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December 12, 2011

Mylan's fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical business has a new leader.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan's fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical business has a new leader.

December 12, 2011

Drug maker Eli Lilly has appointed Katherine Baicker to its board of directors, effective Dec. 12.

INDIANAPOLIS — Drug maker Eli Lilly has appointed Katherine Baicker to its board of directors, effective Dec. 12.

As a member of the board, Baicker — who is a professor of health economics in the department of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health — will serve under interim election and will stand for election by Lilly shareholders at the company's annual meeting in April 2012. As a member of the board, she also will serve on the public policy and compliance committee.

December 12, 2011

Medical Alarm Concepts Holding on Monday unveiled plans for the second phase of its MediPendant medical alert system marketing campaign: a bag stuffer/coupon offer placed alongside patient prescriptions in Albertsons.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Medical Alarm Concepts Holding on Monday unveiled plans for the second phase of its MediPendant medical alert system marketing campaign: a bag stuffer/coupon offer placed alongside patient prescriptions in Albertsons that includes one free month of monitoring services and a lockbox device that allows for first responders to get into a home without having to break down the door.

December 12, 2011

For the ninth consecutive year, pharmacists ranked in the top three of Gallup’s annual "Honesty and Ethics" survey, coming in just behind nurses, who took the lead.

PRINCETON, N.J. — For the ninth consecutive year, pharmacists ranked in the top three of Gallup’s annual "Honesty and Ethics" survey, coming in just behind nurses, who took the lead.

Pharmacists ranked second to nurses and ahead of doctors, moving up one place from last year’s survey. Among respondents, 73% rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “very high” or “high.”

December 12, 2011

Pharmacy retail technology services company QS/1 is working with American HealthTech, a technology provider for long-term care facilities, to provide interoperability between the two.

JACKSON, Miss. — Pharmacy retail technology services company QS/1 is working with American HealthTech, a technology provider for long-term care facilities, to provide interoperability between the two.

The companies said Monday that interoperability between QS/1 pharmacies and American HealthTech would help to eliminate waste, reduce labor for handling orders, reduce the potential for errors and automate medication refills.

December 12, 2011

Tostitos is hosting what the brand calls a "party with a purpose" on Dec. 16.

PLANO, Texas — Tostitos is hosting what the brand calls a "party with a purpose" on Dec. 16.

December 12, 2011

Ken Finnegan, Walgreens divisional VP healthcare new business development, will assume leadership of the corporate innovation team, Drug Store News has learned.

NEW YORK — Ken Finnegan, Walgreens divisional VP healthcare new business development, will assume leadership of the corporate innovation team, Drug Store News has learned.

Finnegan succeeds Colin Watts, corporate VP and chief innovation officer, who is departing Walgreens for Weight Watchers in January. In that capacity, Finnegan will pick up on Watts' efforts to transform the retail pharmacy retail format into more of a destination center for all issues regarding health and wellness.

December 9, 2011

For those who doubt that consumers and their smartphones are inseparable when it comes to shopping, think again. Mobile advertising company Verve Wireless conducted research and found that more than half of consumers are using their smartphones when shopping.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — For those who doubt that consumers and their smartphones are inseparable when it comes to shopping, think again. Mobile advertising company Verve Wireless conducted research and found that more than half of consumers are using their smartphones when shopping. The timing of the news is especially critical given the holiday shopping season is upon us and, clearly, holiday 2011 is shaping up to be the “tipping point” for mobile commerce.

December 9, 2011

Attendance at the fifth annual Payer/Managed Care Symposium "far exceeded" that of previous years, the event's sponsor said.

SHARON HILL, Pa. — Attendance at the fifth annual Payer/Managed Care Symposium "far exceeded" that of previous years, the event's sponsor said.

December 9, 2011

Bic has introduced a new lighter series that features custom motorcycles from "Orange County Choppers."

SHELTON, Conn. — Bic has introduced a new lighter series that features custom motorcycles from "Orange County Choppers."

The Orange County Choppers lighters line includes 10 designs, including one that features an image of the custom-made bike produced for Bic (and themed after the BIC Flex4 men’s razor), which OCC built on-air for an episode of last season’s "American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior."

The new lighters carry a suggested retail price of $1.79.

December 9, 2011

Carex Health Brands recently launched four new products — the Carex Mobilator, the Carex Self Standing Cane Tip, the Carex E-Z Bath & Shower Seat and the Bathroom Safety Rail — across its portfolio of durable medical equipment and life assistance offerings.

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands recently launched four new products — the Carex Mobilator, the Carex Self Standing Cane Tip, the Carex E-Z Bath & Shower Seat and the Bathroom Safety Rail — across its portfolio of durable medical equipment and life assistance offerings.

December 9, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday released new recommendations to treat latent tuberculosis infection.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday released new recommendations to treat latent tuberculosis infection.

The new recommendations, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, provide guidance on how to administer a new 12-dose regimen for TB preventive therapy that will significantly shorten and simplify the course of treatment from about nine months to 12 weeks. The recommendations are based on the results of three clinical trials, as well as expert opinion.

December 9, 2011

ConAgra has received an honor for its commitment to food safety.

OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra has received an honor for its commitment to food safety.

The company said it earned the Safe Quality Food Institute's SQFI 2011 Quality Achievement Award for Manufacturer of the Year. The company, which has SQF certification, has made investments in its food safety programs, particularly between 2007 and 2010, when the company spent $275 million in plant upgrades and safety improvements.

December 9, 2011

Motorists have saved more than $35 million on fuel purchases since Winn-Dixie introduced its Fuelperks! program in Panama City, Fla., three years ago, Winn-Dixie announced Thursday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Motorists have saved more than $35 million on fuel purchases since Winn-Dixie introduced its Fuelperks! program in Panama City, Fla., three years ago, Winn-Dixie announced Thursday. Since then, the program has spread to all of Florida (except the Pensacola area), and also is available in south Georgia, part of Alabama and southeast Louisiana, where Winn-Dixie has stores.

December 9, 2011

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has signed an agreement with a provider of acquisition and management services for oral cancer drugs that the companies said would allow for better access to the drugs and related programs.

SAN DIEGO — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has signed an agreement with a provider of acquisition and management services for oral cancer drugs that the companies said would allow for better access to the drugs and related programs.

RainTree Oncology Services announced the agreement with Flint, Mich.-based Diplomat, saying it was building a network of community oncologists through which members will obtain drugs at contracted prices and that the agreement would improve access to clinical and medication management programs.

December 9, 2011

Entenmann's Bakery and White Coffee have teamed up to bring a new signature collection of flavored coffees and cocoa to retail.

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. — Entenmann's Bakery and White Coffee have teamed up to bring a new signature collection of flavored coffees and cocoa to retail.

The new line of Entenmann's coffee include such flavors as chocolate donut, cinnamon crumb cake, hazelnut and vanilla, which will be offered in 10-oz. bags and in gift packs. Meanwhile, Entenmann's cocoa will be available in original and mint varieties.

December 9, 2011

Bellin Health Care Systems, which established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006, is celebrating on Dec. 14 the opening of the new Einstein FastCare clinic in the ShopRite of Cheltenham, owned by Brown’s Super Stores.

PHILADELPHIA — Bellin Health Care Systems, which established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006, is celebrating on Dec. 14 the opening of the new Einstein FastCare clinic in the ShopRite of Cheltenham, owned by Brown’s Super Stores.

Leaders of the convenient care industry and dignitaries representing the City of Philadelphia and the Cheltenham Township will convene to celebrate the opening.

December 9, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical gel made by Antares Pharma for overactive bladder.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical gel made by Antares Pharma for overactive bladder.

Watson Pharmaceuticals announced Thursday the approval of oxybutynin gel in the 3% strength, which it will launch next year under a licensing agreement with Antares.

December 9, 2011

Members of Food Lion's loyalty card program have the opportunity to receive a copy of Southern Living magazine when they spend at least $35 and purchase one Kraft Foods or ConAgra Foods product.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Members of Food Lion's loyalty card program have the opportunity to receive a copy of Southern Living magazine when they spend at least $35 and purchase one Kraft Foods or ConAgra Foods product.

MVP customers will be provided Southern Living's holiday recipe and tips guide, "Our Best Holiday Desserts," which is available through Dec. 27. The 48-page publication features both a variety of holiday-theme ideas and special Food Lion coupons.

December 9, 2011

Joe McClanathan, president and CEO of the Energizer household products division, will retire in the first half of 2012, Energizer Holdings announced Friday. He will be succeeded by Alan Hoskins, VP Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East.

ST. LOUIS — Joe McClanathan, president and CEO of the Energizer household products division, will retire in the first half of 2012, Energizer Holdings announced Friday. He will be succeeded by Alan Hoskins, VP Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East.

December 9, 2011

Hershey has set its sights on a privately held confectionery company based in Canada.

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey has set its sights on a privately held confectionery company based in Canada.

The chocolate giant said that it has reached an agreement to acquire Brookside Foods, which is based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, which primarily sells its product line in the United States and Canada. Brookside's annual net sales are approximately $85 million Canadian dollars, the companies said.

December 9, 2011

Intentional Chocolate has introduced a new line of chocolate that is certified organic and uses cocoa from Rainforest Alliance farms.

LOS ANGELES — Intentional Chocolate has introduced a new line of chocolate that is certified organic and uses cocoa from Rainforest Alliance farms.

Intentional Chocolate said its Organic + line includes both milk and dark chocolate products. The company said its Organic + dark line also is gluten free, in addition to being certified vegan and kosher.

For more information about the new line, click here.

December 9, 2011

Kmart.com customers have the opportunity to save up to 70% across popular categories on Dec. 12.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart.com customers have the opportunity to save up to 70% across popular categories on Dec. 12.

The day, dubbed Green Monday by parent company Sears Holdings, provides more than 500 deals that are as good as Cyber Monday prices, the company reported.

The promotion also is being held on Sears.com.

December 9, 2011

Drug maker Eli Lilly has expanded its Spanish-language portal, the company said Friday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Drug maker Eli Lilly has expanded its Spanish-language portal, the company said Friday.

Subsidiary Lilly USA launched an expanded "En Español" section of the Lilly For Better Health website. The section features a 60-page interactive health album that provides tips on healthy eating, physical activity and managing health conditions, as well as health-and-wellness quizzes and risk assessments on weight management, diabetes and other topics.

December 9, 2011

Preserve Community Pharmacy Access Now — a coalition of consumers, businesses and community-based pharmacists banded together for the purpose of opposing the planned merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — on Thursday responded to testimony provided by George Paz, Express Scripts CEO, before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing held Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Preserve Community Pharmacy Access Now — a coalition of consumers, businesses and community-based pharmacists banded together for the purpose of opposing the planned merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — on Thursday responded to testimony provided by George Paz, Express Scripts CEO, before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing held Tuesday.