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March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients.

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients. Honorees will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28 to 31.

American Pharmacists Association – Profession Wide Awards:

February 28, 2014

The Little Clinic, which operates 114 retail-based health clinics in seven states, has selected VisualDx, a mobile app and online resource used by doctors to diagnose and treat disease, to enhance the care its staff provides to patients, VisualDx maker Logical Images announced.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Little Clinic, which operates 114 retail-based health clinics in seven states, has selected VisualDx, a mobile app and online resource used by doctors to diagnose and treat disease, to enhance the care its staff provides to patients, VisualDx maker Logical Images announced.

The Little Clinic, which is a subsidiary of Kroger, has clinics inside Kroger stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona and JayC in Indiana.

February 26, 2014

The annual ritual of visiting a doctor's office or health clinic to receive a flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to the findings of a new study published in the journal Vaccine.

ATLANTA — The annual ritual of visiting a doctor's office or health clinic to receive a flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to the findings of a new study published in the journal Vaccine.

February 11, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced its support of Georgia SB 370, introduced by pharmacist and Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Ga. District 1, because it will allow unimpeded patient access to interchangeable biologics.

WASHINGTON — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Tuesday announced its support of Georgia SB 370, introduced by pharmacist and Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Ga. District 1,  because it will allow unimpeded patient access to interchangeable biologics. The bill mirrors current pharmacy practice for interchangeable generic substitution language, and is aligned with Food and Drug Administration definitions, the association noted.

January 6, 2014

A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

ATHENS, Ga. — A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

Beth Phillips, who took the new role on Dec. 1, joined the college's faculty in 2007, and the school said the professorship, its newest, includes a $250,000 endowment for salary support, research and teaching assistance and traveling expenses. Of the school's other endowed professorships, one also is sponsored by Kroger.

December 26, 2013

The philanthropic arm of supermarket operator Bi-Lo Holdings is donating more than $3 million to charities in the South, the company said.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The philanthropic arm of supermarket operator Bi-Lo Holdings is donating more than $3 million to charities in the South, the company said.

The Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation said it would donate about $3.2 million to 281 non-profit organizations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, particularly organizations focused on hunger, education, health, women and children. Bi-Lo Holdings operates the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket banners.

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 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.

November 19, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.

“This company has a responsibility to ensure its products are safe for distribution and human consumption,” stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by keeping these products from entering the distribution system.”

The retail value of the seized products is more than $2 million, the agency estimated.

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleged that the products were adulterated according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain DMAA, an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe under the law.

The FDA is urging consumers not to buy or use supplements containing DMAA, which can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. Consumers should check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The FDA has warned consumers about the health risks of DMAA on its web site.

On Nov. 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of finished goods and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process/raw material goods from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals facility.

During the FDA’s inspection of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, which began in October, investigators identified 11 products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent. These products included Black Widow, ECA Xtreme, Fastin, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene Xtreme, Lipotherm, Stimerex-ES, and Yellow Scorpion. The investigators also observed bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility. Prior to the seizure, on Nov. 1, 2013, the FDA issued an administrative detention, temporarily holding the products until they were seized.

Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is using all available tools at its disposal to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products containing DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.  

October 23, 2013

Bi-Lo Holdings on Wednesday stated that its previously-announced acquisition of 22 stores in South Carolina and coastal Georgia from Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. is scheduled to close on Nov. 2.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings on Wednesday stated that its previously-announced acquisition of 22 stores in South Carolina and coastal Georgia from Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. is scheduled to close on Nov. 2. Following the transaction close, Bi-Lo Holdings will begin the process of rebranding these stores under the Bi-Lo banner name.

Twelve Piggly Wiggly stores are scheduled to close on Nov. 2 and reopen on Nov. 8 as Bi-Lo stores. And eight Piggly Wiggly stores are scheduled to close on Nov. 9 and reopen on Nov. 15. 

October 23, 2013

Coty’s Rimmel London beauty brand, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary, unveiled during a press event on Tuesday its spring 2014 collection, featuring products for eyes, face, lips and nails.

NEW YORK — Coty’s Rimmel London beauty brand, which is celebrating its 180th anniversary, unveiled during a press event on Tuesday its spring 2014 collection, featuring products for eyes, face, lips and nails.

The event, held at Manhattan hotspot The Lion, featured Rimmel London’s global makeup artist Kirstin Piggott and beauty icon and Rimmel partner Georgia May Jagger.

September 12, 2013

Bi-Lo Holdings announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to acquire 22 Piggly Wiggly stores with approximately 1,200 store employees in South Carolina and coastal Georgia.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings on Thursday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to acquire 22 Piggly Wiggly stores with approximately 1,200 store employees in South Carolina and coastal Georgia.  

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

July 30, 2013

In a study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that adding flow restrictors to bottles can limit the amount of liquid medication a child could access even if child-resistant caps are missing or improperly closed.

CINCINNATI — In a study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that adding flow restrictors to bottles can limit the amount of liquid medication a child could access even if child-resistant caps are missing or improperly closed. 

June 28, 2013

Beginning August 1, more than 2.4 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members will have access to SoloHealth Stations, located in more than 125 select Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Georgia, the companies announced on Friday.

ATLANTA — Beginning August 1, more than 2.4 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members will have access to SoloHealth Stations, located in more than 125 select Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Georgia, the companies announced on Friday.

The new partnership will allow BCBSGa members access to the free health and wellness services, biometric screenings, health risk assessments and other information provided by SoloHealth's bilingual health-and-wellness consumer kiosks.

May 2, 2013

Kroger on Thursday announced plans to host the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Southeast at Fiesta Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park this Sunday.

ATLANTA — Kroger on Thursday announced plans to host the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Southeast at Fiesta Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park this Sunday.

May 1, 2013

South University has appointed a new dean of its pharmacy school, the university announced.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — South University has appointed a new dean of its pharmacy school, the university announced.

Curtis Jones will oversee pharmacy programs for the South University School of Pharmacy in Georgia and South Carolina, reporting to vice chancellor of academic affairs Steven Yoho.

March 22, 2013

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration is renewing calls for legislation to give the agency more authority to regulate pharmacy compounding.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration is renewing calls for legislation to give the agency more authority to regulate pharmacy compounding.

March 21, 2013

A compounding pharmacy in Georgia is recalling all of its sterile products following a Food and Drug Administration investigation that found possible lack of proper sanitation procedures, the FDA said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A compounding pharmacy in Georgia is recalling all of its sterile products following a Food and Drug Administration investigation that found possible lack of proper sanitation procedures, the FDA said Thursday.

March 14, 2013

SoloHealth on Thursday announced it has been selected as one of the Technology Association of Georgia’s Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies. SoloHealth was recognized for its FDA-approved health and wellness kiosk, the SoloHealth Station.

ATLANTA — SoloHealth on Thursday announced it has been selected as one of the Technology Association of Georgia’s Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies. SoloHealth was recognized for its FDA-approved health and wellness kiosk, the SoloHealth Station.

"The Top 10 awards are given to an elite group of companies whose products and solutions are not only changing their respective industries, they also are putting Georgia on the map as a state where technology innovation can thrive," stated Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. 

January 30, 2013

Aetna is offering individual health insurance plans to Costco members in California, the health insurer said.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Aetna is offering individual health insurance plans to Costco members in California, the health insurer said.

The Costco Personal Health Insurance program includes five plans and offers broad medical benefits, dental options and a large network of doctors and hospitals. The program also is available to members of the club retailer in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Aetna plans to expand the program to other markets in the coming months.

January 25, 2013

Perrigo Nutritionals is introducing new packaging that the company said would make providing nutrition to infants more convenient.

GEORGIA, Vt. — Perrigo Nutritionals is introducing new packaging that the company said would make providing nutrition to infants more convenient.

November 29, 2012

Medagate on Thursday announced the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale.

REDWOOD CITY, Ga. — Medagate on Thursday announced the first implementation of its 2.0 restricted-spend platform, which encourages eligible consumers to make healthy living choices by purchasing qualified items at the point of sale. Fred's Super Dollar stores in North Carolina and Georgia will be the first stores to implement the new capabilities. 

October 11, 2012

The Chain Drug Marketing Association on Wednesday announced its 87th Annual Trade Expo will take place Feb. 19-22 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta.

 NOVI, Mich. — The Chain Drug Marketing Association on Wednesday announced its 87th Annual Trade Expo will take place Feb. 19 to 22 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta.

A “Lunch and Learn” for buyers is planned with Bruce Kneeland, of Epicor Software Solutions, speaking about “How successful Pharmacy Owners use the Front-End to Build Sales and Improve Their Image."

CDMA is owned by more than 100 regional drug chains, independent pharmacies, regional drug wholesalers, specialty distributors and buying groups.

July 27, 2012

Save-A-Lot, a hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chain and a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, kicked off its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip in Orlando to raise awareness of Save-A-Lot stores as the go-to destination for affordable food.

ST. LOUIS — Save-A-Lot, a hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chain and a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, kicked off its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip in Orlando to raise awareness of Save-A-Lot stores as the go-to destination for affordable food.

July 26, 2012

An alliance of more than 22,000 pharmacies has added a new member to its leadership team.

LEESBURG, Va. — An alliance of more than 22,000 pharmacies has added a new member to its leadership team.

RxAlly announced the appointment of Wayne Oliver as VP pharmacy advocacy and government relations, a role in which he will serve as a liaison between RxAlly and various levels of government.