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November 6, 2013

Mass merchandiser Kmart is planning to roll out lease-to-own financing at stores around the country this holiday season, the Sears Holdings-owned chain said Wednesday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Mass merchandiser Kmart is planning to roll out lease-to-own financing at stores around the country this holiday season, the Sears Holdings-owned chain said Wednesday.

November 6, 2013

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday introduced legislation that repeals a portion of Obamacare that prohibits people from using their medical savings account funds to buy over-the-counter medications.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday introduced legislation that repeals a portion of Obamacare that prohibits people from using their medical savings account funds to buy over-the-counter medications. Under current law, plan participants may no longer use funds from these accounts to purchase OTC medications, unless they have a prescription for the medication.

November 6, 2013

McKesson's Health Mart on Wednesday announced the launch of its new Local Marketing Support program designed to make it easier for Health Mart owners to grow their business by attracting new patients and driving revenue.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson's Health Mart on Wednesday announced the launch of its new Local Marketing Support program, designed to make it easier for Health Mart owners to grow their business by attracting new patients and driving revenue. The Local Marketing Support program provides matching funds and comprehensive marketing tools and campaigns, letting Health Mart owners increase awareness of their stores and community care offerings.   

November 6, 2013

Changing Directions: Honoring Albert Sebok

November 6, 2013

Noven Pharmaceuticals has launched a new drug for severe hot flashes nationwide, the company said.

NEW YORK — Noven Pharmaceuticals has launched a new drug for severe hot flashes nationwide, the company said.

The drug maker announced the availability of Brisdelle (paroxetine) capsules in the 7.5-mg strength, the first-ever non-hormonal drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for moderate to severe hot flashes associated with menopause.

November 6, 2013

Retail-based clinic operator RediClinic, which operates about 30 clinics inside select HEB stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, has revamped its web site with new features and functionality.

HOUSTON — Retail-based clinic operator RediClinic, which operates about 30 clinics inside select HEB stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, has revamped its web site with new features and functionality.

November 6, 2013

State legislators in Michigan are considering a bill that would allow pharmacies to sell medical marijuana, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — State legislators in Michigan are considering a bill that would allow pharmacies to sell medical marijuana, according to published reports.

November 6, 2013

Rite Aid has stopped selling some cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Rite Aid has stopped selling some cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia, according to published reports.

The Charleston, W.Va., Gazette reported that the chain would stop selling medicines that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient, such as Sudafed 12 Hour and Sudafed 24 Hour, though they would continue selling products that combine pseudoephedrine with other ingredients like antihistamines and painkillers.

November 6, 2013

A pharmacist in Canada has won a prestigious award from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A pharmacist in Canada has won a prestigious award from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, according to published reports.

Nova Scotia's Truro Daily News reported that retired pharmacist Allan MacKinnon received the company's Bowl of Hygeia award during the weekend. Coworkers Kerry Mattatall and Marilyn MacLeod had put together the nomination package for MacKinnon, including 27 letters of support, citing the MacKinnons' support for their community.

November 6, 2013

UC Health, the affiliated health system of the University of Cincinnati, and The Little Clinic have announced a clinical collaboration to provide consumers with improved access to healthcare services with UC Health supporting The Little Clinic locations inside 18 Cincinnati and Dayton area Kroger stores.

CINCINNATI — UC Health, the affiliated health system of the University of Cincinnati, and The Little Clinic have announced a clinical collaboration to provide consumers with improved access to healthcare services with UC Health supporting The Little Clinic locations inside 18 Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, area Kroger stores.

November 6, 2013

Pacific World, the maker of SensatioNail at-home gel polish, has unveiled the new Fuse Gelnamel — the next generation in nail color that brings together the best of polish and the best of gel.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Pacific World, the maker of SensatioNail at-home gel polish, has unveiled the new Fuse Gelnamel — the next generation in nail color that brings together the best of polish and the best of gel.

The new Fuse Gelnamel features an all-in-one formula that delivers one-coat coverage from start to finish and a proprietary anti-chip technology that promises to provide megawatt shine that lasts, the company stated.

November 6, 2013

The Vitamin Shoppe is making significant investments into omnichannel retailing, CEO and director Anthony Truesdale told analysts during a conference call on Tuesday.

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe is making significant investments into omnichannel retailing, CEO and director Anthony Truesdale told analysts during a conference call on Tuesday. 

November 6, 2013

The Yankee Candle Co. will introduce the new holiday-inspired Snow Globes collection, the company announced Wednesday.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. will introduce the new holiday-inspired Snow Globes collection, the company announced Wednesday.  

November 5, 2013

CVS Caremark, which posted solid third quarter across its enterprise, is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing healthcare environment. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for analysts Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter conference call.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark, which posted solid third-quarter results across its enterprise, is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing healthcare environment. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for analysts Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter conference call.

November 5, 2013

CVS Caremark posted “solid” results during its third quarter and its MinuteClinic business was no exception.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark posted “solid” results during its third quarter, and its MinuteClinic business was no exception.

During the quarter ended Sept. 30, the retail clinic business enjoyed revenue growth of 18%.

From a comp perspective, MinuteClinic has, most recently, been comping in the teens to low 20s, Dave Denton, EVP, CFO, controller and chief accounting officer, told analysts during the company’s third-quarter conference call Tuesday morning.

November 5, 2013

Duck Tape brand duct tape will join forces with Fiskars Corp. to introduce a new line of scissors for crafting.

AVON, OH — Duck Tape brand duct tape will join forces with Fiskars Corp. to introduce a new line of scissors for crafting, the companies announced on Tuesday.

“Both Duck brand duct tape and Fiskars share a commitment to creating innovative products that help people express their creativity,” Fiskars VP brand marketing Jay Gillespie said. “This partnership is a perfect fit, and we’re looking forward to giving enthusiasts tools that make creating with Duck Tape easier than ever before.”

November 5, 2013

Endo Health Solutions will acquire Canadian drug maker Paladin Labs for $1.6 billion, mostly in shares of stock, Endo said Tuesday.

MALVERN, Pa. — Endo Health Solutions will acquire Canadian drug maker Paladin Labs for $1.6 billion, mostly in shares of stock, Endo said Tuesday.

November 5, 2013

Family Dollar president and COO Mike Bloom will be featured on the CBS award-winning reality series, "Undercover Boss" this Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Family Dollar president and COO Mike Bloom will be featured on the CBS award-winning reality series, "Undercover Boss" this Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST. For the episode, Bloom went undercover in several Family Dollar stores and at one of the company's distribution centers, where he worked a variety of jobs alongside company team members. 

November 5, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic injectable antibiotic drug made by Emcure Pharmaceuticals, according to the agency.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic injectable antibiotic drug made by Emcure Pharmaceuticals, according to the agency.

The FDA approved Emcure's vancomycin hydrochloride injection in the 5-g-per-vial strength.

The drug is a generic version of Vancocin, made by ViroPharma.

 

November 5, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug made by Mylan for treating overactive bladder, according to agency records.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug made by Mylan for treating overactive bladder, according to agency records.

The FDA approved Mylan's tolterodine tartrate extended-release capsules in the 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of Pfizer's Detrol LA. Detrol LA has annual sales of about $700 million, according to published reports.

 

November 5, 2013

Half of people with diabetes feel overwhelmed in managing their disease and diet, according to a new survey conducted by Meijer.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Half of people with diabetes feel overwhelmed in managing their disease and diet, according to a new survey conducted by Meijer.

November 5, 2013

Procter & Gamble on Tuesday announced it partnered with long-time Metamucil user and iconic television, stage and screen actor Tony Danza to help promote a recent contest co-sponsored by "The Dr. Oz Show" and the Metamucil brand.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Tuesday announced it partnered with long-time Metamucil user and iconic television, stage and screen actor Tony Danza to help promote a recent contest co-sponsored by "The Dr. Oz Show" and the Metamucil brand. 

November 5, 2013

Japonesque, a maker of makeup brushes and accessories, has announced its foray into the world of color. The new Japonesque color collection debuted in 220 Ulta Beauty stores on Oct. 27.

NEW YORK — Japonesque, a maker of makeup brushes and accessories, has announced its foray into the world of color. The new Japonesque color collection debuted in 220 Ulta Beauty stores on Oct. 27.

An additional 150 Ulta Beauty stores are expected to carry the collection throughout 2013 and 2014 as the retailer continues to expand and open new stores.

November 5, 2013

Acura Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that Nexafed, its next generation pseudoephedrine with abuse-deterrent technology, will now be stocked by Rite Aid.

PALATINE, Ill. — Acura Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that Nexafed, its next generation pseudoephedrine with abuse-deterrent technology, will now be stocked by Rite Aid.

Nexafed is a 30 mg immediate-release pseudoephedrine product that combines nasal-congestion relief with a unique technology that disrupts the conversion of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine.

November 5, 2013

Hallmark Cards will lay off up to 250 people and drop its party wares line as sales for the category decline, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Hallmark Cards will lay off up to 250 people and drop its party wares line as sales for the category decline, according to published reports.

The Kansas City Star reported that the layoffs equalled more than 7% of the company's 3,200 jobs in the Kansas City, Mo., area, out of about 12,000 employees worldwide.