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January 9, 2014

Administering high-touch, expensive and complex medications to patients intravenously in their homes — or in a setting other than a hospital — is essentially a large-scale bid to “reduce costs by transferring non-self-administered drugs to the most cost-effective and clinically appropriate site of care,” said pharmacist Michael Einodshofer, senior director of specialty strategy and innovation at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

Administering high-touch, expensive and complex medications to patients intravenously in their homes — or in a setting other than a hospital — is essentially a large-scale bid to “reduce costs by transferring non-self-administered drugs to the most cost-effective and clinically appropriate site of care,” said pharmacist Michael Einodshofer, senior director of specialty strategy and innovation at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

January 9, 2014

Natrol is launching a new line of chewable and gummy multivitamins for children under a license that will better resonate with today’s tablet-toting mom — Angry Birds.

LOS ANGELES — Natrol is launching a new line of chewable and gummy multivitamins for children under a license that will better resonate with today’s tablet-toting mom — Angry Birds.               

January 9, 2014

Anyone following the Kardashians would know what’s old is new again.

DENVER — Anyone following the Kardashians would know what’s old is new again. Star Kim Kardashian credits her recent 50-lb. post-baby weight loss to the Atkins diet. Consumers have been picking back up on the low-carb craze for a while now. Sales of Atkins Advantage bars are up 23.3% to $122.1 million, and Atkins Advantage shakes are up 19.7% to $97.4 million for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2013, according to IRI across total U.S. multi-outlets.

January 9, 2014

Intensive Recovery Beauty Oil by Lumene, which is part of the brand’s Complete Rewind collection, aims to battle the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone with essential fatty acids (e.g., omega-3, 6, 7 and 9) and vitamins from antioxidant-rich Arctic sea buckthorn.

ESPOO, Finland — Intensive Recovery Beauty Oil by Lumene, which is part of the brand’s Complete Rewind collection, aims to battle the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone with essential fatty acids (e.g., omega-3, 6, 7 and 9) and vitamins from antioxidant-rich Arctic sea buckthorn.

January 9, 2014

Bio-Oil, which hails from South Africa, has become a cult skin care product, thanks in large part to one special ingredient — PurCellin oil.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Bio-Oil, which hails from South Africa, has become a cult skin care product, thanks in large part to one special ingredient — PurCellin oil. The breakthrough ingredient changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. And, with a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base, Bio-Oil helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

January 9, 2014

As a brand that got into the business on the ground floor, blu is positioned to continue its role as a major player in the electronic cigarette category.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — As a brand that got into the business on the ground floor, blu is positioned to continue its role as a major player in the electronic cigarette category. “The electronic cigarette category is seeing a rapid growth in awareness, trial and usage among adult smokers,” said blu eCigs president Jim Raporte. “As consumer awareness and product trial continue to grow, blu eCigs expects to maintain its market leadership position and contribute to the responsible development of the product.”

January 9, 2014

On a journey to bring fun and innovation to the hair accessories segment is TonyTail, which has more than 300 hair accessories and aims to add new products about every six months.

RAMON, Calif. — On a journey to bring fun and innovation to the hair accessories segment is TonyTail, which has more than 300 hair accessories and aims to add new products about every six months.

Products include its Mane Stain temporary hair color, which is simply brushed onto dry hair with an applicator; Clip-n-Dipped Ends, which are color-blended, faux-hair extensions; and iron-on jewels to add sparkle to hair.

January 9, 2014

Soho Flordis is in the process of launching Calorease, a dietary supplement that helps bind to the fat in foods and reduce caloric intake up to 500 calories a day.

TORONTO — Soho Flordis is in the process of launching Calorease, a dietary supplement that helps bind to the fat in foods and reduce caloric intake up to 500 calories a day. One of the differentiators setting this diet aid apart from other supplements is the active ingredient — FBCx (α-cyclodextrin), a stimulant-free, heart-healthy fiber. FBCx binds up to nine times its weight in fat from food, safely removing it from the body before it can be absorbed.

January 9, 2014

Sales of vitamins and minerals represent a $6.5 billion book of business that’s growing at a 5.2% clip across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2013, according to IRI.

Sales of vitamins and minerals represent a $6.5 billion book of business that’s growing at a 5.2% clip across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2013, according to IRI.

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

January 9, 2014

The electronic cigarette category is booming.

The electronic cigarette category is booming. Smokers continue to migrate to the devices, and improved technology and lower price points are fueling sales. Manufacturers say that customized tobacco flavors will propel sales going forward.

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

January 9, 2014

A deal announced last month between CVS Caremark and Cardinal Health created a joint venture that the companies said would be the largest generic drug sourcing entity in the United States.

A deal announced last month between CVS Caremark and Cardinal Health created a joint venture that the companies said would be the largest generic drug sourcing entity in the United States.

Each company will have a 50% stake in the joint venture, contributing its respective sourcing and supply chain expertise. The deal also included an extension of Cardinal Health’s existing pharmaceutical distribution agreement with CVS Caremark through June 2019.

January 9, 2014

Television personality Dr. Oz may have become the Oprah of the diet-aid category with a recommendation made on one of his programs that users try raspberry ketone for weight loss.

Television personality Dr. Oz may have become the Oprah of the diet-aid category with a recommendation made on one of his programs that users try raspberry ketone for weight loss.

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

January 9, 2014

Seductive red. Shiny. Matte. Regardless of what lip color you fancy, the bottom line is that lip color is hot — red hot.

Bright orange. Seductive red. Shiny. Matte. Regardless of what lip color you fancy, the bottom line is that lip color is hot — red hot.

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

January 9, 2014

Nivea Kiss of Care & Color combines trusted Nivea moisture benefits with sheer color to deliver beautifully smooth lips.

NEW YORK — Nivea Kiss of Care & Color combines trusted Nivea moisture benefits with sheer color to deliver beautifully smooth lips. Exclusive Nivea Moisture Core Technology is wrapped in a shell of color to make chapped lips and flaky lip color a thing of the past.   

Available in five different shades, it is formulated with shea butter and pro-vitamin B-5-fortified.

Nivea Kiss of Care & Color will be available for $4.99 nationwide and at select online retailers in January.

January 9, 2014

The Winning Combination this summer launched Vitamints, a vitamin and mint combination that helps consumers meet their recommended dietary intakes and freshen breath at the same time.

NEW YORK — The Winning Combination this summer launched Vitamints, a vitamin and mint combination that helps consumers meet their recommended dietary intakes and freshen breath at the same time. One tablet taken four times daily helps provide the recommended daily allowance of several vitamins and minerals. Vitamints are available in five varieties, including immunity health, energy, calm, focus and a multi for women.

January 9, 2014

Fueled by the opening of new distribution channels, an enhanced focused on new natural ingredients and greater consumer interest, the natural personal care market continues to see strong global growth.

Fueled by the opening of new distribution channels, an enhanced focused on new natural ingredients and greater consumer interest, the natural personal care market continues to see strong global growth.

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

January 9, 2014

Rather than take vacation for Christmas and New Year’s, the editors of DSN worked to compile a list of the top 10 trends that will shake up the business in 2014.

Rather than take vacation for Christmas and New Year’s, the editors of DSN worked to compile a list of the top 10 trends that will shake up the business in 2014.

Clinics explode onto scene

Keep a close eye on retail-based health clinics come 2014.

The convenient care industry has come far since hitting the scene in 2000 and today — with nearly 1,500 clinics nationwide — they are proving their importance within the changing healthcare landscape.

January 9, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline recently tapped Emmy-nominated choreographer, “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas to headline the company’s Blueprint to Quit smoking-cessation program.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline recently tapped Emmy-nominated choreographer, “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas to headline the company’s Blueprint to Quit smoking-cessation program. The star has been smoke-free for more than six months thanks to the comprehensive, two-part quit-smoking Blueprint to Quit resource available exclusively at Walmart.

January 9, 2014

International Vapor Group has launched a new, refillable electronic cigarette system under its flagship South Beach Smoke brand.

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. — International Vapor Group has launched a new, refillable electronic cigarette system under its flagship South Beach Smoke brand. IVG designed its new AIR personal vaporizer using a new tank system concept so the product fits in the palm of the user’s hand.

January 9, 2014

Want to flaunt the results of your at-home mani?

NEW YORK — Want to flaunt the results of your at-home mani?

Mani Diaries is a free iPhone app that allows users to track, manage and share their manicures and pedicures. It is basically social media for nails.

January 9, 2014

Women are increasingly feeling empowered to achieve “go-natural” looks or salon-level results on their own, and as more beauty mavens embrace DIY styling, brands are responding with innovation.

Women are increasingly feeling empowered to achieve “go-natural” looks or salon-level results on their own, and as more beauty mavens embrace DIY styling, brands are responding with innovation.

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

January 9, 2014

Expect 2014 to be an interesting year for beauty as the category continues to see increased innovation, blurring of the lines and cross-pollination.

Expect 2014 to be an interesting year for beauty as the category continues to see increased innovation, blurring of the lines and cross-pollination.

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

What does that mean? Perhaps research firm Mintel summed it up best by coining it a year of the “mixologiste.”

January 9, 2014

No bleeding or feathering! That’s just one of the great things about the new City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color by N.Y.C. New York Color.

NEW YORK — No bleeding or feathering! That’s just one of the great things about the new City Proof  Twistable Intense Lip Color by N.Y.C. New York Color.   

Packaged in a twistable chubby stick, this lip color is highly pigmented and will outline lips without bleeding or feathering. It is available in twelve shades and promises to last for up to five hours.

These products will be available on retail shelves in March and will retail for $2.99 each.

January 9, 2014

A confluence of healthcare trends has expanded a lucrative, if challenging, opportunity for pharmacies able to invest in its potential.

A confluence of healthcare trends has expanded a lucrative, if challenging, opportunity for pharmacies able to invest in its potential.

January 9, 2014

The gummy delivery form of vitamins is the single-largest source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 29% rate of growth, which translates to $125 million in annualized sales growth.

The gummy delivery form of vitamins is the single-largest source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 29% rate of growth, which translates to $125 million in annualized sales growth.

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