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May 31, 2013

Target will introduce its Beauty Concierge program in more than two dozen stores around the nation's capital at the end of next month.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target will introduce its Beauty Concierge program in more than two dozen stores around the nation's capital at the end of next month.

Target said it would roll out the program at 27 stores in Washington, Baltimore and northern Virginia on June 28. Participating stores will be staffed with a beauty concierge, a specially trained staff member who will be available to answer customers' questions in-store and provide them with personalized, detailed and unbiased information about beauty and personal care products offered at Target.

May 28, 2013

Target has announced that it has expanded its Beauty Concierge program to 41 Chicagoland stores and introduced the program to 96 existing stores in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced that it has expanded its Beauty Concierge program to 41 Chicagoland stores and introduced the program to 96 existing stores in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.

In addition, the program will launch in 27 stores in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Baltimore area and 36 stores in Minneapolis, with approximately 200 stores implementing the program in 2013.

May 16, 2013

Target has launched the fall 2013 collection of Sonia Kashuk beauty products at its stores, the mass merchandise chain said.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has launched the fall 2013 collection of Sonia Kashuk beauty products at its stores, the mass merchandise chain said.


Pictured here: The Sonia Kashuk travel duffle bag.

May 13, 2013

Butterball has entered a licensing agreement with Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, a Memphis, Tenn.-based manufacturer of processed meat, to launch a new line of turkey meat snacks featuring jerky, turkey bacon jerky, turkey nuggets and turkey snack sticks.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Butterball has entered a licensing agreement with Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, a Memphis, Tenn.-based manufacturer of processed meat, to launch a new line of turkey meat snacks featuring jerky, turkey bacon jerky, turkey nuggets and turkey snack sticks.

May 9, 2013

Skin care brand Amlactin from Upsher-Smith has announced that there's a new power couple in town: alpha-hydroxy acids and essential ceramides. Enter Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring body lotion.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Skin care brand Amlactin from Upsher-Smith has announced that there's a new power couple in town: alpha-hydroxy acids and essential ceramides. Enter Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring body lotion.

Making its retail debut at select Walmart and Walgreens stores, Amlactin Cerapeutic contains the patented ultraplex formula to gently exfoliate, as well as three skin-identical ceramides that work together to strengthen skin's protective moisture barrier for softer, more resilient skin.

April 19, 2013

A new product from Apothecary Products that has been featured on "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Today Show" is hoping to remove the guesswork of proper food portions when cooking a meal at home.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — A new product from Apothecary Products that has been featured on "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Today Show" is hoping to remove the guesswork of proper food portions when cooking a meal at home.

April 10, 2013

From the creators of Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath comes a new way for kids to have fun while getting clean.

CHASKA, Minn. — From the creators of Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath comes a new way for kids to have fun while getting clean. Enter Mr. Bubble Original Bubble and Extra Gentle 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo and conditioners.

April 3, 2013

Improving adherence to generic statin drugs for high cholesterol can reduce the costs of health care in a way that adherence to branded statins historically couldn't, according to a new study.

SAN DIEGO — Improving adherence to generic statin drugs for high cholesterol can reduce the costs of health care in a way that adherence to branded statins historically couldn't, according to a new study.

April 2, 2013

Specialty drugs are expected to account for 50% of all drug costs by 2018, according to two new studies.

SAN DIEGO — Specialty drugs are expected to account for 50% of all drug costs by 2018, according to two new studies.

By contrast, specialty drugs accounted for 20% of all drug costs in 2009, but increased to 28.7% by 2012. Pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota conducted the studies, and Prime is presenting them Tuesday at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 25th annual meeting and expo in San Diego.

April 2, 2013

A population-based study in Olmsted County, Minn., has shown an increase in the incidence of celiac disease, a digestive condition triggered by eating protein gluten.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A population-based study in Olmsted County, Minn., has shown an increase in the incidence of celiac disease, a digestive condition triggered by eating protein gluten.

March 28, 2013

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy skin care has introduced its new AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion, formulated with alpha-hydroxy acids and essential ceramides.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy skin care has introduced its new AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion, formulated with alpha-hydroxy acids and essential ceramides.

March 26, 2013

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., introduced legislation repealing restrictions placed on health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., last week introduced the Family Health Care Flexibility Act, repealing restrictions placed on health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts in the President’s healthcare law. A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, already in effect today, prohibits HSA and FSA participants from using their account dollars to purchase over the counter medicines without a prescription.  

March 22, 2013

Legislation to expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities has been re-introduced by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

WASHINGTON — Legislation to expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities has been re-introduced by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology Act, S. 596, would create a pilot program to provide budget neutral incentives for home health agencies across the country to use remote patient monitoring to better monitor Medicare beneficiaries, improve health outcomes and reduce Medicare expenditures.

March 19, 2013

The Post-it brand from 3M introduced the Post-it Mobile Collection, a new line of attach-and-go products for more efficient and effective organization for consumers on the go, the company announced.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Post-it brand from 3M introduced the Post-it Mobile Collection, a new line of attach-and-go products for more efficient and effective organization for consumers on the go, the company announced today.

The new Post-it Mobile Collection features a variety of specially designed products to stick, insert and clip to everyday items. The attach-and-go products work together, allowing customization of a portable organization system.

March 15, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauded the introduction of S. 557, the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2013, introduced yesterday by U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., along with the support of original cosponsors U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Al Franken, D-Minn., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today applauded the introduction of S. 557, the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2013, introduced yesterday by U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., along with the support of original cosponsors U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Al Franken, D-Minn., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The legislation seeks to expand access to MTM services for senior citizens enrolled in the Medicare program.

March 12, 2013

A 12-to-1 return on investment. That’s what researchers in Minnesota estimated public and private health plan payers can get when they pay pharmacists to provide medication therapy management.

A 12-to-1 return on investment. That’s what researchers in Minnesota estimated public and private health plan payers can get when they pay pharmacists to provide medication therapy management.

March 11, 2013

The Post-it brand from 3M announces the launch of Post-it Big Pads, the company said.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Post-it brand from 3M announces the launch of Post-it Big Pads, the company announced this weekend at the SXSW 2013 trade show.

March 8, 2013

Republican and Democratic senators have re-introduced legislation that would ban patent settlements between branded and generic drug companies that critics allege violate antitrust laws, according to published reports.

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic senators have re-introduced legislation that would ban patent settlements between branded and generic drug companies that critics allege violate antitrust laws, according to published reports.

February 21, 2013

Smokeless tobacco users who said they didn’t want to quit changed their minds or significantly cut back when given nicotine lozenges or tobacco-free snuff in a Mayo Clinic study.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Smokeless tobacco users who said they didn’t want to quit changed their minds or significantly cut back when given nicotine lozenges or tobacco-free snuff in a Mayo Clinic study.

The findings are published in the February issue of Addictive Behaviors.

February 19, 2013

For the week ended Feb. 9, influenza activity decreased to 3.2% — still above the baseline of 2.2%, but an indicator this year's flu season is on its way out.

ATLANTA — For the week ended Feb. 9, influenza activity decreased to 3.2% — still above the baseline of 2.2%, but an indicator this year's flu season is on its way out. 

Eleven states and New York City were still experiencing high influenza-like illness activity, while 10 states reported moderate activity.

February 12, 2013

Massachusetts and New Jersey lately have been cracking down on sterile compounding pharmacies alleged to violate safety regulations, but the crackdown may soon go nationwide, predicted a legal firm focused on the matter.

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts and New Jersey lately have been cracking down on sterile compounding pharmacies alleged to violate safety regulations, but the crackdown may soon go nationwide, predicted a legal firm focused on the matter.

LeClairRyan attorney Michael Ruggio said officials in several states were increasing scrutiny of compounding pharmacies in the wake of an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to the New England Compounding Center, which so far sickened 696 people and killed 45, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 6, 2013

Republican and Democratic senators have re-introduced legislation that would ban patent settlements between branded and generic drug companies that critics allege violate antitrust laws, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Republican and Democratic senators have re-introduced legislation that would ban patent settlements between branded and generic drug companies that critics allege violate antitrust laws, according to published reports.

February 1, 2013

Face-to-face medication therapy management services can improve health outcomes for patients with diabetes, according to a new study.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Face-to-face medication therapy management services can improve health outcomes for patients with diabetes, according to a new study.

February 1, 2013

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and nearby healthcare institutions shows that patients with diabetes experience better outcomes when they undergo face-to-face medication therapy management sessions with pharmacists.

Drug Store News has reported enough about the benefits of MTM to fill a book, but a scientific study showing a demonstrable benefit to it only makes the case stronger. It speaks to the growing role of the pharmacist as a key member of the patient's healthcare team, every bit as important as nurses and doctors, and also points to a role of growing importance to pharmacy retailers themselves as they seek to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and nearby healthcare institutions shows that patients with diabetes experience better outcomes when they undergo face-to-face medication therapy management sessions with pharmacists.

January 30, 2013

Regional player Thrifty White Pharmacy, which operates 90 pharmacies in the upper Midwest, is working to enroll patients in its Medication Synchronization Program as a recent study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University found that those patients taking their medications correctly with the program are more likely to stay well, make fewer clinic visits and require fewer hospitalizations, thus reducing overall healthcare spending.

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Regional player Thrifty White Pharmacy, which operates 90 pharmacies in the upper Midwest, is working to enroll patients in its Medication Synchronization Program as a recent study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University found that those patients taking their medications correctly with the program are more likely to stay well, make fewer clinic visits and require fewer hospitalizations, thus reducing overall healthcare spending.