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November 22, 2013

On Nov. 18, the Senate passed by voice vote the Drug Quality and Security Act, sending to president Barack Obama's desk legislation that implements federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthens federal regulations on pharmacy compounding.

The bipartisan bill, which has the support of such trade groups as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, ties up a couple of problematic loose ends in the pharmaceutical supply chain, namely the so-called "downstream" supply chain, which refers to the path that drugs take from their manufacturers to providers and patients, as well as sterile compounding.

On Nov. 18, the Senate passed by voice vote the Drug Quality and Security Act, sending to president Barack Obama's desk legislation that implements federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthens federal regulations on pharmacy compounding.

November 21, 2013

Vireo Systems on Thursday launched CanineActiv, a pain reliever for dogs that will serve as an alternative to NSAIDs.

MADISON, Tenn. — Vireo Systems on Thursday launched CanineActiv, a pain reliever for dogs that will serve as an alternative to NSAIDs. "We have had outstanding success with NSAID alternatives for people, and we knew that many of our discoveries and innovations could be extended to dogs," Mark Faulkner, Vireo Systems president said. "With CanineActiv, consumers can expect the same level of safe and effective pain relief for their dogs as they've come to expect for themselves from AminoActiv."

November 21, 2013

Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 ft. into the ground, Walgreens on Thursday celebrated the official opening of what the retailer believes to be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 ft. into the ground, Walgreens on Thursday celebrated the official opening of what the retailer believes to be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.

November 21, 2013

Walgreens on Thursday announced the appointment of Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce, as president of digital and chief marketing officer.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday announced the appointment of Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce, as president of digital and chief marketing officer.

November 20, 2013

Specialty drug spend is expected to more than quadruple by 2020, reaching approximately $402 billion a year, according to a new CVS Caremark report released today.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Specialty drug spend is expected to more than quadruple by 2020, reaching approximately $402 billion a year, according to a new CVS Caremark report released today.

November 20, 2013

Diplomat senior director of education and quality Jennifer Hagerman has been elected as president of the Michigan Pharmacists Association for 2014, the specialty pharmacy company said Wednesday.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat senior director of education and quality Jennifer Hagerman has been named as president-elect of the Michigan Pharmacists Association for 2014, the specialty pharmacy company said Wednesday.

Diplomat said members of the MPA had voted in Hagerman, who directs Diplomat's training arm, Diplomat University, as well as overseeing the company's quality assurance program and directing its Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency Program.

November 18, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Tracy Bahl as EVP, health plans, leading the teams responsible for supporting health plan clients and offering health plans guidance to help them navigate the evolving health care marketplace.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Tracy Bahl as EVP, health plans, leading the teams responsible for supporting health plan clients and offering health plans guidance to help them navigate the evolving health care marketplace.

November 18, 2013

A bill that would implement federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthen federal regulations on pharmacy compounding has passed in the Senate and will go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

NEW YORK — A bill that would implement federal tracking and tracing of drugs and strengthen federal regulations on pharmacy compounding has passed in the Senate and will go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

November 18, 2013

Southern Utah startup company, Finger Candy Nail Art, is aiming to take the nail care industry by storm with its nail art products. While the company won’t officially launch until early 2014, it is encouraging independent distributors to now sign up.

ENTERPRISE, Utah — Southern Utah startup company, Finger Candy Nail Art, is aiming to take the nail care industry by storm with its nail art products. While the company won’t officially launch until early 2014, it is encouraging independent distributors to now sign up.

November 15, 2013

Rite Aid is testing a revamped beauty section in at least one of its Genuine Well Being stores, in New York's West Village. Dubbed Beauty Vision, the section features a wider assortment of brands, a spruced-up look and a Beauty Vision adviser who can help customers learn about various brands and products. The chain is promoting the new concept with a special event on Tuesday featuring Eddie Funkhouser, creator of the eponymous cosmetic brand.

Assuming president Obama's healthcare reform initiative works out - notwithstanding the rough start it's had so far - and tens of millions of uninsured Americans get healthcare coverage, it's going to mean a lot of potential new customers for pharmacy retailers. But while that will drive script count and get people through the door, it will also drive pharmacy margins down. This means retailers will need to do more to make themselves stand out in the front end, and one of the best ways to do that is with beauty.

DSN took a close look at Rite Aid's new beauty concept this week. See it for yourself.

Rite Aid is testing a revamped beauty section in at least one of its Genuine Well Being stores, in New York's West Village. Dubbed Beauty Vision, the section features a wider assortment of brands, a spruced-up look and a Beauty Vision adviser who can help customers learn about various brands and products. The chain is promoting the new concept with a special event on Tuesday featuring Eddie Funkhouser, creator of the eponymous cosmetic brand.

November 13, 2013

Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organization changes, including the retirement of 37-year company veteran Dimitri Panayotopoulos, vice chairman and adviser to the chairman and CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2014.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organization changes, including the retirement of 37-year company veteran Dimitri Panayotopoulos, vice chairman and adviser to the chairman and CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2014.

Panayotopoulos joined P&G in 1977. He served in sales and general management roles spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, eventually overseeing all P&G brands as vice chair – Global Business Units. As previously announced, he was elected to his current role as advisor to the CEO effective July 1, 2013.

November 13, 2013

Theranos and Walgreens on Wednesday opened new Theranos Wellness Centers located at Walgreens stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

PHOENIX — Theranos and Walgreens on Wednesday opened new Theranos Wellness Centers located at Walgreens stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area. This marks the next step in Theranos and Walgreens planned national rollout of Theranos Wellness Centers, and the first expansion of the new laboratory services outside of California. 

November 8, 2013

In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Food Lion has announced that its stores will offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who currently are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

SALISBURY, N.C. — In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Food Lion has announced that its stores will offer a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who currently are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
 

November 8, 2013

Kroger, already the market share leader among traditional grocers in Dallas-Fort Worth, is expanding its presence in one of the largest metropolitan regions in the United States, the company announced Friday.

DALLAS — Kroger, already the market share leader among traditional grocers in Dallas-Fort Worth, is expanding its presence in one of the largest metropolitan regions in the United States, the company announced Friday. Over the next 24 months, Kroger will invest $150 million in North Texas to build five new Marketplace stores and to expand three locations, along with opening multiple fuel centers and remodeling existing properties. 

November 8, 2013

A study being presented this week at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found hay fever is more prevalent in children living in the southeastern and southern states, ACAAI announced Friday.

BALTIMORE — A study being presented this week at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found hay fever is more prevalent in children living in the southeastern and southern states, ACAAI announced Friday.

November 6, 2013

McKesson's Health Mart on Wednesday announced the launch of its new Local Marketing Support program designed to make it easier for Health Mart owners to grow their business by attracting new patients and driving revenue.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson's Health Mart on Wednesday announced the launch of its new Local Marketing Support program, designed to make it easier for Health Mart owners to grow their business by attracting new patients and driving revenue. The Local Marketing Support program provides matching funds and comprehensive marketing tools and campaigns, letting Health Mart owners increase awareness of their stores and community care offerings.   

November 4, 2013

Carex Health Brands on Monday announced the acquisition of the ThermiPaq Hot & Cold Therapy brand along with other associated assets from the Thermionics Corp..

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands announced the acquisition of the ThermiPaq Hot & Cold Therapy brand along with other associated assets from Thermionics Corp.

November 1, 2013

Ahold USA has appointed a former executive for Asian retailer Dairy Farm International as president of its Giant Food of Landover, Md., division, Ahold said Friday.

CARLISLE, Pa. – Ahold USA has appointed a former executive for Asian retailer Dairy Farm International as president of its Giant Food of Landover, Md., division, Ahold said Friday.

October 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is using long-term strategies to address drug shortages when they appear and requiring manufacturers to notify the agency if a shortage is at risk of happening, under a new plan announced Thursday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is using long-term strategies to address drug shortages when they appear and requiring manufacturers to notify the agency if a shortage is at risk of happening, under a new plan announced Thursday.

October 30, 2013

A division of inVentiv Health has acquired Catalina Marketing's medication adherence services subsidiary, inVentiv said Thursday.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — A division of inVentiv Health has acquired Catalina Marketing's medication adherence services subsidiary, inVentiv said Thursday.

The acquisition of Catalina Health by Adheris makes Adheris the largest provider in the nation of tailored, direct-to-patient medication adherence programs, inVentiv said. Catalina Health president Renee Selman will lead the combined company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

October 29, 2013

Safeway will open a grocery store in the camping area of the Phoenix International Raceway starting next month.

PHOENIX — Safeway will open a grocery store in the camping area of the Phoenix International Raceway starting next month.

PIR president Bryan Sperber said the store would open for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Spring Cup Series weekend, which takes place Nov. 8-10, selling snacks and camping essentials.

October 25, 2013

L’Oréal USA honored the recipients of the 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at an awards ceremony Thursday evening. Celebrating its 10th year, the program is a national initiative that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers.

NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA honored the recipients of the 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at an awards ceremony Thursday evening. Celebrating its 10th year, the program is a national initiative that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers.

October 24, 2013

CVS Caremark has been awarded Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry, the pharmacy retailer has announced.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has been awarded Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry, the pharmacy retailer has announced.

October 23, 2013

To assist CPG manufacturers and retailers in generating new levels of growth through a better understanding of these shopper needs, Information Resources joined forces with SPINS to create SPINS NaturaLink, a new segmentation of the total U.S. population, which focuses on how shoppers think about, purchase and use natural/organic/ecofriendly products, the two firms announced Tuesday.

CHICAGO — To assist CPG manufacturers and retailers in generating new levels of growth through a better understanding of these shopper needs, Information Resources joined forces with SPINS to create SPINS NaturaLink, a new segmentation of the total U.S. population, which focuses on how shoppers think about, purchase and use natural/organic/ecofriendly products, the two firms announced Tuesday.

October 22, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, on Monday sought a permanent injunction against the dietary supplement manufacturer James G. Cole; its president, James Cole; and its general manager, Julie Graves, following the company’s repeated distribution of unapproved drugs and adulterated dietary supplements in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, on Monday sought a permanent injunction against the dietary supplement manufacturer James G. Cole; its president, James Cole; and its general manager, Julie Graves, following the company’s repeated distribution of unapproved drugs and adulterated dietary supplements in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.