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September 23, 2013

Royal Ahold supervisory board member Tom de Swaan will resign as of the end of this month, the company said Monday.

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Royal Ahold supervisory board member Tom de Swaan will resign at the end of this month, the company said Monday.

Netherlands-based Ahold, the parent company of Ahold USA and U.S. supermarket banners Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., as well as the online grocer Peapod, said de Swaan would resign effective Sept. 30.

September 19, 2013

Results from a nationwide survey last year revealed that adults get immunized in pharmacies more frequently than anywhere else, other than physician offices. This should come as no surprise considering the convenient hours, ease of access and frequency of visits to pharmacies. But what is the legal status of pharmacy-based immunization, and what are the roles of the pharmacist?

Results from a nationwide survey last year revealed that adults get immunized in pharmacies more frequently than anywhere else, other than physician offices. This should come as no surprise considering the convenient hours, ease of access and frequency of visits to pharmacies. But what is the legal status of pharmacy-based immunization, and what are the roles of the pharmacist?

Status of pharmacist immunizers

September 19, 2013

Sanofi's vaccines division is targeting people who have not received vaccinations against flu this season in an effort to encourage them to do so.

SWIFTWATER, Pa. — Sanofi's vaccines division is targeting people who have not received vaccinations against flu this season in an effort to encourage them to do so.

Sanofi Pasteur announced Thursday the launch of its "The FLUgitives" campaign. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone ages 6 months and older, but according to the CDC, about 20% of the population gets the flu each year, while 226,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications.

September 11, 2013

Allure magazine announced the 246 winners of the 2013 Best of Beauty Awards at an awards event held Monday at the Lincoln Center in New York City and hosted by editor-in-chief Linda Wells, along with VP and publisher Agnes B. Chapski.

NEW YORK — Allure magazine announced the 246 winners of the 2013 Best of Beauty Awards at an awards event held Monday at the Lincoln Center in New York City and hosted by editor-in-chief Linda Wells, along with VP and publisher Agnes B. Chapski.

September 10, 2013

Boldface Group, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based celebrity beauty licensing company, has announced that it is expanding international distribution and will launch Kardashian Beauty into South Africa.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Boldface Group, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based celebrity beauty licensing company, has announced that it is expanding international distribution and will launch Kardashian Beauty into South Africa.

The company’s South African distributor Azulade Marketing will launch Kardashian Beauty into Stuttafords Stores beginning Nov. 15, 2013.

Stuttafords is a boutique-like multi category retailer that sells international beauty brands, such as Dior, Estée Lauder, Cartier, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Clinique and others.

September 10, 2013

Walgreens announced its acquisition of Kerr Drug, a privately-held regional pharmacy chain in North Carolina, to include both Kerr's retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced its acquisition of Kerr Drug, a privately-held regional pharmacy chain in North Carolina, to include both Kerr's retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business.  

In fiscal year 2012, Kerr Drug’s retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business recorded total sales of $381 million.

September 9, 2013

Giant Food of Landover, Md., division president Anthony Hucker is leaving his position, effective Friday, parent company Ahold USA said Monday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., division president Anthony Hucker is leaving his position, effective Friday, parent company Ahold USA said Monday.

Ahold USA said Hucker was leaving to pursue another opportunity. Ahold USA EVP operations Bhavdeep Singh will oversee the Giant-Landover division on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is named, the company said.

September 6, 2013

Musco Family Olive Co., a California-based supplier of table olives, introduced a new single-serve snack cup filled with black, pitted olives.

TRACY, Calif. — Musco Family Olive Co., a California-based supplier of table olives, introduced on Friday a new single-serve snack cup filled with black, pitted olives.

September 5, 2013

Ahold USA banner Giant Food of Landover, Md., is marking Hunger Action Month in September with a food-collection program.

LANDOVER Md. — Ahold USA banner Giant Food of Landover, Md., is marking Hunger Action Month in September with a food-collection program.

Hunger Action Month boxes will be available for purchase at all of the banner's 169 stores for $10, containing eight Giant brand non-perishable foot items like pasta, sauce, canned chicken, noodles, canned fruit and more. The boxes will be donated to Feeding America food bank partners, including Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and Food Bank of Delaware.

September 5, 2013

Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. is buying U.S.-based Astex Pharmaceuticals for $886 million, Otsuka said Thursday.

TOKYO — Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. is buying U.S.-based Astex Pharmaceuticals for $886 million, Otsuka said Thursday.

Astex, based in Dublin, Calif., uses a drug-discovery system known as fragment-based drug discovery, which enables rapid discovery and development of compounds for target proteins implicated in diseases and works by evaluating binding of target proteins with small molecules through 3D structural analysis. Astex developed and launched the chemotherapy drug Dacogen (decitabine), currently sold by Eisai.

September 5, 2013

Are drug stores becoming the new convenience stores? A new survey by The Hartman Group indicates that for many shoppers, the drug store is a destination for convenient purchases.

NEW YORK — Are drug stores becoming the new convenience stores? A new survey by The Hartman Group indicates that for many shoppers, the drug store is a destination for convenient purchases — particularly, food and beverages.

In a survey of 1,900 adults in Seattle and Dallas, the Bellevue, Wash.-based research firm found that when respondents most recently visited drug stores, 24% of trips were for items for immediate consumption, while 29% were stocking up items. Significant percentages of purchases were for OTC, personal care and consumable items.

September 4, 2013

A joint venture founded by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer focused on treatments for HIV has expanded its support of community organizations in the South.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A joint venture founded by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer focused on treatments for HIV has expanded its support of community organizations in the South.

August 29, 2013

Giant Food of Landover, Md., has opened 20 pickup locations with online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., has opened 20 pickup locations with online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said.

Giant, owned by Ahold USA, announced the recent opening of three new locations, in Bowie, Md., Sterling, Va., and Chevy Chase, Md.

August 29, 2013

Giant Food of Landover, Md., is bringing back a rewards program for schools for the 25th year, the supermarket chain said Thursday.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., is bringing back a rewards program for schools for the 25th year, the supermarket chain said Thursday.

August 29, 2013

NEW YORK — New Albertsons Inc. banners Shaw’s and Star Market, Acme and Jewel-Osco have announced the availability of flu shots at their pharmacies.

Specially trained pharmacists are available to administer the traditional flu vaccine, needle-free FluMist nasal spray and Fluzone Intradermal, as well as Fluzone HD for patients ages 65 years and older during regular pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary.

August 29, 2013

An aggressive species of tick normally found in the South has been spreading into northern states as well, posing a risk to people and pets, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — An aggressive species of tick normally found in the South has been spreading into northern states as well, posing a risk to people and pets, according to published reports.

August 28, 2013

Craft brewers are the star of the show in the latest issue of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s member magazine.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Craft brewers are the star of the show in the latest issue of Costco Wholesale's member magazine.

For the cover story of the September issue of Costco Connection, the club retailer solicited stories from members who had turned brewing as a hobby into businesses, or dreamed of doing so, receiving more than 500 responses.

Breweries profiled include Two Brothers Brewing Co. of Warrenville, Ill.; Copper Kettle Brewing Co, of Denver; Mac & Jack's Brewery of Redmond, Wash.; and Maui Brewing Co. of Lahaina, Hawaii.

August 28, 2013

McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Seiden as chief medical officer, effective Sept, 22.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Seiden as chief medical officer, effective Sept, 22. 

August 28, 2013

Pure Encapsulations on Tuesday launched its PureSynapse product line, including SeroPlus, DopaPlus, NeuroPure and Amino Replete, four specialty formulas to support emotional health, memory and behavior that was formulated with James Greenblatt, an author and lecturer who is dedicated to integrative psychiatry.

SUDBURY, Mass. — Pure Encapsulations on Tuesday launched its PureSynapse product line, including SeroPlus, DopaPlus, NeuroPure and Amino Replete, four specialty formulas to support emotional health, memory and behavior that was formulated with James Greenblatt, an author and lecturer who is dedicated to integrative psychiatry.

“As we begin to better understand nutritional deficiencies and toxic environmental chemicals that interfere with brain function, we are better able to provide safe and effective support for mental health,” Greenblatt stated.  

August 28, 2013

A company that has developed an edible security platform for addressing the global problem of counterfeit foods and medicines has been named a 2014 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

HONOLULU — A company that has developed an edible security platform for addressing the global problem of counterfeit foods and medicines has been named a 2014 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

August 28, 2013

Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida. 

August 26, 2013

Biotech company Amgen is buying Onyx Pharmaceuticals, the companies said Sunday.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Biotech company Amgen is buying Onyx Pharmaceuticals, the companies said Sunday.

Onyx, based in South San Francisco, Calif., has a portfolio of cancer drugs, including the injected multiple myeloma drug Kyprolis (carfilzomib), as well as Nexavar (sorafenib) tablets, developed with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets, developed by Bayer; and palbociclib, developed by Pfizer.

August 26, 2013

Giant Food Stores is donating $9,000 to a local food bank to celebrate its 90 years in operation, the supermarket chain said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores is donating $9,000 to a local food bank to celebrate its 90 years in operation, the supermarket chain said.

Giant said it would expand its "Living Here, Giving Here" community support program by spending 90 days donating to local food banks, in this case to the Second Harvest Food Bank, providing hunger relief throughout the Lehigh Valley. The chain has donated more than $150 million in money and products to charitable causes since 2005.

August 26, 2013

Stop & Shop is launching nine new pickup locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of its partnership with online grocer and sister company Peapod.

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop is launching nine new pickup locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of its partnership with online grocer and sister company Peapod.

The two retailers, owned by Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA, said the new pickup spots would allow shoppers to order groceries online for easy pickup. The stores included are in Braintree, Mass.; Cohasset, Mass.; East Weymouth, Mass.; Harwich, Mass.; Milford, Mass.; North Attleboro, Mass.; Providence, R.I.; Pawtucket, R.I.; and Cranston, R.I.

August 26, 2013

Former Kinray owner Stewart Rahr has made a large donation to an organization looking for a cure for prostate cancer.

NEW YORK — Former Kinray owner Stewart Rahr has made a large donation to an organization looking for a cure for prostate cancer.

Saying the move "stunned the crowd," Rahr announced at a gathering at the Hamptons on New York's Long Island that he would donate $3 million to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, an initiative run by investor Michael Milken, who was host to the event.

Other attendees included David Koch, Eddie Trump, former New York Gov. David Patterson and others.