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November 18, 2013

In part 3 of this three-part exclusive interview series with Target, Steve Lafferty, senior director of Health Care Partnerships, discusses with DSNTV how Target is fueling innovation in health care with its Simplicity Challenge.

In part 3 of this three-part exclusive interview series with Target, Steve Lafferty, senior director of Health Care Partnerships, discusses with DSNTV how Target is fueling innovation in health care with its Simplicity Challenge. The contest, unveiled in September, aims to identify ideas to address two major challenges in health care: managing chronic conditions and supporting individual wellness and prevention efforts.

Menasha is sponsoring this special three-part installment. 

March 20, 2013

One major theme resonating across the show floor at HIMSS13 was the importance of interoperability within healthcare ecosystems. Emdeon's Lathe Bigler discusses how interoperability in the pharmacy space has been centered on advances in e-prescribing and clinical messaging.

In early March, more than 30,000 healthcare industry participants swarmed upon New Orleans for the annual HIMSS conference. In the words of keynote speaker James Carville, this is the Super Bowl of conventions. Most attendees arrived on Sunday to discover a water outage warning. Even when the water pressure returned to normal, the message was clear — do not drink it! On Monday morning, there was not a latte to be found in the entire city. We were roughing it…

February 25, 2013

“The only real valuable thing is intuition,” said Albert Einstein. Within the consumer healthcare industry, nowhere is that more true than in the realm of brand management.

“The only real valuable thing is intuition,” said Albert Einstein. Within the consumer healthcare industry, nowhere is that more true than in the realm of brand management.

Ironically, Einstein also said “if we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

April 18, 2014

Celebrity hairstylist Cristophe is expanding his line of hair care products with the introduction of a new Dry Shampoo formulated with vitamins and antioxidants.

LOS ANGELES — Celebrity hairstylist Cristophe is expanding his line of hair care products with the introduction of a new Dry Shampoo formulated with vitamins and antioxidants.

The Dry Shampoo is sprayed on the roots to absorb excess oil while providing volume. It can be used on dirty or clean hair to create volume or add texture to styles.

April 17, 2014

Rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

ATLANTA — Rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

April 7, 2014

Briggs Healthcare, a supplier to the hospital, pharmaceutical/DME and retail markets for 65 years, on Monday announced it is aligning its brands under the HealthSmart name as of summer 2014.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Briggs Healthcare, a supplier to the hospital, pharmaceutical/DME and retail markets for 65 years, on Monday announced it is aligning its brands under the HealthSmart name as of summer 2014. The brand will be supported by a new website for wholesale and retail customers and, in collaboration with its retail partners, new packaging. Following the announcement, more than 1,000 products will be rebranded as HealthSmart. 

April 4, 2014

PepsiCo and Major League Baseball Properties earlier this week announced an extension of their sponsorship agreement, further building on a relationship that has spanned more than 15 years.

PURCHASE, N.Y. and NEW YORK — PepsiCo and Major League Baseball Properties earlier this week announced an extension of their sponsorship agreement, further building on a relationship that has spanned more than 15 years.

April 3, 2014

As retail-based health clinics and the practitioners who work in them become an increasingly important players within the U.S. health care system, the industry is gearing up for the seventh annual Retail Clinician Education Congress in May, which will include the highly anticipated Business Leadership Track.

MINNEAPOLIS — As retail-based health clinics and the practitioners who work in them become an increasingly important players within the U.S. health care system, the industry is gearing up for the seventh annual Retail Clinician Education Congress in May, which will include the highly anticipated Business Leadership Track.

March 28, 2014

SoftSheen-Carson’s Dark and Lovely hair care brand for women of color has teamed up with Black Girls RUN! as their exclusive beauty sponsor for 2014.

NEW YORK — SoftSheen-Carson’s Dark and Lovely hair care brand for women of color has teamed up with Black Girls RUN! as their exclusive beauty sponsor for 2014.

The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to become the leading resource and inspiration for generations of African-American women seeking to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

March 27, 2014

Sun Products Corp. announced the introduction of new all free clear Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets, which will complement the company's all free clear detergent.

WILTON, Conn. — Sun Products Corp. announced the introduction of new all free clear fabric softener and dryer sheets, which will complement the company's all free clear detergent. 

March 26, 2014

The month of March came in like a lion, indeed, but not because of the weather. The month began with a roar as a group of the largest and most influential pharmacy associations and chains came together to form the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition, or PAPCC, in an effort to secure formal federal recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers.

The month of March came in like a lion, indeed, but not because of the weather. The month began with a roar as a group of the largest and most influential pharmacy associations and chains came together to form the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition, or PAPCC, in an effort to secure formal federal recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers. 

March 26, 2014

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Co., announced the expansion of the Major League Baseball branded Ring Pops to new teams this March.

NEW YORK — Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Co., announced the expansion of the Major League Baseball branded Ring Pops to new teams this March. The candies will be expanding to additional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox.

The branded Ring Pop candies are packaged in wrappers featuring each team's logos, with flavors corresponding to the team colors, the company said.

March 14, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients.

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has announced the selection of the 2014 Awards and Honors Program recipients. Honorees will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28 to 31.

American Pharmacists Association – Profession Wide Awards:

March 14, 2014

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, the Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; its Wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being. The Rite Aid Health Alliance takes that commitment down to the “atomic level of patient engagement,” Rite Aid chairman and CEO said last week, at a live event at one of its Buffalo stores.

Through the program, Rite Aid pharmacists together with a new patient care position in Rite Aid stores, the Care Coach, work directly with patients with chronic conditions and poly-chronic conditions to help them meet specific health improvement goals, as outlined by the patient’s physician. Care coaches, who are specially trained in behavior change to help patients address health issues related to lifestyle, work with patients to take their physicians’ recommendations and “break them down into sizeable, understandable milestones,” Jocelyn Konrad, VP healthcare initiatives for Rite Aid, told DSN. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance stores can “become an extension of the physician’s office,” she said. “It’s going to be a different experience for the patient. Whatever [they] need to understand and be motivated, we will work to provide it.”

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being.

March 13, 2014

The epilepsy therapeutics market value in the eight major countries — the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan — will increase from $3.4 billion in 2012 to $4.5 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9%, according to a new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.

NEW YORK — The epilepsy therapeutics market value in the eight major countries — the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan — will increase from $3.4 billion in 2012 to $4.5 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9%, according to a new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.

March 13, 2014

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

To get a better sense of how OTC brands are helping to improve patient outcomes and drive down healthcare costs, DSN invited some leading OTC executives to share their opinions on the value of OTCs.

March 13, 2014

Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted double-digit sales gains for the fourth-quarter and a 9.5% boost in net income.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted double-digit sales gains for the fourth-quarter and a 9.5% boost in net income.

March 11, 2014

In his first major appearance before a Milwaukee crowd, Meijer CEO Hank Meijer said the retailer is gearing up for growth in Wisconsin over the next few years, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — In his first major appearance before a Milwaukee crowd, Meijer CEO Hank Meijer said the retailer is gearing up for growth in Wisconsin over the next few years, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

March 10, 2014

Fort Knox Exchange has completed its first full remodel in 20 years, bringing military shoppers a modern shopping experience that includes more brands and updates stores.

DALLAS  — Fort Knox Exchange has completed its first full remodel in 20 years, bringing military shoppers a modern shopping experience that includes more brands and updates stores.

The 115,000-sq.-ft. Exchange, which took seven months and $3.5 million to update, boasts three separate merchandise areas — Home, Life and Style — to appeal to military shoppers’ active lifestyle.

March 10, 2014

Target and Major League Baseball are working together this baseball season to engage guests and fans in celebrating the nation’s teachers and inspiring kids.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target and Major League Baseball are working together this baseball season to engage guests and fans in celebrating the nation’s teachers and inspiring kids.

March 7, 2014

Good2grow, a line of healthy children's beverages, announced its nationwide debut at major grocery and convenience stores. Its foray into the healthy children's beverage category is significant, the company said.

ATLANTA — Good2grow, a line of healthy children's beverages, announced its nationwide debut at major grocery and convenience stores. The product is available in a variety of flavors and sizes and features spill-proof SippaTop caps and character toys that draw kids in. Its foray into the healthy children's beverage category is significant, the company said.

March 7, 2014

As part of a realignment to "focus on wellness plans for major employers," SoloHealth founder Bart Foster has stepped down as CEO of the company to assume a new role as chief strategy officer, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle published Thursday.

DULUTH, Ga. — As part of a realignment to "focus on wellness plans for major employers," SoloHealth founder Bart Foster has stepped down as CEO of the company to assume a new role as chief strategy officer, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle published Thursday. 

Chairman Larry Gerdes will assume the role of CEO. The move will capitalize on the strengths of Foster — sales and strategy — Gerdes told the Chronicle

March 6, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday introduced a new form to the Zyrtec portfolio of allergy-relief products — an oral, dissolvable tablet. Delivering the same effective 24-hour relief, Zyrtec Dissolve Tabs are now available at all major retailers and pharmacies.

Zyrtec, the best-selling brand within the cold-allergy-sinus tablet category, generated $317.3 million for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 29, up 1.8% across total U.S. multi-outlet, according to IRI data. 

February 27, 2014

Ahold announced plans to significantly expand its Peapod presence in the U.S. market when announcing fourth-quarter results on Thursday.

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold announced plans to significantly expand its Peapod presence in the U.S. market when announcing fourth-quarter results on Thursday. "Peapod is expected to double its capacity in the U.S. in 2014," Dick Boer, Ahold CEO, told analysts. 

February 27, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and such chronic diseases as obesity and heart disease.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and such chronic diseases as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.