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September 28, 2011

Intensive control of blood-sugar levels beyond standard targets provides no additional protection against cognitive decline in older people with diabetes than standard treatment, according to a national study coordinated by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center that was published online in the The Lancet Neurology.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Intensive control of blood-sugar levels beyond standard targets provides no additional protection against cognitive decline in older people with diabetes than standard treatment, according to a national study coordinated by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center that was published online in the The Lancet Neurology.

September 21, 2011

Looking to further tap into the men’s grooming market, Procter & Gamble has announced the creation of a prototype “Guy Aisle” in a CVS/pharmacy in Charlotte, N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Looking to further tap into the men’s grooming market, Procter & Gamble has announced the creation of a prototype “Guy Aisle” in a CVS/pharmacy in Charlotte, N.C.

"Men are buyers, not shoppers," stated Michael Norton, director of external relations for male grooming at Gillette, which is owned by P&G. "They want to get the shopping done, and with all their grooming needs in one aisle, it makes shopping easier, quicker and simpler."

September 19, 2011

Family Dollar announced that it has named Trey Johnson to the newly created position of SVP food.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar announced that it has named Trey Johnson to the newly created position of SVP food.

Johnson will report to Dorlisa Flur, EVP and chief merchandising officer.

September 13, 2011

Family Dollar has found a way to better understand how customers respond to its in-store displays and promotions, and how they can be improved to generate more sales.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Family Dollar has found a way to better understand how customers respond to its in-store displays and promotions, and how they can be improved to generate more sales.

The discount retailer has engaged RockTenn, manufacturer of consumer packaging solutions and BVI Networks, a provider of real-time in-store monitoring, to open the first large format "ShopperGauge" branded retail learning lab at Family Dollar stores.

September 12, 2011

Kerr Drug president and CEO Tony Civello has been named "Tarheel of the Week" by the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug president and CEO Tony Civello has been named "Tarheel of the Week" by the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer.

In a story published in its Sunday edition, the newspaper emphasized Civello's efforts to expand the healthcare services that pharmacies provide, something that has been a hallmark of his leadership of Kerr Drug.

September 8, 2011

Hanes is bringing comfortable socks to the masses with its latest line.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Hanes is bringing comfortable socks to the masses with its latest line.

New Comfort Toe Seam socks do not bunch and are designed to reduce the bulk of conventional socks, resulting in a more comfortable fit.

August 26, 2011

North Carolina-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter has elected to close three locations due to the inclement weather.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — North Carolina-based supermarket chain Harris Teeter has elected to close three locations due to the inclement weather.

Stores in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Corolla, N.C., and Kitty Hawk, N.C., were all closed as Hurricane Irene continues its path along the eastern shores.

Harris Teeter also noted that it has prepositioned tractor trailers with generators and dry ice at key distribution points and also has stocked stores in advance with disaster supplies including water and ice.

August 23, 2011

Less than one month after joining the specialty pharmacy network of health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has received an accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the company said.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Less than one month after joining the specialty pharmacy network of health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has received an accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the company said.

August 19, 2011

Five tobacco companies filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration challenging nine new cigarette warnings as an unconstitutional way of forcing tobacco manufacturers to disseminate the government's anti-smoking message.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Five tobacco companies filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration challenging nine new cigarette warnings as an unconstitutional way of forcing tobacco manufacturers to disseminate the government's anti-smoking message.

Under the FDA's recently announced regulation, cigarette packs and cartons and all cigarette advertising must display new graphic warnings by Sept. 22, 2012. The suit seeks a preliminary injunction to stay the effective date of the regulation and a declaration that the regulation is unconstitutional.

August 17, 2011

Kerr Drug is offering savings of up to 70% to customers who buy prescription eyewear through a new website, the chain said Wednesday.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is offering savings of up to 70% to customers who buy prescription eyewear through a new website, the chain said Wednesday.

Kerr Drug Optical, at Kerrdrugoptical.com, features more than 8,000 designer frames and options, such as scratch-resistant, Transitions and anti-reflective lenses, as well as ultraviolet treatments and prescription sunglasses. In addition, as part of the grand-opening offer, the company will give away the top 100 frame styles for free with a $49 purchase of lenses.

August 12, 2011

Kerr Drug is kicking off its flu shot campaign this month, the regional chain said Friday.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is kicking off its flu shot campaign this month, the regional chain said Friday.

Kerr pharmacists will administer vaccines for the 2011-2012 flu season at most of its stores in North Carolina. It also plans to offer vaccines at its booth during the 2011 North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, N.C., from Oct. 13 to 23.

August 5, 2011

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has joined the specialty pharmacy network of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BioPlus said Friday.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has joined the specialty pharmacy network of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BioPlus said Friday.

BioPlus specializes in providing access to high-cost medications for such conditions as arthritis, hepatitis C, cancer and other complex, chronic conditions. It also educates patients on using them with the goal of improving medication adherence quality of life.

August 5, 2011

New stores, higher retail inflation and positive calendar impact drove sales up for Delhaize America, the U.S. sector of the Delhaize Group, during the second quarter ended June 30.

SALISBURY, N.C. — New stores, higher retail inflation and positive calendar impact drove sales up for Delhaize America, the U.S. sector of the Delhaize Group, during the second quarter ended June 30.

The division, which operates such banners as Food Lion, Hannaford and Bottom Dollar Food, reported that revenues rose 4.3% to $4.9 billion, while comparable-store sales increased 1.6%. Operating profit, however, dropped 2.7% to $205 million.

August 4, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline company Stiefel announced it is seeking approval for a facial acne treatment in patients ages 12 years and older.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — GlaxoSmithKline company Stiefel announced it is seeking approval for a facial acne treatment in patients ages 12 years and older.

Stiefel said it has submitted a new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration for tazarotene foam. Tazarotene foam is subject to evaluation and approval by the regulatory authorities before it can be made available to physicians for prescribing to their appropriate patients, Stiefel said.

August 1, 2011

Delhaize America announced that it is expanding its Food Lion distribution center in Dunn, N.C.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Delhaize America announced that it is expanding its Food Lion distribution center in Dunn, N.C.

The company said the distribution center, which opened in 1987 and services 264 Food Lion stores in the area, will increase storage space by 54,000 sq. ft. to accomodate more than 4,000 refrigerated and frozen foods.

July 25, 2011

Discount grocery chain Bottom Dollar Food announced plans to enter the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Discount grocery chain Bottom Dollar Food announced plans to enter the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets.

The expansion includes 14 stores that will open in 2012 and is said to create more than 600 jobs.

July 20, 2011

Food Lion unveiled on Wednesday six new stores in the Greenville, S.C., area market.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion unveiled on Wednesday six new stores in the Greenville, S.C., area market.

The stores, located in Anderson, Greenville, Greer, Seneca and Simpsonville, replace former Bloom locations. As part of the transition to Food Lion stores, the newly opened supermarkets will carry a variety of natural and organic products, as well as fresh seafood, produce and other specialty items, Food Lion SVP James Egan said.

July 20, 2011

Lorillard has voluntarily recalled certain Newport non-menthol cigarettes.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Lorillard has voluntarily recalled certain Newport non-menthol cigarettes.

The recall was initiated after the company discovered that some of the cigarettes manufactured between June 29 and 30 could contain small pieces of plastic. At this point, no plastic has been found in any of the cigarettes, but if burned, the plastic may create respiratory discomfort or irritation, Lorillard said.

July 18, 2011

An e-cigarette brand announced that its disposable e-cigarettes now are available at H-E-B and Meijer stores.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An e-cigarette brand announced that its disposable e-cigarettes now are available at H-E-B and Meijer stores.

The company said that this marks Blu Cigs' transition from online sales to retail by being sold in all of H-E-B's 329 stores across Texas and Mexico, as well as Meijer's 196 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Each disposable e-cigarette equals about 20 to 30 traditional cigarettes, the company said.

July 18, 2011

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board said that its certification and advanced training programs, developed by the Pharmacy Technician Workforce Coalition of the Triad, support the development of a highly skilled pharmacy technician workforce in North Carolina.

WASHINGTON — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board said that its certification and advanced training programs, developed by the Pharmacy Technician Workforce Coalition of the Triad, support the development of a highly skilled pharmacy technician workforce in North Carolina.

July 18, 2011

Food Lion stores located along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina raised more than $100,000 during the retailer's "Thriller on the Griller at the Beach" events.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion stores located along the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina raised more than $100,000 during the retailer's "Thriller on the Griller at the Beach" events.

The events, which took place from June 17 to July 3 at 14 stores, raised $101,149, Food Lion said. The company said that the funds raised surpassed the retailer's goal by nearly $15,000.

July 15, 2011

Polyglot Systems and CarePoint have partnered to help healthcare providers communicate medication instructions more effectively to patients, the two companies said Thursday.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Polyglot Systems and CarePoint have partnered to help healthcare providers communicate medication instructions more effectively to patients, the two companies said Thursday.

July 14, 2011

A team comprised of scientists from drug maker Merck and several U.S. universities will look for ways to eradicate HIV, Merck said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — A team comprised of scientists from drug maker Merck and several U.S. universities will look for ways to eradicate HIV, Merck said.

July 11, 2011

Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company, has expanded its Revaleskin family of products with its new Revaleskin Illuminesse Brightening Complex.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company, has expanded its Revaleskin family of products with its new Revaleskin Illuminesse Brightening Complex.

Made with CoffeeBerry whole fruit extract, the anti-aging treatment is designed to provide antioxidants to neutralize against free radical damage caused by UV exposure, which can result in uneven skin tone, mild age spots and the loss of brightness and youthful luminosity of the skin. For maximum sun protection, the formula should be used in addition to sunscreen, not as a substitute. 

June 30, 2011

Amid ongoing economic challenges and a continued debate about the best uses of healthcare dollars in private and public healthcare plans, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Wednesday called for a renewed focus on the value of community pharmacy.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Amid ongoing economic challenges and a continued debate about the best uses of healthcare dollars in private and public healthcare plans, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Wednesday called for a renewed focus on the value of community pharmacy.