March 4, 2015

Miraculins in January announced that it will be commencing a pilot program with Lovell Drugs and Pear Healthcare Solutions that will see the placement of the first stand-alone Scout DS diabetes screening kiosks in Lovell’s retail pharmacy locations in Ontario beginning in February.

March 4, 2015

Due to the popularity of the Hallmark Signature Collection card line, Hallmark is introducing Hallmark Signature Gift Wrap. The new line began rollout to the drug channel in February and will continue to introduce line extensions throughout 2015.

March 4, 2015

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Jan. 26 announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the healthcare system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality of care they give patients.

March 4, 2015

There’s no denying that the proliferation of ecards has been eroding sales of traditional greeting cards. A recent report from Ibis World predicts that industry revenue will decline over the next the five years to 2019 at an annualized rate of 2.4% to $5.4 billion.

March 4, 2015

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with about 20% of children ages 5 years to 11 years old having at least one untreated decayed tooth. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable.

March 4, 2015

The pressure on mass market fragrances has yet to ease due in part to declining sales of celebrity fragrances and a reduction in fragrance innovation. And men’s fragrance is no exception.

February 5, 2015

There is a sharp spike in cough-cold promotion across retail circulars in the back-to-school season, according to an analysis of circular retail promotions provided by ECRM, as moms prepare their families for the inevitable season of sniffles and sneezes with the coming school year.

February 5, 2015

GoJo Industries is expanding its hand sanitizer position with a new purchase opportunity — one that’s mom-friendly, serves an on-the-go need and is incremental to the category — with its launch of Purell Wipes into retail.

February 5, 2015

The old adage may claim that “beauty is only skin deep,” but what today’s retailers are realizing is that beauty is as deep as the customer experience. This has given rise to a heightened focus on new services, higher-end offerings and staffing beauty departments with specially trained beauty advisers.

February 5, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged early on in the 2014-15 season that this year’s flu shot didn’t match up well with this year’s predominant H3N2 flu virus, which set the stage for a strong season. Annual sales of cough, cold and flu remedies were on the rise for the first two months of the season.

February 5, 2015

Today’s retailers are increasingly going high tech, embracing the latest technologies to further elevate the in-store shopping experience. This trend is especially evident in the beauty and fashion space — and for good reason. Such technologies enable shoppers to easily “try before they buy” and quickly access product information.

February 5, 2015

Are we in the midst of a beauty revolution? Perhaps. It is no secret that the ever-changing beauty category is all about trends, but one could argue that we are embarking on an especially interesting time in beauty as technology is changing the way consumers shop and new innovations strive to break through the noise.

February 5, 2015

So far it looks like the 2014-15 cough-cold season is off to a strong start, as total cold/allergy/sinus dollar sales from August through December 2014 increased 8.5% over the same period in 2013, according to Competitive Promotion Report.

February 5, 2015

This year’s hot beauty look is all about balance, with beauty mavens selecting a natural, no-makeup look on the skin, paired with a bold eye — especially a bold brow.

February 5, 2015

DNA Diagnostics Center recently introduced its high-margin DNA Paternity Test Kit through Walgreens with a unique selling proposition — DNA Paternity Test Kits are not only advertised on television programs including “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” “Maury” and “The Bill Cunningham Show,” they’re the go-to kits those productions use to prove paternity.

February 5, 2015

As many as 43% of women keep a cough-cold product in their desk during the winter months “just in case” they get sick, according to a survey conducted on behalf of WorkPlace Impact.

February 5, 2015

Considering that 90% of families’ healthcare decisions are made by women, and that women account for 93% of overall consumer spending on OTC pharmaceuticals, according to Greenfield Online for Arnold’s Women’s Insight Team, identifying and delivering on women’s aspirations is a crucial factor in the success of self-care healthcare items.

January 7, 2015

With tens and possibly hundreds of billions of dollars in potential savings still snagged in a regulatory limbo, federal lawmakers and health industry stakeholders strongly urged the Food and Drug Administration last month to knock down the final barriers to review and approval of biosimilar drugs for marketing in the United States.

January 7, 2015

Three supplement categories are really helping to drive the business today.

January 7, 2015

NBTY earlier this year expanded its Osteo Bi-Flex franchise with a line of joint care supplements “plus” — as in joint care plus energy or joint care plus muscle support.

January 7, 2015

The pharmaceutical industry is back. Fueled by the launch of expensive, new biotech medicines, rising prices for both branded and generic drugs and a recent slowdown in branded-drug patent expirations and generic competition, the U.S. pharmaceutical market is staging a remarkable resurgence.

January 7, 2015

Pharmavite earlier this year launched a product that capitalizes on two current growth trends — immunity supplements and the gummy format. 

January 7, 2015

Good news for manufacturers of soap, bath and shower products is that growth has been solid, with sales increasing a hefty 18%, to about $5.4 billion, between 2008 and 2013, according to research firm Mintel.

December 11, 2014

Clinicians are more open to utilizing burgeoning healthcare technology as part of their practice, and patients are more receptive to interacting with that technology, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute report released last month titled “Healthcare delivery of the future: How digital technology can bridge the gap of time and distance between clinicians and consumers.”