While it's tough to be an indulgent food in a health-conscious society, chocolate candy is still seeing growth in a few key segments. While the category is finding its balance between satisfying a loyal base of consumers looking for a guilty pleasure and an increased national focus on healthy eating, new segments are emerging.
Syneron Beauty entered the oral care category last year with its Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System and now, Syneron Beauty has created the Pearl brand. Enter Pearl Brilliant White Ionic Teeth Whitening system — the first new, at-home teeth whitening technology to be cleared by the FDA in more than a decade, according to the company.
Mobile apps may be helping to boost an allergy sufferer's awareness of his or her condition, and potentially prompting them to seek relief at the local pharmacy, as apps tracking regional allergens become more prominent.
While cough-cold season 2012-2013 will go down in the record books as one of the better seasons in recent memory, the spring allergy season has been delayed into May thanks to recent storm systems traveling across the central United States into the Northeast that have triggered a "faux spring."
When it announced its fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2013 earnings in April, Rite Aid noted that it performed 2.4 million flu vaccinations, as well as 400,000 vaccinations for pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Walgreens administered more than 6.5 million immunizations in 2012, and CVS' totals reached more than 3.5 million.
The year is only halfway done, but 2013 is already proving to be a year of particular importance for generic drugs as the industry awaits two important decisions from the Supreme Court and continues to wait for federal biosimilar regulations while fending off efforts to limit the scope of their use at the state level.