Special Reports

The challenging economy undoubtedly has dulled oral care sales as cash-strapped shoppers increasingly have turned to such high-value retailers as warehouse clubs and dollar stores. However, research suggests that manufacturers can help restore the segment's luster by focusing on offering the most value-added benefits at the best price.

Dietary supplements have been in the news lately, and not altogether for good reasons. Critics are crying for greater dietary supplement regulation after the recent recall of Hydroxycut, a popular weight-loss aid, and a number of Food and Drug Administration warning letters to companies claiming to field supplements but making outlandish (and illegal) claims, as well as the constant claims by professional athletes that the banned substances for which they tested positive were found in...

On the following pages, you'll find a list of 30 products — all recently launched or about to be launched — that caught the attention of Drug Store News' editors in a big way in the past year. It's a short list of products our editors believe will really drive incremental growth in the year to come.

This installment of Business of Beauty includes L'Oréal's 100 years in beauty, a roundup of color cosmetics sales in 2008, Coty's success with Del Labs, Revlon's restructuring, value products' effect on the hair category, shopper buzz and more.

The value of niche is in the customer that a niche manufacturer brings through the door. Sometimes it’s measured in incremental opportunity, such as a prophylactic acne offering among a sea of acne treatments. And sometimes it’s measured in what happens if that niche brand is not on the shelf, driving the customer to another retail outlet. That value doesn’t change in a tough economy, but the factors that establish whether or not a niche manufacturer ever gets to the shelf, and stays on that...

Careers in Pharmacy prepares students and prospective students for a career in pharmacy with articles on the latest career options, how to prepare for a pharmacy career and a complete list of U.S. pharmacy colleges, as well as profiles of day-to-day responsibilities of pharmacists in different sectors of the pharmacy industry.

What a difference a year makes. Walgreens’ management and shareholders were long accustomed to steady, record-breaking gains in sales and earnings, and a pedal-to-the-metal store development strategy, that made Walgreens the nation’s fastest-growing pharmacy retailer and a market leader in cities across the country. As recently as the company’s annual meeting in January 2008, former chairman and CEO Jeff Rein reaffirmed that strategy, outlining a bold plan for filling in markets across the...

Despite all the debate over the use of cough-cold medicines in children under the age of 12, sales of cough-cold medicines didn’t do too badly last year. For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 25, sales of all cough-cold remedies — including cough drops, cough syrups, cold-allergy liquids and cold-allergy tablets — were up 10.5%, totaling $4 billion across food, drug and mass outlets (minus Walmart) according to Information Resources Inc data. Of course, the lion’s share of that growth comes courtesy...

In dismal economic times, lower-cost product alternatives that save consumers money are supposed to thrive, or at least hold their own. But in the midst of a global financial meltdown, even the market for generic drugs is faltering. The worldwide sales growth rate of me-too medicines slowed to a crawl in the 12 months ended September 2008, rising a weak 3.6% over the previous 12-month period, IMS Health reported.

Like boxers in the ring, both regional and national players are battling for the win and striving to overcome much of the same challenges, whether it is an uppercut from average wholesale price, a jab from patients coping with rising pharmacy premiums and co-pays, or a counterpunch from the rival down the street. But despite the challenges and added pressure from retail heavyweights, regional players refuse to get pinned against the ropes.