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March 31, 2014

Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumer Reports has ranked Wegmans No. 1 in its list of supermarkets across the country with a score of 88, according to a report in USA Today published Thursday. Publix ranked No. 3 with a score of 85. Costco, Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter and H-E-B also made the top 10 list. 

Wegmans, along with Trader Joe's, was rated best among employee courtesy and checkout speed. 

March 31, 2014

Cristophe Professional, a hair care line developed by celebrity stylist Cristophe, is now available at Ulta Beauty.

LOS ANGELES — Cristophe Professional, a hair care line developed by celebrity stylist Cristophe, is now available at Ulta Beauty.

March 31, 2014

CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

CHICAGO — CVS Caremark has announced that it will be the National Premier Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me in 2014 — its ninth straight year.

Demonstrating its continued commitment to children with disabilities and their families through the All Kids Can Program, CVS Caremark and thousands of its colleagues nationwide have raised nearly $10 million through Walk With Me to support local Easter Seals services throughout the years.

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 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced. 

“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” stated Paul Sturman, president, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against our plan.”

March 31, 2014

Greenstone announced the introduction of Piroxicam capsules to its generic pharmaceutical product line. The drug is offered in dosage strengths of 10 mg and 20 mg, and is the generic equivalent to Feldene.

PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone announced the introduction of Piroxicam capsules to its generic pharmaceutical product line. The drug is offered in dosage strengths of 10 mg and 20 mg, and is the generic equivalent to Feldene.

Piroxicam is intended for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This new, authorized generic adds to Greenstone’s growing line of products, and is backed by the distribution and customer service support of Pfizer Inc., the company said.

 

March 31, 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers on Friday announced a multi-year partnership with Meijer that begins this season.

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers on Friday announced a multi-year partnership with Meijer that begins this season. The partnership will include branding on both the right-center and left-center field walls at Miller Park. Additional advertising will also be featured on the official website of the Brewers, Brewers.com.  

This is the first sports partnership in Wisconsin for Meijer as the store plans on opening its first Wisconsin stores next year. The retailer currently has more than 200 locations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

March 31, 2014

The polar vortex may be responsible for an exceptionally strong, though delayed, spring allergy season, according to a report published Friday on CNN.com.

NEW YORK — The polar vortex may be responsible for an exceptionally strong, though delayed, spring allergy season, according to a report published Friday on CNN.com. 

Citing allergy experts, the snowfall and below-freezing temperatures that defined this year's winter means a late flowering for trees, and that means pollinating trees will "be busy catching up" once temperatures do warm up. 

March 31, 2014

Earlier this month, Sally Beauty confirmed a security breach and is now offering one free year of credit monitoring and identity-theft protection for those customers who may have been affected by the incident.

DENTON, Texas — Earlier this month, Sally Beauty confirmed a security breach and is now offering one free year of credit monitoring and identity-theft protection for those customers who may have been affected by the incident.

March 31, 2014

Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer.

NEW YORK — Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer. The quarterly publication will make its nationwide debut at the end of March at all Walgreens (except in Puerto Rico) and Duane Reade drug stores.

March 31, 2014

In an effort to curb abuse of over-the-counter cold and cough medications by minors, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed legislation — House Bill 2163 — that places an age restriction on the purchase of dextromethorphan.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — In an effort to curb abuse of over-the-counter cold and cough medications by minors, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed legislation — House Bill 2163 — that places an age restriction on the purchase of dextromethorphan.

March 28, 2014

Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014, Avella announced Wednesday.

PHOENIX — Rebecca Shanahan, CEO of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Specialty Pharmacy Conference 2014, Avella announced Wednesday. 

March 28, 2014

SoftSheen-Carson’s Dark and Lovely hair care brand for women of color has teamed up with Black Girls RUN! as their exclusive beauty sponsor for 2014.

NEW YORK — SoftSheen-Carson’s Dark and Lovely hair care brand for women of color has teamed up with Black Girls RUN! as their exclusive beauty sponsor for 2014.

The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to become the leading resource and inspiration for generations of African-American women seeking to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

March 28, 2014

Looking to expand availability of his skin and eye care products, Dr. Fischer has announced the opening of a dedicated store on Amazon.

NEW YORK — Looking to expand availability of his skin and eye care products, Dr. Fischer has announced the opening of a dedicated store on Amazon.

Fischer manufactures and distributes to more than 30 countries worldwide a broad range of eye care products, including Dr. Fischer Eye-Care for babies and adults, along with such skin care products as sunscreens and other applications.

March 28, 2014

Dr. Reddy's Labs announced that it has launched amlodipine besylate and atorvastatin calcium tablets, a generic version of Caduet.

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy's Labs announced that it has launched amlodipine besylate and atorvastatin calcium tablets, a generic version of Caduet.

The Caduet tablets brand and generic had sales in the United States of approximately $163 million MAT for the most recent 12 months ended January 2014, according to IMS Health.

March 28, 2014

DSN recently launched a new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, to bring attention to a tragic side of the prescription drug abuse story — one that's not often told. The millions of Americans who live in chronic pain who already find it difficult to access the medications they need may soon find it even more difficult — because proposed changes in regulatory policy are expected to place additional hurdles on their treatment pathway.

DSN recently launched a new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, to bring attention to a tragic side of the prescription drug abuse story — one that's not often told.

March 28, 2014

Fred's Super Dollar will be exiting a number of front-end categories — including footwear, televisions/home theater and select home furnishings — in an effort to expand seasonal, health, beauty, pharmacy and OTC, in line with reconfiguration plan strategies, Fred's CFO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar will be exiting a number of front-end categories — including footwear, televisions/home theater and select home furnishings — in an effort to expand seasonal, health, beauty, pharmacy and OTC, in line with reconfiguration plan strategies, Fred's CFO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday. 

March 28, 2014

Lupin on Thursday announced the acquisition of 100% equity stake in Laboratorios Grin, subject to certain closing conditions.

BALTIMORE — Lupin on Thursday announced the acquisition of 100% equity stake in Laboratorios Grin, subject to certain closing conditions. The acquisition marks Lupin's foray into the high-growth Mexican and the larger Latin American pharmaceuticals market. Mexico is one of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical markets in the world, valued at more than $13.5 billion and growing at 9% to 10% annually.

March 28, 2014

According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a Missouri bill would require health benefit plans to reimburse pharmacies when they dispense less than a 30-day supply for the purpose of synchronizing a patient’s chronic medications.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a Missouri bill would require health benefit plans to reimburse pharmacies when they dispense less than a 30-day supply for the purpose of synchronizing a patient’s chronic medications. 

March 28, 2014

Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe Narcan (naloxone), which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension, according to a report published Wednesday by The New Mexican.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe Narcan (naloxone), which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension, according to a report published Wednesday by The New Mexican

March 28, 2014

Novo Nordisk on Friday launched "Cities Changing Diabetes," a new partnership program to fight the urban diabetes challenge.

BAGSVAERD, Denmark — Novo Nordisk on Friday launched "Cities Changing Diabetes," a new partnership program to fight the urban diabetes challenge. The "Cities Changing Diabetes"program will first be launched in Mexico City, with other cities in North America, Europe and Asia soon to follow.

March 28, 2014

Performance Health recently sponsored the March 2014 Run It Forward tour, the company announced Wednesday.

AKRON, Ohio — Performance Health recently sponsored the March 2014 Run It Forward tour, the company announced Wednesday. A donation of Biofreeze, TheraBand, Cramer and Perform products supported the elite runners’ training, performance and recovery needs during the 15-day event. Run It Forward helps educate America’s underserved youth on the benefits of staying physically and mentally healthy, and the resulting impact it can have on their education.

March 28, 2014

Rexam, a global beverage can maker, announced that its recovery drink, Formula O2, has hit the market.

CHICAGO — Rexam, a global beverage can maker, announced that its recovery drink, Formula O2, has hit the market. The beverage, available in Orange Mango and Grapefruit Ginger flavors, is infused with 10 times more oxygen than tap water, 2.5 times more electrolytes than sports drinks and also includes 140 mg of natural caffeine.

Formula O2 was founded by three friends who grew tired of energy and sports drinks that claimed to help people, but were actually filled with unsavory ingredients. 

March 28, 2014

Safeway on Friday announced the expiration of the 21-day "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced definitive merger agreement under which AB Acquisition has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced the expiration of the 21-day "go-shop" period pursuant to the terms of the previously announced definitive merger agreement under which AB Acquisition has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

March 28, 2014

Sandoz announced the U.S. launch of lansoprazole capsules amoxicillin capsules, USP, and clarithromycin tablets, USP, the generic version of Prevpac.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz announced the U.S. launch of lansoprazole capsules amoxicillin capsules, USP, and clarithromycin tablets, USP, the generic version of Prevpac.

The drug is used to eliminate the H. pylori infection in patients with duodenal ulcer disease. It's comprised of amoxicillin and clarithromycin, which are antibiotic medicines, as well as lansoprazole, a proton pump inhibitor that helps decrease production of excess stomach acid, the company said.