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February 21, 2012

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., has expressed concerns about the proposed merger between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and Medco in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., has expressed concerns about the proposed merger between pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts and Medco in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission.

The letter, dated Feb. 6, outlines how Slaughter represents a district that contains 34 independent pharmacies — which employ 364 full-time individuals — that fill more than two million prescriptions every year.

February 21, 2012

Dr Pepper Snapple Group reportedly is expanding its line of 10-calorie soft drinks beyond the company's Dr Pepper brand.

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group reportedly is expanding its line of 10-calorie soft drinks beyond the company's Dr Pepper brand.

The company's Dr Pepper Ten brand, which debuted in October, removes the "diet" stigma by marketing the 10-calorie beverage toward men through a campaign that underscored "it's not for women." According to a report published by the Dallas Morning News' Biz Beat Blog, however, DPS is set to bring 10-calorie beverages to its 7Up, Sunkist, Canada Dry, A&W and RC brands, and will target both men and women.

February 21, 2012

Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has agreed to conduct a full review of the safety and legality of the new caffeine inhaler AeroShot, distributed by Breathable Foods, which hit stores in New York and Boston this past month.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has agreed to conduct a full review of the safety and legality of the new caffeine inhaler AeroShot, distributed by Breathable Foods, which hit stores in New York and Boston this past month.

February 21, 2012

An iPhone and iPad waterproofing solution that offers antimicrobial product protection has hit the market.

LAS VEGAS — An iPhone and iPad waterproofing solution that offers antimicrobial product protection has hit the market.

Seal Shields are form-fitting, polyurethane covers that make iPhones and iPads 100% waterproof, washable and disinfectable, according to the product's manufacturer. The product, which is completely invisible and preserves the original Apple design, contains an antimicrobial fungistatic agent that protects the product by inhibiting the growth of microbial bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi on the products' surfaces.

February 21, 2012

Snapple is combining two of its staple beverages into one with the official debut of Diet Half ‘n Half Lemonade Iced Tea.

PLANO, Texas — Snapple is combining two of its staple beverages into one with the official debut of Diet Half ‘n Half Lemonade Iced Tea.

“Some combinations are too perfect to pass up,” Snapple VP marketing Regan Ebert said. “Snapple is always looking to make the Best Stuff even better and the new Diet Half ‘n Half offers our fans a tasty, low-calorie combination of two classic flavors that is sure to please, whichever side you’re rooting for.”

February 21, 2012

Walgreens on Tuesday partnered with Passport Health Plan, a local Medicaid health plan in Louisville, Ky., on a new smoking-cessation program that launched in early January.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday partnered with Passport Health Plan, a local Medicaid health plan in Louisville, Ky.,  on a new smoking-cessation program that launched in early January. The program is free to Walgreens customers and Passport members and aims to improve the community’s health by giving smokers the tools, resources and ongoing clinical pharmacist counseling to help them achieve their cessation goals.

February 21, 2012

Walmart’s U.S. stores division regained customer traffic during the fourth quarter to post a 1.5% same-store sales increase, and continues to gather momentum as familiar strategies and effective marketing are resonating with customers, the company said Tuesday morning in conjunction with the release of quarterly results.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s U.S. stores division regained customer traffic during the fourth quarter to post a 1.5% same-store sales increase, and continues to gather momentum as familiar strategies and effective marketing are resonating with customers, the company said Tuesday morning in conjunction with the release of quarterly results.

February 17, 2012

As of the beginning of February, the cough-cold season had yet to materialize and illness levels were only just beginning to climb. If that’s the case, then an expected illness peak in late February/early March would make the 2011-2012 cough, cold and flu season one of the later-peaking seasons in recent years.


As of the beginning of February, the cough-cold season had yet to materialize and illness levels were only just beginning to climb. If that’s the case, then an expected illness peak in late February/early March would make the 2011-2012 cough, cold and flu season one of the later-peaking seasons in recent years.


As of Jan. 21, overall incidence of upper respiratory illness this season was down 7.5% according to IMS Health, as compared with the 2010-2011 season.


February 17, 2012

The American College of Cardiology has launched a free texting program that's designed to help prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.

WASHINGTON — The American College of Cardiology has launched a free texting program that's designed to help prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.

February 17, 2012

A decade ago, Unilever’s Axe revolutionized the American grooming industry with its launch and has since become a leading men’s grooming brand. Now the brand is aiming to make history again with its first-ever fragrance for her. Enter Anarchy.


LONDON — A decade ago, Unilever’s Axe revolutionized the American grooming industry with its launch and has since become a leading men’s grooming brand. Now the brand is aiming to make history again with its first-ever fragrance for her. Enter Anarchy.


February 17, 2012

After strong growth, the cereal/granola bar category is showing slower growth.

After strong growth, the cereal/granola bar category is showing slower growth. A report on “Food Bars in the U.S.” by Packaged Facts estimated U.S. sales of 
cereal/granola bars at $3.1 billion in 2011, with flat sales for the overall category, despite some growth in premium granola bars. Experian Simmons data showed that 40% of adults use cereal/granola bar products overall, said David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts.

 

 

February 17, 2012

Asthma has been becoming more relevant in the nonprescription aisles of late.

Asthma has been becoming more relevant in the nonprescription aisles of late. Even as Armstrong Pharmaceuticals phases out what was an almost $100 million-and-growing brand in Primatene Mist 
— the Food and Drug Administration has removed any inhalers containing 
chlorofluorocarbons from the market — homeopathic supplier King Bio is currently presenting an alternative in its AsthmaCare product.


February 17, 2012

The call to Congress to reject budget proposals that would increase co-pays for prescription medications at community pharmacies for Tricare patients is important as the war between the pharmacy and pharmacy benefit manager lobbies heats up.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The call to Congress to reject budget proposals that would increase co-pays for prescription medications at community pharmacies for Tricare patients is important as the war between the pharmacy and pharmacy benefit manager lobbies heats up.

February 17, 2012

The Chain Drug 
Marketing Association last month showcased 110 front-end suppliers for its members at the 86th Annual Trade Expo held here.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Chain Drug 
Marketing Association last month showcased 110 front-end suppliers for its members at the 86th Annual Trade Expo held here.


CDMA buyers voted ENB Science’s True-Dose this year’s Product Showcase winner for “its innovative and unique product line with great packaging.” The full True Dose line features 12 liquid pet supplements that are added to a pet’s feeding dish through a dose-control pump. The Product Showcase this year featured more than 45 companies, representing 82 products. 


February 17, 2012

MinuteClinic is on track to double its clinic count in the coming years, posting a 40% revenue increase in the fourth quarter and inking 14 affiliations with health systems.


NEW YORK — MinuteClinic is on track to double its clinic count in the coming years, posting a 40% revenue increase in the fourth quarter and inking 14 affiliations with health systems. This is no doubt an impressive feat for the clinic operator, but it also speaks to a larger growth trend sweeping the convenient care industry.


February 17, 2012

One of the main plotlines of the big story called the drug industry over the past several years has been the patent cliff, the steady loss of patent protection on blockbuster primary care drugs and subsequent generic competition that has forced many drug companies to find new revenue streams.

One of the main plotlines of the big story called the drug industry over the past several years has been the patent cliff, the steady loss of patent protection on blockbuster primary care drugs and subsequent generic competition that has forced many drug companies to find new revenue streams. Much of this has taken place in the form of a gradual shift to specialty drugs for such conditions as cancers and autoimmune disorders, but recent developments have shown that primary care drugs may still have some steam left in them.


February 17, 2012

As of early February, incidence of cough-cold and influenza still was relatively low, but the season has yet to peak and that means there could be demand for symptomatic relief through March.


As of early February, incidence of cough-cold and influenza still was relatively low, but the season has yet to peak and that means there could be demand for symptomatic relief through March.


“Fever is just starting to move,” noted Scott Hanslip, director of sales for IMS Consumer Health, in the first week of February. However, overall incidence of upper respiratory illness was down 7.5% from September through Jan. 21, 
according to IMS Health tracking.


February 17, 2012

To raise awareness of kids’ oral health during the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, Procter & Gamble’s Crest and Oral-B have partnered with Dr. Jennifer Salzer, a dentist, orthodontist and mom, to help parents and children brush up on healthy oral care habits.

CINCINNATI — To raise awareness of kids’ oral health during the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, Procter & Gamble’s Crest and Oral-B have partnered with Dr. Jennifer Salzer, a dentist, orthodontist and mom, to help parents and children brush up on healthy oral care habits.
 

February 17, 2012

Mars is extending its popular Dove brand with its new chocolate-covered raisins and peanuts mix.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars is extending its popular Dove brand with its new chocolate-covered raisins and peanuts mix. Dove’s new spin on the classic combination of taste and textures will hit retail shelves in April and is packaged in a standup pouch designed to enhance shelf presence.


The “hand-to-mouth” candy segment increasingly is popular with consumers. With $1.6 billion in sales annually, according to Mars, unwrapped bite-sized candy is emerging as a growth segment for manufacturers and retailers.


February 17, 2012

FMI will be hosting a new retail-pharmacy-focused panel here on March 18 during the association's Retail Food & Pharmacy Health & Wellness expo to be moderated by DSN's editor-in-chief Rob Eder.

ORLANDO, Fla. — FMI will be hosting a new retail-pharmacy-focused panel here on March 18 during the association's Retail Food & Pharmacy Health & Wellness expo to be moderated by DSN's editor-in-chief Rob Eder.

February 17, 2012

CVS Caremark's chief healthcare strategy officer on Friday outlined how the company's integrated offerings — retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefit management and retail clinics — are helping patients achieve better health by working to increase medication adherence and targeting behaviors to improve treatment for chronic diseases during a panel discussion at the Wharton Health Care Business Conference.

PHILADELPHIA — CVS Caremark's chief healthcare strategy officer on Friday outlined how the company's integrated offerings — retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefit management and retail clinics — are helping patients achieve better health by working to increase medication adherence and targeting behaviors to improve treatment for chronic diseases during a panel discussion at the Wharton Health Care Business Conference.

February 17, 2012

The kids’ cough-cold space has become a significant category for homeopathic manufacturers. With the safety and efficacy of cough-cold medicines called into question several years ago, the category now is stocked with homeopathic remedies and reformulated/repackaged allopathic medicines.


The kids’ cough-cold space has become a significant category for homeopathic manufacturers. With the safety and efficacy of cough-cold medicines called into question several years ago, the category now is stocked with homeopathic remedies and reformulated/repackaged allopathic medicines.


February 17, 2012

Jelly Belly has introduced a new line of jelly beans inspired by Snapple beverages.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly has introduced a new line of jelly beans inspired by Snapple beverages.

Jelly Belly Snapple Mix are made with natural ingredients, including real fruit juice, Snapple juice drink concentrates and fruit purees, and do not contain artificial coloring, Jelly Belly said. The product will be packaged in a 1.65-oz. bottle package that is modeled after the real Snapple Juice Drink bottles. In addition to the new 1.65-oz. Jelly Belly Snapple Bottle, Jelly Belly Snapple Mix also is available in a 3.1-oz. bag, a 6.5-oz. bag and 4.5-oz. box.

February 17, 2012

A common feature in movies from the mid-20th century is the automat, a place where customers could plunk in a few coins and retrieve such pre-made food items as sandwiches and desserts.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — A common feature in movies from the mid-20th century is the automat, a place where customers could plunk in a few coins and retrieve such pre-made food items as sandwiches and desserts.

(THE NEWS: Kroger expands reach to Ohio Northern campus with kiosk test. For the full story, click here.)

February 17, 2012

Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions

Multibillion-dollar pharmacy benefit management companies are advertising aggressively to try to convince Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to approve a merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions (“PCMA launches advertising campaign,Drug Store News, Jan. 17).