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January 29, 2014

A call to make 2014 a year of action and for the government to work on behalf of Americans was the underlying theme of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

WASHINGTON — A call to make 2014 a year of action and for the government to work on behalf of Americans was the underlying theme of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

During his remarks, Obama touched upon a string of topics ranging from immigration reform, to education, to job creation. He also called for the raising of minimum wage and urged businesses to do what they can to raise employees’ wages, citing Costco as an example.

January 29, 2014

Rite Aid announced that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region. Rite Aid has raised more than $6.4 million for the United Way of the Capital Region since it began holding a corporate campaign in 2002. 

January 29, 2014

Target plans to carry on its Canadian expansion this year with nine additional stores, the majority of which will open in Ontario, although the retailer plans to open single stores in Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Target plans to carry on its Canadian expansion this year with nine additional stores, the majority of which will open in Ontario, although the retailer plans to open single stores in Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

 

 

January 28, 2014

In 2012, compounding made headlines when 64 people died as a result of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated compounded products.

In 2012, compounding made headlines when 64 people died as a result of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated compounded products.

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January 27, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting of the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Tuesday to determine the safety and efficacy of Ragwitek, a short ragweed pollen allergen extract tablet for sublingual use.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting of the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Tuesday to determine the safety and efficacy of Ragwitek, a short ragweed pollen allergen extract tablet for sublingual use, which is manufactured by Merck and indicated for immunotherapy for diagnosed ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis, with or without conjunctivitis.

January 27, 2014

Following his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop by a Costco store in Maryland on Wednesday, according to news reports.

WASHINGTON — Following his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop by a Costco store in Maryland on Wednesday, according to news reports.

During his stop at the Costco in Lanham, which is located about 15 miles from the White House, Obama is expected to deliver remarks on the economy, the USA Today reported.

January 27, 2014

As many as 3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment has been up by more than one-third in recent weeks.

WASHINGTON — As many as 3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment has been up by more than one-third in recent weeks. 

January 24, 2014

Armada Health Care on Thursday added featured speaker Myrtle Potter to its card at the 2014 Specialty Pharmacy Summit and Expo to be held in Las Vegas May 5 to 9.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Armada Health Care on Thursday added featured speaker Myrtle Potter to its card at the 2014 Specialty Pharmacy Summit and Expo to be held in Las Vegas May 5 to 9. The specialty pharmacy group also announced the addition of a pre-conference seminar/workshop to take place on May 5 and 6. 

Potter will join a speaker faculty of more than 50 other industry experts at this conference with a presentation titled, "Healthcare Leaders: How Will You Successfully Navigate the Healthcare Storm?". 

January 24, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced the recipients of the Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards.

ARLINGTON, Va.  — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Friday the recipients of the Pharmacy Student Scholarship Awards.  

The NACDS Foundation awarded $5,000 each to four pharmacy students. The recipients were chosen for their work that shares the NACDS Foundation’s commitment to benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.

January 24, 2014

Alere announced the availability in Europe of the Alere i Influenza A & B test, a molecular test that detects and differentiates influenza A and B virus in less than 15 minutes.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Alere on Thursday announced the availability in Europe of the Alere i Influenza A & B test, a molecular test that detects and differentiates influenza A and B virus in less than 15 minutes. The test is now commercially available in Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the U.K. 

January 24, 2014

Walmart health-and-wellness president John Agwunobi shared wide-ranging thoughts regarding the state of health care in America and ways in which the evolving marketplace is impacting Walmart customers.

ROGERS, Ark. — Walmart health-and-wellness president John Agwunobi shared wide-ranging thoughts regarding the state of health care in America and ways in which the evolving marketplace is impacting Walmart customers.
 

January 22, 2014

Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine), a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. and Lundbeck on Tuesday announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine) — a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults — in pharmacies across the United States.

“MDD continues to be a challenging condition to manage, and we are proud to make Brintellix available as a new treatment option for people struggling with major depression,” said Douglas Cole, president of Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.

January 21, 2014

The Estée Lauder Cos. has announced the promotion of Chris Good to president, United Kingdom and Ireland, and Sandra Main to global brand president, La Mer.

NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. has announced the promotion of Chris Good to president, United Kingdom and Ireland, and Sandra Main to global brand president, La Mer.

January 21, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday named Jay Cummins president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday named Jay Cummins president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

January 20, 2014

PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

CHICAGO — PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

The patented 3-in-1 design consists of a ponytail holder attached to a hair bun cover along with an integrated comb. In seconds, a woman can make a ponytail, tuck her hairdo inside the bun cover, and snug it firmly in place with the comb.

January 17, 2014

Estée Lauder has appointed Jane Lauder global brand president of Clinique. Succeeding Lauder will be Stephane de la Faverie, who has been named SVP, global general manager of Origins, Ojon and Darphin.

NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. has appointed Jane Lauder global brand president of Clinique. Succeeding Lauder will be Stephane de la Faverie, who has been named SVP/global general manager of Origins, Ojon and Darphin. Their new roles will become effective April 1.

January 17, 2014

MidWest Gloves & Gear — a manufacturer of garden accessories, lawn and garden footwear, boots and rainwear — has introduced a licensed line of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" garden gloves and accessories.

ST. LOUIS — MidWest Gloves & Gear — a manufacturer of garden accessories, lawn and garden footwear, boots and rainwear — has introduced a licensed line of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" garden gloves and accessories. The MidWest Ninja Turtles Garden Gloves and Gear lineup includes Gripping and Jersey Garden Gloves, Bucket Hat, Watering Can, Garden Bucket, Kneeling Pad and Garden Trowel and Cultivator.    

January 15, 2014

Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribune report.

January 15, 2014

Walgreens on Wednesday announced it is donating the value of 3 million vaccines for children in developing countries upon successful completion of its immunizations campaign developed in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced it is donating the value of 3 million vaccines for children in developing countries upon successful completion of its immunizations campaign developed in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.

Walgreens pledged to donate the value of one vaccine through Shot@Life for each immunization the company administered from Sept. 4 through Oct. 14, with a goal to reach three million vaccines to benefit children in developing countries by protecting them against such diseases as measles and polio. 

January 14, 2014

UrgentRx, developer of fast-acting over-the-counter flavored powder medications, on Tuesday named Ron Fugate to the company’s board of directors.

DENVER — UrgentRx, developer of fast-acting over-the-counter flavored powder medications, on Tuesday named Ron Fugate to the company’s board of directors.

January 9, 2014

A pharmacy professor and compounding pharmacy owner are candidates for president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association for 2015-2016, the group said.

WASHINGTON — A pharmacy professor and compounding pharmacy owner are candidates for president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association for 2015-2016, the group said.

The APhA said the candidates for the position are Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy professor and community pharmacy residency program director Jean-Venable Goode and Newport Beach, Calif.-based Westcliff Compounding Pharmacy owner Michael Pavlovich. Members will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., in March.

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.”

January 9, 2014

A confluence of healthcare trends has expanded a lucrative, if challenging, opportunity for pharmacies able to invest in its potential.

A confluence of healthcare trends has expanded a lucrative, if challenging, opportunity for pharmacies able to invest in its potential.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

NEW YORK — News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds.

January 7, 2014

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has been recognized as a winner of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy has been recognized as a winner of the 2013 UnitedHealthcare Medication Adherence Targeted Intervention Program Challenge benefiting the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

Navarro was recognized in the small retail pharmacy chain and independent community pharmacy category for its ability to address gaps in medication adherence among a subgroup of UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage-Part D plan members.