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June 4, 2013

The maker of a line of 3-D kiosks is installing them at 200 Rite Aid stores in New York and Los Angeles after the completion of a 10-store pilot program last year.

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — The maker of a line of 3-D kiosks is installing them at 200 Rite Aid stores in New York and Los Angeles after the completion of a 10-store pilot program last year.

Provision Interactive Technologies said Tuesday that it had entered a multi-year deal with Rite Aid to install its 3-D Reward Centers, which generate 3-D holographic videos, information about the Wellness+ loyalty card program and promotions.

June 4, 2013

Royal Ahold is quadrupling the size of its share-buyback program amid strong first-quarter 2013 sales and the sale of its majority stake in a supermarket chain, the Netherlands-based supermarket operator said.

AMSTERDAM — Royal Ahold is quadrupling the size of its share-buyback program amid strong first-quarter 2013 sales and the sale of its majority stake in a supermarket chain, the Netherlands-based supermarket operator said Tuesday.

June 4, 2013

The House of Representatives voted Monday to pass a bill that would establish national standards for the pharmaceutical supply chain.

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Monday to pass a bill that would establish national standards for the pharmaceutical supply chain.

June 4, 2013

A lot is said about how pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, and one health insurer is taking advantage of this by sponsoring a series of special seminars for elderly people.

PHILADELPHIA — A lot is said about how pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, and one health insurer is taking advantage of this by sponsoring a series of special seminars for elderly people.

June 4, 2013

More than a million patients are receiving automated messages to increase immunizations, improve medication adherence and better manage chronic diseases, a company that developed a communication system for delivering the messages said Tuesday.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — More than a million patients are receiving automated messages to increase immunizations, improve medication adherence and better manage chronic diseases, a company that developed a communication system for delivering the messages said Tuesday.

June 4, 2013

Pharmacy techs can be leaders in keeping their workplaces prepared for the possibility of pharmacy crime, a tech-training organization said.

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy techs can be leaders in keeping their workplaces prepared for the possibility of pharmacy crime, a tech-training organization said.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is promoting RxPatrol, an online resources that features pharmacy security tools, as a tool for pharmacy crime preparedness. These include the "REACT" crisis procedure, whose name stands for "Remain calm; be an Eyewitness; activate Alarm; Call police and Take charge after the robbery."

June 4, 2013

Johnson & Johnson division McNeil Consumer Healthcare has launched a new marketing campaign around the allergy medication Zyrtec, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson division McNeil Consumer Healthcare has launched a new marketing campaign around the allergy medication Zyrtec, according to published reports.

Marketing Daily reported that a new app on Zyrtec's Facebook page allowed users to superimpose their pets over an animated depiction of a park and thus take the pets for virtual walks.

June 4, 2013

A subsidiary of Aceto Corp. has launched a generic treatment for seasonal and perennial allergies, the company said Tuesday.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — A subsidiary of Aceto Corp. has launched a generic treatment for seasonal and perennial allergies, the company said Tuesday.

Rising Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of flunisolide nasal solution in the 0.025% strength.

June 4, 2013

The healthcare reform law will add 6 million Americans to Medicaid and 21 million to affordable insurance exchanges, according to a new study.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The healthcare reform law will add 6 million Americans to Medicaid and 21 million to affordable insurance exchanges, according to a new study.

June 3, 2013

Becton, Dickinson and Co. division BD Medical has launched a new prefillable glass syringe designed for biotech drugs.

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Becton, Dickinson and Co. division BD Medical has launched a new prefillable glass syringe designed for biotech drugs.

The medical supplies manufacturer announced Monday the launch of BD Neopak, which it said was designed to address industry challenges in developing, manufacturing and marketing biologics to patients, saying it would provide a higher level of quality and enhanced container and device integration. The company noted that seven of the top-10 drugs worldwide and more than half the drugs in development were biologics.

June 3, 2013

Dr. Reddy's Labs and Fujifilm have terminated a deal to market generic drugs in Japan, Dr. Reddy's said.

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy's Labs and Fujifilm have terminated a deal to market generic drugs in Japan, Dr. Reddy's said Monday.

The two had signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2011 to establish a joint venture for developing and manufacturing generics in Japan. The ending of the deal was the result of Fujifilm changing its long-term strategy for the drug business, but Dr. Reddy's said they would continue looking into opportunities for partnerships and alliances in other drug businesses.

June 3, 2013

The state attorney general of New York is urging health insurers to let patients buy specialty drugs through retail pharmacies instead of having to use mail-order.

NEW YORK — The state attorney general of New York is urging health insurers to let patients buy specialty drugs through retail pharmacies instead of having to use mail-order.

June 3, 2013

Another bill to limit dispensing of biosimilars lost Monday, this time in Illinois.

WASHINGTON — Another bill to limit dispensing of biosimilars lost Monday, this time in Illinois.

The state's legislature voted not to advance S.B. 1934, supported by such biotech companies as Amgen and Genentech, which would slow patients' access to knock-off versions of biotech drugs by restricting pharmacists' ability to dispense them. Illinois is the 13th state to defeat such a bill; a similar bill died in Texas' state legislature last week.

June 3, 2013

Integration of social and mobile media, as well as shipping options and flexible returns, can drive brand loyalty as consumers seek out more choices and convenience when shopping online, according to a new study.

ATLANTA — Integration of social and mobile media, as well as shipping options and flexible returns, can drive brand loyalty as consumers seek out more choices and convenience when shopping online, according to a new study.

June 3, 2013

People with Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure should be evaluated for sleep apnea, a medical group said Monday.

BALTIMORE — People with Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure should be evaluated for sleep apnea, a medical group said Monday.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine advised that anyone with the two conditions be evaluated at its annual conference, SLEEP 2013.

June 3, 2013

Schnuck Markets is enhancing the security of its computer network, the Midwestern supermarket chain said.

ST. LOUIS — Schnuck Markets is enhancing the security of its computer network, the Midwestern supermarket chain said Monday.

Schnucks said the upgrades would not affect the operation of its stores, but that people sending emails to the company might experience delays.

The enhancement comes about two months after a cyberattack announced at the end of March in which the company's payment card system was compromised. The company reported finding computer codes that captured the magnetic stripe data on the backs of credit and debit cards.

May 31, 2013

A new, higher-dose formulation of a drug used to treat pancreatic disorders is now available, the drug's manufacturer said.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — A new, higher-dose formulation of a drug used to treat pancreatic disorders is now available, the drug's manufacturer said.

AbbVie announced the launch of the new formulation of Creon (pancrelipase) delayed-release capsules. The drug is used to treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, removal of the pancreas and other conditions. The new strength is the highest-dose pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy available in the United States, AbbVie said.

May 31, 2013

Armada Health Care has appointed Mike Baldzicki as its EVP industry relations and advocacy, the specialty pharmacy group purchasing and channel management company said.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Armada Health Care has appointed Mike Baldzicki as its EVP industry relations and advocacy, the specialty pharmacy group purchasing and channel management company said Friday.

Baldzicki will help the company with business development and find speaking and presentation opportunities at industry events.

May 31, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV can continue receiving their drugs through community specialty pharmacies under a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the healthcare company by an advocacy organization.

NEW YORK — Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV can continue receiving their drugs through community specialty pharmacies under a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the healthcare company by an advocacy organization.

In mid-November, Anthem Blue Cross adopted a policy that would require specialty pharmacy patients in California, most of them HIV patients, to receive their drugs via mail order through CuraScript, pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts' in-house specialty pharmacy, in order to receive coverage.

May 31, 2013

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance has given one of its top awards to pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp., the PBM said Friday.

LISLE, Ill. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance has given one of its top awards to pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp., the PBM said Friday.

Catamaran announced that it received a 2013 PQA Quality Award recognizing its five-star rating on all PQA measures in the Part D Star Ratings program. The PQA's stated goal is to improve patient health by championing clear performance measures for medication management, and the recognition program for prescription drug plans recognizes Medicare plans that have demonstrated outstanding performance in medication-related quality.

May 31, 2013

For continuing coverage and the latest headlines of the Health & Wellness @Retail 2013 Conference, please see our special section.

For continuing coverage and the latest headlines of the Health & Wellness @Retail 2013 Conference, please see our special section.

May 31, 2013

India-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries may buy Sweden-based Meda for $5 billion to $6 billion, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — India-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries may buy Sweden-based Meda for $5 billion to $6 billion, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that the two companies were in talks for Sun to buy Meda in order to boost its generics business in developed markets.

May 31, 2013

Sam's Club will host free health screenings for men's health next month, the club retailer said.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam's Club will host free health screenings for men's health next month, the club retailer said.

Sam's Club said it would offer free screenings at all of its 565 stores with pharmacies on June 8 for Men's Health Month. The screenings include screenings for prostate cancer, as well as thyroid tests for women, blood pressure tests, body mass index and vision tests.

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 30, 2013

Costco Wholesale had sales of $23.55 billion in third-quarter 2013, an 8% increase over last year's $21.85 billion, as well as a 6% increase in same-store sales, the club retailer said.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale had sales of $23.55 billion in third-quarter 2013, an 8% increase over last year's $21.85 billion, as well as a 6% increase in same-store sales, the club retailer said Thursday.