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May 17, 2013

With a little more than three months to go before the start of the first NACDS Total Store Expo show, which replaces its Marketplace, Pharmacy and Technology, and Supply Chain conferences, DSNTV caught up with the NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson to talk about the biggest challenges facing the industry as the association celebrates its 80th anniversary.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — This is going to be a big year for community pharmacy as the nation counts down to full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014. And the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is committed to helping its members navigate a regulatory process for what is still a “very complicated and still uncertain piece of legislation,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson told DSNTV in an exclusive interview in April at Annual Meeting in Palm Beach.

April 21, 2014

ABC News will be hosting a live twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat.

NEW YORK — ABC News will be hosting a live Twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat. ABC plans to cover a range of topics related to pain management, including chronic pain and palliative care.

To join in on the conversation, click here

April 21, 2014

This year is bound to be interesting for beauty as the industry is likely to see an increased focus on innovation, blurring of the lines and multi-functionality — a 2014 trend research firm Mintel has coined as “mixologiste.”

This year is bound to be interesting for beauty as the industry is likely to see an increased focus on innovation, blurring of the lines and multi-functionality — a 2014 trend research firm Mintel has coined as “mixologiste.” Yes, these trends have been playing out for some time within the beauty space, but the momentum looks to be gaining a bit more steam.

April 21, 2014

Women’s love affair with lip color is still going strong as the segment continues to enjoy an upswing in sales and an onslaught of new products.

Women’s love affair with lip color is still going strong as the segment continues to enjoy an upswing in sales and an onslaught of new products.

Taking its cue from fashion runways and keeping in line with the nail color trend, lip color remains on the upswing. And those lipsticks that tout moisturizing benefits and long wear are proving to be especially popular.

April 21, 2014

Healthy snacks had tremendous growth in 2013.

Healthy snacks had tremendous growth in 2013. Consumers consistently show a willingness to choose healthier options in the snack aisle, and retailers have responded by including even more healthy options on their store shelves. “A full 48% of consumers said they are willing to pay more for healthier options. That’s an increase of 11 points over the number who said that last year,” said Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive and practice leader of client insights at IRI.

April 21, 2014

Walgreens is on a mission to go big in beauty.

Walgreens is on a mission to go big in beauty. With a robust army of 26,000 beauty advisers, in-store Look Boutiques and the Boots No7 line rolling out to more stores, Walgreens is well on its way. Now that effort has shifted into high gear as the retailer debuted in March an exclusive beauty publication called Discover Beauty Within.

April 21, 2014

Women are making a statement — with their eyes.

Women are making a statement — with their eyes.

It has long been said that the eyes have it, but beauty mavens are increasingly embracing eye-defining makeup for some serious sex appeal.

The trend is playing out in the prestige beauty market, as the NPD Group reported earlier this year that sales of prestige eye makeup grew 9% in the United States to $1.1 billion for the 12 months ended December 2013.

April 21, 2014

“Why do we always have to be so damn serious; why can’t we have a little fun once in a while?”

“Why do we always have to be so damn serious; why can’t we have a little fun once in a while?”

That’s what Roger Friedman, the owner of our company, has been asking me a lot lately. And he’s right. People who have fun doing what they do for a living tend to be more engaged in their work, and it shows up in the results of the operation. These companies tend to lead their competitors in areas like employee retention, customer loyalty and profitability.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the beauty and personal care category.

L’Oréal thinks outside the retail box with intelligent vending machine

L’Oréal Paris thought outside of the box — the retail box — when it unveiled its L’Oréal Paris Intelligent Color Experience.

Just before the 2013 holiday season, the beauty brand sparked quite a buzz when it launched the first ever intelligent vending experience in the New York City subway system.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the consumables category.

Shifting to ciders

NEW YORK — Anheuser-Busch has introduced a new cider, Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider. The cider is the first wholly new brand from Anheuser-Busch in eight years. The cider category is red hot right now. And with an ABV of 5.5% and made with apple juice sourced from apples in the United States and fine orchards around the globe, this cider is the latest entry in an active category.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the OTC category.

Interactive Nasacort display informs and engages

With Chattem’s launch of Nasacort Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray, CVS/pharmacy had an interactive shelf display that gives a whole new meaning to the term “shelf talker.”

With the press of a button, CVS shoppers had the opportunity to watch a brief tutorial on what Nasacort was about and why they should consider Nasacort as their allergy remedy of choice.

April 21, 2014

For baby, Hyland’s launched its Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup.

LOS ANGELES — For baby, Hyland’s launched its Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup. The remedy naturally relieves common cold symptoms, especially at night, including runny nose, congestion and occasional sleeplessness in babies as young as 6 months.

April 21, 2014

Premium positioning and design are a pair of driving factors contributing to the success of lip care, which generated $650.4 million in overall sales, up 15.8%, for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

Premium positioning and design are a pair of driving factors contributing to the success of lip care, which generated $650.4 million in overall sales, up 15.8%, for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. Case in point is EOS, which revolutionized the lip balm category with new delivery formats. EOS’ overall brand family of products generated $85.5 million in sales, up 125.2%, and commanded a 13.1% dollar share of the category.

April 21, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare recently introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare recently introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet. Delivering the same effective 24-hour relief, Zyrtec Dissolve Tabs contains 10 mg of citrus-flavored cetirizine that melts in the mouth.

April 21, 2014

Nail polish remains a shining star within the nail segment as beauty mavens continue to show their love for bold, creative looks that express their individual style.

Nail polish remains a shining star within the nail segment as beauty mavens continue to show their love for bold, creative looks that express their individual style.

According to IRI, sales of nail polish rose about 5% for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 at total U.S. multi-outlets.

Such innovative formulas as DIY gel manicures, fashion runway trends and the growing array of apps that enable fashionistas to share, track and manage manicures have helped boost sales of nail lacquer.

April 21, 2014

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands.

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands. Given this, it is critical that manufacturers and retailers utilize analysis and insights to maximize opportunities for growth and anticipate an increasingly dynamic marketplace. There are clear trends emerging across many segments, with a strong store-brand presence.

April 21, 2014

Pfizer recently launched Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough + Congestion DM, a new liquid-filled capsule that helps control cough on the go.

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer recently launched Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough + Congestion DM, a new liquid-filled capsule that helps control cough on the go. The new capsule formulation contains 10 mg of dextromethorphan as a cough suppressant and 200 mg of guaifenesin as an expectorant. For adults and children older than 12 years, the new formulation will help temporarily relieve cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation, and help loosen phlegm and thin bronchial secretions to drain bronchial tubes.

April 21, 2014

The 2013-2014 cough-cold season has been characterized as a moderate season with $7.5 billion in sales across total U.S. multi-outlet channels for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26, according to IRI.

The 2013-2014 cough-cold season has been characterized as a moderate season with $7.5 billion in sales across total U.S. multi-outlet channels for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26, according to IRI. Like last year, the season peaked around the New Year with a 4.6% incidence of influenza-like illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, above the national baseline of 2%. But the 2012-2013 season peaked at an almost 6% rate of ILI.

April 21, 2014

By adding complementary specialty medication offerings to their generic drug businesses, manufacturers can add instant value and counteract the margin compression that is currently occurring as a result of high generic drug utilization.

By adding complementary specialty medication offerings to their generic drug businesses, manufacturers can add instant value and counteract the margin compression that is currently occurring as a result of high generic drug utilization.

April 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets. 

The proposed OTC use is "temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: Nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itching of the nose.” The applicant proposes to label the product for OTC use in adults 18 years and older. 

April 7, 2014

Briggs Healthcare, a supplier to the hospital, pharmaceutical/DME and retail markets for 65 years, on Monday announced it is aligning its brands under the HealthSmart name as of summer 2014.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Briggs Healthcare, a supplier to the hospital, pharmaceutical/DME and retail markets for 65 years, on Monday announced it is aligning its brands under the HealthSmart name as of summer 2014. The brand will be supported by a new website for wholesale and retail customers and, in collaboration with its retail partners, new packaging. Following the announcement, more than 1,000 products will be rebranded as HealthSmart. 

March 28, 2014

Fred's Super Dollar will be exiting a number of front-end categories — including footwear, televisions/home theater and select home furnishings — in an effort to expand seasonal, health, beauty, pharmacy and OTC, in line with reconfiguration plan strategies, Fred's CFO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar will be exiting a number of front-end categories — including footwear, televisions/home theater and select home furnishings — in an effort to expand seasonal, health, beauty, pharmacy and OTC, in line with reconfiguration plan strategies, Fred's CFO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday. 

March 26, 2014

Antibiotics are often inappropriately prescribed for adults with acute bronchitis. Clinical guidelines for treating adults with no co-morbidity do not indicate treatment with antibiotics.

Antibiotics are often inappropriately prescribed for adults with acute bronchitis. Clinical guidelines for treating adults with no co-morbidity do not indicate treatment with antibiotics. 

Acute bronchitis consistently ranks among the top 10 conditions diagnosed in the retail health setting. Most cases of bronchitis have a viral etiology — respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, influenza and parainfluenza being most common.  

March 26, 2014

Early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, increasingly is the target of drug development efforts, but there are very few tools that measure the cognitive function of patients with the condition before the onset of dementia. Experts have concluded that it is best to treat patients prior to changes in cognition, before the symptoms of neurodegeneration appear. As a result, scientists have turned to biomarkers to provide some indication of whether AD is likely to develop.

Early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, increasingly is the target of drug development efforts, but there are very few tools that measure the cognitive function of patients with the condition before the onset of dementia. Experts have concluded that it is best to treat patients prior to changes in cognition, before the symptoms of neurodegeneration appear. As a result, scientists have turned to biomarkers to provide some indication of whether AD is likely to develop.

March 26, 2014

Recent measles outbreaks in New York City and California have many healthcare professionals concerned for their patients. According to the Center for Disease Control, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, with only an average of 60 cases of measles reported each year. But in 2013, that number increased to 189 cases.

Recent measles outbreaks in New York City and California have many healthcare professionals concerned for their patients. According to the Center for Disease Control, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, with only an average of 60 cases of measles reported each year. But in 2013, that number increased to 189 cases. Many of the instances are occurring in areas with populations of unvaccinated children, which are the suspected result of anti-vaccination beliefs.