto wine kiosks in Wegmans and several other retailers in January, after the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board took them off-line in December 2010 due to mechanical and technological issues.

Wegmans’ decision to forgo using the kiosks was amid customer complaints, according to a letter the retailer sent to the PLCB.

Wegmans houses 10-out-of-32 kiosks operated by the PLCB statewide. Other retailers that operate the wine kiosks include Giant Food, Giant Eagle, The Fresh Grocer and Shop ‘n Save stores.

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CVS Caremark donates funds, in-kind donations to Joplin, Mo., residents

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has donated approximately $40,000 in monetary and in-kind donations to support residents of Joplin, Mo., including some of the company’s pharmacy benefit manager clients and their members who were impacted by the recent tornado, the company announced on Friday.

CVS Caremark and CVS/pharmacy colleagues in the region collected and donated first aid and personal care supplies valued at approximately $35,000 to local relief efforts in Joplin. In addition, CVS Caremark has made a $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

"We know that the tornado directly affected some of our valued PBM clients and their members in the Joplin area, so we are pleased to be able to support local relief efforts and the American Red Cross," CVS Caremark SVP community relations Eileen Howard Boone said.

CVS Caremark stated that it also has been working closely with its PBM clients and their members in the affected area to ensure members have ongoing access to their medications, and CVS Caremark colleagues are providing guidance to members about how to obtain their medications according to each unique situation.

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Dioptics’ Solar Shield Fits Over sunglasses look to protect wearers from UV exposure

BY Allison Cerra

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Dioptics recently introduced a line of "healthy" sunglasses.

Solar Shield Fits Over sunglasses are polarized to avoid blinding glare, while blocking 100% UVA/UVB light, Dioptics said.

“Finding true ‘healthy’ sunglasses can be challenging as the federal government does not regulate the protective value of sunglasses,” Dioptics director of customer marketing Cheri Eichman said. “However, Dioptics and industry professionals have believed for years in the important role sunglasses play in eye health. According to the American Optometric Association, we should all be protecting our eyes from damaging rays and they warn that extended UV exposure can lead to a number of eye problems, including cataracts. Solar Shield Fits Over sunglasses look good and are the leading brand provided by doctors to their patients.”

Dioptics products currently are available online. For more information, visit DiopticsSunwear.com.

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