Opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone now available in CVS pharmacies in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (September 29, 2016) announced it has expanded access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia, allowing CVS Pharmacy patients to access the medication without an individual prescription. In total, CVS Pharmacy patients in 36 states now have increased access to the life-saving opioid overdose-reversal drug. CVS Health’s naloxone program establishes a standing order with a physician in the state or utilizes pharmacists’ prescriptive authority to permit CVS Pharmacists to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription. Pharmacists in these five states began dispensing the medication this week.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdose and by expanding availability of this medication, we can save lives and give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “By establishing a physician-authorized standing order that allows our pharmacies to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription, we strengthen our commitment to helping the communities we serve begin to address the challenges of prescription drug abuse.”

“Expanding access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone is a critical part of our national strategy to stop the prescription drug and heroin overdose epidemic along with effective prevention, treatment, and enforcement,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Thanks to efforts on naloxone like those announced today by CVS Health, more Americans will have access to this lifesaving drug.”

The move to expand access to naloxone builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse through education, outreach and safe medication disposal. CVS Health’s commitment to drug abuse prevention education extends from online resources launched for patients visiting CVS.com to two robust youth prevention programs. Launched last year, CVS Health’s Pharmacists Teach program gives its pharmacists the opportunity to volunteer to speak to high school health classes about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already been part of the program. Recently, the company also announced a partnership with DoSomething.org to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 600 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 47 metric tons of prescription drugs.

“CVS Health has been a leader in the work of helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “In addition to proper disposal of unwanted medication, increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

With the addition of the five new states where CVS Pharmacy locations began dispensing naloxone to patients without a prescription this week, CVS Pharmacy locations in the following 36 states now offer naloxone: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas,California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont,Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. CVS Health also plans to further expand its naloxone program to other states in the coming months.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
401-770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Thousands of iMessage Apps Offering Stickers Now Available on the App Store

San Francisco, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just days after the release of iOS 10, iPhone and iPad users are already livening up their conversations with new, animated stickers from thousands of apps on the App Store — all available right from within Messages. Discover, download, and launch new stickers by tapping on the App Store icon right from within Messages. Simply tap to send a sticker or tap and hold to peel and place a sticker directly on top of a message bubble, photo or another sticker. You can even touch and hold on the sticker to adjust its size.

Available for the first time with iOS 10, here’s a selection of some of the first sticker packs launching in the App Store for iMessage.

Press Contacts:

Jacqueline Roy
Apple
jacqueline_roy@apple.com
(408) 862-4386

Catherine Anderson
Apple
catherine_anderson@apple.com
(669) 227-0491

Apple Media Helpline
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

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Thousands of iMessage Apps Offering Stickers Now Available on the App Store
Thousands of iMessage Apps Offering Stickers Now Available on the App Store

 

Source: Apple

Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany

Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany
Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany

 

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 14, 2016) announced that Alexa, Echo, and the all-new Echo Dot are now available for customers in the UK and Germany. Read the press release announcing Alexa in the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/pr and in Germany: www.amazon-presse.de.

“Millions of customers love Alexa, and we’re thrilled to introduce her to the UK and Germany,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices and Services. “We’re also excited to expand the Alexa Skills Kit and the Alexa Voice Service, so developers and hardware makers around the world can create Alexa experiences for UK and German customers.”

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice—they’re always ready, hands-free, and fast. Alexa is the brain behind Echo and Echo Dot—just ask, and she’ll answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, recite your calendar, check sports scores, control lights around your home, and much more. With far-field voice control, Echo and Echo Dot can do all this from across the room. Since Alexa runs in the cloud, she is always getting smarter—plus, it is simple and free for developers to build Alexa skills and integrate Alexa into their own products. In the US, there are already over 3,000 skills available for Alexa.

Echo and Echo Dot will start shipping in the UK in the coming weeks. In Germany, Echo and Echo Dot are available by invitation for customers who want to help shape Alexa as she evolves—the devices will start shipping next month.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:
206-266-7180
device-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon

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Wegmans Food Markets announces influenza vaccine for 2016-2017 flu season is now available

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season is now available at all Wegmans Food Markets locations. At Wegmans, receiving the flu vaccination is as easy as picking up a few items for dinner – just stop by the store pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription or appointment, and in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance.

Each year, millions of Americans come down with the flu and hundreds of thousands of them are hospitalized. Flu vaccine effectiveness can vary from year to year, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that for the 2013-2014 flu season, the vaccine prevented approximately 7.2 million illnesses and 90,000 hospitalizations. In an effort to continuously improve prevention of seasonal flu, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year.

“By offering the flu vaccination in our pharmacies, we’re making it easy for our customers to protect themselves from the seasonal flu, while also improving immunization rates in the communities we serve,” says Katie Niles, Wegmans pharmacist and pharmacy clinical wellness services manager.

Wegmans pharmacists, certified through the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program, started administering flu shots in 2010, and since then the number of customers visiting the pharmacy for an immunization has grown between 30 and 40 percent each year. Last flu season, Wegmans administered more than 75,000 flu vaccinations.

Wegmans pharmacies in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland offer the flu vaccine for kids and adults, as well as high dose for seniors. In New York and Massachusetts, the flu vaccine is available for adults 18 years and older and high dose for seniors.

The Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program offers onsite flu clinics for employers interested in giving employees a quick and easy way to protect themselves from the flu, without leaving the office. Wegmans makes it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with online scheduling for employees to sign up for a flu shot timeslot, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered in all Wegmans’ market areas. For more information, contact Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager, at Brian.Pompo@wegmans.com.

In addition to the flu vaccine, Wegmans locations throughout the company’s six-state footprint offer an array of immunizations. Due to state regulations, customers should visit Wegmans.com to see which vaccines are available in their state. Depending upon the state, customers may receive immunizations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), herpes zoster (shingles), human papillomavirus (HPV), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), meningococcal (meningitis), pneumococcal disease (pneumonia), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

“We’re helping our customers and employees live healthier, better lives by giving them access to immunizations that protect them from serious illnesses that could lead to hospitalization and additional medical costs,” said Niles.
Wegmans pharmacy employees can also assist customers who need help determining their insurance policy’s coverage.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

FedEx shipping services and solutions now available at 1,513 Office Depot and OfficeMax Locations

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today (August 30, 2016) announced the expansion of its relationship with FedEx (NYSE: FDX), which, beginning Sept. 2, is offering customers in 1,513 retail locations throughout the country access to FedEx shipping services and solutions.

The convenience of Office Depot’s retail store footprint and extended hours—open early in the morning, late at night and on weekends—combined with the FedEx global network makes the company’s stores a one-stop-shopping and shipping destination for customers—individual, business, small business and more.

FedEx has teamed up with OfficeMax stores since 2009 to provide convenient access to its portfolio of offerings including FedEx Express®, FedEx Ground® and FedEx® International services. In addition, customers will have access to a number of additional service options, including signature confirmation and Saturday delivery.

“The seven-year relationship with FedEx has proven to be beneficial not only for our companies, but for the customers we serve,” said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “We have seen an increase in the use of FedEx shipping services and solutions in our OfficeMax retail stores, and look forward to rolling them out to our entire chain early next month.”

Customers have the flexibility and convenience of choosing from these service and solution options in all Office Depot and OfficeMax retail stores:

  • Express, International, Ground (1-5 days depending on location)
    • FedEx Express – FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx Standard Overnight®, FedEx 2Day A.M.®, FedEx Express Saver®
    • FedEx International Priority®, FedEx International Economy®, FedEx International Ground®
    • FedEx Ground – FedEx Ground® Commercial, FedEx Home Delivery®

Not only can customers drop off packages as late as 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday in most Office Depot and OfficeMax locations, but FedEx Ground is also faster to more locations than its primary competitor.

In addition, retail store associates will prepare packages including shipping documents for customers, and accept pre-labeled FedEx Express and FedEx Ground packages for drop-off.

“With this expansion, FedEx is significantly increasing the number of locations that give busy customers convenient new options to ship and drop off packages,” said Randy Scarborough, vice president of marketing at FedEx. “FedEx is proud to work with nationally-recognized retail brands like Office Depot and OfficeMax.

For more information, visit your local Office Depot and OfficeMax retail store or find one nearby online.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $58 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

FedEx Corp.
Jonathan Lyons
901-434-4019
jonathanlyons@fedex.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Texas that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Texas pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Texas, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription by August 2016.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Texascan learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. The program has already donated 37 units to police departments in the state and collected more than two and a half metric tons of unwanted medications in Texas. Law enforcement officials across Texas can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

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CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas
CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

 

SOURCE: CVS Health

 

Opti fitness range now available at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’re keen to shed a few pounds or simply tone up ahead of your eagerly-anticipated summer holiday, but can’t justify the expense of the gym, then the Opti fitness range is now available at Argos and is the perfect choice.

Opti has everything you need to complement and enhance your fitness routine from neoprene dumbbells to wrist and ankle weights.

Opti plans to build on this initial launch and introduce a wider range of fitness and sports products, including powered fitness from the end of this year, in time to help customers with their New Year fitness resolutions.

Tom Coles, Brand Manager for Opti said: “Whether you want to run faster, feel fitter or try a new sport, Opti helps you reach your personal best. We want to encourage people to realise the benefits of doing a little bit more every day whether walking in the park, cycling or taking an exercise class.

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, so anything that can help more people become more active, more often is a fantastic step in the right direction. Busy modern lives make it more difficult for many people to make the active choice so it’s great to see the Opti range making it easier for individuals to get active.”

For further information about Opti Fitness visit www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR

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Opti fitness range now available at Argo
Opti fitness range now available at Argo

 

Source: Argos

 

Citycon Oyj’s disclosure policy now available in English

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon Oyj’s disclosure policy has been updated and is now available in English on the company’s website www.citycon.com/disclosure-policy.

The updates are made to adopt the revised rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. and to meet EU’s market abuse regulation requirements effective as of 3 July 2016.

Helsinki, July 4, 2016

CITYCON OYJ

Contact:
Henrica Ginström
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
Tel. +358 50 554 4296
henrica.ginstrom@citycon.com

Source: Citycon