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Changing channels: Products with drug store crossover potential

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LAS VEGAS Drug Store News. DSN reporters were on hand to look for products with potential for crossover into the retail pharmacy channel. While paint thinner and chain saws are unlikely to appear on the shelves of Walgreens or CVS anytime soon, it turns out that quite a few products could change channels as easily as a television. —The National Hardware Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center experienced a 20% increase in attendance this year, according to the show’s producers. And that is at least in part thanks to an unusual guest:

Cable Capture and Cable Capture Jr.

Anybody who owns more than two or three electronic devices has had to deal with the impenetrable jumble of cables that often forms behind TV cabinets and under desks. From Sonoma, Calif.-based TOG & Associates comes the Cable Capture, whose dome-shaped rubber top flips up, allowing cables to be wrapped around a central peg for easier management. A dock allows multiple Cable Captures to be stacked atop one another. Also available is Cable Capture Jr. for smaller devices. Cable Capture has a suggested retail price of $4.99, while Cable Capture Jr. sells for $2.99. Contact: sales@cablecapture.com, CableCapture.com

Hold-It!

The simple act of throwing away a piece of trash can turn into a disaster if the trash can liner falls into the can with the garbage, but Mission Viejo, Calif.-based WenDan Enterprises has created a simple solution with Hold-It! Hold-It! is an elastic band that goes around the side of a garbage can to keep the bag from falling in, with “teeth” along the length to keep it in place. The band stretches to up to 65 in. The SRP is $1.99 to $3.99. Contact: sales@wendanent.com, WenDanEnt.com

Prefenz Botanicals

As soon as the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 swine flu a pandemic, hand sanitizers became a hot item at a number of retailers. But while hand sanitizers are effective at killing germs, the alcohol they contain leaves the hands feeling uncomfortably dry. Prefense, based in St. Charles, Ill., has introduced Prefenz Botanicals, an alcohol-free hand sanitizer that it says can offer protection from germs for up to 10 hand washings without reapplication. The sanitizer kills viruses, bacteria and fungi, including E. coli and antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria. The SRP is $6.99 for 1.5 oz. and $16.99 for 8 oz. Contact: info@prefenzbotanicals.com, PrefenzBotanicals.com

Gleen

Old Forge, Pa.-based Gleen Corp. has created a way to simultaneously clean one’s house and protect the environment with the Gleen Green Cleaning Cloth. The cloth, made from a patented microfiber technology, is designed for use with water on any surface. After use, the cloth can be washed and dried, capable of lasting for hundreds of applications. The cloth is available in a 16 in.-by-16 in. window cleaning cloth (SRP $3.99) and a 6 in.-by-6 in. Clear View cloth (SRP $3.50 to $3.99). Contact: info@gleencloth.com, GleenCloth.com

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