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June 1, 2012

While headlines in the past two weeks warned consumers that calcium supplementation could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, authors of the study that prompted those headlines — published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Heart — identified four significant confounding factors in the design of the study.

ZURICH, Switzerland — While headlines in the past two weeks warned consumers that calcium supplementation could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, authors of the study that prompted those headlines — published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Heart — identified four significant confounding factors in the design of the study.

For example, the dietary data contained measurement errors and could not adequately account for long-term variation in calcium intake due to changes in diet.

June 1, 2012

So research indicates that the majority of consumers who would be eligible for new healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have never heard of the state-based healthcare exchanges, and many believe they will need help in understanding healthcare insurance terms and descriptions. Really? Of course! That's because it's confusing!

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — So research indicates that the majority of consumers who would be eligible for new healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have never heard of the state-based healthcare exchanges, and many believe they will need help in understanding healthcare insurance terms and descriptions. Really?

Of course! That's because it's confusing!

May 30, 2012

Schiff Nutrition International is scheduled to change its NYSE ticker symbol and, effective June 11, the stock will begin trading under the symbol SHF.

SALT LAKE CITY — Schiff Nutrition International is scheduled to change its NYSE ticker symbol and, effective June 11, the stock will begin trading under the symbol SHF.

“We are focused on building premium brands and leading innovation in heart health, joint care, immune support, digestive health and other key nutritional supplement conditions," Schiff CEO Tarang Amin said. "We are excited to begin trading under a new ticker symbol NYSE: SHF that more closely reflects our company name.”

May 29, 2012

An integrated wellness team approach to diabetes care can help patients not only improve their condition, but also lower their prescription costs, according to new research presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' 21st annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA — An integrated wellness team approach to diabetes care can help patients not only improve their condition, but also lower their prescription costs, according to new research presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' 21st annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Philadelphia.

May 23, 2012

All men know: It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s that sudden stop at the end. Men smoke more, drink more and eat more. Men die sooner and are less likely to seek health care on their own. Men are full-throttle all-systems-go, until one day they’re not. Because it’s that sudden run-in with a heart attack or stroke, that sudden diagnosis of prostate or colon cancers, that slows them down.

All men know: It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s that sudden stop at the end. Men smoke more (23.2% versus 18.1% of women), drink more (71.6% versus 59.6%) and eat more (40% overweight, 21.5% obese versus 28.6% and 17.6%, respectively). Men die sooner (before the age of 75 years versus age 80 years for women) and are less likely to seek health care on their own (25.3% of men have no usual source of health care versus 13.8% of women).

May 21, 2012

Organic baby formula brand Nature's One said it is committed to minimize or eliminate environmental contaminants, such as arsenic and other heavy metals.

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — Organic baby formula brand Nature's One said it is committed to minimize or eliminate environmental contaminants, such as arsenic and other heavy metals.

May 16, 2012

Abbott on Wednesday launched PediaSure SideKicks Clear, a clear nutritional beverage that helps balance out the diet of picky eaters who may be missing nutrients.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott on Wednesday launched PediaSure SideKicks Clear, a clear nutritional beverage that helps balance out the diet of picky eaters who may be missing nutrients. Moms also can have peace of mind knowing that their picky eaters are receiving a source of protein and 19 vitamins and minerals, the company said.

May 16, 2012

I am the 99%. And thank God for that. But it’s not what you think. This isn’t about radical politics and class warfare. I’m not looking to tax the 1%. I just want them to take better care of themselves. And I’m definitely not the only one. More and more, payers, insurers and big government are all looking at ways to get this group to live a little healthier. 


I am the 99%. And thank God for that. But it’s not what you think. This isn’t about radical politics and class warfare. I’m not looking to tax the 1%. I just want them to take better care of themselves. And I’m definitely not the only one. More and more, payers, insurers and big government are all looking at ways to get this group to live a little healthier. 


May 10, 2012

Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute’s Nutrition and Metabolism Center have developed a low-calorie, fruit-based high-fiber vitamin and mineral nutrition bar called the CHORI-bar that improves biological indicators — the bar increased HDL cholesterol and glutathione but lowered homocysteine — linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and associated decline in antioxidant defenses, the group reported Wednesday.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute’s Nutrition and Metabolism Center have developed a low-calorie, fruit-based high-fiber vitamin and mineral nutrition bar called the CHORI-bar that improves biological indicators — the bar increased HDL cholesterol and glutathione but lowered homocysteine — linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and associated decline in antioxidant defenses, the group reported Wednesday.

May 4, 2012

The fact that 3-out-of-every-4 smartphone and tablet owners use their devices to help them shop is downright frightening. Because the real question then becomes, "Where are those consumers making that purchase — is it at retail or with someone whose name starts with 'www.'?"

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The fact that 3-out-of-every-4 smartphone and tablet owners use their devices to help them shop is downright frightening. Because the real question then becomes, "Where are those consumers making that purchase — is it at retail or with someone whose name starts with 'www.'?"

May 3, 2012

Chicken of the Sea is pairing its canned tuna with what the company calls "breakthrough technology."

SAN DIEGO — Chicken of the Sea is pairing its canned tuna with what the company calls "breakthrough technology."

New Chicken of the Sea has launched no-drain tuna, which offers the company's solid, steak-like tuna in every can without the need for draining. The package also touts an easy-to-open convenient lid.

John Sawyer, SVP sales and marketing for Chicken of the Sea International, said the company is the first brand in the United States to offer the technology, which has experienced great success in overseas markets.

May 2, 2012

The 8th annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit officially kicked off in Las Vegas at the Wynn casino resort on Wednesday morning, with early attendance figures showing a 30% increase over 2011, when more than 1,500 executives attended.

LAS VEGAS — The 8th annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit officially kicked off here at the Wynn casino resort on Wednesday morning, with early attendance figures showing a 30% increase over 2011, when more than 1,500 executives attended.

April 26, 2012

Shadow Beverages and GNC on Thursday launched a ready-to-drink GNC beverage line now available across Arizona and Nevada store locations.

PHOENIX — Shadow Beverages and GNC on Thursday launched a ready-to-drink GNC beverage line now available across Arizona and Nevada store locations.

The new GNC line consists of 14 beverages featuring scientifically advanced nutrition across the sports nutrition, nutritional waters and protein nutrition categories. It includes "extreme performance" drinks designed for the experienced athlete and "active" beverages formulated to meet the hydration and metabolic needs of everyday fitness enthusiasts.
 

April 26, 2012

Sunkist has launched an initiative that is designed to emphasize how following dietary guidelines can help consumers reduce their caloric, fat and sodium intake.

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — Sunkist has launched an initiative that is designed to emphasize how following dietary guidelines can help consumers reduce their caloric, fat and sodium intake.

"MyPlate Meal Makeovers" helps consumers visually assess what small changes can be made to significantly improve the nutritional quality of every meal through a series of "before and after" photos.

April 24, 2012

Supermarket-pharmacy chain Hy-Vee is launching two initiatives designed to promote sustainability, in recognition of Earth Day.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Supermarket-pharmacy chain Hy-Vee is launching two initiatives designed to promote sustainability, in recognition of Earth Day.

April 22, 2012

Steve Anderson recalled during Sunday morning’s State of the Association address how when he started as the president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores five years ago, people were interested to see what his eyes would discover at NACDS and within community pharmacy that might help make a difference for the future. Anderson said that today he answers that question in the same way he did back then: “Every day my eyes see something fresh in what you do — in the innovative offerings of community pharmacy.”

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Steve Anderson recalled during Sunday morning’s State of the Association address how when he started as the president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores five years ago, people were interested to see what his eyes would discover at NACDS and within community pharmacy that might help make a difference for the future. Anderson said that today he answers that question in the same way he did back then: “Every day my eyes see something fresh in what you do — in the innovative offerings of community pharmacy.”

April 20, 2012

As the industry geared up for this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting, Drug Store News talked with NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson about the hottest issues facing pharmacy and his thoughts on the 2012 presidential election.

As the industry geared up for this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting, Drug Store News talked with NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson about the hottest issues facing pharmacy and his thoughts on the 2012 presidential election.

Drug Store News: What do you think will be the hot-button issues that will be top of mind at this year’s Annual Meeting?

April 18, 2012

GNC on Wednesday announced its partnership with actor/producer Mark Wahlberg on the launch of Marked, a new nutritional supplement line designed to meet the demanding lifestyles of fitness consumers.

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Wednesday announced its partnership with actor/producer Mark Wahlberg on the launch of Marked, a new nutritional supplement line designed to meet the demanding lifestyles of fitness consumers.
 
"I'm excited to join forces with GNC, a brand I trust for quality and integrity, to develop the Marked products," Wahlberg said. "I attribute much of my own success to my dedication to living healthy and fit, so it is important for me to create products that will help motivate others to pursue their own personal wellness goals."

April 13, 2012

Anheuser-Busch’s Michelob Ultra brand has launched a new iced tea and lemonade-flavored alcohol beverage that’s inspired by the golf course.

SUPPLIER NEWS — Anheuser-Busch’s Michelob Ultra brand has launched a new iced tea and lemonade-flavored alcohol beverage that’s inspired by the golf course. New Ultra 19th Hole light tea and lemonade is a lighter alternative to traditional flavored malt beverages, the company said. Ultra 19th Hole is available in single-serve and four-packs of 16-oz. cans.


April 11, 2012

Rolling Strong on Tuesday introduced a wellness application specifically targeting professional drivers.

LAS VEGAS — Rolling Strong on Tuesday introduced a wellness application specifically targeting professional drivers.

Rolling Strong’s RoadApp to Wellness is a free downloadable app to any iPhone, iPad or computer via RollingStrong.com/app. The app specifically is designed for the professional driver with helpful information to navigate their personal wellness, as well as transportation companies looking to connect with the mobile workforce.

April 10, 2012

BJ's Wholesale Club is capitalizing on the growing demand for locally grown produce by launching its "Farm to Club" program in each of its 195 clubs in 15 states.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ's Wholesale Club is capitalizing on the growing demand for locally grown produce by launching its "Farm to Club" program in each of its 195 clubs in 15 states. Rolling out this spring and summer, the Farm to Club program includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that will be clearly marked with a special "Farm to Club, Locally Grown" seal.

April 9, 2012

Celebrating the recent debut of its Senior Plus line, Iams is launching a contest on Facebook called "Play Young, Stay Young," which encourages pet parents to celebrate their pets that are ages 11 years and older.

MASON, Ohio — Celebrating the recent debut of its Senior Plus line, Iams is launching a contest on Facebook called "Play Young, Stay Young," which encourages pet parents to celebrate their pets that are ages 11 years and older.

April 3, 2012

Marsh Supermarkets on Tuesday recognized National Public Health Week with the introduction of a program to help people with diabetes better understand, manage and live with the disease — more than 9% of Indiana residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, the grocer noted.

INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets on Tuesday recognized National Public Health Week with the introduction of a program to help people with diabetes better understand, manage and live with the disease — more than 9% of Indiana residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, the grocer noted.

March 30, 2012

MegaFood announced its launch of a collection of certified vegan dietary supplements that's designed to address the unique nutritional needs of someone following a plant-based diet.

DERRY, N.H. — MegaFood announced its launch of a collection of certified vegan dietary supplements that's designed to address the unique nutritional needs of someone following a plant-based diet.

The line, which includes Vegan Daily, Vegan-Ease, Vegan B12 and Vegan Protect, was certified as animal-free by The Vegan Society and also was recognized at Natural Products Expo West as one of this year's best new lines of dietary supplements.

March 30, 2012

Even as Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that mandating all Americans buy healthcare insurance was akin to Big Government saying to Joe Consumer, "Hey, eat your broccoli," one underlying theme became apparent: Health care isn't cheap and won't be getting any cheaper — unless everybody does in fact eat their broccoli.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — Even as Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that mandating all Americans buy healthcare insurance was akin to Big Government saying to Joe Consumer, "Hey, eat your broccoli," one underlying theme became apparent: Health care isn't cheap and won't be getting any cheaper — unless everybody does in fact eat their broccoli. And that makes the value inherent in self-care, the cost-savings readily associated with the use of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements, an evergreen proposition.