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January 7, 2014

Publix on Tuesday announced plans to expand a new Sync Your Refills program to all pharmacies. After a successful test in the Atlanta Division, the program will expand companywide to the remaining Publix Pharmacies by Friday, Jan. 24.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Tuesday announced plans to expand a new Sync Your Refills program to all pharmacies. After a successful test in the Atlanta Division, the program will expand companywide to the remaining Publix Pharmacies by Friday, Jan. 24. 

January 6, 2014

Minute Maid Juices to Go will welcome two new flavors to its product line.

ATLANTA — Minute Maid Juices to Go will welcome two new flavors to its product line. The new blends, Minute Maid Tropical Blend and Minute Maid Berry Blend, are the first Juices to Go products to contain vegetable juice. 

January 6, 2014

InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform.

ATLANTA — InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, on Monday announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform. 

January 2, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign helped more than 100,000 Americans likely quit smoking for good, exceeding the original goal of 50,000, the agency announced Wednesday.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign helped more than 100,000 Americans likely quit smoking for good, exceeding the original goal of 50,000, the agency announced Wednesday. 

The 2013 Tips campaign generated 150,000 additional calls to quitlines and 2.8 million additional website visits.

December 23, 2013

This year's influenza virus is beginning its prominence in the South, as Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas reported high influenza-like illness activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

ATLANTA — This year's influenza virus is beginning its prominence in the South, as Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas reported high influenza-like illness activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. 

Oklahoma reported moderate ILI activity. 

For those who got a flu shot this year, so far they appear to be well protected. 

CDC has antigenically characterized 317 influenza viruses, including 265 2009 H1N1 viruses, 46 influenza A (H3N2) viruses and 6 influenza B viruses since Oct. 1. 

December 20, 2013

Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

ATLANTA — Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

The kiosk maker said its SoloHealth Stations around the country had an average of 10 million users per quarter, or almost 130,000 per day, with Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and North Carolina leading other states. The numbers were based on "consumer engagements," which refers to a consumer taking at least one test per session. There are currently at least 3,500 of the kiosks in the market.

December 13, 2013

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday.

ATLANTA — Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday. CDC also reported today that despite the benefits of flu vaccination, only 40% of Americans 6 months and older had reported getting a flu vaccine this season as of early November 2013.

December 11, 2013

A company that allows merchants to use bitcoin has seen a spike in transactions this year.

ATLANTA — A company that allows merchants to use bitcoin has seen a spike in transactions this year.

BitPay said Wednesday that it had processed more than $100 million in transactions this year, and that its membership now included more than 15,500 merchants in 200 countries. The number of merchants has increased by more than 50%, while transaction volume has tripled since the creation of the All Inclusive Pricing Plan in October and the integration with Shopify in November.

December 9, 2013

A chain of stores that stock small items for travelers has opened its latest location in Atlanta.

NEW YORK — A chain of stores that stock small items for travelers has opened its latest location in Atlanta.

3FLOZ announced Monday the opening of its newest fully automated retail store at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The store features beauty, personal care and other products in sizes that allow travelers to pack light. Products include sunscreen, hairspray, toothpaste and 3FLOZ's private-label Essentials travel kits.

December 6, 2013

Holiday shopping got a big boost during Thanksgiving weekend, and most of the growth came from shopping on Thanksgiving itself rather than Black Friday, according to a new report.

ATLANTA — Holiday shopping got a big boost during Thanksgiving weekend, and most of the growth came from shopping on Thanksgiving itself rather than Black Friday, according to a new report.

First Data Corp., a payment processing company, released the SpendTrend report Friday, based on its tracking of same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debt, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks. The report found 9% growth over last year, compared with last year's 5.6% growth over 2011; by contrast, Black Friday spending growth was 3.4%.

November 14, 2013

As part of a week-long observance of Veteran's Day, Coca-Cola will host a ceremony to honor the men and women who have served the country, which includes more than 3,000 veterans employed by the company.

ATLANTA — As part of a week-long observance of Veteran's Day, Coca-Cola will host a ceremony to honor the men and women who have served the country, which includes more than 3,000 veterans employed by the company.

On Thursday, Retired First Class Sergeant Michael Schiltz will provide a keynote address where he will share his story of courage in the aftermath of an accident during a military campagin in Iraq. The 82nd Airborne Division "All-American" Chorus also will be on hand to pay tribute.

November 13, 2013

A new product for gift wrapping is designed to save both time and trees.

ATLANTA — A new product for gift wrapping is designed to save both time and trees.

Atlanta entrepreneur Ashley Edmonds has created Lilywrap, a reusable wrapping that mimics the look and feel of traditional wrapping paper, including the bow, using patent-pending stretching fabric wrap.

November 4, 2013

Drug maker UCB is seeking approval for one of its drugs as a standalone therapy for epilepsy.

ATLANTA — Drug maker UCB is seeking approval for one of its drugs as a stand-alone therapy for epilepsy.

The company said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration had accepted its regulatory approval application for Vimpat (lacosamide) for adult epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures. The drug is already approved as an add-on therapy for partial-onset seizures in patients aged 17 and older.

October 18, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by UCB for treating a form of arthritis.

ATLANTA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by UCB for treating a form of arthritis.

The drug maker said Friday that the FDA had approved Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) for adults with active ankylosing spondylitis, though it declined to approve the drug for axial spondyloarthritis, or axSpA. UCB said it was working with the agency to determine how to get the drug approved for axSpA.

October 16, 2013

WellStar Health System and Walgreens on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in the northwest Atlanta market.

MARIETTA, Ga. — WellStar Health System and Walgreens on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in the northwest Atlanta market.

October 10, 2013

In its first flavor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.

ATLANTA — In its first flavor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.

The new products will be available for a limited time through the holidays. Both products take the taste of traditional Sprite and combine it with a splash of sweet and tart cranberry notes.

October 3, 2013

The Coca-Cola Co. is releasing a limited-edition version of Diet Coke in cans inspired by pop singer Taylor Swift, the company said.

ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. is releasing a limited-edition version of Diet Coke in cans inspired by pop singer Taylor Swift, the company said.

Coca-Cola said the Diet Coke Taylor Swift can six-pack would be on beverage aisles nationwide this month and next month. Each 12-oz. can has a special, slim design and is adorned in handwritten style with a Swift quotation: "If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change." The collector's edition can is part of Coca-Cola's multi-year partnership with Swift.

September 24, 2013

Meda Consumer announced it is re-energizing its Geritol Multivitamin brand, pitching the product to a new generation of consumers with a fresh new package design and its first television spot in more than 20 years.

ATLANTA — Meda Consumer on Tuesday announced it is re-energizing its Geritol Multivitamin brand, pitching the product to a new generation of consumers with a fresh new package design and its first television spot in more than 20 years. 

September 23, 2013

Foulkes, who serves as EVP and chief health care strategy and marketing officer for CVS Caremark, will be a member of the Finance and Leadership Development & Compensation Committees for the home improvement retailer.

ATLANTA — CVS Caremark’s Helena Foulkes has been appointed to Home Depot’s board of directors.

Foulkes, who serves as EVP and chief health care strategy and marketing officer for CVS Caremark, will be a member of the Finance and Leadership Development & Compensation Committees for the home improvement retailer. Her appointment gives the company 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent.

September 20, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign produced more than 150,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a number that links callers to their state quitlines, according to a report in last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign produced more than 150,000 additional calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a number that links callers to their state quitlines, according to a report in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The campaign also generated almost 2.8 million additional visitors to the campaign website, cdc.gov/tips.

September 17, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken more than 2 million people per year and kill at least 23,000, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — Antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken more than 2 million people per year and kill at least 23,000, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And the costs go beyond human health and life. According to a study by Tufts University, direct healthcare costs and costs to society for lost productivity from the infections could be as high as $55 billion per year.

September 9, 2013

A series of smoking ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that detail the health problems of real-life smokers led more than 200,000 smokers to quit immediately, the agency said Monday.

ATLANTA — A series of smoking ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that detail the health problems of real-life smokers led more than 200,000 smokers to quit immediately, the agency said Monday.

September 9, 2013

Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

ATLANTA — Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

September 5, 2013

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the kickoff to the second half of its annual Project Health wellness campaign.

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.
 

August 16, 2013

Hair accessories brand Goody has introduced its new Stylista collection, a trend-setting range that includes a variety of brush types and accessories to deliver chic design aesthetics and premium patterns.

ATLANTA — Hair accessories brand Goody has introduced its new Stylista collection, a trend-setting range that includes a variety of brush types and accessories to deliver chic design aesthetics and premium patterns. 
 


The brushes and new accessories are available in three patterns, including a playful, colorful swirl design, a bright and bold foliage pattern and a funky, edgy cheetah print. 
The new Goody Stylista collection includes: