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January 26, 2012

There is significant opportunity within what some suppliers are calling “light DME” — those daily living aids essential to people who need durable medical equipment solutions.

There is significant opportunity within what some suppliers are calling “light DME” — those daily living aids essential to people who need durable medical equipment solutions. And while the standard definition of DME drums up images of motorized wheelchairs or incliner/recliner sofas, those big-ticket items supplemented by Medicare do not necessarily represent the best opportunity for mass retailers. It’s the smaller items — canes, extended-handle instruments and bathroom safety — that are more often the cash items that represent the opportunity.

January 26, 2012

Target has announced the names of 50 schools that were selected to receive a $100,000 grant to purchase much-needed resources and improve their learning environments.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced the names of 50 schools that were selected to receive a $100,000 grant to purchase much-needed resources and improve their learning environments. The $5 million donation from Target to K through 12 schools in 31 states across the country is part of the company’s commitment to education, which includes plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

January 26, 2012

Walgreens and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday jointly announced that Walgreens' community-based programs helped raise more than $1.4 million in 2011 for JDRF causes.

NEW YORK — Walgreens and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday jointly announced that Walgreens' community-based programs helped raise more than $1.4 million in 2011 for JDRF causes. The year marked the 20th anniversary of Walgreens' partnership with JDRF to raise funds for research to put an end to Type 1 diabetes.

January 26, 2012

Walmart on Wednesday opened its second supercenter in Chicago.

NEW YORK — Walmart on Wednesday opened its second supercenter in Chicago.

January 25, 2012

Gum sales might not be soaring at the rate they once were, but industry experts say there’s still steam left in the category. Functional gums may become a bigger part of the category.

Gum sales might not be soaring at the rate they once were, but industry experts say there’s still steam left in the category. Functional gums may become a bigger part of the category. Wrigley and Trident both introduced gums with benefits. Wrigley’s relaunched Extra Ice brand is positioned as having oral benefits, and Cadbury’s Trident Vitality contains vitamin C. Kraft also launched a Stride flavor, Whitemint, featuring Olympic snowboarder Shaun White.

 

 

January 25, 2012

Fabric softener brand Bounce has teamed up with a hit Off-Broadway show to underscore the role of black clothing in a woman's wardrobe.

CINCINNATI — Fabric softener brand Bounce has teamed up with a hit Off-Broadway show to underscore the role of black clothing in a woman's wardrobe.

Through its partnership with "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," Bounce will engage women across the country in a conversation about what black clothing means to them and how it helps them to look and feel their best. The partnership is based on the idea that “nothing will ever be the new black,” a line said in the play.

January 25, 2012

Leg and foot amputations among patients diagnosed with diabetes saw a dramatic decline between 1996 and 2008, thanks to improvements in blood-sugar control, foot care and diabetes management, along with declines in cardiovascular disease, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — Leg and foot amputations among patients diagnosed with diabetes saw a dramatic decline between 1996 and 2008, thanks to improvements in blood-sugar control, foot care and diabetes management, along with declines in cardiovascular disease, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

January 25, 2012

CinSulin, based in Issaquah, Wash., is in the process of launching a cinnamon water extract to help maintain healthy blood-glucose levels for patients with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

ATLANTA — CinSulin, based in Issaquah, Wash., is in the process of launching a cinnamon water extract to help maintain healthy blood-glucose levels for patients with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

The extract contains a concentrated cinnamon extract through a proprietary process that separates the water-soluble components from unwanted fat-soluble components. The result is an extract that is on average 10 times stronger than the average cinnamon supplement, the company stated.

January 25, 2012

Candy is a powerhouse category for the drug channel. Candy and gum represent more than 6% of center-store sales, according to the National Confectioners Association, and contribute $3 billion annually to the channel.

Candy is a powerhouse category for the drug channel. Candy and gum represent more than 6% of center-store sales, according to the National Confectioners Association, and contribute $3 billion annually to the channel.

Chocolate, which has been a strong category, is experiencing sales deceleration since manufacturers and retailers have passed higher production costs onto consumers.

January 25, 2012

Having flawless-looking skin is not only a result of high-performing facial makeup that delivers exceptional coverage; it also really starts with clear, healthy skin.

Having flawless-looking skin is not only a result of high-performing facial makeup that delivers exceptional coverage; it also really starts with clear, healthy skin. That’s why it comes as no surprise that sales of facial cleansers and acne treatments are still on the rise.

According to data from SymphonyIRI Group, sales of facial cleansers rose about 4%, as sales of acne treatments rose 3.4% at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) during the 12 weeks ended Nov. 27.

 

 

January 25, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical treatment made by Leo Pharma for a skin condition that can lead to cancer, the drug maker said Wednesday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical treatment made by Leo Pharma for a skin condition that can lead to cancer, the drug maker said Wednesday.

Leo announced the FDA approval of Picato (ingenol mebutate) gel in the 0.015%/0.05% strength for actinic keratosis, also known as AK, which is a precancerous condition resulting from cumulative sun exposure that has the potential to lead to squamous cell carcinoma.

January 25, 2012

Ulta Beauty has announced that Catherine Halligan, SVP of Powerreviews, a social commerce platform, has been appointed to its board of directors, effective Jan. 20.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty has announced that Catherine Halligan, SVP of Powerreviews, a social commerce platform, has been appointed to its board of directors, effective Jan. 20.

January 25, 2012

More than 130 Canon ImagePrograf iPF6300 large-format photo printers now are in operation at digital photo centers in Fred Meyer stores in the Northwest, Canon announced Wednesday.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — More than 130 Canon ImagePrograf iPF6300 large-format photo printers now are in operation at digital photo centers in Fred Meyer stores in the Northwest, Canon announced Wednesday.

The printers are designed so that consumers can print high-quality, poster-sized print collages of memorable moments.

January 25, 2012

Heel last week launched Adrisin, a homeopathic medicine for the temporary relief of allergy symptoms, including runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and skin irritations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Heel last week launched Adrisin, a homeopathic medicine for the temporary relief of allergy symptoms, including runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and skin irritations. Adrisin is packaged as a 15-count individually wrapped tablets.

January 25, 2012

Help Remedies last week launched a new product targeted toward those suffering from chest congestion.

NEW YORK — Help Remedies last week launched a new product targeted toward those suffering from chest congestion. The new expectorant, branded "Help I have chest congestion," contains the single active ingredient guaifenesin (200 mg), and is now available nationally at Target, the company stated.

January 25, 2012

A leader of the "As Seen on TV" consumer goods category has appointed a new EVP marketing.

WAYNE, N.J. — A leader of the "As Seen on TV" consumer goods category has appointed a new EVP marketing.

Ideavillage Products said Jordan Stanley, a former executive at Y&R Worldwide, will serve as EVP marketing for the company, overseeing the company’s marketing and new product positioning efforts, as well as manage its Direct Response TV initiatives under Ideavillage CEO Anand “Andy” Khubani.

January 25, 2012

Johnson & Johnson is preparing to turn the corner with its McNeil Consumer Healthcare business, J&J chairman and CEO William Weldon told analysts during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson is preparing to turn the corner with its McNeil Consumer Healthcare business, J&J chairman and CEO William Weldon told analysts during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday. That over-the-counter business generated $5.2 billion in the United States for the year ended Jan. 2, representing a 6.7% decline as compared to 2010.

January 25, 2012

Pharmacy customers looking to view and compare prescription drug prices now can do so on their iPhone or Android device.

SALT LAKE CITY — Pharmacy customers looking to view and compare prescription drug prices now can do so on their iPhone or Android device.

January 25, 2012

Cheerios is extending its multigrain cereal line for the first time.

MINNEAPOLIS — Cheerios is extending its multigrain cereal line for the first time.

New Multi Grain Cheerios peanut butter cereal offers consumers the rich, indulgent flavor of peanut butter without derailing their diets by touting five whole grains and 110 calories per serving, the company said.

January 25, 2012

Church & Dwight’s Nair has developed a line of hair removal creams and waxes for the body and face that are inspired by the hair removal and skin care secrets of Brazil.

NEW YORK — Church & Dwight’s Nair has developed a line of hair removal creams and waxes for the body and face that are inspired by the hair removal and skin care secrets of Brazil.

The new products, which are in midst of hitting retail shelves with full distribution expected by March, are infused with mineral-rich clay and natural extracts for spa-smooth skin that is promised to last.

The new products include:

January 25, 2012

The National Advertising Review Board on Tuesday recommended that Novartis Consumer Health discontinue advertising claims that the company’s Excedrin Extra Strength product starts relieving headache pain faster than Advil.

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Review Board on Tuesday recommended that Novartis Consumer Health discontinue advertising claims that the company’s Excedrin Extra Strength product starts relieving headache pain faster than Advil.

The claims at issue were initially challenged before the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, makers of Advil.

January 25, 2012

After President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the National Retail Federation issued a response regarding his remarks on job creation.

WASHINGTON — After President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the National Retail Federation issued a response regarding his remarks on job creation.

NRF said it welcomed the President's emphasis on job creation, saying that it will help restore the nation's economic state.

January 25, 2012

In an effort to support its Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, Procter & Gamble is enlisting Facebook users to participate in the program's global efforts.

CINCINNATI — In an effort to support its Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, Procter & Gamble is enlisting Facebook users to participate in the program's global efforts.

January 25, 2012

The Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund announced on Tuesday that it has awarded CVS Caremark a three-year contract to provide prescription drug benefits to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees, retirees and dependents, beginning July 1.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund announced on Tuesday that it has awarded CVS Caremark a three-year contract to provide prescription drug benefits to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees, retirees and dependents, beginning July 1.

The PEBTF account will be serviced from the CVS Caremark mail order pharmacy in Wilkes Barre, Pa., the specialty pharmacy in Monroeville, Pa., and the customer service center in Monroeville, Pa.

January 25, 2012

Pescanova USA is introducing a new line of frozen shrimp that doesn't contain additives or preservatives.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Pescanova USA is introducing a new line of frozen shrimp that doesn't contain additives or preservatives.