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December 23, 2013

Hannaford will be opening a new store this spring in the old Stop & Shop location in Exeter, N.H., the Portsmouth Patch reported Friday.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Hannaford will be opening a new store this spring in the old Stop & Shop location in Exeter, N.H., the Portsmouth Patch reported Friday.

The Exeter Hannaford will feature a pharmacy with a consultation room for those who need extra privacy when talking with a pharmacist or getting a flu shot.

The 65,000-sq.-ft. Stop & Shop closed in August. 

December 23, 2013

Harris Teeter announced its first store opening in Summerville, N.C. with a ribbon cutting ceremony that morning.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Friday announced its first store opening in Summerville, N.C. with a ribbon cutting ceremony that morning.

The Corner at Wescott Harris Teeter will be open 24 hours, and the Harris Teeter pharmacy will be open seven days per week, as well.

December 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment made by Danish drug maker Novo Nordiskfor a rare, genetic bleeding disorder, the agency said Monday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment made by Danish drug maker Novo Nordiskfor a rare, genetic bleeding disorder, the agency said Monday.

December 23, 2013

In two separate clinical trials, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that periodic meetings with a lactation consultant encourages women traditionally resistant to breast-feeding to do so, at least for a few months, or long enough for mother and child to gain health benefits.

NEW YORK — In two separate clinical trials, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that periodic meetings with a lactation consultant encourages women traditionally resistant to breast-feeding to do so, at least for a few months, or long enough for mother and child to gain health benefits. The results of the trials were published online last week in American Journal of Public Health.

December 23, 2013

The chief executive of Target is reaching out to consumers in the wake of the widespread hacking of credit and debit card data at Target stores that the company confirmed last week.

MINNEAPOLIS — The chief executive of Target is reaching out to consumers in the wake of the widespread hacking of credit and debit card data at Target stores that the company confirmed last week.

In a statement on the mass-merchandise retailer's website, president, chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel sought to ameliorate customers' worries about the possibility that their cards were compromised. He emphasized that the issue had been "identified and eliminated," while the retailer extended a 10% discount to customers who shopped at its stores on Saturday and Sunday.

December 23, 2013

A Barre, Vt., pharmacist has been named Kinney Drugs' top pharmacist, the regional chain announced Monday.

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — A Barre, Vt., pharmacist has been named Kinney Drugs' top pharmacist, the regional chain announced Monday.

Kinney, which operates 99 stores in central and northern New York and adjacent areas of Vermont, named Tracey Rossi as its 2013 Favorite Pharmacist of the Year, based on customer votes from all of the chain's stores.

December 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by United Therapeutics for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, the company said Monday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by United Therapeutics for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, the company said Monday.

The FDA approved Orenitram (treprostinil) extended-release tablets for treating certain PAH patients to improve exercise capacity. PAH is a disease in which abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs causes the right side of the heart to work harder than normal, according to the National Library of Medicine.

December 23, 2013

A USA TODAY investigation on Friday found that many of those companies marketing dietary supplement containing with drug-spiked products are run by people with criminal backgrounds and regulatory run-ins.

ARLINGTON, Va. — A USA TODAY investigation on Friday found that many of those companies marketing dietary supplement containing with drug-spiked products are run by people with criminal backgrounds and regulatory run-ins. 

December 20, 2013

Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

ATLANTA — Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

The kiosk maker said its SoloHealth Stations around the country had an average of 10 million users per quarter, or almost 130,000 per day, with Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and North Carolina leading other states. The numbers were based on "consumer engagements," which refers to a consumer taking at least one test per session. There are currently at least 3,500 of the kiosks in the market.

December 20, 2013

Kao — whose brands include Jergens, Biore and John Frieda — has announced several executive appointments, including the appointment of Paul Nunnari as president of Kao Canada, effective Jan. 1.

CINCINNATI — Kao — whose brands include Jergens, Biore and John Frieda — has announced several executive appointments, including the appointment of Paul Nunnari as president of Kao Canada, effective Jan. 1.

Succeeding Nunnari is John Sullivan, who has been named VP sales for Kao USA, effective Jan. 1.

December 20, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has lifted the sanctions imposed against the company's SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, effective Jan. 1.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has lifted the sanctions imposed against the company's SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, effective Jan. 1.

 "We are pleased by this news," stated Jon Roberts, president of the PBM business of CVS Caremark. "We have worked hard to implement improvements to address the enrollment processing issues that occurred in early 2013 and are committed to providing our members with quality service and support."

December 20, 2013

The New York City Council has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in such public venues as bars, restaurants, beaches, parks and office buildings, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — The New York City Council has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in such public venues as bars, restaurants, beaches, parks and office buildings, according to published reports.

December 20, 2013

Rite Aid is extending store hours and featuring gift items as the holiday shopping season comes to an end, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is extending store hours and featuring gift items as the holiday shopping season comes to an end, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

The company said it would extend store hours through Monday, as well as keeping some stores open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including some 24-hour stores.

December 20, 2013

With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine, including advancements across its Well Experience store base, the continued transformation of its pharmacy operations to better meet the needs of today's evolving healthcare system and the further establishment of a global supply chain to drive economies of scale. 

December 19, 2013

Balance Bar on Thursday asked Americans to join them in taking the Balance Bar Pledge, an anti-resolutions pledge that encourages people to skip the tradition of setting overly ambitious and sometimes unachievable goals and instead make one small step each month that supports their health, wellness and overall happiness.

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Balance Bar on Thursday asked Americans to join them in taking the Balance Bar Pledge, an anti-resolutions pledge that encourages people to skip the tradition of setting overly ambitious and sometimes unachievable goals and instead make one small step each month that supports their health, wellness and overall happiness.

December 19, 2013

Bristol-Myers Squibb is selling its diabetes business to AstraZeneca for up to $4.3 billion as part of an effort to focus more on specialty drugs, the company said Thursday.

NEW YORK — Bristol-Myers Squibb is selling its diabetes business to AstraZeneca for up to $4.3 billion as part of an effort to focus more on specialty drugs, the company said Thursday.

BMS said AstraZeneca would pay $2.7 billion upfront, as well as up to $1.4 billion in milestone payments and up to $225 million on the condition of certain assets being sold. The companies have had a diabetes drug-development partnership since 2007.

December 19, 2013

Diplomat has become a distributor of a new cancer drug made by Genentech, Diplomat said Thursday.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat has become a distributor of a new cancer drug made by Genentech, Diplomat said Thursday.

The specialty pharmacy company said it had received a distribution contract for Gazyva (obinutuzumab) for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which received Food and Drug Administration approval on Nov. 1. CLL is a slowly advancing blood and bone marrow disease that, according to the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, will be diagnosed in 15,680 Americans this year and cause 4,580 deaths.

December 19, 2013

E'Shee Clinical Esthetic on Thursday announced the launch of Alpha and Omega, a new gene-therapy eye cream designed to target wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and sagging skin.

PHILADELPHIA -- E'Shee Clinical Esthetic on Thursday announced the launch of Alpha and Omega, a new gene-therapy eye cream product designed to target wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and sagging skin.

December 19, 2013

Endo announced Thursday that regulatory waiting periods in the United States and Canada related to its plans to acquire a Montreal-based drug maker have been terminated.

MALVERN, Pa. — Endo announced Thursday that regulatory waiting periods in the United States and Canada related to its plans to acquire a Montreal-based drug maker have been terminated.

December 19, 2013

GoHealth and Walgreens are ramping up their shared efforts to let Americans know GoHealthInsurance.com is a viable solution for people seeking coverage and exploring marketplace options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the companies announced.

CHICAGO — GoHealth and Walgreens are ramping up their shared efforts to let Americans know GoHealthInsurance.com is a viable solution for people seeking coverage and exploring marketplace options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the companies announced Wednesday. 

December 19, 2013

Good to Go recently launched a solution formulated to help prevent traveler’s constipation.

EASTON, Conn. — Good to Go recently launched a solution formulated to help prevent traveler’s constipation. 

December 19, 2013

While more than half of Americans don't agree with legalizing the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, most also say that if legal, it should be sold at pharmacies, according to a new survey.

NEW YORK — While more than half of Americans don't agree with legalizing the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, most also say that if legal, it should be sold at pharmacies, according to a new survey.

December 19, 2013

Meda has signed an agreement to acquire ZpearPoint AS, including global rights to its main product, EB24, an OTC line for treating dental erosion.

GÖTEBORG, Sweden — Meda has signed an agreement to acquire ZpearPoint AS, including global rights to its main product, EB24, an OTC line for  treating dental erosion.  

The EB24 product is based on hydrogen fluoride highly diluted in water. In studies, the product has shown that it is able to penetrate enamel surfaces and form calcium fluoride resulting in an anti-erosive effect. As such, EB24 works as a protective agent against dental erosion. 

December 19, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced the need for legislation in Pennsylvania to protect independent pharmacy operators there.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday announced the need for legislation in Pennsylvania to protect independent pharmacy operators there. 

December 19, 2013

Pantene’s thought-provoking “Be Strong and Shine” viral video, which sparked a global conversation after airing in the Philippines in early November and hitting the Internet, has now become a global #ShineStrong campaign.

NEW YORK — Pantene’s thought-provoking “Be Strong and Shine” viral video, which sparked a global conversation after airing in the Philippines in early November and hitting the Internet, has now become a global #ShineStrong campaign.

The 60-second video first aired in the Philippines in early November 2013 and since hitting the Internet has received more than eight million views and ignited a global conversation.