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February 11, 2014

In collaboration with the National Minority AIDS Council, Walgreens is furthering its commitment to improve HIV treatment outcomes for African Americans living with HIV by deepening pharmacists’ training and expanding access to the pneumococcal vaccination specifically indicated for persons living with HIV as incidents of flu and pneumonia rise, the retailer announced Tuesday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In collaboration with the National Minority AIDS Council, Walgreens is furthering its commitment to improve HIV treatment outcomes for African Americans living with HIV by deepening pharmacists’ training and expanding access to the pneumococcal vaccination specifically indicated for persons living with HIV as incidents of flu and pneumonia rise, the retailer announced Tuesday.

February 4, 2014

The Global Market Development Center released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center on Monday released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

February 3, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s male grooming brand Gillette has tapped Lionel “Leo” Messi to be the new global face of its upcoming international soccer campaign.

BARCELONA, Spain — Procter & Gamble’s male grooming brand Gillette has tapped Lionel “Leo” Messi to be the new global face of its upcoming international soccer campaign.

Gillette also has become a partner of the Leo Messi Foundation to support its mission. Gillette’s partnership with Messi will launch the brand’s “Inner Steel” campaign.

January 31, 2014

The imminent entry of several companies — including big pharma, small biotech and generic participants — into the global biosimilars space will propel the market toward exponential growth. The market is expected to soar from $1.2 billion in 2013 to $24 billion in 2019, reported Frost & Sullivan in research released earlier this week.

LONDON — The imminent entry of several companies — including big pharma, small biotech and generic participants — into the global biosimilars space will propel the market toward exponential growth. The market is expected to soar from $1.2 billion in 2013 to $24 billion in 2019, reported Frost & Sullivan in research released earlier this week. 

January 31, 2014

If you don't succeed the first time, try, try again. That's exactly what McKesson did when it announced that it reached an agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH to acquire its entire holding of Celesio shares. And in a separate and subsequent agreement, McKesson also picked up the Celesio convertible bonds from Elliott.

Nothing good is ever easy. "While the path to securing this acquisition was certainly not what we had originally expected, it would seem that the interested parties to this transaction continued to see the compelling strategic benefit of McKesson and Celesio uniting to form a global leader in health care services," John Hammergren, McKesson chairman, CEO and president, said of the deal. "I never lost sight of the value this transaction will bring to our customers, our supply chain partners, the employees of both organizations and our shareholders."

If you don't succeed the first time, try, try again. That's exactly what McKesson did when it announced that it reached an agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH to acquire its entire holding of Celesio shares. And in a separate and subsequent agreement, McKesson also picked up the Celesio convertible bonds from Elliott.

January 28, 2014

The Walmart Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way on Monday launched the 2014 MyFreeTaxes program, an initiative offering free online federal and state tax preparation in all 50 states.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Walmart Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way on Monday launched the 2014 MyFreeTaxes program, an initiative offering free online federal and state tax preparation in all 50 states. MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance, both online and in-person, to eligible households earning $58,000 or less a year. 

January 24, 2014

Private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners on Thursday announced the acquisition of KT Health, a producer of kinesiology tape and related sports medicine products in the retail market.

BOSTON — Private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners on Thursday announced the acquisition of KT Health, a producer of kinesiology tape and related sports medicine products in the retail market. KT Tape, the company’s flagship product, is used by professional and recreational athletes to prevent injury, reduce pain, promote recovery and maximize comfort.  

January 24, 2014

Family support group Tomorrow's Child recently partnered with Walgreens stores across Michigan, according to the company.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Family support group Tomorrow's Child recently partnered with Walgreens stores across Michigan, according to the company. 

Supporters of Tomorrow's Child can help more babies reach their first birthdays by visiting Walgreens in January and purchasing $1 or $5 "pin-ups" at any of its 230 Michigan stores.

January 23, 2014

7 Up announced that it is partnering with Project 7 — a company dedicated to making "products for good" — to give consumers the opportunity to give back to people and local communities around the world.

PLANO, TX — 7 Up announced that it is partnering with Project 7 — a company dedicated to making "products for good" — to give consumers the opportunity to give back to people and local communities around the world.

January 22, 2014

HealthSpot has formed a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies, which created the MedAvail MedCenter telepharmacy kiosk, to enable HealthSpot station locations to provide pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.

DUBLIN, Ohio — HealthSpot has formed a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies, which created the MedAvail MedCenter telepharmacy kiosk, to enable HealthSpot station locations to provide pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.
 

January 20, 2014

To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the 10th anniversary of its “Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever’s Dove has partnered with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film, “Selfie.”

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the 10th anniversary of its “Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever’s Dove has partnered with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film, “Selfie.”

January 10, 2014

CARE Pharmacies earlier this week announced that it has implemented Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP software to benchmark and identify areas for improvement in each of its locations aimed at improving patient care and clinical outcomes.

LINTHICUM, Md. — CARE Pharmacies earlier this week announced that it has implemented Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP software to benchmark and identify areas for improvement in each of its locations aimed at improving patient care and clinical outcomes.  

January 9, 2014

Probiotics is another large-scale source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 33% rate of growth, or an increase in sales of $121 million in the last year, noted Doug Jones, Pharmavite spokesman.

Probiotics is another large-scale source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 33% rate of growth, or an increase in sales of $121 million in the last year, noted Doug Jones, Pharmavite spokesman.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

January 8, 2014

A&D Medical announced the release of its next generation Wellness Connected, a secure, flexible platform to help people increase physical activity and manage their health.

LAS VEGAS — A&D Medical on Tuesday announced the release of its next generation Wellness Connected, a secure, flexible platform to help people increase physical activity and manage their health.

“Designed to address the demands of corporate and consumer wellness markets, the Wellness Connected platform combines the company’s new Bluetooth Smart-enabled medical devices, A&D Connect mobile app and cloud service to give individuals and organizations the tools they need to track progress toward healthy living goals.

January 8, 2014

Procter & Gamble hair care brand Aussie and Nickelodeon have partnered on a new hair care collection for kids inspired by the preschool series “Dora the Explorer.”

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble hair care brand Aussie and Nickelodeon have partnered on a new hair care collection for kids inspired by the preschool series “Dora the Explorer.”

“Nickelodeon is delighted to partner with Aussie Kids to create their first-ever licensed hair care line,” stated Samantha Kanter, VP packaged goods, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “The collection allows Dora fans to experience their favorite explorers in a whole new way by making bath time fun and interactive for kids and parents everywhere.”

January 8, 2014

Walgreens is not only completely transforming its drug store business from a prescription medicine dispensary to healthcare provider, they're continuing to deliver shareholder value.

CHICAGO — Walgreens is not only completely transforming its drug store business from a prescription medicine dispensary to healthcare provider, they're continuing to deliver shareholder value. Since the chain implemented its "Plan to Win" strategy five years ago, kicking off Walgreens journey to reinvent and innovate the storied drug store chain for a new era of growth and value creation, Walgreens has delivered 145% in shareholder returns vs. the 118% return realized by the S&P 500 in the same period. 

January 6, 2014

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a recently launched drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a recently launched drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said Monday.

January 2, 2014

Mylan has hired Rakesh Bamzai as its president for commercial and emerging markets in India, the drug maker said.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has hired Rakesh Bamzai as its president for commercial and emerging markets in India, the drug maker said Thursday.

Mylan said Bamzai has more than 20 years of experience in the drug industry, having previously served as president of marketing at Biocon.

December 30, 2013

Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

December 26, 2013

The growth of store brands continues to outpace national brands. However, there is a role for both national brands and store brands at retail.

The growth of store brands continues to outpace national brands. However, there is a role for both national brands and store brands at retail. Today, many retailers and manufacturers are struggling to understand what is the right combination of national brands and store brands, what should the price gap be between the two and how do the various national brand and store brand strategies impact the retailers’ total gross margin, market share and category growth.

December 19, 2013

Rite Aid appears to be transitioning from a turnaround phase to one in which it's looking more toward future opportunities, company executives suggested in a conference call Thursday morning when announcing the chain's third quarter 2014 results.

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid appears to be transitioning from a turnaround phase to one in which it's looking more toward future opportunities, company executives suggested in a conference call Thursday morning when announcing the chain's third quarter 2014 results.

December 19, 2013

The long-standing partnership between Rite Aid and nutritional products retailer GNC is being extended through the end of the decade.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The long-standing partnership between Rite Aid and nutritional products retailer GNC is being extended through the end of the decade, Rite Aid said Thursday.

Rite Aid said the partnership, which started in 1998, has been extended through 2019. The extension allows Rite Aid to add at least 300 GNC LiveWell store-within-a-store locations over the next five years. Currently, there are more than 2,200 such locations throughout the Rite Aid chain.

December 17, 2013

Price Chopper Supermarkets and CDPHP have joined forces to provide community access to health services and screenings at new health stations,

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets and CDPHP have joined forces to provide community access to health services and screenings at new health stations, which are located in six Price Chopper locations in Upstate New York.

The stations will provide free blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and blood oxygen and temperature readings. Additionally, patients will have the opportunity to create a Personal Health Assessment that can be printed at the station or at PriceChopper.com.

December 6, 2013

Coca-Cola was honored on Thursday with the 2013 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Coca-Cola was honored on Thursday with the 2013 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, which was held in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. This makes Coca-Cola a three-time recipient of the award.

Coca-Cola, using an immersive integrated marketing strategy, engaged fans, customers and employees across nearly every facet of NASCAR, including promotions, public relations, online, social media and retail.

November 26, 2013

Stater Bros. has promoted David Harris to EVP finance, the southern California supermarket chain said.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. has promoted David Harris to EVP finance, the southern California supermarket chain said.

Harris began working for the chain in 2009 as VP finance and was promoted to SVP finance in 2011. A year later, he was promoted to CFO and principal accounting officer. Before working for Stater Bros., he was a partner with Ernst & Young in Riverside and Irvine, both cities near San Bernardino, Calif., where Stater Bros. is headquartered.