September 7, 2016

Given the fragmented, piecemeal way the health system has evolved and the urgent challenges posed by skyrocketing costs, inconsistent care standards and wide gaps in the gathering and sharing of vital patient data, it’s no wonder that the health industry is ripe for innovation, Katya Hancock told participants at the Retail Health Summit.

September 7, 2016

In this report, DSN examines in-depth sales activity in the greeting card category, highlighting new products that are shaking up the general merchandise aisle.

September 7, 2016

As the company behind Purell hand sanitizer, Gojo’s “big, hairy, audacious goal,” as described by the company’s VP hygiene sciences and public health advancements Jim Arbogast, is to “bring well-being to 1 billion people every day.”

September 7, 2016

Lovepop Cards, a Harvard-based greeting card start-up that landed a $300,000 investment from investor Kevin O’Leary on ABC’s “Shark Tank” TV show in December, start as a sketch on paper that is translated to a modeling software, in which each shape is drawn, then transferred to a software that routs a laser-cutter to cut out each piece.

September 7, 2016

Hallmark is bringing music from some of the most popular country artists — including Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan — into the greeting card aisle with CMA Sounds Cards.

September 7, 2016

How can pharmacy retailers and their vendor partners help make health care more accountable, accessible and cost-effective? And what role can they play to help their customers to lead longer, healthier lives? Retail leaders, health stakeholders and other experts gathered to answer these questions — and more — during June's Retail Health Summit.

September 7, 2016

Hyland’s launched a new homeopathic energy booster called Good Morning that targets consumers looking for a natural revitalization solution, following a night of tossing and turning in bed.

September 7, 2016

The main focus for Johnson & Johnson’s health and wellness solutions president Len Greer is getting patients motivated to improve overall health outcomes. Greer said Johnson & Johnson is undertaking efforts to apply behavioral science in such disease states as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease to improve patient health.

September 7, 2016

As critics of the Affordable Care Act continue to grumble about how the law has adversely affected much of the nation’s healthcare system, consultant and Foundation for Health Smart Consumers fellow Mike Tarino said that giving people more control over how their healthcare dollars are spent could help quiet the critics and put what many see as a failing reform plan back on track.

September 7, 2016

Innovation has had a busy year, between its recently announced partnership with IMA North America and its Pharmacy Operations Symposium, held in April in concert with Binghamton University’s Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), as it expands its solutions to help increase pharmacy efficiency, accuracy and inventory management.

September 7, 2016

Bayer Consumer’s Dr Scholl’s, which generated $291.9 million in sales for the 52 weeks ended June 4, according to Nielsen data as provided by Implus, still dominates the foot care category, while store brands gained 7.4% in that time frame to $65.6 million, and Implus gained 47.5% with the Airplus brand to $40.7 million.

September 7, 2016

The explosive growth in the at-risk elderly population has spawned a corresponding explosion in the number of baby boomers who find themselves caring for aging parents. In response, start-up companies have sprung up offering new services and solutions.

September 7, 2016

Johnson & Johnson featured the Diabetes Collaboration Zone at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo in Boston last month, where a cross-functional team armed with a wide range of expertise — from product knowledge, technology and design to behavioral science — met with retailers to discuss opportunities to better serve the diabetes patient.

September 7, 2016

Ateb is looking to use what it has learned from more than a million patients enrolled and having their medications actively managed via its Time My Meds medication synchronization platform to help pharmacies improve both their business and their patients’ outcomes.

September 7, 2016

The mounting costs of health care and the rise of high-deductible health plans are biting deep into Americans’ pocketbooks as payers shift more of the cost burden onto their members. How can pharmacy and health retailers step up with solutions to those challenges?

September 7, 2016

Challenged to think beyond current disease-state management solutions, a panel of leading consumer health executives anchored by Walmart VP OTC merchandising Annie Walker, examined the opportunities to disrupt customer habits and move beyond treatment to a mind-set on prevention at a special one-day thought leadership conference in Bentonville, Ark., co-hosted by Drug Store News and Mack Elevation Forum.

September 7, 2016

Quest Products is looking to break onto the external analgesic scene with CopperFixx, a balm that combines the analgesic properties associated with copper and arnica. Other brands continuing to lead the way were Blue Emu ($28.6 million, up 20.1%), Australian Dream ($23.1 million, up 20.7%) and Boiron’s Arincare ($19.1 million, up 19.7%).

September 7, 2016

Pfizer’s Nexium 24HR is the clear leader in the digestive aisle. However, in March 2017, store-brand versions of Nexium 24HR will be available. Perrigo has already secured a tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its OTC Nexium 24HR generic equivalent.

September 7, 2016

Consumers with diabetes spend 35% more on OTC products than the average consumer, noted Jeff Gregori, group VP consumer and shopper analytics for Nielsen, during a recent presentation at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo. Sales of product with a diabetes-specific focus increased 5.1% in 2015, according to Nielsen, reaching $592 million in total sales.

September 7, 2016

The allergy space will continue to heat up significantly in 2017 as marketers pollinate the airwaves with advertisements promoting their latest brand introductions

September 7, 2016

One of the biggest impacts of technology among a potentially unexpected group of consumers is its ability to empower baby boomers to be independent for longer, according to Pfizer Consumer Healthcare senior director disruptive innovation wellness Rimma Fehling.

September 7, 2016

“One-in-4 people over age 45 in the United States is chronically lonely.” That sad statistic, taken from a survey by AARP and reported at the Retail Health Summit by health technology panelist Beth Sanders, should give all retail health providers pause, she said.

September 7, 2016

Helping seniors stay “active, mobile and independent” is the prime mission for GreatCall, a San-Diego-based provider of independent-living tools for elderly Americans and their caregivers.

September 7, 2016

With the array of products that consumers have in front of them at any given time, the trick is to provide “an interaction and the opportunity to understand what you don’t know,” DeVilbiss Healthcare's SVP product management David Cohon said during June's Retail Health Summit.