07/10/2014 - 7:39pm

Overall, the intimacy health category generated more than $870 million in sales, trending up in the low single-digits. Sales of condoms, the largest piece of the business, totaled $380.7 million across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended April 20, and was down slightly by 1.8%. The growth is coming out of the personal lubricant ($213.4 million, up 2.9%) and emergency contraceptive ($253.2 million, up 12.3%) sectors.

07/10/2014 - 7:39pm

A survey co-released by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and the National Coalition on Healthcare reveals that 8-in-10 healthcare providers have serious concerns about a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on generic drug labeling.

07/10/2014 - 7:39pm

As lifetime earnings for pharmaceuticals decrease, commercialization expenses increase and payers tighten their belts on reimbursement, life science companies will be faced with shrinking margins over the next few years. In order to maintain basic operating margin levels and continue investing in research and development at current levels, life science manufacturers will be forced to reduce costs by more than $35 billion by 2017, according to results from a new survey of 70 life science organizations from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

07/10/2014 - 7:39pm

With community pharmacies being called on to provide a wider range of services, drug stores across the country are adapting new technologies to ensure that they can meet the evolving needs of their patients and strengthen their role in the nation’s healthcare system.

07/10/2014 - 7:38pm

A wave of new drug introductions and healthcare policy changes has had a significant impact on women’s health care over the past year.

07/08/2014 - 4:48pm

New at this year’s NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston on Aug. 23 to 26 will be Vision 2025. The exhibit will, with the help of partners Checkpoint Systems and Kantar Retail, provide attendees a glimpse of “what comes next” through technology platforms, displays and interactive experiences. To learn more, DSN spoke with Jim Whitman and Steve Perlowski of NACDS.

06/18/2014 - 1:58pm

The drug channel could be losing its edge in seasonal sales. GMDC’s recently released “Seasonal Best Practices” report revealed that, according to Nielsen data for the 52 weeks ended Oct. 26, 2013, while drug store seasonal merchandise dollar sales are slightly ahead of supermarkets, the channel’s sales have slipped 16%.

06/18/2014 - 1:58pm

With the ragweed season getting longer and longer, according to government reports, allergy has become a significant driver behind trips to the eye care aisle, and represents a much broader potential patient base. In response to rising temperatures, ragweed pollen season length increased between 1995 and 2011 by as much as 11 days (to 27 days) in parts of the United States and Canada.

06/18/2014 - 1:58pm

The need state for allergy remedies is significant, according to documents filed by Merck recently in support of its application to switch Singulair. Allergies represent the fifth most-common chronic disease in the United States, impacting 1-in-5 Americans. As many as 90% of allergy sufferers self-treat their condition, and 58% only use an OTC or herbal remedy to relieve their allergy symptoms.