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September 9, 2013

E-cigarettes may be as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — E-cigarettes may be as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers quit, according to a new study.

Researchers in Auckland, New Zealand, selected 657 smokers who were attempting to quit, dividing them into one group of 289 who received e-cigarettes, 295 who received nicotine patches and 73 who received placebo e-cigarettes without nicotine. The study was published online Monday in British medical journal The Lancet.

September 9, 2013

Good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Generation Y may turn to the Web for researching products, comparing prices and responding to flash sales, but they still love in-store purchasing. The catch: Keep the shopping experience exciting.

NEW YORK — Good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Generation Y may turn to the Web for researching products, comparing prices and responding to flash sales, but they still love in-store purchasing. The catch: Keep the shopping experience exciting.

September 9, 2013

In an effort to fuel innovation in health care, Target unveiled on Monday a contest to generate ideas to simplify health care and help individuals and families live healthier lives. Enter the Target Simplicity Challenge.

MINNEAPOLIS — In an effort to fuel innovation in health care, Target unveiled on Monday a contest to generate ideas to simplify health care and help individuals and families live healthier lives. Enter the Target Simplicity Challenge.

September 9, 2013

Food Lion has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Superior Goal Achievement Award, one of the agency's honors for commercial refrigeration achievements by GreenChill Partners.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Superior Goal Achievement Award, one of the agency's honors for commercial refrigeration achievements by GreenChill Partners.

Food Lion officials received the award Monday at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference in Baltimore, Md. The annual achievement award is in recognition of Food Lion meeting its GreenChill commitment for reducing refrigerant emissions.

September 9, 2013

Theranos and Walgreens on Monday announced a long-term partnership to bring access to Theranos’ new lab testing service through Walgreens pharmacies nationwide.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Theranos and Walgreens on Monday announced a long-term partnership to bring access to Theranos’ new lab testing service through Walgreens pharmacies nationwide. As the service becomes available through Theranos Wellness Centers inside Walgreens stores, consumers will be able to access less invasive and more affordable clinician-directed lab testing. 

September 6, 2013

BACtrack on Thursday announced multiple partnerships with retailers — including Best Buy, Costco, Urban Outfitters and Walgreens — to begin selling "police-grade" breathalyzers.

SAN FRANCISCO — BACtrack on Thursday announced multiple partnerships with retailers — including Best Buy, Costco, Urban Outfitters and Walgreens — to begin selling "police-grade" breathalyzers.

September 6, 2013

Bud Light announced on Thursday the start of its newest marketing campaign for the 2013 National Football League season. The official beer sponsor of the NFL, Bud Light's new campaign will include new TV creatives and NFL- and team-specific packaging.

ST. LOUIS — Bud Light announced on Thursday the start of its newest marketing campaign for the 2013 National Football League season. The official beer sponsor of the NFL, Bud Light's new campaign will include new TV creatives and NFL- and team-specific packaging.

September 6, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Celgene for treating patients with pancreatic cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the agency said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Celgene for treating patients with pancreatic cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the approval of Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension, albumin-bound) for patients with late-stage forms of the disease. The drug is a chemotherapy treatment already approved for treating breast and lung cancers.

September 6, 2013

CVS/pharmacy has announced the return of its Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, a promotion and additional savings opportunity for members of the ExtraCare loyalty program.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the return of its Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, a promotion and additional savings opportunity for members of the ExtraCare loyalty program.

September 6, 2013

Focus Boost on Friday announced the launch of its signature brand into the U.S. market. A national advertising campaign in support of the launch will kick off in the pages of Psychology Today, the company added.

NEW YORK — Focus Boost on Friday announced the launch of its signature brand into the U.S. market. A national advertising campaign in support of the launch will kick off in the pages of Psychology Today, the company added. 

September 6, 2013

Targeted healthcare communications company LDM Group is adding Kmart to its network, LDM said Friday.

ST. LOUIS — Targeted healthcare communications company LDM Group is adding Kmart to its network, LDM said Friday.

As part of the network, Kmart will offer its PharmacistCare and CarePoints messaging systems to pharmacists and patients, with the goal of improving patients' medication adherence and overall health outcomes.

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 6, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday reiterated its stance on compounding to the House Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday reiterated its stance on compounding to the House Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

September 6, 2013

The retail industry added 43,600 jobs last month, particularly in general merchandise, electronics and clothing, according to an industry trade group.

WASHINGTON — The retail industry added 43,600 jobs last month, particularly in general merchandise, electronics and clothing, according to an industry trade group.

The numbers were based on calculations from the National Retail Federation, out of a total 169,000 jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the economy added in August, bringing the country's unemployment rate down to 7.3%.

September 6, 2013

Safeway on Friday announced that its stores raised $10.3 million during the company's annual Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced that its stores raised $10.3 million during the company's annual Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign.

For the 13th consecutive year, Safeway's entire chain of more than 1,600 stores dedicated a month to raising money and increasing awareness for the fight against prostate cancer, which currently affects more than two million American men and remains the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. 

September 6, 2013

Sam's Club has donated more than $1 million to the YMCA to expand a program designed to address health issues among residents of underserved neighborhoods, as well as a diabetes-prevention program, the club retailer said Friday, also announcing that it would offer diabetes screenings at its pharmacies next week.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam's Club has donated more than $1 million to the YMCA to expand a program designed to address health issues among residents of underserved neighborhoods, as well as a diabetes-prevention program, the club retailer said Friday, also announcing that it would offer diabetes screenings at its pharmacies next week.

The retailer announced a $1.25 million grant to the YMCA through the Sam's Club Giving Program to fund programs that will expand healthy living opportunities in underserved communities as part of the group's Healthier Community Initiatives.

September 6, 2013

With 68 stores already open across Canada, Target has released the timetable for the next batch of nearly two dozen, including the first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — With 68 stores already open across Canada, Target Corp. has released the timetable for the next batch of nearly two dozen, including the first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia.

The mass merchandise retailer said it would open 14 stores on Sept. 17 and nine more on Oct. 18. A majority of the stores will feature a Starbucks, as well as a pharmacy. Most stores in Quebec will feature Brunet pharmacies, which will open in summer 2014.

September 6, 2013

More students in middle and high school are using electronic cigarettes, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NEW YORK — More students in middle and high school are using electronic cigarettes, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Friday, the CDC said that between 2011 and 2012, among students in sixth through 12th grades, e-cigarette use increased from 3.3% to 6.8%.

September 5, 2013

Two recent developments demonstrate the complexity of the prescription drug abuse issue. Perhaps ironically, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, while the month of September is National Pain Awareness Month.

Two recent developments demonstrate the complexity of the prescription drug abuse issue. Perhaps ironically, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, while the month of September is National Pain Awareness Month.

Timed with the recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the release of an Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This resource is designed to help raise awareness of overdose prevention, treatment and recovery for first responders, prescribers and patients.

September 5, 2013

Allure magazine is offering women the ultimate insider experience at the Allure Lounge colored by Maybelline New York, the official cosmetic sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

NEW YORK — Allure magazine is offering women the ultimate insider experience at the Allure Lounge colored by Maybelline New York, the official cosmetic sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Open daily to the public Sept. 5 to 12, the Allure Lounge at the Empire Hotel in New York City will give guests a place to take a break and get runway beauty looks in between shows.

The Allure Lounge colored by Maybelline New York will feature complimentary:

September 5, 2013

Natura Pet Products brand California Natural is rolling out a new grain-free dog food option, Pork Meal and Sweet Potatoes Formula, along with a new packaging design to highlight the brand's philosophy of using limited ingredients.

FREMONT, Neb. — Natura Pet Products brand California Natural is rolling out a new grain-free dog food option, Pork Meal and Sweet Potatoes Formula, along with a new packaging design to highlight the brand's philosophy of using limited ingredients.

September 5, 2013

Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balms and skin care products, has announced the introduction of a fragrance-free healing cream, an alternative to the company’s fragranced Everyday Healing Cream product.

MILWAUKEE — Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balms and skin care products, has announced the introduction of a fragrance-free healing cream, an alternative to the company’s fragranced Everyday Healing Cream product.

The new fragrance-free cream employs the same moisturzing formulation as the existing product to relieve dry skin using such ingredients as lanolin and petrolatum. 



September 5, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association joined Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, state Rep. Larry Bucshon, as well as local officials and leaders from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, the Indiana Retail Council and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, at a press conference to launch the state’s new voluntary retail Anti-Smurfing Campaign.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday joined Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, state Rep. Larry Bucshon, as well as local officials and leaders from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, the Indiana Retail Council and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, at a press conference to launch the state’s new voluntary retail Anti-Smurfing Campaign.

September 5, 2013

Current CoverGirl spokeswoman Queen Latifah is now the new face of Pantene and will support the Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural collections, Procter & Gamble has announced.

CINCINNATI — Current CoverGirl spokeswoman Queen Latifah is now the new face of Pantene and will support the Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural collections, Procter & Gamble has announced.

September 5, 2013

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the kickoff to the second half of its annual Project Health wellness campaign.

The campaign, which is known as Proyecto Salud in Spanish, is slated to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States by the end of 2013.