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March 1, 2012

Target reported a 7% same-store sales increase in February that shattered the company’s guidance for a 4% gain, thanks to unseasonably warm weather, which boosted shopper traffic and transaction sizes.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reported a 7% same-store sales increase in February that shattered the company’s guidance for a 4% gain, thanks to unseasonably warm weather, which boosted shopper traffic and transaction sizes.

The sales increases was well above the company’s expectations, which prompted chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel to say, “We’re very pleased with the pace of our sales since the holiday season, though we continue to plan for a first quarter comparable-store sales increase of around 4%.”

March 1, 2012

Nestlé Nutrition has promoted Steve Goodyear to VP retail sales for Nestlé Nutrition's U.S. division.

NEW YORK — Nestlé Nutrition has promoted Steve Goodyear to VP retail sales for Nestlé Nutrition's U.S. division.

Goodyear is responsible for leading the U.S. retail sales team that oversees the Nestlé Nutrition product portfolio, including Gerber baby products, PowerBar sports nutrition products, Boost nutritional drinks and Carnation Breakfast Essentials complete nutritional drink. In this leadership position, he will create the vision and establish the strategy for the retail sales organization for Nestlé Nutrition in the United States.

March 1, 2012

An investigational diabetes therapy made by Takeda helped lower HbA1C levels among patients with Type 2 diabetes, the drug maker said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — An investigational diabetes therapy made by Takeda helped lower HbA1C levels among patients with Type 2 diabetes, the drug maker said.

March 1, 2012

UnitedHealth Group is looking to evaluate the effectiveness of using video-on-demand programming to deliver its Diabetes Prevention Program.

PHILADELPHIA — UnitedHealth Group is looking to evaluate the effectiveness of using video-on-demand programming to deliver its Diabetes Prevention Program.

The insurance company has tapped Comcast to find participants for the study, which will be test marketed in Philadelphia, and Knoxville, Tenn. Enrollment began on Feb. 13; the first VOD programming will be available Feb. 27.

March 1, 2012

Walgreens and AARP are expanding their relationship with a new retail drug store program that will provide AARP members with exclusive offers and rewards, and includes member and community outreach to promote health and wellness.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and AARP are expanding their relationship with a new retail drug store program that will provide AARP members with exclusive offers and rewards, and includes member and community outreach to promote health and wellness.

The program will run for three years and builds on an already-established relationship between the two, which have collaborated on several initiatives since 2006.

February 29, 2012

Aroma Naturals, a maker of all-natural candles, is launching a new skin care line comprised of beauty oils, body oils and body butters.

CERRITOS, Calif. — Aroma Naturals, a maker of all-natural candles, is launching a new skin care line comprised of beauty oils, body oils and body butters.

The new beauty oils come in three aromas: Orange honey blossom, Lavender passion flower, and superfruit passion fruit.

The body oils come in three different aromas: Tea tree eucalyptus, coconut and vanilla blossom, and menthol icy hot herbs. Each oil also serves to help ease difficulties with various physical ailments, such as breathing problems and sore muscles.

February 29, 2012

Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food announced plans to open eight additional stores in New Jersey.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food announced plans to open eight additional stores in New Jersey.

The first two stores will open Friday in Trenton and Cinnaminson, followed by openings in Bordentown, Edgewater, Bellmawr, Woodbury, Mt. Holly and East Windsor throughout 2012 and 2013. Bottom Dollar Food currently operates five stores in the state.

February 29, 2012

Budweiser is letting consumers trace the origins of its beer to one of the company's 12 U.S. breweries through a new digital campaign that is integrated with Budweiser beer packaging.

ST. LOUIS — Budweiser is letting consumers trace the origins of its beer to one of the company's 12 U.S. breweries through a new digital campaign that is integrated with Budweiser beer packaging.

February 29, 2012

Health and beauty aid company CCA Industries announced on Wednesday that it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss and saw a boost in revenues as it celebrated the launch during the quarter of its new Nutra Nail Gel Perfect UV Free gel nail color brand.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Health and beauty aid company CCA Industries announced on Wednesday that it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss and saw a boost in revenues as it celebrated the launch during the quarter of its new Nutra Nail Gel Perfect UV Free gel nail color brand.

Revenues for the quarter ended Nov. 30 totaled $11.8 million, compared with $10.2 million in the year-ago period. Net loss during the quarter was $3,433, compared with a loss of $697,500 for the fourth quarter 2010.

February 29, 2012

Costco is off to a good start in 2012, with high increases in second-quarter sales and earnings.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco is off to a good start in 2012, with high increases in second-quarter sales and earnings.

The company reported that net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 10% to $22.5 billion, from $20.5 billion last year. Total comparable-store sales for the quarter increased 8%, consisting of an 8% increase at both U.S. and international clubs. Excluding the impact of fuel, comparable-store sales were up 7%, consisting of a 7% increase at U.S. clubs and a 10% increase at international clubs.

February 29, 2012

Accordant Health Services, a CVS Caremark company, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research on Wednesday announced a collaboration to provide to patients with Parkinson's disease who are enrolled in Accordant-sponsored care management programs information about resources available through the foundation.

WOONSOCKET, R.I., and NEW YORK  — Accordant Health Services, a CVS Caremark company, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research on Wednesday announced a collaboration to provide to patients with Parkinson's disease who are enrolled in Accordant-sponsored care management programs information about resources available through the foundation.

February 29, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two separate dosing innovations for multiple sclerosis patients that are being treated with a Biogen Idec drug.

WESTON, Mass. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved two separate dosing innovations for multiple sclerosis patients that are being treated with a Biogen Idec drug.

Biogen Idec said the FDA approved Avonex pen, the first single-use, once-weekly intramuscular autoinjector approved for MS, and a dose titration regimen, which gradually escalates the dose of Avonex at treatment initiation. The drug maker said the new offerings are designed to improve the treatment experience.

February 29, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for epilepsy made by Hi-Tech Pharmacal, the drug maker said Wednesday.

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for epilepsy made by Hi-Tech Pharmacal, the drug maker said Wednesday.

Hi-Tech announced the approval of levetiracetam oral solution in the 100 mg-per-milliliter strength. The drug is a generic version of UCB Pharma's Keppra oral solution and is used to treat partial onset seizures in people ages 16 years and older.

Various versions of the drug had sales of $62 million in 2011, according to IMS Health. Hi-Tech said it plans to launch the drug in May.

February 29, 2012

A federal district court has turned down a request by Cardinal Health for an injunction against the Drug Enforcement Administration's suspension of the company's license to ship painkiller drugs from one of its distribution centers, the company said Wednesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal court has turned down Cardinal Health's request for an injunction against the Drug Enforcement Administration's suspension of the its ability to ship controlled medications from one of its distribution centers, the company said Wednesday.

Reggie Walton, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled against Cardinal's request to enjoin the DEA from preventing the company from shipping controlled substances from the distribution center, in Lakeland, Fla.

February 29, 2012

Driving innovation in the year ahead is beauty that’s “plugged in” and encompasses electricity and energy, according to Mintel Beauty and Personal Care, which also predicted that packaging will reflect the increase in interactivity between virtual and real worlds, making greater use of sound, video and QR codes. Enter Kinetique.

CHICAGO — Driving innovation in the year ahead is beauty that’s “plugged in” and encompasses electricity and energy, according to Mintel Beauty and Personal Care, which also predicted that packaging will reflect the increase in interactivity between virtual and real worlds, making greater use of sound, video and QR codes. Enter Kinetique.

February 29, 2012

Murad, whose products are sold at salons, spas, Sephora and Ulta, is bringing to market in March its new Time Release retinol concentrate for deep wrinkles, featuring new technology that is designed to control the release of retinol over time for maximum performance while improving the stability and efficacy of the product.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Murad, whose products are sold at salons, spas, Sephora and Ulta, is bringing to market in March its new Time Release retinol concentrate for deep wrinkles, featuring new technology that is designed to control the release of retinol over time for maximum performance while improving the stability and efficacy of the product.

February 29, 2012

Mylan has launched a generic drug for treating depression and anxiety, the company said Wednesday.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has launched a generic drug for treating depression and anxiety, the company said Wednesday.

Mylan announced the launch of escitalopram tablets in the 5-mg, 10-mg and 20-mg strengths, the first generic version of Forest Labs' Lexapro. The drug is used for treating major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

February 29, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday expressed support for H.R. 4095, “The Online Pharmacy Safety Act,” which the organization said will help consumers protect themselves against the growing threat of illegitimate online drug sellers.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday expressed support for H.R. 4095, “The Online Pharmacy Safety Act,” which the organization said will help consumers protect themselves against the growing threat of illegitimate online drug sellers.

NACDS sent a letter in support of the bill to its sponsors, Reps. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Mike Ross, D-Ark. 

The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a public registry of law-abiding online pharmacy websites for consumer use.

February 29, 2012

The National Psoriasis Foundation has introduced a Seal of Recognition that will be touted on select products that dermatology experts deem effective in relieving disease symptoms.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The National Psoriasis Foundation has introduced a Seal of Recognition that will be touted on select products that dermatology experts deem effective in relieving disease symptoms.

February 29, 2012

The National Community Pharmacists Association last week sent a follow-up letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking the agency to revisit a decision last month that effectively requires some pharmacies to pay duplicative fee-for-service Medicare enrollment/revalidation fees, according to the association.

WASHINGTON — The National Community Pharmacists Association last week sent a follow-up letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking the agency to revisit a decision last month that effectively requires some pharmacies to pay duplicative fee-for-service Medicare enrollment/revalidation fees, according to the association.

February 29, 2012

Church & Dwight has bolstered its OxiClean brand to include a first-of-its-kind dishwashing booster.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Church & Dwight has bolstered its OxiClean brand to include a first-of-its-kind dishwashing booster.

OxiClean dishwashing booster features a unique multi-action formula that is designed to remove cloudy film, food particles, spots and streaks that detergent alone can leave behind. Church & Dwight said the product was designed as a result of a new requirement for dishwasher detergents to be free of phosphates. The company also noted that phosphate-free detergents may leave behind a cloudy film that can build up over time.

February 29, 2012

Publix will open an expanded access, full-service retail pharmacy at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., on July 2.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix will open an expanded access, full-service retail pharmacy at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., on July 2.

Currently, Moffitt's retail pharmacy offers specialized convenience to patients treated at Moffitt on an outpatient basis, Moffitt employees and their dependents, and other cancer center visitors, Moffitt said. The Publix pharmacy at Moffitt will continue to provide excellent customer service to patients and will be able to expand services including:

February 29, 2012

Quaker Oats is expanding its Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal to include a new flavor.

CHICAGO — Quaker Oats is expanding its Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal to include a new flavor.

The brand said the new honey nut flavor joins the roster of brown sugar, cinnamon and golden maple varieties.

As part of the launch, Quaker Oats is promoting the new flavor on the Quaker Oatmeal Squares Facebook page and encourages users to "like" the page to receive a free sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares' newest flavor and can help up to 10 friends earn a free sample of the brown sugar variety.

February 29, 2012

Sabona of London has expanded its line of jewelry to include a leather magnetic necklace.

SIKESTON, Mo. — Sabona of London has expanded its line of jewelry to include a leather magnetic necklace.

The necklace features a braided leather cord, available in brown or black, and holds four 1200 -gauss magnets in polished stainless steel accents. In addition to the necklace, the company also is rolling out several new bracelets, including:

  • Imperial men's magnetic bracelet, featuring brushed and polished stainless steel;

  • Greek Key men's stainless magnetic bracelet, showcasing the seamless Greek Key design;

February 29, 2012

Hormel Foods has introduced a spokescharacter for its Spam brand.

AUSTIN, Minn. — Hormel Foods has introduced a spokescharacter for its Spam brand.

Sir Can-A-Lot, a 2.5-in. tall knight "provides an engaging presence that highlights the playful and down-to-earth personality that makes the Spam brand both unique and timeless," Spam product manager Nicole Behne said. "The campaign features him ridding not only mealtimes of boredom, but also helping consumers 'break the monotony.'"