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August 2, 2013

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Inmar is a company that has developed a digital promotion platform that it describes as an end-to-end system to allow markets to create, launch and manage digital offers. Jeff Pepperworth, president of Inmar's healthcare network, recently spoke with Drug Store News about the company and its products, which it will showcase next month at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo in Las Vegas.

AUDIO Q&A: Jeff Pepperworth, president of Inmar's healthcare network, recently spoke with Drug Store News about the company and its products, which it will showcase next month at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo in Las Vegas.

May 17, 2013

With a little more than three months to go before the start of the first NACDS Total Store Expo show, which replaces its Marketplace, Pharmacy and Technology, and Supply Chain conferences, DSNTV caught up with the NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson to talk about the biggest challenges facing the industry as the association celebrates its 80th anniversary.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — This is going to be a big year for community pharmacy as the nation counts down to full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014. And the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is committed to helping its members navigate a regulatory process for what is still a “very complicated and still uncertain piece of legislation,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson told DSNTV in an exclusive interview in April at Annual Meeting in Palm Beach.

April 15, 2014

Prestige Brands on Tuesday announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Hydralyte in Australia and New Zealand from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Prestige Brands on Tuesday announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Hydralyte in Australia and New Zealand from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia. The acquisition is expected to close, subject to customary closing conditions, during the company's first quarter of fiscal 2015, which began on April 1, 2014.

April 10, 2014

Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics. RediClinic currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Through the acquisition, RediClinic will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. 

Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

April 10, 2014

In the wake of acquiring Houston-based RediClinic, Rite Aid on Thursday reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 1, resulting from a 2.2% lift primarily attributed to an increase in pharmacy same-store sales.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In the wake of acquiring Houston-based RediClinic, Rite Aid on Thursday reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 1, resulting from a 2.2% lift primarily attributed to an increase in pharmacy same-store sales. For the full year, Rite Aid reported $25.5 billion in revenues, up 0.5%.

April 2, 2014

Looking to help those victims, families and communities affected by the devastating landslide that occurred in late March in Oso, Wash., several industry players have announced relief efforts.

NEW YORK — Looking to help those victims, families and communities affected by the devastating landslide that occurred in late March in Oso, Wash., several industry players have announced relief efforts.

Among the retailers stepping up to the plate is Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. In conjunction with the Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs has announced that it is accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County.

April 1, 2014

Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group. Through the acquisition, Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. 

March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 years to 17 years.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 years to 17 years. This is the first FDA approval of a drug for migraine prevention in this age group. 

The medication is taken on a daily basis to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

Topamax was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to prevent seizures. It was approved for migraine prevention in adults in 2004.

March 27, 2014

Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M's and Skittles brands.

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M's and Skittles brands. The apparel will be available at a variety of price points and include long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, knit tops, outerwear, fleece and hoodies.

The new line could serve as a colorful focal point for retailers as they plan Back-to-College endcaps or holiday displays. Retailers may place orders in spring 2014 for distribution across the United States.

March 24, 2014

Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which New Jersey-based Vertical Pharmaceuticals has acquired Upsher-Smith's rights to Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1%, Nexa Plus Rx Prenatal Vitamin, and Provella, a probiotic dietary supplement.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which New Jersey-based Vertical Pharmaceuticals has acquired Upsher-Smith's rights to Divigel (estradiol gel) 0.1%, Nexa Plus Rx Prenatal Vitamin, and Provella, a probiotic dietary supplement. As part of the transaction, Upsher-Smith has transferred the new drug application for Divigel to Vertical Pharmaceuticals. 

March 21, 2014

Newman's Own, a supplier of food and beverage products, has introduced Newman's Own Greek Nonfat Yogurt to its product line. The product will arrive in markets along the Atlantic seaboard this month.

WESTPORT, Conn. — Newman's Own, a supplier of food and beverage products, has introduced Newman's Own Greek Nonfat Yogurt to its product line. The product will arrive in markets along the Atlantic seaboard this month.

“We’re excited about launching Greek Nonfat Yogurt,” said Dave Best, VP marketing, Newman’s Own. “It gives consumers a great-tasting, healthy option while supporting our philanthropic mission and contributing to the common good.”

March 14, 2014

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, the Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; its Wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being. The Rite Aid Health Alliance takes that commitment down to the “atomic level of patient engagement,” Rite Aid chairman and CEO said last week, at a live event at one of its Buffalo stores.

Through the program, Rite Aid pharmacists together with a new patient care position in Rite Aid stores, the Care Coach, work directly with patients with chronic conditions and poly-chronic conditions to help them meet specific health improvement goals, as outlined by the patient’s physician. Care coaches, who are specially trained in behavior change to help patients address health issues related to lifestyle, work with patients to take their physicians’ recommendations and “break them down into sizeable, understandable milestones,” Jocelyn Konrad, VP healthcare initiatives for Rite Aid, told DSN. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance stores can “become an extension of the physician’s office,” she said. “It’s going to be a different experience for the patient. Whatever [they] need to understand and be motivated, we will work to provide it.”

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being.

March 10, 2014

Rite Aid introduced a new program, dubbed Rite Aid Health Alliance, which is a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers that provides comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions, and helps them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid introduced on Monday a new program, dubbed Rite Aid Health Alliance, which is a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers that provides comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions, and helps them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians.

March 7, 2014

New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s Division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago.

ITASCA, Ill. — New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s Division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago. 

Sampson fills the role that had been held by interim division president Jim Rice since January 2014.

Sampson’s first project highlights the company’s commitment to investing in Chicago: Remodeling and reopening five additional former Dominick’s locations.

March 3, 2014

The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced that they will present the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to five women scientists on March 19 in Paris.

PARIS — The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced that they will present the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to five women scientists on March 19 in Paris.

March 3, 2014

Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners has entered an agreement to acquire from Hellman & Friedman majority control of Catalina, a provider of personalized digital media solutions for the CPG industry.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners has entered an agreement to acquire from Hellman & Friedman majority control of Catalina, a provider of personalized digital media solutions for the CPG industry. Hellman & Friedman remains a significant investor.    

February 28, 2014

Fred’s Super Dollar has visited CVS Caremark, Dollar General and Walgreens seeking bids for its Southeastern chain of discount stores, according to a report published Friday by Bloomberg News.

NEW YORK — Fred’s Super Dollar has visited CVS Caremark, Dollar General and Walgreens seeking bids for its Southeastern chain of discount stores, according to a report published Friday by Bloomberg News

Buyout firms including Miami-based H.I.G. Capital also were contacted, the report added.

February 26, 2014

Dollar Tree on Wednesday posted sales of $2.2 billion for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, down slightly by 0.9%.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Wednesday posted sales of $2.2 billion for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, down slightly by 0.9%. However, fourth quarter 2012 included 13 weeks as compared to the 12-week period for fiscal 2013. 

For fiscal year 2013, the company's consolidated net sales were $7.8 billion, up 6.1%. Comparable store sales increased 2.4%. Fiscal 2012 included 53 weeks, as compared with 52 weeks in fiscal 2013.

Comparable store sales increased 1.2%. 

February 25, 2014

Hershey said it plans to continue expanding in the area of product innovation with Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews, which are set to make a debut later this year.

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey in a presentation last week at the 2014 Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference discussed several successes and initiatives in its international markets, which included the recent launch of its line of Hershey's Spreads and Lancaster Soft Crèmes in the United States.

February 25, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday announced Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the QFC division.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the QFC division. He succeeds Joe Fey, who was named president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division in January.

Gibson, 58, has been serving as VP merchandising in Kroger's Columbus division.

February 24, 2014

TriStar Wellness Solutions has announced that its Beauté de Maman brand of beauty and wellness products for pregnant and nursing women has begun its national rollout to drug store, grocery and natural food retailers across the country.

WESTPORT, Conn. — TriStar Wellness Solutions has announced that its Beauté de Maman brand of beauty and wellness products for pregnant and nursing women has begun its national rollout to drug store, grocery and natural food retailers across the country.

Following a test at selected retail locations during the second half of 2013, the brand will now begin significant retail expansion in 2014. The brand expects to achieve retail distribution in more than 5,000 stores by the end of 2014.

February 19, 2014

Safeway on Wednesday afternoon confirmed it is in discussions concerning a possible transaction involving the sale of the company.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Wednesday afternoon confirmed it is in discussions concerning a possible transaction involving the sale of the company. However, the company declined to comment further at this time. "Although the discussions are ongoing, the company has not reached an agreement on a transaction, and there can be no assurance that these discussions will lead to an agreement or a completed transaction," Safeway stated as part of its earnings release. 

February 18, 2014

This year, ECRM celebrates 20 years of successfully pairing buyers and sellers across the consumer packaged goods industry.

This year, ECRM celebrates 20 years of successfully pairing buyers and sellers across the consumer packaged goods industry. As part of that celebration, and in correlation to the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy event, DSN editors thought it’d be a good idea to look back through the last 20 years of the cough-cold business at retail.

February 18, 2014

Novartis on Monday announced that it is broadening its cancer immunotherapy research program with the acquisition of CoStim Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge, Mass.-based, privately held biotechnology company focused on harnessing the immune system to eliminate immune-blocking signals from cancer.

BASEL, Switzerland — Novartis on Monday announced that it is broadening its cancer immunotherapy research program with the acquisition of CoStim Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge, Mass.-based, privately held biotechnology company focused on harnessing the immune system to eliminate immune-blocking signals from cancer.

February 14, 2014

The Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in web design, development and e-marketing in the Washington D.C., area, on Friday announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s “Supermarket Fact Video Series.”

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in web design, development and e-marketing in the Washington D.C., area, on Friday announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s “Supermarket Fact Video Series.”  

Through infographics and animation, the latest video illustrates why supermarkets have experienced a one percent net profit margin consistently over the last 30 years compared to other industries.