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January 6, 2014

InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform.

ATLANTA — InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, on Monday announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform. 

January 6, 2014

South Beach Diet unveiled a new addition to its family of nutritious and convenient snacks — the South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Smoothie in chocolate truffle flavor.

NEW YORK — South Beach Diet on Monday unveiled a new addition to its family of nutritious and convenient snacks — the South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Smoothie in chocolate truffle flavor. 

The new smoothie contains 6 grams of protein and fiber and has no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugar alcohols.

January 6, 2014

A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

ATHENS, Ga. — A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

Beth Phillips, who took the new role on Dec. 1, joined the college's faculty in 2007, and the school said the professorship, its newest, includes a $250,000 endowment for salary support, research and teaching assistance and traveling expenses. Of the school's other endowed professorships, one also is sponsored by Kroger.

January 6, 2014

VoicePort announced that they have launched their Medication Synchronization Program, SynchroScript, along with two of their other adherence services with Tops Friendly Markets Pharmacy, of Williamsville, N.Y.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort on Monday announced that they have launched their Medication Synchronization Program, SynchroScript, along with two of their other adherence services with Tops Friendly Markets Pharmacy, of Williamsville, N.Y. 

January 6, 2014

Walgreens reported December sales of $7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.1% in December.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday reported December sales of $7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.1% in December. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 170 basis points, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 70 basis points. December 2013 had one additional Tuesday and one fewer Saturday compared with December 2012. 

January 3, 2014

Serious discussion about the possibility of officially granting healthcare provider status to pharmacists is among the achievements that a pharmacy professional group cited as it welcomed the new year.

WASHINGTON — Serious discussion about the possibility of officially granting healthcare provider status to pharmacists is among the achievements that a pharmacy professional group cited as it welcomed the new year.

January 3, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Association on Thursday forecast that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a more than 142% increase over the next five years in personal health-and-wellness product sales and software and service revenues.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association on Thursday forecast that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a more than 142% increase over the next five years in personal health-and-wellness product sales and software and service revenues.

As part of a new report, titled "The Connected Health and Wellness Market," CEA quantified the growth in sales of connected health and wellness devices. 

January 3, 2014

Comedian Chelsea Handler and 7UP TEN are teaming up to bring a fresh challenge to Americans for 2014.

PLANO, Texas — Comedian Chelsea Handler and 7UP TEN are teaming up to bring a fresh challenge to Americans for 2014. The duo is empowering people to toss out their New Year's resolutions and embrace the things they love by making a resolution that they can actually keep.

January 3, 2014

Due to the holiday rush and related closings, Chain Store Age has extended the deadline for its 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year design competition until Wednesday, Jan. 8.

NEW YORK — Due to the holiday rush and related closings, Chain Store Age has extended the deadline for its 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year design competition until Friday, Jan. 8. 

January 3, 2014

H-E-B is opening its annual Slim Down Showdown challenge to all Texans this year, according to published reports.

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B is opening its annual Slim Down Showdown challenge to all Texans this year, according to published reports. 

Registration for the at-home challenge is open through Jan. 17. Those who participate and log in eight weeks of continuous activity will be eligible to win up to $1,000 in H-E-B gift cards.

H-E-B is opening the contest with a two-week, in-store Start Fresh Fest with demonstrations of quick-to-make healthy meals.

 

 

January 3, 2014

IMS Health is looking to go public, the healthcare industry research and analytics company said.

DANBURY, Conn. — IMS Health is looking to go public, the healthcare industry research and analytics company said.

IMS, based in Danbury, Conn., said it had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock, adding that it had not yet determined the number of shares to be offered or the price range of the offering.

January 3, 2014

Regional chain Kinney Drugs is the latest to offer prescriptions at no upfront cost to some customers who have enrolled in Obamacare, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Regional chain Kinney Drugs is the latest to offer prescriptions at no upfront cost to some customers who have enrolled in Obamacare, according to published reports.

The Syracuse, N.Y., Post-Standard reported Friday that the Gouverneur, N.Y.-based chain would offer 30-day prescriptions to customers who have enrolled, but have not received an identification number. The offer is good through the month of January. Kinney operates 99 stores in central and northern New York and adjacent areas of Vermont.

January 3, 2014

L'Oréal Professionnel, a salon-exclusive brand, has tapped actress Kirsten Dunst — lead actress of Hossein Amini's thriller “The Two Faces of January,” to be released in 2014 — to be its very first L'Oréal Professionnel spokeswoman.

MONTREAL — L'Oréal Professionnel, a salon-exclusive brand, has tapped actress Kirsten Dunst — lead actress of Hossein Amini's thriller “The Two Faces of January,” to be released in 2014 — to be its very first L'Oréal Professionnel spokeswoman. Dunst will embody the upcoming launches of Beach Waves and Absolut Repair Lipidium. 

January 3, 2014

Following the announcement from several major chains that their respective pharmacy operations would provide 30-day prescriptions to newly-enrolled health exchange patients at no charge while they wait for their prescription cards, the National Community Pharmacists Association announced that many of its constituents have historically adopted similar patient-friendly practices.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Following the announcement from several major chains on Thursday that their respective pharmacy operations would provide 30-day prescriptions to newly-enrolled health exchange patients at no charge while they wait for their prescription cards, the National Community Pharmacists Association on Friday announced that many of its constituents have historically adopted similar patient-friendly practices. 

January 3, 2014

Nipro Diagnostics announced it is initiating a voluntary recall and replacement of a limited number of TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Meters distributed both in the United States and outside the United States.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nipro Diagnostics on Thursday announced it is initiating a voluntary recall and replacement of a limited number of TRUEbalance and TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Meters distributed both in the United States and outside the United States.

January 3, 2014

Razer, a producer of high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphone designed for entertainment.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Razer, a producer of high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphone designed for entertainment. 

January 3, 2014

Fruth Pharmacy is seeing a positive response from customers in its efforts to limit the sale of OTC cold and allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Fruth Pharmacy is seeing a positive response from customers in its efforts to limit the sale of OTC cold and allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine, according to published reports.

The West Virginia MetroNews Network reported that Fruth had sold nearly 1,000 boxes of Acura Pharmaceuticals' Nexafed, a nasal decongestant that contains tamper-resistant properties to limit its appeal to makers of methamphetamine, and the product has been popular with customers since its introduction at the stores in August.

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company said that during the month of January, it would dispense a 15- to 30-day supply of many medications to customers who bring in confirmation of their enrollment until their prescription coverage details are available. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, took full effect Wednesday.

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid reported a 2.9% increase in same-store sales for the month of December, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid reported a 2.9% increase in same-store sales for the month of December, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

For the four-week period that ended Saturday, front-end same-store sales increased by 1%, while pharmacy same-store sales increased by 4.1%, including a 1% negative effect from the introduction of new generic drugs. Meanwhile, a decrease in sales of flu shots and prescription flu drugs resulted in a 2% decrease in same-store script count.

Total sales were $2.109 billion, an increase of 2.7% over December 2012.

January 3, 2014

Salix Pharmaceuticals has completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Salix said.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Salix Pharmaceuticals has completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Salix said.

The drug maker announced that it had completed the $32-per-share acquisition of Santarus, which the companies announced in November. The combination of the companies' product portfolios includes 22 marketed products, such as Xifaxan, Glumetza, Zegerid, Relistor and others.

January 3, 2014

Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40% more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a new study, co-authored by an MIT economist, that sheds empirical light on the inner workings of health care in the United States.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40% more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT economist that sheds empirical light on the inner workings of health care in the United States.

The study takes advantage of Oregon's recent use of a lottery to assign access to Medicaid, the government-backed healthcare plan for low-income Americans, to certain uninsured adults. The research examines emergency room records for roughly 25,000 people for a period of 18 months.

January 3, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat overactive bladder, the company said Friday.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat overactive bladder, the company said Friday.

January 3, 2014

Unilever donated more than $1 million cash and the equivalent of 1.6 million meals to Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — In 2013, Unilever donated more than $1 million cash and the equivalent of 1.6 million meals to Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization.

January 3, 2014

Wheat Thins fans will get a new product to enjoy with the introduction of Wheat Thins Popped in March.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Wheat Thins fans will get a new product to enjoy with the introduction of Wheat Thins Popped. The snack will hit retailers nationwide beginning March. 

It will be the first popped whole grain snack with wheat as the first ingredient. Wheat Thins Popped has less than 130 calories per 27-piece serving and comes in three varieties: Original Sea Salt, Sour Cream and Onion and Spicy Cheddar. The snack will retail for $3.69
 

January 3, 2014

Kids (and kids at heart) have even more reason to be excited about the upcoming film "How to Train Your Dragon 2," thanks to Zak Designs.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Kids (and kids at heart) have even more reason to be excited about the upcoming film "How to Train Your Dragon 2," thanks to Zak Designs. 

Zak, a leading manufacturer of licensed children's dinnerware, introduced a line of meal-time products featuring characters from the movie and television show.