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September 11, 2012

During Tuesday morning’s Morgan Stanley Healthcare Conference in New York City, CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo expressed optimism for a strong second half of the year and confidence in retaining a large portion of the prescription volumes gained from the Walgreens-Express Scripts impasse.

NEW YORK — During Tuesday morning’s Morgan Stanley Healthcare Conference in New York City, CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo expressed optimism for a strong second half of the year and confidence in retaining a large portion of the prescription volumes gained from the Walgreens-Express Scripts impasse.

September 5, 2012

Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals are seeking approval for a new drug to treat tumors of the gut, the companies said.

WAYNE, N.J. — Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals are seeking approval for a new drug to treat tumors of the gut, the companies said.

Bayer and Onyx announced the submission to the Food and Drug Administration of an application seeking approval for regorafenib in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors, or GIST. Bayer developed the drug and formed a partnership with Onyx in 2011, whereby Onyx will receive a royalty on future global net sales of the drug in cancer-related indications. Both companies will promote the drug in the United States.

September 5, 2012

Yellow Wood Partners has acquired mass market fragrance provider Parfums de Coeur, whose brands include Body Fantasies, Designer Imposters and BOD Man.

BOSTON —Yellow Wood Partners has acquired mass market fragrance provider Parfums de Coeur, whose brands include Body Fantasies, Designer Imposters and BOD Man.

Yellow Wood is acquiring PDC in partnership with the company’s management team, who also are investing equity into the business. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

August 21, 2012

The largest nonprofit organization focused on HIV and AIDS has acquired a group of specialty pharmacies.

LOS ANGELES — The largest nonprofit organization focused on HIV and AIDS has acquired a group of specialty pharmacies.

August 17, 2012

Carma Labs last month celebrated its 75th year of distributing its lip balm to a rabid fan base, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joining in on the company’s anniversary celebrations.

Carma Labs last month celebrated its 75th year of distributing its lip balm to a rabid fan base, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joining in on the company’s anniversary celebrations. Carma Labs was founded by Alfred Woelbing in 1937 — who sold the lip balm from the trunk of his car in the Chicago area. Today the company is a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated business that currently is run by grandsons Paul and 
Eric Woelbing.


August 17, 2012

The signs that the convenient care industry has hit a significant tipping point in 2012 just keep on coming.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The signs that the convenient care industry has hit a significant tipping point in 2012 just keep on coming.

(THE NEWS: Study: Older patients, preventive services on rise at retail health clinics. For the full story, click here)

August 15, 2012

Beauty company Physicians Formula is being acquired by private equity firm Swander Pace Capital for $4.25 per share in cash, or approximately $65 million.

AZUSA, Calif., and SAN FRANCISCO — Beauty company Physicians Formula is being acquired by private equity firm Swander Pace Capital for $4.25 per share in cash, or approximately $65 million.

July 30, 2012

Incorporated into the new store formats currently being rolled out by both Walgreens and Rite Aid is a new store associate position with the primary function of proactively engaging customers in the OTC aisle. Walgreens calls them Health Guides; Rite Aid calls them Wellness Ambassadors.

Incorporated into the new store formats currently being rolled out by both Walgreens and Rite Aid is a new store associate position with the primary function of proactively engaging customers in the OTC aisle. Walgreens calls them Health Guides; Rite Aid calls them Wellness Ambassadors.

July 25, 2012

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker helped ring in the 75th anniversary of Carma Labs last week at the company's facilities.

FRANKLIN, Wis. — Wisconsin governor Scott Walker helped ring in the 75th anniversary of Carma Labs last week at the company's facilities.

Carma Labs, makers of Carmex, was founded by Alfred Woelbing in 1937 and is today a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated business that currently is run by grandsons Paul and Eric Woelbing.

For local news coverage of the event, click here.

July 23, 2012

Blu Pharmaceuticals has named Joe Dombrowski to the newly created position of VP corporate development, the company said.

FRANKLIN, Ky. — Blu Pharmaceuticals has named Joe Dombrowski to the newly created position of VP corporate development, the company said.

Blu, based in Franklin, Ky., said Dombrowski will be responsible for strategic planning and business development, including mergers and acquisitions. Blu was founded in 2006.

Dombrowski previously worked as senior director for strategic planning and business development for Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals.

July 9, 2012

Specialty pharmacy provider BioRx has acquired another specialty pharmacy provider based in Minnesota, BioRx said Monday.

CINCINNATI — Specialty pharmacy provider BioRx has acquired another specialty pharmacy provider based in Minnesota, BioRx said Monday.

BioRx, based in Cincinnati and specializing in such bleeding disorders as hemophilia, announced the purchase of Savage, Minn.-based Coagulife, which provides similar services.

June 29, 2012

Taking a complete approach to skin health and leveraging conjugated linoleic acid — or CLA, a natural compound derived from the safflower plant — is the new skin care line called Own.

NEW YORK — Taking a complete approach to skin health and leveraging conjugated linoleic acid — or CLA, a natural compound derived from the safflower plant — is the new skin care line called Own.

Launched in spring 2012, Own is available in Duane Reade stores and recently entered the Northern California market at Whole Foods.

June 21, 2012

“This tomato sucks.”
 A blunt assessment, for sure, but it was the honest opinion delivered at a recent TED talk by Paul Lightfoot, the CEO of BrightFarms, as he plopped an organic tomato into his mouth.


“This tomato sucks.”


A blunt assessment, for sure, but it was the honest opinion delivered at a recent TED talk by Paul Lightfoot, the CEO of BrightFarms, as he plopped an organic tomato into his mouth.


June 13, 2012

Health Net on Tuesday launched a national public service campaign to help increase awareness of prenatal and infant health.

LOS ANGELES — Health Net on Tuesday launched a national public service campaign to help increase awareness of prenatal and infant health.

Created in collaboration with the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, the campaign announcements encourage mothers and fathers to sign up for a free mobile health service called Text4baby.

May 30, 2012

Champneys, a spa established in 1925, now has brought its 90-year heritage in health and beauty stateside with the introduction of a line of bath and body products at Target in March.

NEW YORK — Champneys, a spa established in 1925, now has brought its 90-year heritage in health and beauty stateside with the introduction of a line of bath and body products at Target in March.

The collections within the Spa Indulgence and Spa Treatments were developed to help deliver the holistic benefits of visiting a Champneys Spa.

May 24, 2012

After announcing the retirement of its leader last December, Hy-Vee has named a new chairman and CEO.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — After announcing the retirement of its leader last December, Hy-Vee has named a new chairman and CEO.

The retailer said its president and COO, Randy Edeker, will become chairman, president and CEO, effective June 1. Edeker, 30-year veteran of Hy-Vee, replaces Ric Jurgens, who has served as Hy-Vee CEO since 2003 and chairman since 2006. Back in December 2011, Jurgens announced his intention to retire and nominate Edeker as his successor.

May 23, 2012

In 2011, the Convenient Care Association was interested in studying the impact of vaccine packaging in a retail clinic setting and conducted a pilot program. The pilot program looked at the perceptions of nurse practitioners and physician assistants working in 31 retail health clinics operated by The Little Clinic regarding the preparation and administration of flu vaccine via pre-filled syringes versus multi-dose vials. Featured is a discussion of how NPs and PAs perceive providing flu vaccine with pre-filled syringes versus multi-dose vials.

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May 16, 2012

A consumer group is urging the Food and Drug Administration to review a proprietary point-of-purchase nutrition rating system that it said is "inconsistent with FDA guidance statements and enforcement correspondence, federal nutrition programs and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine."

WASHINGTON — A consumer group is urging the Food and Drug Administration to review a proprietary point-of-purchase nutrition rating system that it said is "inconsistent with FDA guidance statements and enforcement correspondence, federal nutrition programs and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine."

May 9, 2012

The Skin Cancer Foundation's Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Aveeno and Rite Aid, once again is touring the country to raise skin cancer awareness.

SKILLMAN, N.J. — The Skin Cancer Foundation's Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Aveeno and Rite Aid, once again is touring the country to raise skin cancer awareness.

This year, the Aveeno brand is hitting the road in the tour's customized RV to make an estimated 85 stops in 27 states from March through September. It will provide free full-body skin cancer screenings, samples of Aveeno products and educational materials.

May 7, 2012

Pharmaceutical wholesaler H. D. Smith will act as the exclusive supplier of various healthcare products for a buying group that serves independent pharmacies, the company said Monday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pharmaceutical wholesaler H. D. Smith will act as the exclusive supplier of various healthcare products for a buying group that serves independent pharmacies, the company said Monday.

May 4, 2012

Family Dollar is gearing up to offer its customers a broader selection of merchandise, including refrigerated and frozen food, through a strategic partnership with McLane.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar is gearing up to offer its customers a broader selection of merchandise, including refrigerated and frozen food, through a strategic partnership with McLane.

May 3, 2012

Through its beauty brands, Procter & Gamble has announced its pledge to donate $400,000 to the P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund to enrich and support youth sports programs across the country.

CINCINNATI — Through its beauty brands, Procter & Gamble has announced its pledge to donate $400,000 to the P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund to enrich and support youth sports programs across the country.

P&G's commitment to youth sports expands on its partnership with USA Gymnastics, Alicia Sacramone and Natalie Coughlin for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and its global marketing partnership with the International Olympic Committee through the 2020 Olympic Games.

April 20, 2012

The Jean Coutu Group has sold 56 million of its approximately 234.4 million shares in Rite Aid, the company said Friday.

LONGUEUIL, Quebec -- The Jean Coutu Group has sold 56 million of its approximately 234.4 million shares in Rite Aid, the company said Friday.

The Canadian retailing group said the $83.6 million, $1.51-per-share sale, which amounts to a nearly 24% reduction in the number of Rite Aid shares the company owns, would reduce its stake in Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid to 19.85%. The Jean Coutu group still owns about 178.4 million shares in the 4,667-store chain.

March 28, 2012

Walgreens and the National Urban League on Wednesday launched the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with National Urban League as a charitable component of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the National Urban League on Wednesday launched the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with National Urban League as a charitable component of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment. The national tour provides free health resources to residents in urban and minority communities who experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable diseases, the companies stated. The service is free and insurance will not be billed.

March 22, 2012

TheraPearl on Wednesday named Daniel Baumwald president and Thomas Keeney VP sales.

JESSUP, Md. — TheraPearl on Wednesday named Daniel Baumwald president and Thomas Keeney VP sales.

Baumwald has been with the company since its inception in 2009, coming from Glaceau Vitaminwater/Coca-Cola where he was national account manager. Baumwald will assume management of the TheraPearl team, along with the company’s overall direction as it continues to expand.