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February 5, 2013

DSN sat down with Radek Sali, CEO of Australia's Swisse Wellness, to discuss insights into the company's U.S. market launch with brand ambassador and Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman leading the way.

AUDIO Q&A: DSN sat down with Radek Sali, CEO of Swisse Wellness, a company originating from Australia and boasting the greatest intake of natural health products per capita. Swisse Wellness recently made a splash into the U.S. market with brand ambassador Nicole Kidman leading the way.

December 27, 2012

One week following the re-election of President Barack Obama, DSN spoke with Mike Cantrell, president of AmerisourceBergen's Good Neighbor Pharmacy, on the impact — and opportunity — healthcare reform holds for community pharmacies.

AUIDIO Q&A: DSN spoke with Mike Cantrell, president of AmerisourceBergen's Good Neighbor Pharmacy, one week following the re-election of President Barack Obama about the impact — and opportunity — healthcare reform holds for community pharmacies.

Smartphone users can access the mp3 file here.

March 19, 2014

Pro golfer Maiya Tanaka has inked an endorsement deal with Katherine Cosmetics, a new entrant into the cosmetics and beauty industry founded by Katherine “Annie” Finch, a 23-year Estee Lauder veteran.

SAN DIEGO — Pro golfer Maiya Tanaka has inked an endorsement deal with Katherine Cosmetics, a new entrant into the cosmetics and beauty industry founded by Katherine “Annie” Finch, a 23-year Estee Lauder veteran.

Tanaka will be featured as a brand ambassador for Katherine Cosmetics in trade, print and online advertising for the company’s K-Sport Beauty product line. Tanaka will make numerous appearances on behalf of Katherine Cosmetics as part of the current Symetra Tour season.

March 17, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products.

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products. Along with Schneiderman and DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of WalMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Kroger, asking them to remove all tobacco products from their shelves. 

March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients.

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients. Honorees will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28 to 31.

American Pharmacists Association – Profession Wide Awards:

February 13, 2014

Several trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries on Thursday announced a new cybersecurity partnership.

WASHINGTON — Several trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries on Thursday announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology and maintaining the trust of customers. 

January 20, 2014

Higher levels of melatonin, a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle, may decrease the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21.

SAN DIEGO — Higher levels of melatonin, a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle, may decrease the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21.

December 6, 2013

Nielsen Holdings named Karen Kornbluh its EVP external affairs, effective immediately.

NEW YORK — Nielsen Holdings on Monday named Karen Kornbluh its EVP external affairs, effective immediately. Reporting to incoming CEO Mitch Barns — who succeeds CEO David Calhoun on Jan. 1 — Kornbluh will lead Nielsen’s global work in a number of key areas, including: government and public affairs and services; privacy strategy; corporate social responsibility; and multicultural market development. She will be based in Washington but will split her time in New York.

October 24, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot.

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot. This is the second flu season that pharmacists in Ontario have been able to provide the flu shot.

October 9, 2013

A new law in Maine will allow consumers to purchase drugs by mail order from some pharmacies overseas, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A new law in Maine will allow consumers to purchase drugs by mail order from some pharmacies overseas, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the law, a first, had sparked lawsuits from drug companies, who say the law will threaten patient safety by opening the U.S. supply chain to counterfeit and adulterated medications. Supporters of the law, including Republican Gov. Paul LePage, say drug makers are more concerned about losing money from the law.

July 1, 2013

The Mentholatum Company will promote its Rohto Cooling Eye Drops at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas July 5-6.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Mentholatum Company will promote its Rohto Cooling Eye Drops at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas July 5-6. As part of the promotion, Rohto Cooling Eye Drops, is providing fans an opportunity to challenge "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 3 winner, Michael "The Count" Bisping outside the octagon in a "Stare Wars" staring competition on July 5.

One $500 American Express gift card will be awarded for the longest stare time and one 50-inch flat screen television for most wins accumulated.

June 17, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

June 10, 2013

The Master of Professional Studies degree program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City recently showcased its final projects at the annual FIT Capstone presentation. This year’s presentation focused on “Beauty in a Digital World.”

Beauty is helping to redefine the customer experience of shopping a drug store and is helping retailers set themselves apart from rivals in a very competitive environment.

The Master of Professional Studies degree program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City recently showcased its final projects at the annual FIT Capstone presentation. This year’s presentation focused on “Beauty in a Digital World.”

June 7, 2013

The Fashion Institute of Technology's beauty industry think tank unveiled "disruptive" visions for the future of consumer product marketing as it relates to digital analytics, digital marketing and digital commerce during a Beiersdorf North America-sponsored presentation Wednesday at FIT in New York City.

NEW YORK — The Fashion Institute of Technology's beauty industry think tank unveiled "disruptive" visions for the future of consumer product marketing as it relates to digital analytics, digital marketing and digital commerce during a Beiersdorf North America-sponsored presentation Wednesday at FIT in New York City.

(Andrew Videira of Beiersdorf digital marketing team at FIT Capstone)

May 22, 2013

The Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, have teamed up to develop a print, radio and digital public service announcement featuring actress and SU2C Ambassador Marcia Cross. The PSA is designed to increase awareness for the fight against prostate cancer.

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK — The Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, have teamed up to develop a print, radio and digital public service announcement featuring actress and SU2C Ambassador Marcia Cross. The PSA is designed to increase awareness for the fight against prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States, and currently affects more than two million American men. One-in-six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

May 15, 2013

Coty, an emerging global leader in beauty, announced today that it has added Olivier Goudet , partner and chief executive officer of the Joh. A. Benckiser Group, to the company's board of directors.

NEW YORK — Coty Inc., an emerging global leader in beauty, announced today that it has added Olivier Goudet , partner and chief executive officer of the Joh. A. Benckiser Group, to the company's board of directors.

Goudet replaces Bernd Beetz, who stepped down from Coty's Board to pursue other interests. JAB is a privately held group that owns and invests in premium brands; it is also Coty's majority shareholder.

May 13, 2013

Duane Reade scored marketing gold as Manhattan fans of Celebrity Apprentice fanned out to vote for one of the two finalists Sunday — Las Vegas headliner Penn Jillette and country star Trace Adkins — by purchasing one of two exclusive flavors of Walgreens' DeLish ice cream.

NEW YORK — Duane Reade scored marketing gold as Manhattan fans of Celebrity Apprentice fanned out to vote for one of the two finalists Sunday — Las Vegas headliner Penn Jillette and country star Trace Adkins — by purchasing one of two exclusive flavors of Walgreens' DeLish ice cream. 

April 29, 2013

Safeway announced that Robert Edwards, currently the company's president, will succeed Steven Burd as CEO when Burd retires as chairman and CEO on May 14. Edwards, 57, will also join the company's board of directors.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway late Monday announced that Robert Edwards, currently the company's president, will succeed Steven Burd as CEO when Burd retires as chairman and CEO on May 14. Edwards, 57, will also join the company's board of directors.

"Since he arrived here in 2004, Robert has successfully met every challenge he has faced," Burd stated. "He has demonstrated the ability to lead the company in all facets of its operations, and has earned the respect of the entire organization."

April 11, 2013

Walgreens and NBC’s hit weight-loss competition series "The Biggest Loser" joined forces to launch a new web series that follows former contestant Filipe Fa's journey to lose weight and keep it off once and for all.

 LOS ANGELES — Walgreens and NBC’s hit weight-loss competition series "The Biggest Loser" on Wednesday joined forces to launch a new web series that follows former contestant Filipe Fa's journey to lose weight and keep it off once and for all.

“The Biggest Loser is changing how American’s view health and wellness, and together we are highlighting Walgreens 'Way to Well Commitment’ by sharing Felipe and Sione's dramatic stories,” stated Megan McCambridge, divisional VP customer relationship marketing for Walgreens.

March 12, 2013

The attorneys general of 46 states and two territories are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to make prescription painkillers harder to abuse.

NEW YORK — The attorneys general of 46 states and two territories are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to make prescription painkillers harder to abuse.

February 25, 2013

Originating from Australia, Swisse Wellness recently made a splash into the U.S. market with brand ambassador Nicole Kidman leading the way. DSN didn't land an interview with Kidman, who was up for two Golden Globes last month, so we got in touch with her Swisse Wellness boss Radek Sali — CEO of the company and 2012 GQ Australia businessman of the year — for some insights into the company's approach to the U.S. launch.

Originating from Australia, Swisse Wellness recently made a splash into the U.S. market with brand ambassador Nicole Kidman leading the way. DSN didn't land an interview with Kidman, who was up for two Golden Globes last month, so we got in touch with her Swisse Wellness boss Radek Sali — CEO of the company and 2012 GQ Australia businessman of the year — for some insights into the company's approach to the U.S. launch.

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February 8, 2013

President Obama has re-nominated Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — President Obama has re-nominated Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to published reports.

The Hill, a Washington-based newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, noted that Tavenner had received an endorsement from House majority leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who had worked with her when she was in charge of the Medicaid program in his state. Still, she could face a tougher time in the Senate.

January 24, 2013

Supervalu's Jewel-Osco on Wednesday announced that they will celebrate Black History Month with the company's 14th annual "A Taste of Black History" program, which honors the contributions and achievements of the retailer's African-American vendor partners.

ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu's Jewel-Osco on Wednesday announced that they will celebrate Black History Month with the company's 14th annual "A Taste of Black History" program, which honors the contributions and achievements of the retailer's African-American vendor partners.

January 9, 2013

Ten issues will take center stage as the healthcare industry moves to meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

NEW YORK — Ten issues will take center stage as the healthcare industry moves to meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

November 29, 2012

The Obama administration’s ambitious overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system weathered some significant challenges in 2012 and came through relatively unscathed.


The Obama administration’s ambitious overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system weathered some significant challenges in 2012 and came through relatively unscathed.


The first major test came in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while still ruling that the law’s provision requiring individuals to obtain health insurance was unconstitutional.


What saved the ACA was the court’s decision that the government’s mandate to purchase health insurance qualified as a tax.