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June 25, 2013

The healthcare industry continues to prepare for ACA implementation and the expected influx of newly eligible patients, said Emdeon's Kevin Mahoney. Many pharmacies are changing their staffing models in preparation for customers with expanded Medicaid benefits — especially as we approach the New Year. This is a good time for me to remind you to be thinking about your eligibility program.

In January, I offered Drug Store News readers a look at the pharmacy and technology trends facing our industry for the year. Here we are in June (can you believe it?), so I thought we should have a progress check and update for the back half of 2013.

April 17, 2014

Psi Health Solutions on Thursday announced its drug-free Psi Bands for the relief of nausea will launch at select Target stores this week.

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — Psi Health Solutions on Thursday announced its drug-free Psi Bands for the relief of nausea will launch at select Target stores this week. Psi Bands will make its debut in a new “Women’s Health” section developed by the retail chain. 

Psi Bands are FDA-cleared acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to pregnancy, travel, chemotherapy or anesthesia.

April 3, 2014

Cardtronics has extended its ATM services agreement with Walgreens, the company announced Wednesday.

HOUSTON — Cardtronics has extended its ATM services agreement with Walgreens, the company announced Wednesday. Cardtronics is a preferred provider of ATM services for Walgreens.  

Since the relationship began in 2004, Cardtronics has grown its ATM presence in Walgreens locations significantly — from fewer than 400 initially to roughly 3,250 today. The company is also the exclusive ATM provider for Walgreens in many states across the U.S.

April 2, 2014

Stayhealthy announced the completion of its deployment of Stayhealthy HealthCENTER Kiosks in six states throughout the Supervalu chain of supermarkets and pharmacies.

MONROVIA, Calif. — Stayhealthy on Wednesday announced the completion of its deployment of Stayhealthy HealthCENTER Kiosks in six states throughout the Supervalu chain of supermarkets and pharmacies. Supervalu, which operates Cub, Farm Fresh, Shoppers and Shop ‘n Save, is now home to Stayhealthy’s FDA-cleared, self-monitoring HealthCENTERs that provide clinical-grade health screenings free of charge, the company stated. 

March 27, 2014

Renessence LLC has announced the launch of the Renessence Hair Renewal System, a plastic surgeon-formulated line that employs stem cell technology to battle hair loss.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Renessence LLC has announced the launch of the Renessence Hair Renewal System, a plastic surgeon-formulated line that employs stem cell technology to battle hair loss.

A three-step shampoo/conditioner/serum treatment, Renessence is formulated with a blend of proprietary renewal peptides that promise to stimulate hair follicle stem cells for new hair growth in as little as two months, according to the company.

March 26, 2014

Fitbit on Wednesday announced that its activity and sleep trackers now sync directly with 44 Android and iOS devices, up from 26 in early January.

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit on Wednesday announced that its activity and sleep trackers now sync directly with 44 Android and iOS devices, up from 26 in early January. In addition, to bring health and fitness tracking to even more users, Fitbit also announced Wednesday that the free Fitbit app will be pre-loaded on the new HTC One (M8), allowing users to track their activity with just their smartphone.

March 13, 2014

The epilepsy therapeutics market value in the eight major countries — the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan — will increase from $3.4 billion in 2012 to $4.5 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9%, according to a new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.

NEW YORK — The epilepsy therapeutics market value in the eight major countries — the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan — will increase from $3.4 billion in 2012 to $4.5 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9%, according to a new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.

March 11, 2014

Lay's, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has issued a last call for submissions in its search for its next potato chip flavor.

DALLAS —  Lay's, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has issued a last call for submissions in its search for its next potato chip flavor. Fans now have less than a month to submit their "Do Us A Flavor" contest submissions for a chance to win the $1 million grand prize.  

March 10, 2014

Pinterest will emerge as a stronger alternative to Facebook and Twitter, according to global research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence. The company analyzed the online data of the nation’s top 100 retailers from September through December 2013 as part of its ongoing study assessing the business impact of top retailers’ social media efforts.

Pinterest will emerge as a stronger alternative to Facebook and Twitter, according to global research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence. The company analyzed the online data of the nation’s top 100 retailers from September through December 2013 as part of its ongoing study assessing the business impact of top retailers’ social media efforts. Blueocean Market Intelligence predicts the following top social media trends for the retail industry in 2014:

March 7, 2014

It's finally happening. Pfizer has placed the ball at the line of scrimmage. And based on the X's and O's to come out of its Lipitor OTC actual-use study, Pfizer will be making its run with its eye on the ultimate prize — a successful Rx-to-OTC switch of a statin.

Only this time, the Food and Drug Administration may not be as quick to sack Pfizer's switch attempt. With the advances and pervasion of health technology in the self-care space by way of smartphones and tablets; with the evolution of the pharmacist as a healthcare professional able to practice at the top of their license; and with the adoption of diagnostic tests like a cholesterol panel that can be physically administered in the pharmacy, consumers may finally get it right when self-selecting a statin.

Because it's the consumer actual-use studies that have scuttled just about every statin switch attempt in the past. In the last switch of Mevacor, FDA advisory panelists determined the statin was safe enough for the self-care space. And it was effective. It's just that the consumers who would be right for an OTC statin didn't appropriately self-select. And if they can't appropriately self-select, what's the point, really?

It's finally happening. Pfizer has placed the ball at the line of scrimmage. And based on the X's and O's to come out of its Lipitor OTC actual-use study, Pfizer will be making its run with its eye on the ultimate prize — a successful Rx-to-OTC switch of a statin. 

March 6, 2014

Oscar Mayer is giving bacon lovers a reason to wake up early. The brand has unveiled the first-ever iOS device that wakes people up with the smell of bacon.

MADISON, Wis. — Oscar Mayer is giving bacon lovers a reason to wake up early. The brand has unveiled the first-ever iOS device that wakes people up with the smell of bacon. The device, called Wake Up & Smell the Bacon, syncs with the Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell the Bacon iPhone app to emit the scent and sound of sizzling bacon when the rooster crows.

March 3, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced the launch of Adasuve (loxapine) inhalation powder in a 10-mg dosage. The drug is the first and only orally inhaled medicine for the acute treatment of agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in adults.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced the launch of Adasuve (loxapine) inhalation powder in a 10-mg dosage. The drug is the first and only orally inhaled medicine for the acute treatment of agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in adults.

February 28, 2014

Verizon’s Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage patients’ health in between doctor visits, recently received Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance to run on the iOS mobile operating system, Verizon announced Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Verizon’s Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage patients’ health in between doctor visits, recently received Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance to run on the iOS mobile operating system, Verizon announced Tuesday. 

Patients and clinicians now will be able to access Verizon’s solution on their iPhones and can use their iPads to access the Converged Health Management portal.

February 21, 2014

Following buzz that Procter & Gamble revealed last week during a conference in Barcelona a smartphone-enabled toothbrush, the manufacturer has officially unveiled details of the new interactive electronic toothbrush.

CINCINNATI — Following buzz that Procter & Gamble revealed last week during a conference in Barcelona a smartphone-enabled toothbrush, the manufacturer has officially unveiled details of the new interactive electronic toothbrush.

February 20, 2014

Procter & Gamble has reportedly developed the first smartphone-connected toothbrush to give consumers personalized advice for better oral health, according to a Reuters report.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has reportedly developed the first smartphone-connected toothbrush to give consumers personalized advice for better oral health, according to a Reuters report.

The toothbrush, which is slated to launch in June under the Oral-B brand, was unveiled during the Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, Reuters reported.

February 19, 2014

OurPet's, a pet supply company, announced the launch of a new line of products available through the food, drug and mass market channel.

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio — OurPet's, a pet supply company, announced the launch of a new line of products available through the food, drug and mass market channel. The Pet Zone brand will offer toys and accessories that are meant to enhance the well-being of pets.

February 19, 2014

Consumers are increasingly performing omnichannel shopping, and prefer personalized offers across the different channels they shop, according to a new survey.

NEW YORK — Consumers are increasingly performing omnichannel shopping, and prefer personalized offers across the different channels they shop. According to a new survey of more than 1,000 online consumers from retail personalization technology vendor Synqera, U.S. consumers still prefer promotional content and coupons from traditional print media (magazine, newsletter/flyer, newspaper) (75%), found online (72%), or received after a purchase (62%) for future shopping.

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

Pinterest will emerge as a stronger alternative to Facebook and Twitter, according to global research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence. The company analyzed the online data of the nation’s top 100 retailers from September through December 2013 as part of its ongoing study assessing the business impact of top retailers’ social media efforts

SEATTLE — Pinterest will emerge as a stronger alternative to Facebook and Twitter, according to global research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence. The company analyzed the online data of the nation’s top 100 retailers from September through December 2013 as part of its ongoing study assessing the business impact of top retailers’ social media efforts.

Based on the analysis, Blueocean Market Intelligence predicts the following top social media trends for the retail industry in 2014:

February 10, 2014

SodaStream International announced an agreement with lifestyle brand Skinnygirl to co-develop flavors exclusively for SodaStream's home beverage carbonation systems.

NEW YORK and AIRPORT CITY, Israel — SodaStream International announced an agreement with lifestyle brand Skinnygirl to co-develop flavors exclusively for SodaStream's home beverage carbonation systems.

"I am so excited to join the SodaStream family, a perfect home for my unique Skinnygirl brand," Bethenny Frankel, founder of Skinnygirl, said. "Both companies share a passion for creating delicious, low calorie beverages that are fun, convenient and easy to enjoy in the comfort of your own home."

February 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch on Friday featured Amazon's shopping app "Flow," which enables consumers to add an item to their shopping cart after scanning the product with their smartphone's camera.

NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch on Friday featured Amazon's shopping app "Flow," which enables consumers to add an item to their shopping cart after scanning the product with their smartphone's camera. 

It can be used as a sort of "showrooming" tool or it can be used at home in place of drafting a shopping list — just scan, click and ship. 

February 7, 2014

A new and possibly transformative technology for rapidly diagnosing and evaluating patients based on their specific genetic profile may soon begin appearing at retail pharmacies and clinics, giving pharmacists and clinicians another tool for advancing patient health outcomes and their own practice capabilities.

A new and possibly transformative technology for rapidly diagnosing and evaluating patients based on their specific genetic profile may soon begin appearing at retail pharmacies and clinics, giving pharmacists and clinicians another tool for advancing patient health outcomes and their own practice capabilities.

Dr. Anita Goel, M.D., Ph.D.

February 6, 2014

Sandoz announced the launch of doxercalciferol injection vials, the first generic version of Genzyme’s Hectorol.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz announced the launch of doxercalciferol injection vials, the first generic version of Genzyme’s Hectorol. Doxercalciferol injection vials are used for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.

“Sandoz is pleased to be the first company to market a high quality, affordable generic version of this important product to dialysis patients in the US,” Peter Goldschmidt, President of Sandoz, said.  

January 30, 2014

Apigee recently hosted Tim McCauley, Walgreens’ senior director of mobile commerce, and Joe Rago, a senior product manager at Walgreens, to discuss Walgreens' digital transformation and API strategy during the organization's I Heart APIs conference.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apigee recently hosted Tim McCauley, Walgreens’ senior director of mobile commerce, and Joe Rago, a senior product manager at Walgreens, to discuss Walgreens' digital transformation and API strategy during the organization's I Heart APIs conference.

Apigee made the video of the presentation available in a blog on Wednesday. 

January 28, 2014

Most mobile shoppers redeemed a coupon directly from their mobile device last year, according to a recent study from shopping app Key Ring, which is part of G/O Digital, a Gannett company.

DALLAS — Most mobile shoppers redeemed a coupon directly from their mobile device last year, according to a recent study from shopping app Key Ring, which is part of G/O Digital, a Gannett company.

The survey, conducted by Key Ring, examined more than 25,000 mobile shoppers and found that 75% redeemed a coupon from their mobile device in 2013, up more than 5% year-over-year. The study also showed that 80% of shoppers said their perception of a retailer would change for the positive if the retailer offered mobile deals and coupons.