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August 26, 2013

Nearly half of families rely on recipes that are fast and easy to make for dinner, according to a new survey of shoppers by supermarket chain Stop & Shop.

QUINCY, Mass. — Nearly half of families rely on recipes that are fast and easy to make for dinner, according to a new survey of shoppers by supermarket chain Stop & Shop.

August 23, 2013

Dollar Tree generated 3.7% in same-store sales for its second quarter ended Aug. 3, beating analyst estimates, and recorded $1.9 billion in consolidated net sales, an 8.8% increase.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree generated 3.7% in same-store sales for its second quarter ended Aug. 3, beating analyst estimates, and recorded $1.9 billion in consolidated net sales, an 8.8% increase. 

Shares of Dollar Tree closed Thursday at $53.13, 88 cents higher than the previous close. 

August 23, 2013

Giant Food Stores will stage the grand opening of a new in-store health clinic at one of its stores Tuesday, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Giant Food Stores will stage the grand opening of a new in-store health clinic at one of its stores Tuesday, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

Giant, based in Carlisle, Pa., is partnering with Aria Health FastCare on the clinic, providing the space while Aria provides the staff. The clinic will be the fourth. Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital is also partnering with Giant to operate another clinic.

August 22, 2013

Abbe Luersman has been appointed as chief human resources officer of Ahold, the Dutch supermarket-operating company said Thursday.

ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Abbe Luersman has been appointed as chief human resources officer of Ahold, the Dutch supermarket-operating company said Thursday.

August 22, 2013

Sears Holdings Corp.'s losses grew in second quarter 2013, while EBITDA fell despite growth in the company's online business and loyalty program, the parent company of Kmart said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp.'s losses grew in second quarter 2013, while EBITDA fell despite growth in the company's online business and loyalty program, the parent company of Kmart said Thursday.

August 21, 2013

High-end supermarket chain Fairway Market has introduced a hearing loop at its flagship store's deli counter for customers with hearing loss, the chain's parent company said Wednesday.

NEW YORK — High-end supermarket chain Fairway Market has introduced a hearing loop at its flagship store's deli counter for customers with hearing loss, the chain's parent company said Wednesday.

Fairway Group Holdings, based in New York, said the loop was installed in its Broadway store in Manhattan. The loop works with a person's telecoil-equipped hearing instrument or cochlear implant, allowing the employee behind the deli to speak into a microphone and transmit the signal wirelessly to the telecoil, blocking ambient background noise and amplifying the clerk's voice.

August 20, 2013

Carex Health Brands launched a new bathroom mat to its lineup of bathroom safety products.

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands last week launched a new bathroom mat to its lineup of bathroom safety products.

The Carex Deluxe Bath Mat (B222-00) provides a slip-resistant surface for bathing or showering with hundreds of suction cups that anchor the bath mat to the bottom of the tub.

August 20, 2013

Chris Geronsin, owner of Beverly Hills Pharmacy in St. Louis, was honored with Cardinal Health’s Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award during the closing ceremonies at the Cardinal Health annual Retail Business Conference in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Washington State Convention Center.

SEATTLE — Chris Geronsin, owner of Beverly Hills Pharmacy in St. Louis, was honored with Cardinal Health’s Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award during the closing ceremonies at the Cardinal Health annual Retail Business Conference in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Washington State Convention Center.

August 16, 2013

PBM company RxAdvance has expanded its executive management team with the hiring of former CVS Caremark and Rite Aid executives.

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — PBM company RxAdvance has expanded its executive management team with the hiring of former CVS Caremark and Rite Aid executives.

August 15, 2013

Eisai, the U.S. pharmaceutical arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., announced the launch of a new website, "Closing the Gap: Obesity Management for Employers," to provide employers with an educational resource for information about obesity management.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co. Ltd., announced on Thursday the launch of a new website, "Closing the Gap: Obesity Management for Employers," to provide employers with an educational resource for information about obesity management.

August 14, 2013

Pharmavite, a U.S. manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, announced Timothy Toll as its new EVP sales.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite, a U.S. manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, announced on Tuesday Timothy Toll as its new EVP sales.

“We are honored to have Mr. Toll join our Pharmavite team, as he has deep and relevant experience delivering impressive growth through strategic business transformation,” said Mark Walsh, COO of Pharmavite. “As a well-rounded, thoughtful and respected business leader, he comes to us with an impressive track record and personal values that make him a terrific fit for our company.”

August 12, 2013

Perrigo Co. announced that it has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug applications for fluocinolone acetonide scalp oil, 0.01%, the generic equivalent to Derma-Smoothe/FS Scalp Oil, and fluocinolone acetonide topical oil, 0.01%, the generic equivalent to Derma-Smoothe/FS Body Oil.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo Co. today announced that it has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug applications for fluocinolone acetonide scalp oil, 0.01%, the generic equivalent to Derma-Smoothe/FS Scalp Oil, and fluocinolone acetonide topical oil, 0.01%, the generic equivalent to Derma-Smoothe/FS Body Oil. Perrigo expects to begin shipments of both products next month.

August 8, 2013

Campbell Soup Co. has completed the acquisition of Kelsen Group A/S, a producer of baked snacks, including the Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk brands, sold in 85 countries around the world.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. has completed the acquisition of Kelsen Group A/S, a producer of baked snacks, including the Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk brands, sold in 85 countries around the world.

Based in Denmark, Kelsen is a provider in the assortment segment of the sweet biscuits category in China and Hong Kong, where growth in sweet biscuits is outpacing the growth of the $60 billion global sweet biscuits market.

August 8, 2013

One of the fastest-growing segments in health care today is home health care, which is expected to become even more important over the next decade. To help independent pharmacies take advantage of the market, Cardinal Health is giving its customers access to more than 30,000 medical products through Independence Medical, the company said at its annual Retail Business Conference for independent pharmacy owners.

SEATTLE — One of the fastest-growing segments in health care today is home health care, which is expected to become even more important over the next decade. To help independent pharmacies take advantage of the market, Cardinal Health is giving its customers access to more than 30,000 medical products through Independence Medical, the company said Friday, here in Seattle, at its annual Retail Business Conference for independent pharmacy owners.

August 8, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo brings together vendors and retailers across the entire store — pharmacy, OTC, beauty, consumables and general merchandise — and the supply chain executives who get the goods to market. As the industry converges on Las Vegas for this game-changing show, DSN talks to four leading futurists about what the drug store of tomorrow will look like.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Total Store Expo brings together vendors and retailers across the entire store — pharmacy, OTC, beauty, consumables and general merchandise — and the supply chain executives who get the goods to market. As the industry converges on Las Vegas for this game-changing show, DSN talks to four leading futurists about what the drug store of tomorrow will look like.

Pharmacy, health & wellness

August 8, 2013

DSN has partnered with Competitive Promotion Report and IRI to create a new series of exclusive reports that analyzes the impact of trade promotion activity on various front-end merchandising categories — DSN Promo Watch.

DSN has partnered with Competitive Promotion Report and IRI to create a new series of exclusive reports that analyzes the impact of trade promotion activity on various front-end merchandising categories — DSN Promo Watch.

In this premiere edition, DSN examines the cough-cold business. Following are key findings from the analysis:

August 7, 2013

PingMD, a New York City-based mobile communications healthcare solutions company, has announced that Lambda Fund IV is making an investment in PingMD’s B-round of funding.

NEW YORK — PingMD, a New York City-based mobile communications healthcare solutions company, has announced that Lambda Fund IV is making an investment in PingMD’s B-round of funding.
 
Having invested in companies such as SeniorBridge (acquired by Humana), AthenaHealth, Medidata Solutions and Health Dialog acquired by BUPA, the Lambda Fund’s Managing Partner Anthony Lamport said, “I am excited about PingMD's transformational approach to intelligent communications in healthcare.” 

August 6, 2013

Crossmark, a sales and marketing services company, is looking to acquire Marketing Werks, an independent consumer-engagement company.

PLANO, Texas and CHICAGO — Crossmark, a sales and marketing services company, is looking to acquire Marketing Werks, an independent consumer-engagement company.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close Aug. 31, were not disclosed. The companies stated that the acquisition will have no impact on the day-to-day operations of either company.

August 1, 2013

Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Bertram previoulsy worked for Jewel-Osco, where he oversaw operations across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He was also SVP of Supervalu and worked in executive positions at Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His new position at Ahold USA will be based out of the company's Carlisle, Pa., headquarters.

August 1, 2013

As pharmacy organizations tout the pharmacist as the face of neighborhood health care, one retailer is encouraging its own pharmacists to be more proactive.

NEW YORK — As pharmacy organizations tout the pharmacist as the face of neighborhood health care, one retailer is encouraging its own pharmacists to be more proactive.

Ahold USA has launched ACT! in an effort to get its pharmacists to build closer relationships with their patients. ACT! stands for "Acknowledge," "Coach" and "Thank." Ahold USA owns the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., chains in the Northeast.

July 30, 2013

A newly remodeled Giant Food Stores location includes an expanded selection of gluten-free items and digital kiosks for finding savings and placing orders.

CARLISLE, Pa. — A newly remodeled Giant Food Stores location includes an expanded selection of gluten-free items and digital kiosks for finding savings and placing orders.

Carlilsle, Pa.-based Giant, also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from Giant Food of Landover, Md., announced that it had finished remodeling its Bensalem, Pa., store. Both chains are owned by Ahold USA.

July 30, 2013

GNC on Monday named Carmine Fortino EVP business development. Fortino comes to GNC from Atrium Innovations, a Canadian natural health products company, where he was president. Fortino also was a former director of GNC from 2007 to 2011.

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Monday named Carmine Fortino EVP business development. Fortino comes to GNC from Atrium Innovations, a Canadian natural health products company, where he was president. Fortino also was a former director of GNC from 2007 to 2011.

"[Carmine's] background in multi-channel development across the health & wellness segment will enhance our approach to new market opportunities as we continue to implement GNC's proven growth strategy," stated Joseph Fortunato, GNC's chairman, president and CEO.

July 29, 2013

The Community Pharmacy Foundation and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Monday that they will work together to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into a statewide, patient-centered medical home network in North Dakota. More than 70% of physicians participate in the state’s medical home program.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Community Pharmacy Foundation and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Monday that they will work together to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes of the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into a statewide, patient-centered medical home network in North Dakota. More than 70% of physicians participate in the state’s medical home program.

July 29, 2013

U.S.-based drug maker Perrigo Co. will buy Ireland's Elan Corp. for $8.6 billion, the companies said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — U.S.-based drug maker Perrigo Co. will buy Ireland's Elan Corp. for $8.6 billion, the companies said Monday.

Elan is best known for the multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri (natalizumab), marketed and distributed by Biogen Idec. Perrigo manufactures various branded and generic prescription and OTC drugs. A previously announced deal, whereby New York-based Royalty Pharma would acquire the Dublin-based drug maker, fell apart last month after Elan shareholders voted in favor of a share-buyback plan.

July 26, 2013

A federal court has ruled in favor of generic drug maker Sandoz in a case involving a drug for multiple sclerosis, Sandoz said.

PRINCETON, N.J. — A federal court has ruled in favor of generic drug maker Sandoz in a case involving a drug for multiple sclerosis, Sandoz said.

Sandoz, the generics division of Switerland-based Novartis, said the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated nine patents owned by Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries covering the drug Copaxone (glatiramer acetate).