August 20, 2014

Excedrin relaunched in the United States in 2013 and is doing well. The brand generated $130 million between its Excedrin tablets and Excedrin Migraine tablets for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 20, 2014

Who is the alternative analgesic pain consumer? “The majority of these people [in search of external pain relief] have chronic pain and are already taking prescriptions and using multiple methods of pain relief,” said Jenny McLaughlin, product manager for Walh Therapeutic Massagers. “Our research shows people are coming into the health-and-wellness area once a month.”

August 20, 2014

“It’s not enough to pull drowning victims out of the river. You have to walk upstream to find out who’s throwing them in.” Physician and educator David Kilgore invoked that piece of wisdom from Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson to describe the current state of medicine in the United States — and the steps needed to drag the nation’s outmoded, costly and inefficient healthcare system into the 21st century.

August 20, 2014

Look for Walgreens to continue to try to create a kind of retail theater, focused very sharply on the front end of the store.

August 20, 2014

DSN presents a preview of some of the hottest beauty products that will appear on the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 20, 2014

Adult incontinence and urinary bladder control represent one of the more lucrative categories in OTC, but it’s not necessarily the most talked-about category.

August 20, 2014

The allergy remedy business is growing, and not just because of new entries to the market like Chattem’s Nasacort 24HR, which to date has brought in more than $50 million to the category. Allergy seasons are lasting longer, and there are more people suffering from allergies.

August 20, 2014

Nearly 5,000 attended McKesson ideaShare 2014, held July 20 to 24 in Orlando, Fla., including more than 1,000 community pharmacies, more than 600 exhibitors and more than 300 first-time attendees.

August 20, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser recently extended its Mucinex brand into the allergy set with the appropriately named Mucinex Allergy.

August 20, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser this season extended its line of popular Mucinex Fast-Max products, which provide multi-symptom relief, to include a product for nighttime cold-and-flu relief in both liquid and tablet form, taking on Procter & Gamble’s NyQuil franchise.

August 20, 2014

As health care in the United States continues to move toward a patient-centric system, new opportunities are opening up for technology providers.

August 20, 2014

In May 2014, Pfizer introduced Nexium 24HR, one of the top-selling acid blockers, over the counter in the United States.

August 20, 2014

Former New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly will be the featured keynote lunch speaker at the 16th annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit on Dec. 2 at the New York Athletic Club.

August 20, 2014

While drug stores across North America have diversified their mix over the past few years, over-the-counter medications remain at the heart of most every pharmacy retailer’s efforts, helping to maintain the drug channel’s inherent value as a front-line healthcare provider and the outlet of choice for consumers suffering from a wide range of minor illnesses.

August 20, 2014

Perfecta Products last year added Zim’s Arnica Max to it’s lineup of external analgesic rubs, which includes Zim’s Max-Freeze, an $11.8 million brand grew 27.3% for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 20, 2014

“All providers in the healthcare system should practice to the fullest extent allowed by their license.”

August 20, 2014

In July, the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and the Specialty Pharmacy Association of America announced the two organizations would merge, creating the largest professional and trade association in the specialty pharmacy industry. To find out more, DSN interviewed Larry Irene, CEO of Armada Health Care and SPAARx founder, and Gary Cohen, CEO of NASP.

August 20, 2014

iBeacon technology, the Apple iOS 7 feature that helps mobile devices track their position relative to stationary beacons by using low-frequency Bluetooth transmissions, is getting quite a bit of attention from retailers.

August 20, 2014

While nobody thought 2013-14 cough-cold sales would reach as high in comparison to the year before, no one expected the season to come down as much as it did.

August 20, 2014

The entire external analgesic category is up 6.7%, reaching a base of $486.9 million across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended June 15, according to IRI data. And Salonpas, with a 10.9% dollar share, is helping to drive that growth with positive sales gains of 28.7% to $52.9 million.

August 20, 2014

Sales of sleep aids is still on the rise, driven primarily by private-label across both tablets and liquid formats.

August 20, 2014

Merck Consumer Care’s Oxytrol for Women brings women with overactive bladder concerns to the self-care aisle for the first time.

August 20, 2014

Pharmavite’s VitaMelts brand has been a popular introduction to the category, with $9.4 million in sales, up 184.3%, for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 20, 2014

Meda Consumer Healthcare’s MidNite for Menopause last year was honored as one of Parade magazine’s top new products of the year.