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We can't figure out if this is funny or sad or both: Swine flu has been great for anyone selling Kleenex or pills. In the month of October alone, categories like "hand sanitizers, cough/cold/allergy medications, analgesics and diarrhea medicine produced $208.8 million in incremental sales." And! "Other categories seeing sales gains spurred by H1N1, in most cases double-digit ones, include facial tissues, sore-throat remedies, spray disinfectants, disinfecting wipes and moist towelettes. They accounted for another $25 million to $30 million of the industry's incremental sales lift." Even epidemics have an upside, if you're Duane Reade. [Crain's]