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February 29, 2012

Supervalu announced the launch of a custom-built mobile application designed to give customers the tools they need to be efficient while shopping at its stores.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu announced the launch of a custom-built mobile application designed to give customers the tools they need to be efficient while shopping at its stores.

February 29, 2012

TheraBiogen is continuing to promote its Thera Max Cold and Flu product through an ongoing social media campaign.

NEW YORK — TheraBiogen is continuing to promote its Thera Max Cold and Flu product through an ongoing social media campaign.

The campaign, which was launched on a billboard in New York's Times Square, also is supported with testimonals that are housed on the brand's YouTube channel, which have received more than 40,000 views to date, the company said. What's more, TheraBiogen CEO Kelly Hickel has embarked on a radio media tour to promote the homeopathic product as well.

February 29, 2012

Pharmacists should see significant growth over the next decade, making the profession one of the top jobs for 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine.

NEW YORK — Pharmacists should see significant growth over the next decade, making the profession one of the top jobs for 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine.

February 29, 2012

Hair care company Boca Cosmetics Group has announced that its Zelo keratin hair straightening kit and hair gloss now are available at Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

MIAMI — Hair care company Boca Cosmetics Group has announced that its Zelo keratin hair straightening kit and hair gloss now are available at Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

The Zelo's Duo Keratin kit contains no formaldehydes. The one-application treatment with Zelo promises to last up to 12 weeks, depending on hair texture, and retails for $49.99.

In addition to Zelo's Duo Keratin kit, Navarro also carries Zelo’s Velvet hair gloss. The anti-frizz gloss is priced at $19.99.
 

February 28, 2012

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Searchlight are bringing home one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD.

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Searchlight are bringing home one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year to Blu-ray combo pack and DVD.

February 28, 2012

About $290 billion a year. That’s what Americans’ rampant nonadherence to their prescription medication therapy is costing the country each year in medical bills and lost work, according to national estimates. So getting patients to stick with their drug regimens is a huge challenge, not only for pharmacists in all practice settings, but for the entire healthcare provider network and the U.S. economy.

About $290 billion a year. That’s what Americans’ rampant nonadherence to their prescription medication therapy is costing the country each year in medical bills and lost work, according to national estimates. So getting patients to stick with their drug regimens is a huge challenge, not only for pharmacists in all practice settings, but for the entire healthcare provider network and the U.S. economy.

February 28, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced it will hold a public hearing on March 22 and 23 to discuss how technology can expand which drug products can be switched from prescription to over-the-counter status.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced it will hold a public hearing on March 22 and 23 to discuss how technology can expand which drug products can be switched from prescription to over-the-counter status.

February 28, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has given priority review to a regulatory application from Johnson & Johnson for a drug designed to reduce the risk of complications from internal blood clots.

RARITAN, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has given priority review to a regulatory application from Johnson & Johnson for a drug designed to reduce the risk of complications from internal blood clots.

J&J's Janssen Research & Development division announced that the FDA had given the designation to Xarelto (rivaroxaban), an oral anticoagulant, to reduce the risk of certain types of heart attacks in patients with acute coronary syndrome, which 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with every year.

February 28, 2012

A frozen pizza brand has reformulated the sauce used in its Brick Oven pizza varieties.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A frozen pizza brand has reformulated the sauce used in its Brick Oven pizza varieties.

Freschetta said the sauce used on its pizzas now feature sea salt and olive oil. In the brand's Brick Oven line, the five Italian cheese, pepperoni and Italian style cheese, zesty Italian style supreme, spinach and mushroom, and three meat medley varieties now feature sea salt and olive oil. The sea salt and olive oil sauce will be incorporated into the Naturally Rising line of Freschetta pizzas later this year, the company noted.

February 28, 2012

The U.S. unit of Indian generic drug maker Glenmark is recalling a generic contraceptive drug, the company said.

NEW YORK — The U.S. unit of Indian generic drug maker Glenmark is recalling a generic contraceptive drug, the company said.

Glenmark Generics USA announced the recall of seven lots, imported from India, of norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets in the 0.18-mg/0.035-mg, 0.215-mg/0.035-mg and 0.25-mg/0.035-mg strengths. The company said a packaging error resulted in blister packs being rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiration date visible only on the outer pouch.

February 28, 2012

Hamacher Resource Group has created a workshop designed to help consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the health, beauty and wellness industry increase sales within the independent pharmacy segment through healthcare distributors.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group has created a workshop designed to help consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the health, beauty and wellness industry reach the independent pharmacy channel.

The workshop, "How to Grow Sales Within Independent Pharmacy," will be a one-day session held on April 19 at HRG's headquarters and will provide CPG manufacturers with tips to increase sales within the 20,000-plus independent pharmacies through healthcare distributors.

February 28, 2012

Kashi has introduced frozen entrées to its lineup of products.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has introduced frozen entrées to its lineup of products.

The company's new Steam Meals include chicken fettuccine, sesame chicken, roasted garlic chicken farfalle and spinach and artichoke pasta. Each variety features Kashi's Seven Whole Grain blend and use microwave steam to heat the food in just minutes.

Kashi Steam Meals are available in 9.5-oz. single-serve bags and carry a suggested retail price of $3.99.

February 28, 2012

A survey sponsored by in-store commerce provider AisleBuyer found that nearly 40% of smartphone-carrying shoppers have abandoned their in-store purchases because of long lines, while 21% will abandon their purchases if there are no registers open.

BOSTON — A survey sponsored by in-store commerce provider AisleBuyer found that nearly 40% of smartphone-carrying shoppers have abandoned their in-store purchases because of long lines, while 21% will abandon their purchases if there are no registers open.

February 28, 2012

Sandwich cookie Oreo is celebrating a milestone this March: its 100th birthday.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Sandwich cookie Oreo is celebrating a milestone this March: its 100th birthday.

February 28, 2012

More than 51% of consumers plan to spend the same amount of money in 2012 as in the previous year, according to a 2012 Shopping Outlook survey conducted by PriceGrabber.

LOS ANGELES — More than 51% of consumers plan to spend the same amount of money in 2012 as in the previous year, according to a 2012 Shopping Outlook survey conducted by PriceGrabber.

While more than half of the survey respondents said they plan to spend the same amount of money as they did last year, 21% indicated they plan to spend more, and 28% plan to spend less.

February 28, 2012

An organization that certifies pharmacy technicians is starting a program designed to encourage more technicians to get certified.

WASHINGTON — An organization that certifies pharmacy technicians is starting a program designed to encourage more technicians to get certified.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced Tuesday the launch of the Employer Partnership Program, which it said was for retail and health-system pharmacies that want to encourage technicians to participate in the PTCB certification program. North Carolina regional chain Kerr Drug already has joined the program, according to PTCB.

February 28, 2012

GlaxoSmithKline can sell an authorized generic of its antidepressant drug to Toronto-based drug maker Apotex, a U.S. judge ruled.

NEW YORK — GlaxoSmithKline can sell an authorized generic of its antidepressant drug to Toronto-based drug maker Apotex, a U.S. judge ruled.

According to a Bloomberg Businessweek report, U.S. District Court judge Joe Pisano ruled the agreement was valid.

February 28, 2012

GlaxoSmithKline has recalled nearly 400,000 bottles of a hypertension drug that were distributed in the United States, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — GlaxoSmithKline has recalled nearly 400,000 bottles of a hypertension drug that were distributed in the United States, according to published reports.

Reuters Health reported that GSK was recalling 394,230 bottles of its DynaCirc CR after the drug's manufacturer, Novartis, reported inconsistent packaging practices. The generic drug is manufactured at a Novartis plant in Lincoln, Neb.

No adverse events were reported, GSK was quoted as saying, but the drug maker elected to put forth a recall as a precautionary measure.

February 28, 2012

Rite Aid is teaming up with a new technology vendor for dispensing drugs under a special federal discount program, the company said Tuesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is teaming up with a new technology vendor for dispensing drugs under a special federal discount program, the company said Tuesday.

Rite Aid announced that it had selected CaptureRx as its preferred vendor and administrator in dispensing drugs under 340B, a Federal Public Health Service program that allows health centers and hospitals to purchase outpatient drugs for less than half of their cost on the commercial market.

February 28, 2012

SC Johnson has expanded its Mini line of concentrated cleaners, which are designed to help consumers make a greener refilling choice.

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson has expanded its Mini line of concentrated cleaners, which are designed to help consumers make a greener refilling choice.

February 28, 2012

A consumer-driven healthcare technology company has expanded its executive team to include a newly created position.

ATLANTA — A consumer-driven healthcare technology company has expanded its executive team to include a newly created position.

SoloHealth on Tuesday announced the appointment of Mike Griffin as its chief revenue officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Griffin will lead the company's long-term revenue generation and oversee the strategic direction of sales and marketing. Prior to joining SoloHealth, Griffin served as EVP marketing and strategic development at EyeWonder, a provider of interactive digital advertising products.

February 28, 2012

Drugs widely used to treat cholesterol may cause increases in blood sugar and other symptoms, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Drugs widely used to treat cholesterol may cause increases in blood sugar and other symptoms, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

February 28, 2012

Lowering health costs will require a greater understanding of differences between two distinct groups of patients, according to a new study, which also noted a growing availability of specialty drugs for complex and chronic conditions outside the hospital.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Lowering health costs will require a greater understanding of differences between two distinct groups of patients, according to a new study, which also noted a growing availability of specialty drugs for complex and chronic conditions outside the hospital.

February 28, 2012

The number of working people concerned about their weight is on the rise, according to a new study.

CHICAGO — The number of working people concerned about their weight is on the rise, according to a new study.

Results of a poll released Tuesday by ComPsych, a company that calls itself the world's largest provider of employee assistance programs, indicated that 43% of employees cited weight loss as their primary health concern, a number that was 10% higher than in 2011.

February 28, 2012

Markwins Beauty’s value cosmetics brand Wet 'n Wild has signed a deal with DMV Diedrichs Markenvertrieb to launch the brand in the German market.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Markwins Beauty’s value cosmetics brand Wet 'n Wild has signed a deal with DMV Diedrichs Markenvertrieb to launch the brand in the German market.

On the heels of its recent announcement of singer Fergie as the brand's global beauty ambassador, Wet 'n Wild is partnering with the German distributor in an effort to further its global expansion.

The brand is planning for its new products, packaging and fixtures to arrive in stores in May. The collaboration targets drug and mass retailers.