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March 5, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has about 75% of its consumer brands back on shelf, Dominic Caruso, Johnson & Johnson VP finance and CFO, told attendees of the Cowen and Company Health Care Conference on Tuesday.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare has about 75% of its consumer brands back on shelf, Dominic Caruso, Johnson & Johnson VP finance and CFO, told attendees of the Cowen and Company Health Care Conference on Tuesday. 

"We are schedule to restore our reliable supply of products in the OTC marketplace," he said. "You should start seeing more Tylenol Children's advertising on TV. That's a good sign. It means we are confident that the products now are not only back on the shelves but they are back on the shelves in a reliable manner."

February 27, 2014

Ahold announced plans to significantly expand its Peapod presence in the U.S. market when announcing fourth-quarter results on Thursday.

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold announced plans to significantly expand its Peapod presence in the U.S. market when announcing fourth-quarter results on Thursday. "Peapod is expected to double its capacity in the U.S. in 2014," Dick Boer, Ahold CEO, told analysts. 

February 27, 2014

Nutrisystem will make a national retail launch in 2014, noted Dawn Zier, Nutrisystem president and CEO, during a conference call Wednesday.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Nutrisystem will make a national retail launch in 2014, noted Dawn Zier, Nutrisystem president and CEO, during a conference call Wednesday. The company already has distribution through 2,500 Walmart locations and will be introducing its weight loss kits into Target in the second quarter. 

February 24, 2014

Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,100 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, last week got the word out about its Champions of Care Challenge through the mommy blogger network in sponsored posts from the Niche Parent Network & Conference.

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,100 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, last week got the word out about its Champions of Care Challenge through the mommy blogger network in sponsored posts from the Niche Parent Network & Conference. 

February 23, 2014

O'Connor Companies' new product GoGargle! was named Best New Product last week at the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy meeting.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — O'Connor Companies' new product GoGargle! was named Best New Product last week at the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy meeting. GoGargle! is an effervescent salt gargle that soothes and moisturizes dry and irritated throats in a new way. 

February 21, 2014

Only one-third of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have gotten their flu shot this season, which is a contributing factor to why this year's flu activity has hit young adults particularly hard, according to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — Only one-third of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have gotten their flu shot this season, which is a contributing factor to why this year's flu activity has hit young adults particularly hard, according to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

February 20, 2014

How retail pharmacies invest in technology and harness the flood of patient and drug utilization data it generates will determine, in large part, the future of the profession and its relevance to a fast-changing health system seeking new cost-saving solutions and more effective approaches to patient care and disease prevention.

Where is pharmacy technology headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

February 18, 2014

“No one gets paid unless patients improve adherence.”

“No one gets paid unless patients improve adherence.”

That’s what Aaron McKethan, SVP of strategy and business development for RxAnte, had to say in a Jan. 13 article on Forbes.com, “A digital health acquisition to watch.” The story focused largely on RxAnte’s recent acquisition by Millennium Laboratories in December — which the author described as a “little-known, private equity-backed urine drug testing company” — and the technology it uses to improve patient adherence.

February 18, 2014

The one-time $100 million asthma-relief brand Primatene may make a comeback to the marketplace after a more than two-year hiatus.

The one-time $100 million asthma-relief brand Primatene may make a comeback to the marketplace after a more than two-year hiatus. Primatene Mist had been withdrawn from the market in December 2011 when the agency removed all inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons from the market.

February 18, 2014

The celebrity fragrance trend continues to live on, and among the latest entrants is singer and songwriter Enrique Iglesias.

NEW YORK — The celebrity fragrance trend continues to live on, and among the latest entrants is singer and songwriter Enrique Iglesias.

The artist has teamed up with Coty to develop his own line of signature fragrances, with the first fragrance slated to launch in the summer.

Coty Beauty president Renato Semerari noted that the partnership marks a great opportunity to expand in emerging markets, especially Brazil, which is the world’s largest fragrance market.

February 18, 2014

Coca-Cola is rolling out its Dasani Sparkling line, five naturally flavored, unsweetened and lightly carbonated waters.

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola is rolling out its Dasani Sparkling line, five naturally flavored, unsweetened and lightly carbonated waters. Dasani Sparkling is available in a 12-oz. 12-pack, and in 20-oz. and 1-liter PET PlantBottle sizes. The line marks the latest addition to the Dasani brand. Last year, the brand added flavored water enhancers, Dasani Drops.

February 18, 2014

Recent strategic business initiatives are granting wholesalers more generic drug purchasing power than ever before.

Recent strategic business initiatives are granting wholesalers more generic drug purchasing power than ever before.

Over the last few years, some major deals in the world of drug wholesaling have taken shape. While the business arrangements among the three top wholesalers differ slightly in terms of ownership, benefits and risks, one thing is for certain: all of the agreements will translate into growth opportunities for the companies involved and will help them improve their generic drug sourcing practices.

February 18, 2014

This year, ECRM celebrates 20 years of successfully pairing buyers and sellers across the consumer packaged goods industry.

This year, ECRM celebrates 20 years of successfully pairing buyers and sellers across the consumer packaged goods industry. As part of that celebration, and in correlation to the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy event, DSN editors thought it’d be a good idea to look back through the last 20 years of the cough-cold business at retail.

February 18, 2014

Canada Dry Ginger Ale has long been a staple in the flavored soft drink category.

PLANO, Texas — Canada Dry Ginger Ale has long been a staple in the flavored soft drink category. The brand, invented by a pharmacist in 1904, has seen an uptick in sales that Dr Pepper Snapple Group attributes to “the perceived healthfulness of ginger ale as a CSD flavor.” Sales were up 20% in the drug store channel last year, according to Nielsen.

February 18, 2014

Despite declining sales, three category trends — sparkling water, natural sodas and low-calorie sodas — are keeping some fizz in carbonated soft drinks.

Despite declining sales, three category trends — sparkling water, natural sodas and low-calorie sodas — are keeping some fizz in carbonated soft drinks. Mintel’s research shows that American consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell to the lowest level since 1996; increased prices kept the category level.

February 18, 2014

Now that most generics have declined in cost, plans will look for new ways to control health spend and ensure that generics are being used whenever possible.

Now that most generics have declined in cost, plans will look for new ways to control health spend and ensure that generics are being used whenever possible. Prescription drug spending is down, and generic drugs made up 77% of all 2012 prescriptions, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Could this generic utilization percentage go even higher as a result of recent healthcare legislation?

Medicaid is increasingly becoming a managed care program, and states are looking to entities like pharmacy benefit managers to help them manage their drug spend.

February 18, 2014

From 2012 to 2017, global spending on medicines will increase from $205 billion to $235 billion, according to IMS Health. By 2017, 36% of the spend will be on generics, a number that is 9% more than the percentage in 2013.

From 2012 to 2017, global spending on medicines will increase from $205 billion to $235 billion, according to IMS Health. By 2017, 36% of the spend will be on generics, a number that is 9% more than the percentage in 2013.

As a result of the patent cliff, generic drug manufacturers have thrived while branded pharmaceutical manufacturers have suffered. Branded pharmaceutical manufacturers are expected to suffer even more in the coming years, as many more important patents will lose exclusivity.

February 18, 2014

Is the smell of money in the air for the fragrance market? Perhaps.

Is the smell of money in the air for the fragrance market? Perhaps.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

February 18, 2014

The federal agency in charge of Medicare is pushing for a major overhaul of its Medicare Part D drug benefit program for seniors.

The federal agency in charge of Medicare is pushing for a major overhaul of its Medicare Part D drug benefit program for seniors. Those changes, if adopted, could help level the competitive playing field for pharmacy retailers in Part D plan networks, reduce competitive advantages for preferred pharmacy networks and mail-order pharmacies, and put a tighter squeeze on pharmacy benefit managers.

Thus, the proposals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2015 federal fiscal year could spell big changes for retail pharmacies. Among the most far-reaching are:

February 18, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser this season extended its line of popular Mucinex Fast-Max to include a product for nighttime cold and flu relief in both liquid and tablet form.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser this season extended its line of popular Mucinex Fast-Max to include a product for nighttime cold and flu relief in both liquid and tablet form.

According to the company, nighttime relief is a $600 million market in the United States, and Mucinex Fast-Max is differentiated from its competitors because it contains an active ingredient for nasal decongestion.

February 18, 2014

Well-known fashion brand Perry Ellis shipped in August a new namesake fragrance for men — Perry Ellis.

DORAL, Fla. — Well-known fashion brand Perry Ellis shipped in August a new namesake fragrance for men — Perry Ellis.

Playful and enticing, the brand’s new flagship fragrance is housed in a bottle inspired by the signature Perry Ellis “dot.” The dot is designed to evoke the heritage of the brand while lending a playful attitude.

February 18, 2014

To put it in Facebook terms, the pharmaceutical industry by and large has yet to friend American consumers.

To put it in Facebook terms, the pharmaceutical industry by and large has yet to friend American consumers.

A new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics concludes that fewer than half of the top 50 global pharmaceutical manufacturers “have some level of healthcare social media engagement.” This, despite the fact that “increasingly, patients are turning to social media as an essential forum for obtaining and sharing information related to their health,” noted Murray Aitken, the institute’s executive director.

February 18, 2014

Where is pharmacy automation headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

Where is pharmacy automation headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

February 18, 2014

Prevention. That’s currently one of the predominant themes in cough-cold.

Prevention. That’s currently one of the predominant themes in cough-cold. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times. With the economy still undergoing a slow recovery, 90% of workers recently reported they would opt to report to work sick vs. calling out, according to the fourth annual Flu Season Survey from Staples.

February 18, 2014

Another nighttime remedy that historically has performed well is Procter & Gamble’s combo pack of Vicks Nyquil and Vicks Dayquil.

NEW YORK — Another nighttime remedy that historically has performed well is Procter & Gamble’s combo pack of Vicks Nyquil and Vicks Dayquil. Sales of the combo liquids were up 94.2% to $39 million, and sales of its tablet combo pack were up 16% to $45.7 million. Vicks combination packs may soon get another lift from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia, of which P&G is one of the corporate sponsors. The Vicks Nyquil/Dayquil brands tapped U.S. Alpine skier Ted Ligety as a spokesman this season.