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October 19, 2010

Odwalla is getting greener....

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. Odwalla is getting greener.

By March 2011, all of the brand’s single-serve bottles will tote PlantBottle packaging. The new Odwalla package, which will be 100% recyclable, will help to reduce dependence on nonrenewable resources, the company said.

 

October 13, 2010

Enactment by the White House of a landmark, pharmacy-friendly drug-disposal bill won quick praise from...

WASHINGTON Enactment by the White House of a landmark, pharmacy-friendly drug-disposal bill won quick praise from chain pharmacy leaders Thursday.

 

President Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act into law Wednesday, changing the way the Drug Enforcement Administration regulates the return and destruction of unused and unwanted higher-risk medications. The new law establishes a legal process by which consumers can return their lawfully obtained controlled substance medications to DEA-authorized entities for disposal.

 

October 13, 2010

Identigene on Thursday officially unveiled its Identigene STD test kit, which currently is available over...

SALT LAKE CITY Identigene on Thursday officially unveiled its Identigene STD test kit, which currently is available over the counter at Rite Aid.

Purchasers of the Identigene STD test kit can receive a highly accurate test result for chlamydia and gonorrhea, two of the more popular sexually transmitted diseases, within two to three business days of receipt of a urine specimen by the Identigene laboratory.

October 12, 2010

Supervalu's Cub Foods is looking to help customers with gluten sensitivity with the launch of...

October 10, 2010

A new push to crack down on the massive and costly fraud and abuse that...

October 10, 2010

Newell Rubbermaid has launched a new microfiber mop that’s economically and environmentally friendly. Rubbermaid Reveal...

ATLANTA —Newell Rubbermaid has launched a new microfiber mop that’s economically and environmentally friendly. Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber spray mop features a reusable microfiber pad that can be used with a cleaning solution or with water alone.

Unlike many spray mops on the market, Rubbermaid Reveal’s spray bottle is refillable, an economically friendly feature that allows consumers to mix their own cleaning solutions for a savings of up to $50 annually. The reusable microfiber pad is machine washable and can be used up to 100 times.

October 10, 2010

If the retail industry’s premier pharmacy gathering gave any clear signal about the state of...

October 7, 2010

Whole Foods and retailers nationwide are looking to raise awareness about the presence of genetically...

AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods and retailers nationwide are looking to raise awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms in the food supply.

Non-GMO Day, which will be celebrated Oct. 10, is driven by nonprofit group the Non-GMO Project. Whole Foods Market currently carries more than 800 products that are verified by the Non-GMO Project, with thousands more in the pipeline. GMOs now are present in 75% to 80% of conventional processed food in the United States, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

October 4, 2010

After launching eco-friendly bags for its SunChips brand, Frito-Lay again is looking to revamp the...

PLANO, Texas After launching eco-friendly bags for its SunChips brand, Frito-Lay again is looking to revamp the packaging.

According to a report by USA Today, Frito-Lay said it is removing the noisy material found in the compostable bags. While they are environmentally friendly, the bags have received negative customer feedback.

September 26, 2010

Winc Design is launching its Charlie Banana brand of environmentally friendly cloth diapers and baby...

September 26, 2010

As I write this column, it’s the final Super Tuesday primaries in eight states, including...

As I write this column, it’s the final Super Tuesday primaries in eight states, including here in New York, before the big mid-term elections in November. And if the Sunday morning news shows are right, the Democrats are in for a spanking. Given the present state of the economy, the stagnant job market and the American electorate’s need to find someone to blame, it’s really kind of inevitable.

September 26, 2010

Procter & Gamble has implemented a succession of sustainability efforts, and on Monday that commitment...

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has implemented a succession of sustainability efforts, and on Monday that commitment continued with the announcement of a new long-term sustainability vision and a set of 10-year goals.

September 23, 2010

Herbert Hoover is alive and well -- and picking up his prescriptions at the local...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Herbert Hoover is alive and well -- and picking up his prescriptions at the local drug store.

(THE NEWS: Retailers urge Congress to reject Chinese currency legislation. For the full story, click here.)

September 21, 2010

Merck is expanding its patient assistance program, the drug maker said Wednesday....

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Merck is expanding its patient assistance program, the drug maker said Wednesday.

September 16, 2010

Shifting the nation’s sprawling and disconnected healthcare system to an integrated platform, based at last...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Shifting the nation’s sprawling and disconnected healthcare system to an integrated platform, based at last on health information technology and electronic health records, is a worthy and overdue undertaking.

September 16, 2010

The heartbreaking news is that California is battling an unnerving whooping cough epidemic that unfortunately...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The heartbreaking news is that California is battling an unnerving whooping cough epidemic that unfortunately already has claimed the lives of nine babies. But the silver lining -- if there is one -- lies in the fact that this gives rise to another opportunity for retail pharmacy to demonstrate the critical role it plays in public health crisis management.

(THE NEWS: Calif. health officials address 'whooping cough' outbreak. For the full story, click here)

September 15, 2010

More money is flowing from the federal stimulus coffers to states as the White House...

WASHINGTON More money is flowing from the federal stimulus coffers to states as the White House continues its push to drive the healthcare system’s massive transformation to a digital and information technology-based platform.

September 13, 2010

As the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee debated Tuesday on...

September 9, 2010

It’s about time....

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT It’s about time.

(THE NEWS: NACDS, NCPA in joint statement praise CMS' move to withdraw provisions of AMP rule currently blocked by injunction. For the full story, click here)

September 8, 2010

Merck's supplemental drug applications for its atypical antipsychotic received approval from the Food and Drug...

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Merck's supplemental drug applications for its atypical antipsychotic received approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the drug maker said.

Saphris now is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults, as monotherapy for the acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults, and as adjunctive therapy with either lithium or valproate for the acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults, Merck said.

September 7, 2010

Whole Foods Market has implemented new responsible packaging guidelines for all of its more than...

September 1, 2010

The announcement by P&G that it is looking to further expand its Future Friendly platform...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT The announcement by P&G that it is looking to further expand its Future Friendly platform in 2011 to now target a reduction in packaging materials, as well as truck and fuel usage, is important on several different levels. Not only does the next phase of the program further solidify P&G's lead role as a consumer packaged goods company that is making a significant impact to better the environment, but, at the retailer level, P&G is expecting to see a boost in powder detergent sales.

August 30, 2010

Skin care brand Neutrogena's Wave for Change campaign, with the help of teens across America,...

August 26, 2010

Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Since the turn of the 21st century, community pharmacy and its technology allies have waged a long fight to shift the nation’s fractious healthcare system to a common communications and record-keeping platform via electronic prescribing and information technology. Those efforts -- led by such companies as Surescripts, the pharmacy industry-founded e-prescribing network -- have made progress.