December 23, 2013

Our offices will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. From the editors and publishers of Drug Store News, best wishes for a wonderful new year to you and your family.

December 23, 2013

Harris Teeter announced its first store opening in Summerville, N.C. with a ribbon cutting ceremony that morning.

December 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment made by Danish drug maker Novo Nordiskfor a rare, genetic bleeding disorder, the agency said Monday.

December 23, 2013

In two separate clinical trials, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that periodic meetings with a lactation consultant encourages women traditionally resistant to breast-feeding to do so, at least for a few months, or long enough for mother and child to gain health benefits.

December 23, 2013

The chief executive of Target is reaching out to consumers in the wake of the widespread hacking of credit and debit card data at Target stores that the company confirmed last week.

December 23, 2013

A Barre, Vt., pharmacist has been named Kinney Drugs' top pharmacist, the regional chain announced Monday.

December 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by United Therapeutics for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, the company said Monday.

December 23, 2013

A USA TODAY investigation on Friday found that many of those companies marketing dietary supplement containing with drug-spiked products are run by people with criminal backgrounds and regulatory run-ins.

December 20, 2013

Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

December 20, 2013

Walgreens posted a first-quarter sales increase of 5.9% to a record $18.3 billion. Front-end comparable store sales for the quarter increased 2.4% in the first quarter, customer traffic in comparable stores increased 0.2% and basket size increased 2.2%, while total sales in comparable stores increased 5.4%. Prescription sales, which accounted for 64.7% of sales in the quarter ended Nov. 30, increased 7.3%, while prescription sales in comparable stores increased 7.2%.

Front-end comps are up. Prescription comps are up. Business is good. And that's not the story. Rather, that's the kind of results you can expect from the story. The story is Walgreens is priming a three-pistoned growth engine that will quite likely drive what pharmacy will look like in the future — an efficient global supply chain beast that feeds a front-end that commands traffic in its own right, and a back-end that demands healthcare payers pay attention to how Walgreens can help improve adherence and patient-care metrics. So, how can suppliers better align with Walgreens?

December 20, 2013

Kao — whose brands include Jergens, Biore and John Frieda — has announced several executive appointments, including the appointment of Paul Nunnari as president of Kao Canada, effective Jan. 1.

December 20, 2013

CVS Caremark announced on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has lifted the sanctions imposed against the company's SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, effective Jan. 1.

December 20, 2013

The New York City Council has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in such public venues as bars, restaurants, beaches, parks and office buildings, according to published reports.

December 20, 2013

Rite Aid is extending store hours and featuring gift items as the holiday shopping season comes to an end, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

December 20, 2013

Top CVS Caremark executives gathered in New York City on Wednesday for its 2013 Analyst Day to outline the company’s strategies to drive long-term enterprise growth through its vast pool of assets and its nimbleness in responding to the evolving healthcare landscape.

It marked the third year that the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company has hosted its Analyst Day meeting in Decembe, but this year’s event no doubt proved especially timely since we’re just days away from the start of the New Year when health reform will begin to significantly alter U.S. health care.

December 20, 2013

With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine.

December 19, 2013

Balance Bar on Thursday asked Americans to join them in taking the Balance Bar Pledge, an anti-resolutions pledge that encourages people to skip the tradition of setting overly ambitious and sometimes unachievable goals and instead make one small step each month that supports their health, wellness and overall happiness.

December 19, 2013

Bristol-Myers Squibb is selling its diabetes business to AstraZeneca for up to $4.3 billion as part of an effort to focus more on specialty drugs, the company said Thursday.

December 19, 2013

Diplomat has become a distributor of a new cancer drug made by Genentech, Diplomat said Thursday.

December 19, 2013

E'Shee Clinical Esthetic on Thursday announced the launch of Alpha and Omega, a new gene-therapy eye cream designed to target wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and sagging skin.

December 19, 2013

Endo announced Thursday that regulatory waiting periods in the United States and Canada related to its plans to acquire a Montreal-based drug maker have been terminated.

December 19, 2013

GoHealth and Walgreens are ramping up their shared efforts to let Americans know GoHealthInsurance.com is a viable solution for people seeking coverage and exploring marketplace options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the companies announced.

December 19, 2013

Good to Go recently launched a solution formulated to help prevent traveler’s constipation.

December 19, 2013

While more than half of Americans don't agree with legalizing the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, most also say that if legal, it should be sold at pharmacies, according to a new survey.