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January 10, 2012

Grocer A&P has announced plans to shutter 14 stores in four states as it prepares to emerge from bankruptcy.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has announced plans to shutter 14 stores in four states as it prepares to emerge from bankruptcy.

The company has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking approval to close the stores. The store closures are expected to be completed in the company's fiscal first quarter, subject to court approval.

January 10, 2012

Case-Mate has brought its latest collection of mobile and tablet accessories for spring to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Case-Mate has brought its latest collection of mobile and tablet accessories for spring to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new lineup includes such items as the Phantom, a triple-layered, two-piece iPhone 4/4S case, Brazil collection of animal print cases, a chic leather case from the Kayla collection and the Snap cover, which features a rapid-deploy, built-in kickstand.

The entire 2012 spring collection of mobile and tablet accessories range from $30 to $160.

January 10, 2012

A coalition of consumer groups on Tuesday joined its collective voice to the number of constituents opposing the Express Scripts-Medco merger in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, according to a report filed by Reuters.

WASHINGTON — A coalition of consumer groups on Tuesday joined its collective voice to the number of constituents opposing the Express Scripts-Medco merger in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, according to a report filed by Reuters.

January 10, 2012

CVS Caremark's chief healthcare strategy officer on Tuesday outlined how the company's integrated pharmacy-based program for such chronic diseases as diabetes, called Pharmacy Advisor, increased medication adherence rates and physician initiation of prescriptions for concomitant medications to improve patient health.

WASHINGTON — CVS Caremark's chief healthcare strategy officer on Tuesday outlined how the company's integrated pharmacy-based program for such chronic diseases as diabetes, called Pharmacy Advisor, increased medication adherence rates and physician initiation of prescriptions for concomitant medications to improve patient health.

January 10, 2012

Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase, a line created specifically for the mass market that launched in early 2011, is offering a Facebook sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to New York Fashion Week.

NEW YORK — Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase, a line created specifically for the mass market that launched in early 2011, is offering a Facebook sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to New York Fashion Week.

Beauty mavens are encouraged to visit the brand’s Facebook page and choose their favorite diffusion line fashion designer for a chance to win. The winner will attend a fashion show at Lincoln Center, receive a consultation with a celebrity stylist and receive a two-night stay at the Empire Hotel.

January 10, 2012

Relaxation beverage brand Drank is set to roll out a new tropical blend.

HOUSTON — Relaxation beverage brand Drank is set to roll out a new tropical blend.

The new Island Time relaxation beverage was created to help consumers stay calm and relax as the world may come to an end in 2012, Innovative Beverage Group Holdings CEO Peter Bianchi said.

"Consumers who want adventure and relaxation can still enjoy an active lifestyle while unwinding from their busy schedules. Island Time is a perfect new extension of the Drank family of products," Bianchi said.

January 10, 2012

The joint venture of Duracell and Powermat Technologies made its Consumer Electronics Show debut this week.

LAS VEGAS — The joint venture of Duracell and Powermat Technologies has announced its new product lineup.

January 10, 2012

Febreze is looking to eliminate tough odors and freshen the air in cars, the brand announced.

CINCINNATI — Febreze is looking to eliminate tough odors and freshen the air in cars, the brand announced.

The Febreze car vent clip features a modern design that allows it to easily attach onto the air vent in the car, providing odor elimination and freshness while on the road. It also includes a unique membrane that allows the product to slowly release scented oils, though consumers can adjust the scent level via the scent intensity dial.

January 10, 2012

Food Lion has appointed a new advertising agency of record.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion has appointed a new advertising agency of record.

The supermarket chain announced that Mullen will be responsible for developing Food Lion's advertising campaigns and partnering with the company on integrated marketing initiatives in support of the Food Lion brand. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. New creative and advertising could take effect as early as first quarter 2012.

January 10, 2012

Nicotine replacement therapies designed to help people stop smoking, specifically nicotine patches and nicotine gum, do not appear to be effective in helping smokers quit long-term, even when combined with smoking-cessation counseling, according to a new survey by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Boston posted in an advance online edition of Tobacco Control Monday.

BOSTON — Nicotine replacement therapies designed to help people stop smoking, specifically nicotine patches and nicotine gum, do not appear to be effective in helping smokers quit long-term, even when combined with smoking-cessation counseling, according to a new survey by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Boston posted in an advance online edition of Tobacco Control Monday.

January 10, 2012

Generic drug maker Hospira has enrolled the first patient in a late-stage clinical trial of a biosimilar drug for treating kidney disease.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Generic drug maker Hospira has enrolled the first patient in a late-stage clinical trial of a biosimilar drug for treating kidney disease.

The company said the phase-3 trial of biosimilar EPO (erythropoietin) would compare its product with Amgen's Epogen in patients with kidney dysfunction who have anemia. The trial, which will enroll about 1,000 patients who already have taken Epogen, follows a phase-1 trial that ended last year, and results of the late-stage trial are expected next year.

January 10, 2012

Kodak is looking to transform into a digital enterprise by going back to basics.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak is looking to transform into a digital enterprise by going back to basics.

The company, which has been the subject of focus in the bankruptcy rumor mill, said it has implemented a new business structure that will increase productivity, reduce cost and allow it to deliver sustainable profitability and value to stakeholders. As part of the changes, Kodak has consolidated three units into two, which now are called the commercial segment and the consumer segment.

January 10, 2012

La Roche-Posay is launching in March its new Rosaliac AR Intense Localized Redness Intensive Care, which reduces visible redness and irritation, and is suitable for rosacea-prone skin.

NEW YORK — La Roche-Posay is launching in March its new Rosaliac AR Intense Localized Redness Intensive Care, which reduces visible redness and irritation, and is suitable for rosacea-prone skin.

January 10, 2012

Larenim Mineral has announced the launch of its new skin care product Larenim hyaluronic acid serum.

NEW YORK — Larenim Mineral has announced the launch of its new skin care product Larenim hyaluronic acid serum. 

Although the beauty company is not the first to market a product with an HA serum, it has some features that, according to the company, make it stand out from others.

January 10, 2012

Over the past year, store-brand sales of over-the-counter products have helped maintain a slight growth through the sector, and with the number of proposed prescription-to-OTC switches on the horizon, the future looks especially bright, Joe Papa, Perrigo chairman, president and CEO, told attendees of the 30th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference held Monday.

NEW YORK — Over the past year, store-brand sales of over-the-counter products have helped maintain a slight growth through the sector, and with the number of proposed prescription-to-OTC switches on the horizon, the future looks especially bright, Joe Papa, Perrigo chairman, president and CEO, told attendees of the 30th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference held here Monday.

January 10, 2012

Walgreens on Tuesday brought the latest example of its flagship retail pharmacy to life in Chicago, tantalizing its hometown crowd with departments most shoppers normally wouldn't associate with a pharmacy.

CHICAGO — Walgreens on Tuesday brought the latest example of its flagship retail pharmacy to life here in Chicago, tantalizing its hometown crowd with departments most shoppers normally wouldn't associate with a pharmacy: a fully stocked sushi bar, quick-and-fresh deli offerings and a self-serve yogurt bar adjacent to a juice bar that, along with the healthy-for-you selection of juice, offers the “double-rich chocolate malted milk” that the retailer invented in 1922.

January 10, 2012

Schick, an Energizer Personal Care brand, has announced that it will debut a new custom power razor designed to reduce irritation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

SHELTON, Conn. — Schick, an Energizer Personal Care brand, has announced that it will debut a new custom power razor designed to reduce irritation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Schick Hydro Power Select wet shave razor, on shelves beginning in January 2012, features three vibration settings, easy-to-read indicators and a one-touch control button.

January 10, 2012

In a bipartisan effort, Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, along with 12 of their colleagues, have expressed concerns with draft Federal Upper Limits lists for Medicaid generic drug reimbursement that recently have been published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a bipartisan effort, Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, along with 12 of their colleagues, have expressed concerns with draft Federal Upper Limits lists for Medicaid generic drug reimbursement that recently have been published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association commended the Senators for the effort.

January 10, 2012

Shire has acquired U.S. rights to a drug used to treat chronic constipation in women from Johnson & Johnson, the company said Tuesday.

PHILADELPHIA — Shire has acquired U.S. rights to a drug used to treat chronic constipation in women from Johnson & Johnson, the company said Tuesday.

Shire announced the acquisition of rights to Resolor (prucalopride) from J&J subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Shire acquired European rights to the drug in 2010 when it bought Belgian drug maker Movetis, which itself had acquired rights to the drug from Janssen.

 

January 10, 2012

Mass merchandise chain Shopko has launched a new mobile application for pharmacy customers, the chain said Tuesday.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mass merchandise chain Shopko has launched a new mobile application for pharmacy customers, the chain said Tuesday.

Fresh off the heals of its merger with Pamida, Shopko announced the launch of an app for Blackberry, Android and iPhone users that will allow customers to refill and manage their pharmacy prescriptions.

January 10, 2012

A new lighter roast coffee from Starbucks has debuted at retail.

SEATTLE — A new lighter roast coffee from Starbucks has debuted at retail.

Starbucks said its new Starbucks Blonde Roast is designed to cater to coffee drinkers that prefer a lighter roast to the brewer's current portfolio of medium and dark roast coffees.

January 10, 2012

The SVP and CFO of Pepsi Bottling Group is heading to Sun Products.

WILTON, Conn. — The SVP and CFO of Pepsi Bottling Group is heading to Sun Products.

Sun Products, known for its laundry detergent, fabric softeners and other household products, announced that Al Drewes will join the company as EVP and CFO. In his role, Drewes will be responsible for all aspects of financial planning and accounting, tax, audit, treasury as well as IT, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions for the company.

January 10, 2012

Weis Markets on Monday announced it has lowered the prices on 1,700 staple items and that it will freeze the prices of these products for 90 days through April 2, marking the company’s eighth 90-day Price Freeze since 2009.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has lowered the prices on 1,700 staple items and that it will freeze the prices of these products for 90 days through April 2, marking the company’s eighth 90-day Price Freeze since 2009.

January 10, 2012

Winn-Dixie on Tuesday joined the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, an initiative aimed at tipping the scales against the epidemic of diabetes, prediabetes and obesity by expanding access to community-based programs that use evidence-based approaches to help prevent and control diabetes.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Winn-Dixie on Tuesday joined the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, an initiative aimed at tipping the scales against the epidemic of diabetes, prediabetes and obesity by expanding access to community-based programs that use evidence-based approaches to help prevent and control diabetes.

January 9, 2012

The American Diabetes Association has announced its officers and board of directors for 2012.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Diabetes Association has announced its officers and board of directors for 2012.

This year's board includes:

  • Board chairman L. Hunter Limbaugh, who serves as southeastern counsel of the Wine Institute in Columbia, S.C.;

  • Healthcare and education president Geralyn Spollett, who is the associate director of the Yale Diabetes Center and adult nurse practitioner, endocrine at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.;