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January 7, 2014

Publix on Tuesday announced plans to expand a new Sync Your Refills program to all pharmacies. After a successful test in the Atlanta Division, the program will expand companywide to the remaining Publix Pharmacies by Friday, Jan. 24.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix on Tuesday announced plans to expand a new Sync Your Refills program to all pharmacies. After a successful test in the Atlanta Division, the program will expand companywide to the remaining Publix Pharmacies by Friday, Jan. 24. 

January 7, 2014

Retail pharmacy veteran Dan Haron has been appointed CEO of NuScriptRx, which serves the pharmaceutical needs of long-term care facilities and their residents, according to published reports.

NASHVILLE — Retail pharmacy veteran Dan Haron has been appointed CEO of NuScriptRx, which serves the pharmaceutical needs of long-term care facilities and their residents, according to published reports.

Haron previously served as president of Cigna pharmacy management. He joined Cigna in 2007 as VP operations for Cigna tele-drug home delivery pharmacy.

January 7, 2014

At least two retailers in areas affected by record-low temperatures that have put much of the country under a deep freeze have seen a big spike in sales as consumers stock up on supplies, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — At least two retailers in areas affected by record-low temperatures that have put much of the country under a deep freeze have seen a big spike in sales as consumers stock up on supplies, according to published reports.

January 7, 2014

Employees will benefit from better coordination between their wellness programs and accountable care organization networks, according to as many as 92% of HR professionals recently surveyed by BioIQ.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Employees will benefit from better coordination between their wellness programs and accountable care organization networks, according to as many as 92% of HR professionals recently surveyed by BioIQ. 

BioIQ's fourth annual Wellness Trends survey, released Tuesday, also found that one-in-five HR professionals encourage their employees to engage with an ACO. 

January 7, 2014

Fitbit announced a relationship with Tory Burch to develop a collection of stylish accessory wristbands and necklaces for Fitbit Flex.

LAS VEGAS — Fitbit on Tuesday announced a relationship with Tory Burch to develop a collection of stylish accessory wristbands and necklaces for Fitbit Flex. The Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection will include pendants, bracelets and wristbands designed to hold the Fitbit Flex tracker, transforming the activity tracker into a chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening.

January 7, 2014

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Diets 2014, featuring rankings and information on 32 diet plans.

WASHINGTON — U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its Best Diets 2014, featuring rankings and information on 32 diet plans. The DASH diet was recognized as one of the Best Diets Overall, while Weight Watchers continues to hold the No. 1 spot for Best Weight-Loss Diets. 

January 7, 2014

Walgreens' latest omnichannel offering features a partnership with TaskRabbit, an online mobile marketplace that will deliver OTC cold medicines anywhere within the 19 cities in which the service exists, according to a report published by Mashable on Monday.

CHICAGO — Walgreens' latest omnichannel offering features a partnership with TaskRabbit, an online mobile marketplace that will deliver OTC cold medicines anywhere within the 19 cities in which the service exists, according to a report published by Mashable on Monday. 

According to the report, the partnership runs this week through Feb. 18. The Walgreens OTC offering will be featured in TaskRabbit's iOS app's Task Wheel and on the TaskRabbit website.

January 7, 2014

As awards season kicks off, Walgreens is teaming up with Procter & Gamble to host a Twitter party and provide beauty mavens with an opportunity to win a “fab bag,” which will be featured during the People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 8.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As awards season kicks off, Walgreens is teaming up with Procter & Gamble to host a Twitter party and provide beauty mavens with an opportunity to win a “fab bag,” which will be featured during the People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 8.

January 6, 2014

The ability of most accountable care organizations to promote optimal use of medications has not yet been developed, according to a new study.

WASHINGTON — The ability of accountable care organizations to promote optimal use of medications has not yet been fully developed, according to a new study.

January 6, 2014

Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

Ahold, which hopes to triple its online food sales by 2016, said the opening of pickup points in the United States and Europe would be an important part of reaching that goal. Most of the pickup points in the United States are operated under the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., banners. The 120 pickup points compare with only eight a year ago.

January 6, 2014

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a recently launched drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of a recently launched drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the company said Monday.

January 6, 2014

Athena Cosmetics has resumed selling its signature product, RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, in the United States, the manufacturer has announced.

VENTURA, Calif. — Athena Cosmetics has resumed selling its signature product, RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, in the United States, the manufacturer has announced.

January 6, 2014

Global beauty company Coty has entered into an agreement to acquire Lena White, the largest international distributor of OPI, which is one of Coty's power brands.

NEW YORK — Global beauty company Coty has entered into an agreement to acquire Lena White, the largest international distributor of OPI, which is one of Coty's power brands.

For the past 30 years, Lena White has served as OPI's distributor in the U.K. for the professional and retail beauty channels.

Through this purchase, Coty will directly lead the development of the OPI brand in the U.K., its second-largest market, providing the necessary resources to accelerate development in both retail and professional channels.

January 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Monday the launch of the Family Vitamin Center, a new health hub on CVS.com to help educate customers on the vitamins and supplements that can support their personal health goals.

January 6, 2014

Diabetic users of an online patient portfolio for medication refills improved their adherence to cholesterol-lowering medications and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Diabetic users of an online patient portfolio for medication refills improved their adherence to cholesterol-lowering medications and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study.

January 6, 2014

Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.

The retail pharmacy chain said Monday that seasonal flu shots were still available at all its stores, and that people who have not received a shot this season should do so as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone aged 6 months and older.

January 6, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking gamification program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens on Monday teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking gamification program that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit. 

January 6, 2014

Kleenex brand is partnering with fashion industry icon Isaac Mizrahi to produce four new designs for the Kleenex Expressions line of products.

DALLAS — In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Kleenex brand is partnering with fashion industry icon Isaac Mizrahi to produce four new designs for the Kleenex Expressions line of products. 

January 6, 2014

Living Essentials announced a donation of $344,269.20 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit education and support organization serving women and families affected by breast cancer.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Living Essentials on Friday announced a donation of $344,269.20 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit education and support organization serving women and families affected by breast cancer. The total amount of the donation is based on a donation of five cents from the sale of every bottle of the limited edition, specially marked Raspberry Flavored 5-hour Energy sold between Aug. 15 and Dec. 31.

January 6, 2014

According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages.

CHICAGO — According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages. 

Despite fears over safety, the energy drink, shot and mix category has beat back detractors to show consistent annual growth from 2008 to 2013 sales. The market reported a 17% increase in 2012 and is projected to repeat that growth rate in 2013.

January 6, 2014

Minute Maid Juices to Go will welcome two new flavors to its product line.

ATLANTA — Minute Maid Juices to Go will welcome two new flavors to its product line. The new blends, Minute Maid Tropical Blend and Minute Maid Berry Blend, are the first Juices to Go products to contain vegetable juice. 

January 6, 2014

Nail care brand Nicole by OPI and Dove Dark Chocolate are ringing in the New Year with the launch of the "Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes."

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Nail care brand Nicole by OPI and Dove Dark Chocolate are ringing in the New Year with the launch of the "Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes." 

The Facebook-based promotion will randomly award 25,000 entrants with two exclusive Nicole by OPI nail lacquer shades inspired by Dove Dark Chocolate: "Better After Dark" and "Promises in the Dark."

January 6, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice has revamped its lineup of men’s body sprays with new, first-in-category Re-fresh Technology, which promises to eliminate the need for guys to overspray or reapply throughout the day.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice has revamped its lineup of men’s body sprays with new, first-in-category Re-fresh Technology, which promises to eliminate the need for guys to overspray or reapply throughout the day.

January 6, 2014

Supermarket chain Raley's Family of Fine Stores has hired an Austin, Texas-based company to help it launch a new social media rewards program.

AUSTIN, Texas — Supermarket chain Raley's Family of Fine Stores has hired an Austin, Texas-based company to help it launch a new social media rewards program.

January 6, 2014

Shopko is the latest retailer to offer prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the new health insurance marketplaces but haven't received their identification cards.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko is the latest retailer to offer prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the new health insurance marketplaces but haven't received their identification cards.

The retail chain said Monday that it would offer supplies of prescriptions in the interim to customers who could provide proof of enrollment. The chain operates 326 stores in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions.