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  • In Sacramento, California, supermarket employees have approved a 33-month contract with Safeway, Albertsons, Kroger’s Ralphs, and Raley’s. The contract saves the chains health care costs by requiring workers to pay medical deductibles for the first time as well as raising their co-payments for prescriptions and doctor visits.

  • A US district judge has ruled that an advertising campaign for Listerine mouthwash saying that it is as effective as floss in fighting tooth and gum decay is false and misleading, and that Pfizer must stop the campaign.

    The ruling said that the false ads would pose a risk to public health because it might cause consumers to stop flossing. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed by McNeil-PPC Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which makes floss.

  • Published reports say that the Canadian Health Ministry is drafting legislation that would prevent doctors in that country from prescribing drugs for US patients without examining them personally, as well as prevent prescribing drugs for patients not in Canada. The legislation also reportedly would create a list of drugs that are popular in Canada and could not be exported.

    Such legislation would be designed to prevent – or at least slow down – the so-called reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada to the US.

  • USA Today reports that McDonald's plans to test, and then roll out a premium coffee product in its fast food restaurants – though the paper says that the company hasn’t decided what kind of coffee to sell, what to cal it, what to charge it, and exactly how to roll it out.

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