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April 22, 2014

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has surpassed 20 million patient visits since opening the nation's first store-based clinic in 2000, the company has announced.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has surpassed 20 million patient visits since opening the nation's first store-based clinic in 2000, the company has announced.

Significant continued growth is anticipated in the coming years with the demand for more accessible and affordable health care services as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the primary care provider shortage and an aging Baby Boomer population.

April 22, 2014

This week, 49 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt a one-year transition period for states to implement the July 2014 average manufacturer price-based federal upper limits.

ARLINGTON, Va. — This week, 49 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt a one-year transition period for states to implement the July 2014 average manufacturer price-based federal upper limits. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commended Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, for leading the letter effort with their colleagues.

April 22, 2014

McKesson Corp. on Tuesday announced that in observance of Earth Day, the company will celebrate its fourth annual Green Week April 21-25.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corp. on Tuesday announced that in observance of Earth Day, the company will celebrate its fourth annual Green Week April 21-25. McKesson’s Green Week will focus on raising awareness and inspiring action. While informing employees about McKesson’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, the campaign will also provide ways that employees can make a difference. Each day of McKesson’s Green Week 2014 is organized around a theme, such as Meat Free Monday or Fossil Free Friday.

April 22, 2014

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced that Certified Pharmacy Technicians eligible to recertify are now required to complete one hour of continuing education in patient safety, in addition to the already required hour of law CE, as part of 20 hours of CE needed for recertification.

WASHINGTON — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board on Monday announced that Certified Pharmacy Technicians eligible to recertify are now required to complete one hour of continuing education in patient safety, in addition to the already required hour of law CE, as part of 20 hours of CE needed for recertification. The new requirement is one of the planned Certification Program changes PTCB announced early last year to advance CPhT qualifications. 

April 22, 2014

It’s a hot topic that is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare. Looking to explore the various ways that retail-based health clinics are leveraging telehealth technology to provide care to consumers, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session on telehealth.

MINNEAPOLIS — Telehealth. It’s a hot topic that is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare. Looking to explore the various ways that retail-based health clinics are leveraging telehealth technology to provide care to consumers, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session on telehealth.

April 22, 2014

Regional player Thrifty White plans to break ground during 2014 on 8-to-10 new stores that will include the Thrifty White Healthy Outcomes pharmacy design, according to Tim Erdle, EVP store operations and marketing.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Regional player Thrifty White plans to break ground during 2014 on 8-to-10 new stores that will include the Thrifty White Healthy Outcomes pharmacy design, according to Tim Erdle, EVP store operations and marketing.

These stores will be phased-in with construction completed between fall of 2014 and 2015 year-end.

April 21, 2014

ABC News will be hosting a live twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat.

NEW YORK — ABC News will be hosting a live Twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat. ABC plans to cover a range of topics related to pain management, including chronic pain and palliative care.

To join in on the conversation, click here

April 21, 2014

This year is bound to be interesting for beauty as the industry is likely to see an increased focus on innovation, blurring of the lines and multi-functionality — a 2014 trend research firm Mintel has coined as “mixologiste.”

This year is bound to be interesting for beauty as the industry is likely to see an increased focus on innovation, blurring of the lines and multi-functionality — a 2014 trend research firm Mintel has coined as “mixologiste.” Yes, these trends have been playing out for some time within the beauty space, but the momentum looks to be gaining a bit more steam.

April 21, 2014

Women’s love affair with lip color is still going strong as the segment continues to enjoy an upswing in sales and an onslaught of new products.

Women’s love affair with lip color is still going strong as the segment continues to enjoy an upswing in sales and an onslaught of new products.

Taking its cue from fashion runways and keeping in line with the nail color trend, lip color remains on the upswing. And those lipsticks that tout moisturizing benefits and long wear are proving to be especially popular.

April 21, 2014

Healthy snacks had tremendous growth in 2013.

Healthy snacks had tremendous growth in 2013. Consumers consistently show a willingness to choose healthier options in the snack aisle, and retailers have responded by including even more healthy options on their store shelves. “A full 48% of consumers said they are willing to pay more for healthier options. That’s an increase of 11 points over the number who said that last year,” said Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive and practice leader of client insights at IRI.

April 21, 2014

CVS/pharmacy announced on Monday that it is launching later this spring a new service, dubbed Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy, to help customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Monday that it is launching later this spring a new service, dubbed Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy, to help customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums.

Members of participating health plans can bring their insurance bills to any one of CVS/pharmacy's 7,600 stores across the United States to pay their premiums at no additional cost. CVS/pharmacy is the first national retail pharmacy to offer this service.

April 21, 2014

Walgreens is on a mission to go big in beauty.

Walgreens is on a mission to go big in beauty. With a robust army of 26,000 beauty advisers, in-store Look Boutiques and the Boots No7 line rolling out to more stores, Walgreens is well on its way. Now that effort has shifted into high gear as the retailer debuted in March an exclusive beauty publication called Discover Beauty Within.

April 21, 2014

Women are making a statement — with their eyes.

Women are making a statement — with their eyes.

It has long been said that the eyes have it, but beauty mavens are increasingly embracing eye-defining makeup for some serious sex appeal.

The trend is playing out in the prestige beauty market, as the NPD Group reported earlier this year that sales of prestige eye makeup grew 9% in the United States to $1.1 billion for the 12 months ended December 2013.

April 21, 2014

“Why do we always have to be so damn serious; why can’t we have a little fun once in a while?”

“Why do we always have to be so damn serious; why can’t we have a little fun once in a while?”

That’s what Roger Friedman, the owner of our company, has been asking me a lot lately. And he’s right. People who have fun doing what they do for a living tend to be more engaged in their work, and it shows up in the results of the operation. These companies tend to lead their competitors in areas like employee retention, customer loyalty and profitability.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the beauty and personal care category.

L’Oréal thinks outside the retail box with intelligent vending machine

L’Oréal Paris thought outside of the box — the retail box — when it unveiled its L’Oréal Paris Intelligent Color Experience.

Just before the 2013 holiday season, the beauty brand sparked quite a buzz when it launched the first ever intelligent vending experience in the New York City subway system.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the consumables category.

Shifting to ciders

NEW YORK — Anheuser-Busch has introduced a new cider, Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider. The cider is the first wholly new brand from Anheuser-Busch in eight years. The cider category is red hot right now. And with an ABV of 5.5% and made with apple juice sourced from apples in the United States and fine orchards around the globe, this cider is the latest entry in an active category.

April 21, 2014

DSN highlights the best practices in in-store merchandising and marketing in the OTC category.

Interactive Nasacort display informs and engages

With Chattem’s launch of Nasacort Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray, CVS/pharmacy had an interactive shelf display that gives a whole new meaning to the term “shelf talker.”

With the press of a button, CVS shoppers had the opportunity to watch a brief tutorial on what Nasacort was about and why they should consider Nasacort as their allergy remedy of choice.

April 21, 2014

Premium positioning and design are a pair of driving factors contributing to the success of lip care, which generated $650.4 million in overall sales, up 15.8%, for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

Premium positioning and design are a pair of driving factors contributing to the success of lip care, which generated $650.4 million in overall sales, up 15.8%, for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. Case in point is EOS, which revolutionized the lip balm category with new delivery formats. EOS’ overall brand family of products generated $85.5 million in sales, up 125.2%, and commanded a 13.1% dollar share of the category.

April 21, 2014

Nail polish remains a shining star within the nail segment as beauty mavens continue to show their love for bold, creative looks that express their individual style.

Nail polish remains a shining star within the nail segment as beauty mavens continue to show their love for bold, creative looks that express their individual style.

According to IRI, sales of nail polish rose about 5% for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26 at total U.S. multi-outlets.

Such innovative formulas as DIY gel manicures, fashion runway trends and the growing array of apps that enable fashionistas to share, track and manage manicures have helped boost sales of nail lacquer.

April 21, 2014

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands.

The introduction of store-brand products over the past decade changed the competitive landscape in most categories, with year-over-year growth outpacing national brands. Given this, it is critical that manufacturers and retailers utilize analysis and insights to maximize opportunities for growth and anticipate an increasingly dynamic marketplace. There are clear trends emerging across many segments, with a strong store-brand presence.

April 21, 2014

The 2013-2014 cough-cold season has been characterized as a moderate season with $7.5 billion in sales across total U.S. multi-outlet channels for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26, according to IRI.

The 2013-2014 cough-cold season has been characterized as a moderate season with $7.5 billion in sales across total U.S. multi-outlet channels for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 26, according to IRI. Like last year, the season peaked around the New Year with a 4.6% incidence of influenza-like illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, above the national baseline of 2%. But the 2012-2013 season peaked at an almost 6% rate of ILI.

April 21, 2014

Walgreens on Monday announced that it is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support the nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents venturing outside the country.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that it is now offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support the nearly 60 million annual planned trips by U.S. residents venturing outside the country.

April 18, 2014

Good news for manufacturers and retailers: Millennials are, in fact, brand loyal. That’s according to a new survey of Millennial consumers from marketing data provider Adroit Digital, which found that 64% of Millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents, with 24% considering themselves to be more brand-loyal than their parents.

But there’s a catch.

Good news for manufacturers and retailers: Millennials are, in fact, brand loyal. That’s according to a new survey of Millennial consumers from marketing data provider Adroit Digital, which found that 64% of Millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents, with 24% considering themselves to be more brand-loyal than their parents.

But there’s a catch.

April 18, 2014

Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity released Thursday.

ATLANTA — Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity released Thursday.

April 18, 2014

Want to name a private-brand soda? Food Lion is betting that some of its shoppers will want to do just that so it has kicked off the “You Name it” contest.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Want to name a private-brand soda? Food Lion is betting that some of its shoppers will want to do just that so it has kicked off the “You Name it” contest.

Now through April 27, Food Lion customers can name their favorite private brand soda flavors for a chance to win prizes.

To participate, customers submit their suggested names for Food Lion brand root beer, ginger ale, orange soda, grape soda and fruit punch. One entry per soda per day is allowed in order to offer multiple opportunities to win prizes.