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Pharmacy Industry News: PNI Digital Media Renews Contract with CVS/pharmacy for Online Photo Services

PNI Digital Media Renews Contract with CVS/pharmacy for Online Photo Services

PNI Digital Media CA:PN
-3.67% (“PNI” or the “Company”), the leading
innovator in online and in-store digital media solutions for retailers, announced that the Company has entered into an agreement to extend the term of its Internet Services Agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc. (“CVS”) to provide and operate the CVS/pharmacy online photo service , which is connected to over 7200 CVS/pharmacy locations across the US for an additional three year period. The service will continue to allow CVS/pharmacy customers to easily upload and place orders for photo prints, greeting cards, calendars, photo books, posters, canvas prints and other photo gift items on the CVS Photo website, with options to pick-up photo prints within an hour and/or have orders shipped to them.

“CVS/pharmacy has been incredibly innovative in their approach to the online photo market,” said Kyle Hall, Chief Executive Officer of PNI Digital Media. “The ability to work with them has been a very rewarding experience for the whole PNI team and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue the relationship for this extended period.”

About PNI Digital Media – PNI Digital Media operates the PNI Digital Media Platform, which provides transaction processing and order routing services for major retailers. The PNI Digital Media Platform connects consumer-ordered digital content, whether from online, in-store kiosks, desktop software or mobile phones, with retailers that have on-demand manufacturing capabilities for the production of personalized products such as photos, photo books, photo calendars, business cards and stationery. PNI Digital Media successfully generates millions of transactions each year for retailers and their thousands of locations worldwide.

The statements that are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. PNI Digital Media’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, changes in technology, employee retention, inability to deliver on contracts, failure of customers to continue marketing the online solution, competition, general economic conditions, foreign exchange and other risks detailed in the Company’s annual report and other filings. Additional information related to the Company can be found on SEDAR at and on the SEC’S website at . The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. PNI Digital Media shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the information contained in this release. PNI Digital Media relies upon litigation protection for “forward-looking” statements.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

People’s Pharmacy: the benefits and risks of vitamin D

Q: I get a health newsletter from a respected medical center. I noticed in the last issue that vitamin D could raise the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 20 percent. Any comments?

A: Several research reports have created considerable confusion. A year ago, researchers reported that people taking calcium supplements were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those getting placebos (BMJ online, July 29, 2010). Although this finding came from a meta-analysis of 11 studies involving more than 12,000 people, many health professionals were skeptical and objected that vitamin D intake was not part of the analysis.

This year, a new study in BMJ (online, April 19, 2011) confirmed the original finding with a twist. Even women taking vitamin D with their calcium had a higher risk (20 percent) of heart attack or stroke compared with placebo. We suspect that this is what your newsletter was reporting.

More recent research shows that vitamin D alone appears to protect men from heart attacks and strokes (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition online, June 8, 2011).

Excess calcium may be the culprit, while vitamin D may be neutral or protective for the heart.

Q: I am a 66-year-old retired physician who has taken simvastatin for the past two years. During this time, I noted a gradual decline in my erectile function.

My physician did not believe that simvastatin was the cause. After reading in The People’s Pharmacy and elsewhere of a possible connection, I took myself off the drug.

Within three weeks, I had complete resolution of my problem. In addition, I have far fewer episodes of heartburn and musculoskeletal pain. In the gym, my strength and endurance have improved dramatically.

A: There is surprisingly little research on this topic. Although the official prescribing information for simvastatin (Zocor) mentions erectile dysfunction, many physicians have not heard about this link.

A study from France suggested that statins may cause or worsen erectile dysfunction (Drug Safety, July 2009). Italian researchers have reported that statins may reduce testosterone levels (Journal of Sexual Medicine, April 2010). This might explain your experience.

Q: You might wish to tell readers to beware taking both Plavix and Nexium. After installing a stent near my heart, my doctor said no changes were needed in my list of medications, even though I would be mixing Nexium with Plavix for the next year.

I checked this advice on our computer and saw another specialist. He immediately stopped the Nexium and changed my GERD medication to pantoprazole.

A: There is uncertainty about the interaction between acid-suppressing drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) and the anti-clotting drug clopidogrel (Plavix) that you need to keep your stent open. Some studies suggest the acid-suppressor will interfere with the effectiveness of Plavix or even aspirin. Pantoprazole (Protonix) appears to be the best choice if a GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) medicine is needed (Thrombosis and Haemostasis, June 2011).

Canada Pharmacy Online Suggests Less Sugar Intake to Avoid Health Concerns

Sugar is the common additive in food, but Canada Pharmacy Online suggests that people should avoid high levels of sugar in their daily diet, as it can trigger weight gain, is capable of accelerating growth of cancer cells, and is directly related to accelerating the process of aging.

One of the cheapest ingredients in food, sugar adds flavor and is often use to replace spices from the food. Along with salt and water, it can be added to desserts, sweets, candies, pastries, cakes, and many other sweetened products freely available in the market.

Sugar has traditionally been used to make cookies and cakes at home. It is usually used to supplement regular food in small quantity. However, marketing and commercialism has allowed manufacturers to brand certain products containing high amounts of sugar to unsuspecting people. Large amounts of cakes and pastries are consumed leading to obesity based on easy lifestyle. Once obesity creeps in, regular exercise is reduced, and people find it difficult to expend higher energy levels induced through excess sugar intake.

The World Health Organization has already published a review establishing that populations of the world with high sugar intake faced a higher risk of getting chronic diseases. Problems related to dental caries and obesity were increasing on a regular basis. Researchers suggested that total dietary intake should not exceed 10% on a regular basis.

People often buy Cymbalta and other drugs from Canada Pharmacy Online to fight depression. However, high intake of sugar is responsible for depression as well as several other diseases such as hyperactivity, mood swings, panic attacks, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, dental problems, obesity, and mineral deficiencies. If neglected, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease could strike.

Keeping the right balance in blood sugar levels is vital for maintaining proper health and stamina. Excess sugar is the number one reason why people experience fatigue. Often, refined carbohydrates lead to high sugar levels which can be equally damaging. Soft drinks can contain eight to nine teaspoons of sugar. More importantly, these aerated drinks often contain high salt content which makes people thirstier after consuming the drink.

A safe way to go about avoiding high sugar intake is to begin with avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and do away with bad habits like smoking. Fried and fatty foods, fast foods, candies, and other food material that contains high quantity of sugar must be avoided. Sugar by itself will not indicate symptoms directly, but once obesity and other chronic ailments set in, people will have low resistance levels that will force them to resort to different prescription drugs in order to live a full and active life.

Canada Pharmacy Online suggests that people adopt exercise therapy for cleaning up the lymph and blood supply system. Good circulation helps in strengthening the immune system, builds up endurance power, and rejuvenates tissues of the body. Regular sugar intake may not be damaging, but a busy lifestyle makes it difficult to compensate for several conditions associated with obesity and anxiety, both at the workplace and at home. By reducing sugar intake, people are giving themselves a better chance to fight off chronic illnesses.

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