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December 12, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association urged U.S. Senators on the Senate Finance Committee to support a proposal intended to expand coverage in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program of medication therapy management programs.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday urged U.S. Senators on the Senate Finance Committee to support a proposal — scheduled for a vote as soon as Thursday — intended to expand coverage in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program of medication therapy management programs.

December 12, 2013

Drug maker Shire has launched an online information website for patients in the United States with ulcerative colitis, the company said.

CHESTERBROOK, Pa. — Drug maker Shire has launched an online information website for patients in the United States with ulcerative colitis, the company said Thursday.

The website, Shire UCentral, includes information for patients and caregivers. UC is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the lining of the colon and rectum.

December 6, 2013

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' U.S. subsidiary has launched a generic drug for treating warts and skin lesions, the company said.

NORTH WALES, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' U.S. subsidiary has launched a generic drug for treating warts and skin lesions, the company said.

Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the launch and availability of imiquimod cream, a generic version of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.'s Aldara.

The drug is used to treat external genital and rectal warts, certain types of actinic keratosis and basal cell carcinoma. Various versions of the drug had sales of about $244 million in 2011, according to IMS Health.

 

December 5, 2013

Church & Dwight announced plans to expand its gummy vitamin production capacity through the addition of a new production line to be constructed at its manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania.

EWING, N.J. — Church & Dwight on Thursday announced plans to expand its gummy vitamin production capacity through the addition of a new production line to be constructed at its manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. The company will continue to manufacture gummy vitamins at its two facilities in Washington. 

Construction will begin in January 2014 and the line is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2015.

December 5, 2013

Giant Eagle opened its latest prototype in McMurray, Pa., on Wednesday, according to a report published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle opened its latest prototype — the Market District Express — in McMurray, Pa., on Wednesday, according to a report published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"If Giant Eagle's foodie-oriented, upscale version of its grocery stores had a fling with one of its better-dressed GetGo convenience stores, the result might be the Market District Express," the Post-Gazette observed. 

December 5, 2013

Rite Aid's same-store sales increased by 2.8% in November, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's same-store sales increased by 2.8% in November, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

The increase included a 0.4% increase in front-end same-store sales and a 3.9% increase in pharmacy same-store sales, offset by 0.81% due to new generic drugs, which can reduce sales because of their lower price, but are good for a pharmacy retailer's margins. Same-store scripts increased by 0.1%.

Total sales for November were $2.434 billion, a 1.6% increase compared with the same period last year.

December 5, 2013

College students are using popular social media platform Twitter to talk about prescription drugs, and it turns out those brief, 140-character messages are saying a lot about medication abuse and misuse.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — College students are using popular social media platform Twitter to talk about prescription drugs, and it turns out those brief, 140-character messages are saying a lot about medication abuse and misuse, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

December 3, 2013

Paula Price is stepping down as Ahold USA's EVP and CFO, the supermarket operator said Tuesday.

CARLISLE, Pa. – Paula Price is stepping down as Ahold USA's EVP and CFO, the supermarket operator said Tuesday.

December 3, 2013

Rite Aid has appointed healthcare executive Myrtle Potter to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed healthcare executive Myrtle Potter to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Potter is currently CEO of Myrtle Potter & Co., a Silicon Valley-based consulting firm focused on life sciences and health care, as well as the head of consumer healthcare content company Myrtle Potter Media. She previous served as president of commercial operations and COO at Genentech and has worked at companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.

December 3, 2013

Rite Aid is offering a $5 discount on flu shots as a way to encourage more people to protect themselves, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is offering a $5 discount on flu shots as a way to encourage more people to protect themselves, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Rite Aid said that in recognition of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14, it would offer flu shots at its stores for $24.99. NIVW started in 2005 as a national campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends annual flu shots for everyone aged 6 months and older.

December 3, 2013

Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, Northern Pennsylvania and Western Vermont, announced that the previously announced acquisition of Tops Holding II by a group of senior managers of the company led by Tops president and CEO, Frank Curci, closed on Dec. 1.

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, Northern Pennsylvania and Western Vermont, announced that the previously announced acquisition of Tops Holding II by a group of senior managers of the company led by Tops president and CEO, Frank Curci, closed on Dec. 1.

December 2, 2013

Shionogi and Egalet have entered a deal worth up to $425 million for the development of abuse-deterrent opioid painkillers, Egalet said.

MALVERN, Pa. — Shionogi and Egalet have entered a deal worth up to $425 million for the development of abuse-deterrent opioid painkillers, Egalet said.

The deal centers on the development and potential commercialization of experimental drugs containing the opioid painkiller hydrocodone.

December 2, 2013

Rite Aid has promoted Karen Staniforth, VP pharmacy for the chain's mid-Atlantic division, to group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services, the company said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid has promoted Karen Staniforth, VP pharmacy for the chain's mid-Atlantic division, to group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services, the company said Monday.

November 26, 2013

Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., is launching its pickup service at five stores in Pennsylvania's Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., is launching its pickup service at five stores in Pennsylvania's Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

The pickup program is offered under a partnership with online retailer and sister company Peapod at stores in the towns of Bensalem, Hatfield, Plymouth Meeting, Royersford and Warminster.

November 25, 2013

Many of Rite Aid's stores will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Many of Rite Aid's stores will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Rite Aid, which operates about 4,600 stores, said the move was designed to give shoppers a head start on Black Friday shopping, citing National Retail Federation figures indicating that up to 140 million shoppers will visit retailers nationwide during the weekend. Still, store hours will vary, and many pharmacies will close at 3 p.m., the company said.

November 21, 2013

Teva has introduced a generic version of a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Thursday.

NORTH WALES, Pa. – Teva has introduced a generic version of a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the company said Thursday.

The drug maker announced the launch of dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules, a generic version of Novartis' Focalin XR.

Focalin XR has annual sales of about $202 million, according to IMS Health.

 

November 20, 2013

Unilife Corp. has entered a deal with Hikma to launch 20 generic injectable drugs using Unilife's pre-filled syringe technology, the two companies said Wednesday.

YORK, Pa. — Unilife Corp. has entered a deal with Hikma to launch 20 generic injectable drugs using Unilife's pre-filled syringe technology, the two companies said Wednesday.

Under the 15-year agreement, Unilife will supply Hikma with its platform, including the Unifill syringe and the Unifill Nexus. Hikma has selected an initial list of 20 generic injectable products that it will include in the deal.

Under the deal, Hikma will pay Unilife $40 million, including $5 million upfront, $15 million in 2014 and $20 million in 2015.

November 18, 2013

AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced the launch of the company’s new Pharmacy Ownership Program, a new network with resources established to assist independent community pharmacists in selling their business to prospective buyers or expanding their current business to additional locations.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Monday announced the launch of the company’s new Pharmacy Ownership Program, a new network with resources established to assist independent community pharmacists in selling their business to prospective buyers or expanding their current business to additional locations. In conjunction with the announcement, AmerisourceBergen launched Buysellpharmacy.com.

November 18, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ahold USA for its efforts to reduce food waste, the agency said.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ahold USA for its efforts to reduce food waste, the agency said.

November 13, 2013

Rite Aid's philanthropic arm is donating $50,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's philanthropic arm is donating $50,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced Wednesday that it would donate the money to the Red Cross for people and communities affected. The typhoon, which hit the Southeast Asian island nation Friday, left an estimated 582,000 homeless, according to government estimates cited by CNN, devastating communities like the city of Tacloban. Philippine president Benigno Aquino III told CNN that the death toll was likely to be around 2,500.

November 12, 2013

Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., has opened four new pickup sites in Pennsylvania for online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said Tuesday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., has opened four new pickup sites in Pennsylvania for online grocer and sister company Peapod, the supermarket chain said Tuesday.

Giant-Carlisle announced the launch of the Giant Pick Up service at stores in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Montgomeryville and Willow Grove, replacing a previous service at the Willow Grove and Camp Hill stores called Shop from Home. Giant-Carlisle and Peapod are owned by Ahold USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold.

November 12, 2013

Rite Aid has elected the president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has elected the president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives to its board of directors, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Rite Aid announced the appointment of Kevin Lofton, who has worked with the Englewood, Colo.-based operator of hospitals and long-term care centers since 1998 and was appointed as its president and CEO in 2003.

November 11, 2013

Online grocer Peapod has opened a new fulfillment center that will serve the Philadelphia area.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Online grocer Peapod has opened a new fulfillment center that will serve the Philadelphia area.

The Ahold USA-owned company announced the opening of the center, in Coopersburg, Pa., to serve residents of nearby Bucks County, Pa. Peapod offers its services in the area in conjunction with Giant Food Stores, a Carlisle, Pa.-based supermarket chain also owned by Ahold.

November 8, 2013

Ahold USA is encouraging pork suppliers to start using open housing for pregnant sows by 2022, the supermarket retailer said Friday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA is encouraging pork suppliers to start using open housing for pregnant sows by 2022, the supermarket retailer said Friday.

The company, which owns the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains, as well as the Peapod online grocery service, said it wanted suppliers to transition from gestation crates to open housing, with the option of using gestation crates during appropriate times to keep sows and piglets healthy and safe.

November 8, 2013

With more than $7.2 million in sales for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 8, the landmark launch of Orasure Technologies’ OraQuick In-Home HIV test last year was a key driver behind the 11.7% growth in the home-test kit across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — With more than $7.2 million in sales for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 8, the landmark launch of Orasure Technologies’ OraQuick In-Home HIV test last year was a key driver behind the 11.7% growth in the home-test kit across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test detects antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with an oral swab, providing a confidential in-home testing option with results in as little as 20 minutes.