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January 29, 2014

A call to make 2014 a year of action and for the government to work on behalf of Americans was the underlying theme of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

WASHINGTON — A call to make 2014 a year of action and for the government to work on behalf of Americans was the underlying theme of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

During his remarks, Obama touched upon a string of topics ranging from immigration reform, to education, to job creation. He also called for the raising of minimum wage and urged businesses to do what they can to raise employees’ wages, citing Costco as an example.

January 28, 2014

H.D. Smith and the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas on Monday awarded the inaugural H. D. Smith and NAPPSA Scholarship to Oreoluwa Adedoyin.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H.D. Smith and the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas on Monday awarded the inaugural H. D. Smith & NAPPSA Scholarship to Oreoluwa Adedoyin. 

January 27, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting of the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Tuesday to determine the safety and efficacy of Ragwitek, a short ragweed pollen allergen extract tablet for sublingual use.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting of the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Tuesday to determine the safety and efficacy of Ragwitek, a short ragweed pollen allergen extract tablet for sublingual use, which is manufactured by Merck and indicated for immunotherapy for diagnosed ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis, with or without conjunctivitis.

January 27, 2014

Following his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop by a Costco store in Maryland on Wednesday, according to news reports.

WASHINGTON — Following his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop by a Costco store in Maryland on Wednesday, according to news reports.

During his stop at the Costco in Lanham, which is located about 15 miles from the White House, Obama is expected to deliver remarks on the economy, the USA Today reported.

January 27, 2014

Walgreens Infusion Services on Monday announced that it has been selected as the preferred provider of home administration services for Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection), the only FDA-approved medication to help reduce the risk of preterm birth for clinically indicated patients.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Infusion Services on Monday announced that it has been selected as the preferred provider of home administration services for Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection), the only FDA-approved medication to help reduce the risk of preterm birth for clinically indicated patients. Makena is a progestin indicated to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth.

January 27, 2014

Weiman Products, a manufacturer of specialty cleaning products whose portfolio includes Weiman Cook Top Cleaner and Weiman Leather Wipes, has acquired from the Homax Group the Goo Gone, Magic, Stone Care International, Natural Magic, OOPS! Paint Remover and Gonzo brands.

GURNEE, Ill. — Weiman Products, a manufacturer of specialty cleaning products whose portfolio includes Weiman Cook Top Cleaner and Weiman Leather Wipes, has acquired from the Homax Group the Goo Gone, Magic, Stone Care International, Natural Magic, OOPS! Paint Remover and Gonzo brands.

January 22, 2014

HealthSpot has formed a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies, which created the MedAvail MedCenter telepharmacy kiosk, to enable HealthSpot station locations to provide pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.

DUBLIN, Ohio — HealthSpot has formed a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies, which created the MedAvail MedCenter telepharmacy kiosk, to enable HealthSpot station locations to provide pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.
 

January 22, 2014

Medline on Tuesday introduced the Curad Antiviral Face Mask, a face mask that inactivates flu viruses within five minutes of contact, according to the company

MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Medline on Tuesday introduced the Curad Antiviral Face Mask, a face mask that inactivates flu viruses within five minutes of contact, according to the company.

The Curad Antiviral Face Mask was found to inactivate 99.99% of laboratory-tested flu viruses, including imminent pandemic and seasonal strains of influenza viruses, such as H1N1, this year's dominant flu strain in the United States. Traditional face masks act only as a simple barrier or filter and do nothing to neutralize the harmful germs that remain active on the mask itself.

January 22, 2014

Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine), a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. and Lundbeck on Tuesday announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine) — a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults — in pharmacies across the United States.

“MDD continues to be a challenging condition to manage, and we are proud to make Brintellix available as a new treatment option for people struggling with major depression,” said Douglas Cole, president of Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.

January 20, 2014

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Lisa Lubsch has been appointed to lead the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group-University initiative.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Lisa Lubsch has been appointed to lead the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group-University initiative.

SIUE’s Lisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy, with a patient.

January 16, 2014

A faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been awarded a United States patent for an invention that tackles bacterial contamination.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Dr. Ronald Worthington, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, obtained U.S. Patent No. 8,563,293 for his invention to protect against bacterial contamination. 

January 15, 2014

Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014

Pharmacists in Illinois are pushing for the state to let them run medical marijuana dispensaries, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Pharmacists in Illinois are pushing for the state to let them run medical marijuana dispensaries, according to published reports.

The Chicago Tribune reported that pharmacists are trying to get the state to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance. Currently, the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as Schedule I, making it illegal in all circumstances at the federal level; the proposed rescheduling would mean it was legal for medical use, but still tightly regulated, similar to opioid painkillers.

January 15, 2014

Walgreens on Wednesday announced it is donating the value of 3 million vaccines for children in developing countries upon successful completion of its immunizations campaign developed in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced it is donating the value of 3 million vaccines for children in developing countries upon successful completion of its immunizations campaign developed in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.

Walgreens pledged to donate the value of one vaccine through Shot@Life for each immunization the company administered from Sept. 4 through Oct. 14, with a goal to reach three million vaccines to benefit children in developing countries by protecting them against such diseases as measles and polio. 

January 14, 2014

H.D. Smith celebrates 60 years of business in 2014, the wholesaler announced Monday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H.D. Smith celebrates 60 years of business in 2014, the wholesaler announced Monday. 

The company was founded in 1954 to meet the needs of an underserved region in Central Illinois. Before H. D. Smith opened its doors, pharmacies in the area purchased their pharmaceuticals and supplies through large distributors out of St. Louis, Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, the company stated. 

January 10, 2014

Kmart's same-store sales have taken a tumble this quarter as its parent company says it is continuing to focus on transforming itself into a retailer focused on members of its loyalty card program.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart's same-store sales have taken a tumble this quarter as its parent company says it is continuing to focus on transforming itself into a retailer focused on members of its loyalty card program.

January 10, 2014

The board of directors of Walgreens on Thursday declared a regular quarterly dividend of 31.5 cents per share, a 14.5% increase over the year-ago dividend.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The board of directors of Walgreens on Thursday declared a regular quarterly dividend of 31.5 cents per share, a 14.5% increase over the year-ago dividend. 

The dividend is payable March 12, 2014, to shareholders of record on Feb. 18, 2014.

Walgreens has paid a dividend in 325 straight quarters (more than 81 years) and has raised its dividend for 38 consecutive years. Over the last five years, Walgreens annual dividend rate has increased from 45 cents per share to $1.26 per share, resulting in a compound annual growth rate of nearly 23%.

January 8, 2014

Sears Holdings is encouraging members of its loyalty card program to incorporate movement into their daily lives and stay fit with a new program, the retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings is encouraging members of its loyalty card program to incorporate movement into their daily lives and stay fit with a new program, the retailer said.

Sears announced the launch of the FitStudio.com "Points for Progress" program, whereby members of the Shop Your Way loyalty card program can register for FitStudio.com, connect a fitness app or device and earn loyalty points through physical activity. Members who join the FitIn14 Challenge can early 5,000 points, equal to $5, for every 14 mi walked or run in 2014.

January 7, 2014

As awards season kicks off, Walgreens is teaming up with Procter & Gamble to host a Twitter party and provide beauty mavens with an opportunity to win a “fab bag,” which will be featured during the People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 8.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As awards season kicks off, Walgreens is teaming up with Procter & Gamble to host a Twitter party and provide beauty mavens with an opportunity to win a “fab bag,” which will be featured during the People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 8.

January 6, 2014

Walgreens reported December sales of $7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.1% in December.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday reported December sales of $7.2 billion, an increase of 7.2%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.1% in December. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 170 basis points, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 70 basis points. December 2013 had one additional Tuesday and one fewer Saturday compared with December 2012. 

January 3, 2014

Wheat Thins fans will get a new product to enjoy with the introduction of Wheat Thins Popped in March.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Wheat Thins fans will get a new product to enjoy with the introduction of Wheat Thins Popped. The snack will hit retailers nationwide beginning March. 

It will be the first popped whole grain snack with wheat as the first ingredient. Wheat Thins Popped has less than 130 calories per 27-piece serving and comes in three varieties: Original Sea Salt, Sour Cream and Onion and Spicy Cheddar. The snack will retail for $3.69
 

January 2, 2014

Patients who have enrolled in the new healthcare insurance marketplaces but haven't received an identification number from their insurers can receive up to a 30-day supply of prescription drugs at no upfront cost at Walgreens, the retail pharmacy chain said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Patients who have enrolled in the new healthcare insurance marketplaces but haven't received an identification number from their insurers can receive up to a 30-day supply of prescription drugs at no upfront cost at Walgreens, the retail pharmacy chain said.

December 30, 2013

Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday.

CHICAGO — Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday

The students were competing for scholarships to the Midwest Young Artists School and Camps and a feature as a soloist on the "From the Top" radio program.

December 27, 2013

A national gay-rights organization has given Walgreens top marks for its practices related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A national gay-rights organization has given Walgreens top marks for its practices related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

In its 2014 Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave the Deerfield, Ill.-based retail pharmacy chain a "perfect" score of 100. 2014 is the ninth year that Walgreens has won a perfect score.

December 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has postponed the time it will decide whether or not to approve an experimental treatment under development by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for ulcerative colitis, the company said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration has postponed the time it will decide whether or not to approve an experimental treatment under development by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for ulcerative colitis, the company said.