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August 22, 2013

Astellas Pharma has introduced a new drug for preventing the body from rejecting transplanted organs, the company said.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Astellas Pharma has introduced a new drug for preventing the body from rejecting transplanted organs, the company said Thursday.

The drug maker announced the availability of Astagraf XL (tacrolimus) extended-release capsules in pharmacies. The drug is designed for use in kidney transplant patients with Genenetech's CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) and corticosteroids, with or without induction of Novartis' Simulect (basiliximab).

August 22, 2013

Sears Holdings Corp.'s losses grew in second quarter 2013, while EBITDA fell despite growth in the company's online business and loyalty program, the parent company of Kmart said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp.'s losses grew in second quarter 2013, while EBITDA fell despite growth in the company's online business and loyalty program, the parent company of Kmart said Thursday.

August 20, 2013

CVS Caremark held a grand opening event on Tuesday at its new mail service pharmacy and customer center in Mt. Prospect, Ill.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark held a grand opening event on Tuesday at its new mail service pharmacy and customer center in Mt. Prospect, Ill.

August 20, 2013

Walgreens, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health are teaming up to help parents of students in grades 6 to 12 meet a new Illinois state requirement for Tdap vaccinations, which help to protect against whooping cough, the pharmacy operator announced.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health are teaming up to help parents of students in grades 6 to 12 meet a new Illinois state requirement for Tdap vaccinations, which help to protect against whooping cough, the pharmacy operator announced Tuesday.

August 19, 2013

Natural hair care line NATU has announced that its entire line will be available in selected Whole Foods Market retail stores throughout the New England region — Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as of early September.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Natural hair care line NATU has announced that its entire line will be available in selected Whole Foods Market retail stores throughout the New England region — Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as of early September.

According to the manufacturer, what makes its formulas unique is that they are made with natural, plant-based ingredients that match up with the structural ingredients found in healthy hair.

August 14, 2013

Walgreens announced an enhanced Daily Living business organization with the promotion and leadership expansion of key marketing and merchandising executives.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced an enhanced Daily Living business organization with the promotion and leadership expansion of key marketing and merchandising executives to further accelerate the company’s strategic growth drivers and advance its vision to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond.

August 14, 2013

Walgreens posted an 8% boost in July sales as comp-store sales also enjoyed an increase for the month.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens posted an 8% boost in July sales as comp-store sales also enjoyed an increase for the month.

July sales totaled $6.03 billion, an increase of 8% from $5.59 billion for the same month in fiscal 2012. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.3% in July. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 1.4 percentage points, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 1.8 percentage points.

August 13, 2013

Lundbeck announced today that Onfi (clobazam) CIV will be available in scored tablet and oral suspension formulations beginning this week after the formulations were recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Lundbeck announced today that Onfi (clobazam) CIV will be available in scored tablet and oral suspension formulations beginning this week after the formulations were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Onfi is a prescription medication originally approved by the FDA in 2011, and is used along with other medicines to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) in adults and children 2 years of age or older. Onfi is an oral anti-epileptic drug (AED) of the benzodiazepine class, and is a 1,5 benzodiazepine.

August 6, 2013

Hospira posted sales of $1 billion during second quarter 2013, a 0.7% decrease compared with second quarter 2012, the generic drug maker said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hospira posted sales of $1 billion during second quarter 2013, a 0.7% decrease compared with second quarter 2012, the generic drug maker said.

Hospira, which specializes in making generic injectables, also posted $318.7 million gross profit, a 12.4% increase over second quarter 2012's $283.5 million.

August 6, 2013

Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has named Jim Rice as VP of operations for Jewel-Osco.

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has named Jim Rice as VP of operations for Jewel-Osco.

Rice will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s new go-to-market strategies in marketing and merchandising.

August 6, 2013

A new system allows members of Sears Holdings' Shop Your Way loyalty program to donate the same way they would give to a wedding registry.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — A new system allows members of Sears Holdings' Shop Your Way loyalty program to donate the same way they would give to a wedding registry.

The Charity Gift Registry allows customers to purchase an item and donate it to a child in need in the store, through mobile or online. Items include sports equipment, yard games, puzzles, toys, art supplies and board games. Share Our Strength's No Kind Hungry campaign is the first cause to be supported by the registry. The group aims to end childhood hunger by providing children with healthy food.

August 6, 2013

According to a Walgreens back-to-school survey released Tuesday, parents of school-age children report a significant number are fans of cartoon brands well into high school.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — According to a Walgreens back-to-school survey released Tuesday, parents of school-age children report a significant number are fans of cartoon brands well into high school.

With themed school supplies once again a trend, cartoon character-themed supplies are desired by 22% of high school students, according to the survey. Pop singer-themed supplies are most popular among middle school students at 43%.

August 5, 2013

Walgreens reported July sales of $6 billion, an increase of 8%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.3% in July.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday reported July sales of $6 billion, an increase of 8%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 6.3% in July. 

Calendar 2013 sales to date were $42 billion, an increase of 3.4%, while fiscal year-to-date sales totaled $66.1 billion, up 0.4%..

August 2, 2013

Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. had $3.4 billion in revenues in second quarter 2013, the company said.

LISLE, Ill. — Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. had $3.4 billion in revenues in second quarter 2013, the company said.

That figure represented a 101% increase in the PBM's revenues in second quarter 2012 and resulted in a profit of $63.4 million, 132% higher than last year.

"During the second quarter of 2013, we continued to successfully execute our growth strategy, driving new customer wins by leveraging our flexibility and customizable model to deliver more control and savings to our clients," Catamaran chairman and CEO Mark Thierer said.

August 2, 2013

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Thursday introduced legislation that would retool the labeling requirements for dietary supplement manufacturers, require pre-market certification on new products and require successful efficacy trials.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Thursday introduced legislation that would retool the labeling requirements for dietary supplement manufacturers, require pre-market certification on new products and require successful efficacy trials. The legislation also was written to better deliniate regulatory requirements for dietary supplements vs. food. 

The bill is not supported by industry.

August 1, 2013

Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has appointed Nick Bertram as its SVP store strategy and execution, the supermarket operator said Thursday.

Bertram previoulsy worked for Jewel-Osco, where he oversaw operations across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He was also SVP of Supervalu and worked in executive positions at Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His new position at Ahold USA will be based out of the company's Carlisle, Pa., headquarters.

August 1, 2013

Walgreens opened a new training facility here in partnership with Have Dreams, an advocacy group for children with autism, according to a story published Wednesday by Evanston Now.

The training involves setting up displays, working the cash register, stocking and organizing shelves and other skill sets that enable the autistic students to make a contribution to a store’s operations.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Walgreens opened a new training facility here in partnership with Have Dreams, an advocacy group for children with autism, according to a story published Wednesday by Evanston Now

The training involves setting up displays, working the cash register, stocking and organizing shelves and other skill sets that enable the autistic students to make a contribution to a store’s operations.

July 31, 2013

Kmart is offering savings on gas to members of its loyalty program who purchase Procter & Gamble products, the mass merchandise retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is offering savings on gas to members of its loyalty program who purchase Procter & Gamble products, the mass merchandise retailer said.

Kmart said members of the Shop Your Way loyalty program could benefit from the offer at select stores and participating BP and Speedway gas stations through Saturday. Members who buy $50 in P&G products will receive a coupon allowing them to save $1 per gallon. Customers can save 30 cents per gallon at other times of the year.

July 29, 2013

Walgreens is rebranding its more than 370 in-store health clinics, which will now be known as the “Healthcare Clinic."

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is rebranding its more than 370 in-store health clinics, which will now be known as the “Healthcare Clinic."

July 26, 2013

As demand for health care rises and the nationwide shortage of primary-care practitioners continues, the services of nurse practitioners will be integral in providing effective patient care. In recognition of this, the Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched a Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — As demand for health care rises and the nationwide shortage of primary-care practitioners continues, the services of nurse practitioners will be integral in providing effective patient care. In recognition of this, the Chamberlain College of Nursing has launched a Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track.

Nurses who complete this track may transition into Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program geared toward advanced practice nurses.

July 25, 2013

H. D. Smith on Thursday announced the completion of the deal to attain majority interest in Triplefin, a reimbursement, patient assistance and pharmaceutical brand-support services company headquartered in Cincinnati.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H. D. Smith on Thursday announced the completion of the deal to attain majority interest in Triplefin, a reimbursement, patient assistance and pharmaceutical brand-support services company headquartered in Cincinnati.  

July 25, 2013

Kmart is letting customers reserve items online and then pay for it and pick it up at the store, the mass merchandise retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is letting customers reserve items online and then pay for it and pick it up at the store, the mass merchandise retailer said.

The chain, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, said the nationwide launch of Pay in Store for members of the Shop Your Way loyalty program marked a first in the company's "integrated retailing" program, calling it an example of how it is evolving to provide a seamless and integrated shopping experience for members, whether they shop online, through mobile or at the store.

July 24, 2013

Despite widespread doubt and dissatisfaction, most adults say they're not ready to repeal the healthcare-reform law signed into law two years ago by President Obama, according to a poll.

NEW YORK — Despite widespread doubt and dissatisfaction, most adults say they're not ready to repeal the healthcare-reform law signed into law two years ago by President Obama, according to a poll.

The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, reported in the National Journal, found that most respondents preferred to spend more money on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, or determine later if it requires changes.

July 23, 2013

Skin care brand Indeed Laboratories is bringing its nanoblur and snoxin skin care products to the U.S. market, through distributor Boots USA, with exclusive availability at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.

NEW YORK & DEERFIELD, Ill. — Skin care brand Indeed Laboratories is bringing its nanoblur and snoxin skin care products to the U.S. market, through distributor Boots USA, with exclusive availability at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. The brand’s U.S. retail launch is the result of the partnership formed last summer between Alliance Boots and Walgreens.

July 22, 2013

Mark Hill Salon Professional products, created by hairstylist Mark Hill, is launching nationwide at Walgreens and Duane Reade this month.

NEW YORK and DEERFIELD, Ill. — Mark Hill Salon Professional products, created by hairstylist Mark Hill, is launching nationwide at Walgreens and Duane Reade this month. 

The collection has attracted a following since its launch in the U.K. in 2004 exclusively with Boots health and beauty retail stores. The debut of Mark Hill Salon Professional products marks one of the nationwide product launches from Alliance Boots since the company formed a strategic partnership with Walgreens last summer.