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November 14, 2010

A new national survey of U.S. adults has found that 72% of Americans believed there...

November 14, 2010

Arm & Hammer’s new Double Duty clumping cat litter’s breakthrough formula allows cat owners to...

PRINCETON, N.J. —Arm & Hammer’s new Double Duty clumping cat litter’s breakthrough formula allows cat owners to address feces and urine odors in the litter box. More than 90% of cat owners said eliminating odor from feces and urine is important to them in a litter product, but most products on the market concentrate only on the pungent ammonia smell of cat urine.

November 14, 2010

October was a pleasant surprise for retail and food services, as the advance estimates of...

WASHINGTON — October was a pleasant surprise for retail and food services, as the advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for that month — announced Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau — showed increases that rose above expectations. Sales rose to $373.1 billion, up 1.2% from last month and 7.3% higher than October 2009 sales.

Total sales for the August through October 2010 period were up 6.3% from the year-ago period, and the August through October 2010 percent change was revised from 0.6% to 0.7%.

November 14, 2010

Upscale beauty brand Shiseido is celebrating its fall and holiday makeup and skin care collections...

NEW YORK Upscale beauty brand Shiseido is celebrating its fall and holiday makeup and skin care collections with its first-ever Pop-Up Beauty Boutique in New York.

The Shiseido Pop-Up Beauty Boutique, located just across the street from Bloomingdale’s at Third Avenue and 59th Street, opened Nov. 12 and will close its doors on Nov. 19.

November 14, 2010

Most patients with mild persistent asthma overuse a drug combination despite an apparent lack of...

PHOENIX — Most patients with mild persistent asthma overuse a drug combination despite an apparent lack of added medical benefit, according to a new study by pharmacy benefit manager Medco.

November 14, 2010

A drug made by Pfizer may help decrease the risk of cardiovascular death or heart...

CHICAGO — A drug made by Pfizer may help decrease the risk of cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization in patients with chronic heart failure, according to a late-stage clinical study.

The “Emphasis-HF” study — funded by Pfizer, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Chicago — found that adding Inspra (eplerenone) to standard therapies reduced the risks compared with placebo.

November 14, 2010

Continued consumer price consciousness and the growing influence of the dollar store channel have made...

Continued consumer price consciousness and the growing influence of the dollar store channel have made snacks priced at $1 popular with consumers.

November 14, 2010

Moving, in its own words, “beyond e-prescribing,” paperless platform provider Surescripts has begun expanding its...

NEW ORLEANS — Moving, in its own words, “beyond e-prescribing,” paperless platform provider Surescripts has begun expanding its nationwide e-prescribing network to allow doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals to exchange all types of clinical information.

November 14, 2010

The Bling is coming to Brookshire’s. Brookshire Grocery, a chain of more than 150 supermarkets...

MT. PLEASANT, Texas — The Bling is coming to Brookshire’s. Brookshire Grocery, a chain of more than 150 supermarkets and pharmacies operating in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, last week partnered with Bling Nation — a mobile technology platform that enables a new way to pay for groceries or prescriptions using only a mobile phone.

The tap-and-connect mobile phone capabilities available through Bling Nation also will allow Brookshire’s to connect with its customers through its Facebook page.

November 14, 2010

A recent Raymond James Financial commercial, in which the “fastidious librarian Emily Skinner” lives to...

A recent Raymond James Financial commercial, in which the “fastidious librarian Emily Skinner” lives to the “ripe old age of 187” (thanks in part to prudent financial planning), really captures what tomorrow’s senior is going to look like — or at least what he or she will aspire to look like. And judging by the commercial, seniors will look extremely active, playing a ping-pong champ, landing a record-setting bass and setting off on a hang glider into the sunset.

November 14, 2010

Frito-Lay continues its commitment to college football fans with a new, limited-edition football-shaped version of...

DALLAS —Frito-Lay continues its commitment to college football fans with a new, limited-edition football-shaped version of its classic tortilla chips. The game day-inspired chips’ hearty texture makes them naturals for dipping. The chips are available in 12-oz. bags and carry a suggested retail price of $3.99.

November 14, 2010

Tostitos has launched its new Tostitos Artisan Recipes tortilla chips in time for the holiday...

PLANO, Texas Tostitos has launched its new Tostitos Artisan Recipes tortilla chips in time for the holiday season.

 

The chips are available in two flavors -- roasted garlic and black bean, and fire-roasted chipotle -- and are made with 100% natural ingredients, including real black beans, garlic and chipotle peppers that are added right into the chips, as well as a unique blend of nine flavorful grains to deliver an authentic and delicious taste experience you can see and taste, according to the company.

 

November 14, 2010

At a time when consumer takeaway is low and financial resources are limited, retailers and...

CHICAGO — At a time when consumer takeaway is low and financial resources are limited, retailers and suppliers need to dig beneath the surface to find creative ways to grow sales; it’s about exploring your hidden assets. And it was a key takeaway of a recent Elevation Forum meeting, held here last month.

November 14, 2010

The healthcare landscape is changing. There’s a new value-driven consumer who has emerged and, in...

DEERFIELD, Ill. —The healthcare landscape is changing. There’s a new value-driven consumer who has emerged and, in light of this, retail pharmacy giant Walgreens is in the midst of an evolution into “a retail health and daily living store” and is on a mission to “own well.” That was a key message that an optimistic Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO, had for Wall Street during the company’s Analyst Day conference on Nov. 4 in Chicago.

November 14, 2010

In an effort to help seniors navigate changes in Medicare Part D plans, Walgreens is...

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In an effort to help seniors navigate changes in Medicare Part D plans, Walgreens is offering a free plan comparison report to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers to determine how much money can be saved under different plans.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D drug plans began Monday, and enrollees have until Dec. 31 to review their coverage options for 2011.

November 14, 2010

The makers of Zestra held a symposium on Oct. 28 at New York’s Penn Club...

NEW YORK — The makers of Zestra held a symposium on Oct. 28 at New York’s Penn Club to promote the over-the-counter product designed to address women’s sexual dysfunction.

November 11, 2010

A national mobile health screening tour developed by a drug store chain and a nonprofit,...

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A national mobile health screening tour developed by a drug store chain and a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization has reached a milestone.

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will celebrate this week its two-millionth free health screening. During its two-millionth milestone week, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will celebrate by serving residents in the following cities: Houston and El Paso, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Pensacola, Miami, Largo and Jacksonville, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; and Bullhead City, Ariz.

November 11, 2010

The president and CEO of Agensys, a subsidiary of Japanese drug maker Astellas, will retire,...

TOKYO The president and CEO of Agensys, a subsidiary of Japanese drug maker Astellas, will retire, Astellas said Tuesday.

 

Donald Rice founded Agensys as UroGenesys in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1996 for the development of biotech drugs for treating cancer. Astellas acquired Agensys in December 2007.

 

Former Allergan SVP, head of global drug development and chief medical officer Sef Kurstjens will replace Rice as president and CEO of Agensys.

November 11, 2010

Joining the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness about the chronic disease, the American Diabetes...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Joining the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness about the chronic disease, the American Diabetes Association is celebrating World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14.

This year's World Diabetes Day theme is diabetes education and prevention, and this year's slogan is "Let's Take Control of Diabetes. Now." The campaign highlights diabetes symptoms and prevention measures, the American Diabetes Association said.

November 11, 2010

Pharmaceutical services company AmerisourceBergen has appointed Steve Collis as president and COO, the company said...

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. Pharmaceutical services company AmerisourceBergen has appointed Steve Collis as president and COO, the company said Friday.

 

Collis previously served as EVP of AmerisourceBergen and as president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., serving as president of AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group before that. He will report directly to CEO R. David Yost and will be responsible for business units, such as ABDC, ABSG, AmerisourceBergen Consulting Services and AmerisourceBergen Packaging Group.

 

 

November 11, 2010

Drug maker Arbor Pharmaceuticals has obtained nearly $35 million in financing, the company said Thursday....

ATLANTA Drug maker Arbor Pharmaceuticals has obtained nearly $35 million in financing, the company said Thursday.

 

Arbor said the $34.8 million included a $17.5 million investment in the form of Series B Preferred Stock, mostly from Signet Healthcare Partners, while the rest was in the form of a loan provided by investors, as well as portions of the loan and investment from existing shareholders. The company markets drugs for such indications as nasal hygiene and dermatitis.

 

 

November 11, 2010

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, Colgate Total is offering consumers tips to build good...

NEW YORK In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, Colgate Total is offering consumers tips to build good oral hygiene habits.

 

Citing a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which noted the increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, the toothpaste brand has made the following recommendations to consumers:

November 11, 2010

Coty has agreed to acquire Russian beauty maker Kalina Group's German subsidiary, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics....

NEW YORK Coty has agreed to acquire Russian beauty maker Kalina Group's German subsidiary, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics. Under the deal, Kalina will retain the rights to the Dr. Scheller skin care business and related subsidiaries.

November 11, 2010

Retail pharmacies scored a big victory in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule,...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Retail pharmacies scored a big victory in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule, which puts the kibosh on pricing policies that would have severely affected retail pharmacies' ability to make money from generic drugs, and thus forced them to turn away Medicaid patients.

November 11, 2010

The Emerson Group recently announced that 37-year industry veteran Daryl Beck has joined the company...

WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group recently announced that 37-year industry veteran Daryl Beck has joined the company and will manage the company’s military sales business, as well as call on Walmart.