March 26, 2014

Springtime allergy season may be delayed a few weeks this year, kicking into high gear in early April as opposed to late March due to a 2013-2014 winter characterized by extremely low temperatures and heavy snow storms.

March 26, 2014

Message to federal health plan payers from community pharmacy: We have the systems in place and the professional expertise to help millions of patients to better their health outcomes at a lower cost. Message to pharmacy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Prove it.

March 25, 2014

Walgreens is expanding the distribution of its Boots' No7 beauty brand across its New York City store base, Greg Wasson, president and CEO Walgreens, told analysts Tuesday morning.

March 21, 2014

Wegmans earlier this week introduced a medication synchronization pilot to its hub store in the Syracuse market called "My Meds Together," according to company executives.

March 12, 2014

Three-in-four pharmaceutical companies are looking to derive greater value from the influx of healthcare information that includes anonymized electronic medical records and other real-world data, according to a report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics on Wednesday. New investments in a range of commercial operations applications — such as customer relationship management, social media or integrated multi-channel marketing solutions — were cited by more than 70% of respondents as a priority.

March 10, 2014

Overall, the OTC sector in 2013 realized $40.2 billion in sales, according to data culled from OTC categories tracked by IRI.

March 10, 2014

Shaving trends among men — or rather the lack thereof — has shaken up the razor segment a bit as more men are opting to sport facial hair, but manufacturers remain optimistic as they churn out new innovations and see a decline of “loaded pantries” on the horizon.

March 10, 2014

CandyRific has introduced two novelty items for spring.

March 10, 2014

Where would the candy category be without seasonal merchandise?

March 10, 2014

Although the United States is still waiting for final practical guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration about the launch of biosimilars and the standards required to meet the threshold of interchangeability, the rest of the world seems to be barreling forward with the development and launch of these important medicines.

March 10, 2014

Two Rx-to-OTC switches in the past year may serve as a harbinger of what the Food and Drug Administration will consider “switch” worthy.

March 10, 2014

Jelly Belly has added a second colorful, trendy bag to its line of Camo Beans — Pink Camo Beans.

March 10, 2014

Building on the 2013 introduction of Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites, Mars Chocolate North America added three new flavors of unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix Bites, 3 Musketeers Bites and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.

March 10, 2014

Beauty brands are making strides in the digital world, and e-commerce continues to be a consistent vehicle for how beauty mavens shop, according to recent research by digital marketing firm PM Digital.

March 10, 2014

Pinterest will emerge as a stronger alternative to Facebook and Twitter, according to global research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence. The company analyzed the online data of the nation’s top 100 retailers from September through December 2013 as part of its ongoing study assessing the business impact of top retailers’ social media efforts.

March 10, 2014

Apparently, I am one of about 10 mil­lion unique users who, as this issue of DSN went to press, had entered their name into the interactive name genera­tor game that Slate.com posted to its site within hours of John Travolta having butchered singer Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscar Awards.

March 6, 2014

With a history that goes back more than 100 years, Softsheen-Carson’s Magic Shave has become a legacy brand within the African-American male grooming segment. Today, Magic is celebrating the launch of a new skin care line called Bump Rescue Skincare. To learn more about the brand’s history and the new line, Drug Store News recently talked with Mezei Jefferson, director of education for Softsheen-Carson.

March 5, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has about 75% of its consumer brands back on shelf, Dominic Caruso, Johnson & Johnson VP finance and CFO, told attendees of the Cowen and Company Health Care Conference on Tuesday.

February 27, 2014

Ahold announced plans to significantly expand its Peapod presence in the U.S. market when announcing fourth-quarter results on Thursday.

February 27, 2014

Nutrisystem will make a national retail launch in 2014, noted Dawn Zier, Nutrisystem president and CEO, during a conference call Wednesday.

February 24, 2014

Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,100 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, last week got the word out about its Champions of Care Challenge through the mommy blogger network in sponsored posts from the Niche Parent Network & Conference.

February 23, 2014

O'Connor Companies' new product GoGargle! was named Best New Product last week at the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy meeting.

February 21, 2014

Only one-third of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have gotten their flu shot this season, which is a contributing factor to why this year's flu activity has hit young adults particularly hard, according to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

February 20, 2014

How retail pharmacies invest in technology and harness the flood of patient and drug utilization data it generates will determine, in large part, the future of the profession and its relevance to a fast-changing health system seeking new cost-saving solutions and more effective approaches to patient care and disease prevention.