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October 11, 2011

CVS Caremark has grown from a go-getting New England-based regional player to a nearly $100 billion pharmacy healthcare giant known for its vertically integrated pharmacy-PBM model via the 2007 acquisition of Caremark, its highly successful loyalty card program and its innovative beauty concepts. Now, the industry trailblazer embarks on a new chapter with a new leader and an eye on driving medication adherence, curbing healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients.

Over the years, CVS Caremark has grown from a go-getting New England-based regional player to a nearly $100 billion pharmacy healthcare giant known for its vertically integrated pharmacy-PBM model via the 2007 acquisition of Caremark, its highly successful loyalty card program and its innovative beauty concepts.

April 9, 2014

There is no one who is saying KT Health's KT Tape helped the UConn Huskies to an NCAA championship, but at least one of the players was seen sporting the product after the game, according to KT Health.

LINDON, Utah — There is no one who is saying KT Health's KT Tape helped the UConn Huskies to an NCAA championship, but at least one of the players was seen sporting the product after the game, according to KT Health. KT Tape, the company’s flagship product, is used by professional and recreational athletes to prevent injury, reduce pain, promote recovery and maximize comfort.  

KT Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating sports injuries and a variety of other disorders that was made popular by Olympic athletes in 2012.

March 14, 2014

Living Essentials, distributors of 5-hour Energy shots, announced that it is sponsoring Mexican soccer star Oribe Peralta, striker for the Mexican National Team and MX Santos Laguna team. This marks the first time 5-hour Energy has worked with a professional soccer player.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Living Essentials, distributors of 5-hour Energy shots, announced that it is sponsoring Mexican soccer star Oribe Peralta, striker for the Mexican National Team and MX Santos Laguna team. This marks the first time 5-hour Energy has worked with a professional soccer player.

February 24, 2014

Regional player Lewis Drug has acquired Throndset pharmacies in Jackson and Lakefield, Minn., according to a local news report.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Regional player Lewis Drug has acquired Throndset pharmacies in Jackson and Lakefield, Minn., according to a local news report.

The transaction is expected to take effect April 7 and, according to the Lakefield Standard, Lewis Drug will retain all of the employees.

 

February 10, 2014

Regional player Kinney Drugs has teamed up with Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC and Franciscan Companies (an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital) to open the Healthy You Wellness Center at a Kinney Drugs location in Syracuse. 


GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. and SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Regional player Kinney Drugs has teamed up with Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC and Franciscan Companies (an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital) to open the Healthy You Wellness Center at a Kinney Drugs location in Syracuse. 
 

January 9, 2014

As a brand that got into the business on the ground floor, blu is positioned to continue its role as a major player in the electronic cigarette category.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — As a brand that got into the business on the ground floor, blu is positioned to continue its role as a major player in the electronic cigarette category. “The electronic cigarette category is seeing a rapid growth in awareness, trial and usage among adult smokers,” said blu eCigs president Jim Raporte. “As consumer awareness and product trial continue to grow, blu eCigs expects to maintain its market leadership position and contribute to the responsible development of the product.”

December 17, 2013

The American Wholesale Marketers Association on Tuesday announced that NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning will be the closing keynote speaker on Feb. 27 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace and Solutions Expo in Las Vegas.

FAIRFAX, Va. — The American Wholesale Marketers Association on Tuesday announced that NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning will be the closing keynote speaker on Feb. 27 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo in Las Vegas.

Manning’s presentation will highlight AWMA’s newly redesigned convention format, which will feature a broad array of educational and networking opportunities in a show that is intended to provide maximum value for attendees and exhibitors alike.

November 5, 2013

CVS Caremark, which posted solid third quarter across its enterprise, is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing healthcare environment. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for analysts Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter conference call.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark, which posted solid third-quarter results across its enterprise, is well-positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing healthcare environment. That was a key message that CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo had for analysts Tuesday morning during the company’s third-quarter conference call.

November 1, 2013

A recent survey, dubbed the “Retail Buying Experience,” by Experticity has revealed an expertise gap among sales associates at retail. The survey also found that consumers value expertise above all else, but 2-out-of-5 consumers said they are routinely disappointed by the lack of expertise they encounter in the stores.

The survey findings really point to one word: personalization. Like the survey says, consumers want help with their buying decisions, and they want the retailers to be an active player in their shopping experience. They want retail sales associates who have product knowledge, can help in selecting the right products, have category knowledge and can assist in finding alternatives when the first choice is not available. They want personalization.

A recent survey, dubbed the “Retail Buying Experience,” by Experticity has revealed an expertise gap among sales associates at retail. The survey also found that consumers value expertise above all else, but 2-out-of-5 consumers said they are routinely disappointed by the lack of expertise they encounter in the stores.

The survey findings really point to one word: personalization.

October 24, 2013

Safeway could fetch an asking price of more than $45 per share, estimated Credit Suisse in a research note issued Thursday.

NEW YORK — Safeway could fetch an asking price of more than $45 per share, estimated Credit Suisse in a research note issued Thursday. 

Shares of Safeway were up slightly by 15 cents to $35.73 in early morning trading.

Responding to a Reuters report on private equity firm Cerberus' interest in the supermarket chain, Credit Suisse research analyst Ed Kelly suggested that a Cerberus-Safeway deal would be compelling for the following reasons: 

August 8, 2013

As expected, the BB cream trend that took the beauty industry by storm in 2012 is giving way to a new player in the world of alphabet creams. Enter CC creams.

As expected, the BB cream trend that took the beauty industry by storm in 2012 is giving way to a new player in the world of alphabet creams. Enter CC creams.

CC creams, or "color control" creams, already have been getting some buzz within the beauty industry, and now these creams are increasingly popping up on mass market shelves.

June 18, 2013

A division of Mylan is hiring NFL player Adrian Peterson and family expert Jo Frost to promote an emergency treatment for severe allergic reactions.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — A division of Mylan is hiring NFL player Adrian Peterson and celebrity nanny Jo Frost to promote an emergency treatment for severe allergic reactions.

Mylan Specialty announced that it had hired the two — who both have potentially life-threatening allergies — to raise awareness of the problem. Mylan Specialty is launching a multichannel marketing campaign for the EpiPen (epinephrine) auto-injector to mark the 25th anniversary of its approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

May 29, 2013

Hy-Vee has hired an NBA player to promote health and fitness among children around the Midwest, the supermarket chain said.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has hired an NBA player to promote health and fitness among children around the Midwest, the supermarket chain said Wednesday.

May 20, 2013

Energizer Personal Care, which makes Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic brand sunscreens, has teamed up with the Skin Cancer Foundation to launch a public awareness campaign featuring Los Angeles Galaxy and Team USA soccer player Landon Donovan.

SHELTON, Conn. — Energizer Personal Care, which makes Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic brand sunscreens, has teamed up with the Skin Cancer Foundation to launch a public awareness campaign featuring Los Angeles Galaxy and Team USA soccer player Landon Donovan.

The awareness campaign is the second part of a two-year effort aimed at encouraging men to incorporate sun protection into their daily lives.

April 8, 2013

Former Division I basketball player and all-pro tight end Tony Gonzalez is teaming up with Clear Men Scalp Therapy to share his tips on executing the Perfect Play during March Madness this year.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Former Division I basketball player and all-pro tight end Tony Gonzalez is teaming up with Clear Men Scalp Therapy to share his tips on executing the Perfect Play during March Madness this year.

April 8, 2013

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday named six new members, including Aurora Algae, Nature’s Sources, Reckitt Benckiser, Sirio Pharma, Watson and international member JJ Health.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday named six new members, including Aurora Algae, Nature’s Sources, Reckitt Benckiser, Sirio Pharma, Watson and international member JJ Health.    

British conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser recently acquired Schiff Nutrition, marking the entry of a new major CPG player into the dietary supplement space. Reckitt Benckiser now markets several supplement brands including Digestive Advantage, MegaRed and Schiff Move Free. 

March 27, 2013

Beiersdorf’s Aquaphor skin care brand has selected Olympian softball veteran Jennie Finch as this year’s representative for its title sponsorship of the 2013 Aquaphor New York City Triathlon.

NEW YORK — Beiersdorf’s Aquaphor skin care brand has selected Olympian softball veteran Jennie Finch as this year’s representative for its title sponsorship of the 2013 Aquaphor New York City Triathlon.

Finch, a gold medal-winning Olympic softball veteran, ESPN commentator, coach and mother of three who uses Aquaphor for both her athletic and family skin care needs, will share her training and race day experiences as she works to complete in the Olympic-distance triathlon this July on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

March 11, 2013

Unilever’s Degree deodorant has teamed up with basketball stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, track and field world champion Lolo Jones and gold-medal-winning soccer player Alex Morgan for a new integrated unisex campaign that focuses on challenging yourself, following your passions, trying something new and living life to the fullest.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Degree deodorant has teamed up with basketball stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, track and field world champion Lolo Jones and gold-medal-winning soccer player Alex Morgan for a new integrated unisex campaign that focuses on challenging yourself, following your passions, trying something new and living life to the fullest.

Starting in March, Anthony, Durant, Jones and Morgan will appear individually in a series of Degree television advertisements that showcase how they always DO:MORE.

February 25, 2013

As anticipated, the BB cream phenomenon is beginning to give way to a new player in the world of alphabet creams. Enter CC creams, or "color control" creams.

NEW YORK — As anticipated, the BB cream phenomenon is beginning to give way to a new player in the world of alphabet creams. Enter CC creams, or "color control" creams.

Hard Candy, whose products are sold exclusively at Walmart, is launching in February its CC Crème. The multifunctional CC Crème will be available in four shades and priced at $8 each. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble began shipping in December its new Olay Total Effect CC cream that promises to fight the seven signs of aging and covers skin imperfections.

February 25, 2013

Originating from Australia, Swisse Wellness recently made a splash into the U.S. market with brand ambassador Nicole Kidman leading the way. DSN didn't land an interview with Kidman, who was up for two Golden Globes last month, so we got in touch with her Swisse Wellness boss Radek Sali — CEO of the company and 2012 GQ Australia businessman of the year — for some insights into the company's approach to the U.S. launch.

Originating from Australia, Swisse Wellness recently made a splash into the U.S. market with brand ambassador Nicole Kidman leading the way. DSN didn't land an interview with Kidman, who was up for two Golden Globes last month, so we got in touch with her Swisse Wellness boss Radek Sali — CEO of the company and 2012 GQ Australia businessman of the year — for some insights into the company's approach to the U.S. launch.

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February 19, 2013

More than 20 athletes from Special Olympics Florida experienced what it’s like to be a major league ball player when they took part in a recent CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp during Red Sox Spring Training.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — More than 20 athletes from Special Olympics Florida experienced what it’s like to be a major league ball player when they took part in a recent CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp during Red Sox Spring Training.

February 8, 2013

A new report by Francesco International identified $35.7 billion worth of potential Rx-to-OTC switches in a wide range of indications, from hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder to high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction, and the Food and Drug Administration has been looking at ways technology and pharmacists could be employed to ensure that patients taking drugs new to the consumer health space take them appropriately.

With growth in traditional pharmaceuticals expected to slow down significantly, a growing number of drug makers — branded and generic alike — see specialty drugs as their main sources of revenue for the foreseeable future. At the same time, those drug makers not invested in specialty may be looking for growth opportunities in consumer health.

A new report by Francesco International identified $35.7 billion worth of potential Rx-to-OTC switches in a wide range of indications, from hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder to high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction, and the Food and Drug Administration has been looking at ways technology and pharmacists could be employed to ensure that patients taking drugs new to the consumer health space take them appropriately

February 7, 2013

Kerr Drug will use its partnership with PDX and ScriptPro to increase pharmacy productivity by expanding its central fill model, the regional pharmacy chain said.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug will use its partnership with PDX and ScriptPro to increase pharmacy productivity by expanding its central fill model, the regional pharmacy chain said Thursday.

Kerr announced the opening of its central fill operation in Raleigh, N.C.

"It's not just about labor savings, inventory reductions and other efficiencies," Kerr CEO Tony Civello said. "These kinds of innovations and use of technologies are critical to remaining a player in the emerging healthcare ecosystem."

February 5, 2013

Duane Reade announced the Niantic Labs new mobile game Ingress would be integrated across the chain's more than 250 locations in an effort to increase 'share of voice' and customer engagement.

NEW YORK — Duane Reade on Tuesday announced the Niantic Labs new mobile game Ingress would be integrated across the chain's more than 250 locations in an effort to increase 'share of voice' and customer engagement. Duane Reade, part of the Walgreens family of companies, is one of the first retail partners in the New York Metropolitan area for "Ingress", which blends the physical and virtual world to create a one-of-a-kind gaming experience, Duane Reade stated. 

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.