June 18, 2013

Memberships in drug store loyalty programs have grown by 45% over the past couple years to total more than 140 million, according to a new report.

June 18, 2013

A new study, released in the current British Journal of Nutrition, showed that consuming peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast can control blood-sugar throughout most of the day, even after eating a high carbohydrate lunch. In addition to this "Second Meal Effect," peanuts and peanut butter caused a significant reduction in the desire to eat for up to 12 hours and a significant increase in the secretion of the hormone PYY that promotes satiety and feelings of fullness.

June 18, 2013

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will spend up to $165 million to buy a company developing a drug to prevent viral respiratory infections.

June 18, 2013

ThinkThin announced the introduction of new ThinkThin Fiber bars, a high-fiber addition to its line of protein bars.

June 18, 2013

Half a loaf, the saying goes, is better than none. For the generic drug industry, that means that the Supreme Court handed it a partial victory Monday by ruling that “pay for delay” patent settlements between brand name and generic drug companies aren’t necessarily illegal and should be considered on a case-by-case, “rule of reason” approach by the Federal Trade Commission, which staunchly opposes the practice.

June 17, 2013

One of the greatest challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry today is medication nonadherence — a fact that has not gone unnoticed by McKesson.

A variety of pharmacy-based solutions, designed to help pharmacy owners drive better results both from a patient outcomes and a profitability standpoint by offering services that promote long-term adherence and opportunities for patients to enroll in clinical trials, will be on display for ideaShare attendees through McKesson’s Clinical Services network.

June 17, 2013

Bio Follicle has announced the launch of its 100% vegan plant-derived sulfate- and cruelty-free aromatherapy lavender shampoo and conditioner.

June 17, 2013

BioScrip will acquire a Cincinnati-based home infusion company for $223 million, BioScrip said Monday.

June 17, 2013

They call it “idea-share” for a reason. Attendees of this year’s McKesson ideaShare 2013 Conference, which will be held, from June 26 through 30, at The Venetian Casino and Resort, will be exposed to some of the best thinking and new ideas for improving their independent pharmacy businesses. From topnotch speakers, continuing education sessions, hands-on workshops and business coaching seminars, McKesson ideaShare 2013 will offer independent pharmacy owners myriad opportunities to capitalize on today’s business climate.

June 17, 2013

The Dr. Baker Says Co. introduced last week a new supplement to market containing four omegas, essential fatty acids and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

June 17, 2013

Nina Shamayeva, owner of Austin Pharmacy in Forest Hills, N.Y., is launching a health initiative aimed at adults to "Help America be Pain-Free."

June 17, 2013

Amazon has announced that it will offer a free, 90-day trial of a new same-day delivery service to customers in the Los Angeles area that includes fresh food. The service, Prime Fresh, is being offered to members of Amazon Prime members, and after 90 days, the company will offer to let them upgrade to Prime Fresh on a permanent basis, for $299 per year, from the current Amazon Prime price of $79 per year. The company tested the program for six years in Seattle and plans to expand it to San Francisco later this year.

As Amazon director and category for U.S. health and beauty told DSN in a profile of the company back in May, Wall Street didn't like the SuperSaver shipping program, and the company spent a net $2.9 billion on shopping in 2012, a 17% increase from the year before, according to its 2012 annual report. But according to one report, Prime actually is quite profitable, and members are among the online retailer's best customers.

June 17, 2013

During the 2013 HBW conference held in San Antonio, from May 31 to June 3, one of the most anticipated events by attendees was The Showcase venue, which gave suppliers an opportunity to highlight their innovative new products or packaging to retailers and wholesalers attending the event.

June 17, 2013

Drug maker Johnson & Johnson plans to spend up to $1 billion to acquire a privately owned company developing a drug for prostate cancer.

June 17, 2013

Attendees of this year’s McKesson ideaShare 2013 will have access to more than 30 accredited continuing pharmacy education courses that offer invaluable insights into the latest thinking and best practices from experts in clinical services, new drug therapies, marketing, merchandising, financial management and succession planning.

June 17, 2013

Sales of U.S. prestige men’s fragrances are on the rise, according to recent research by global information company The NPD Group.

June 17, 2013

Kmart is distancing itself from a parody of its viral "Ship My Pants" ad on YouTube that many are saying goes too far, crossing the line from edgy to racist.

June 17, 2013

Perrigo Co. will pay up to $129 million to buy Fera Pharmaceuticals' portfolio of ophthalmic products, Perrigo said.

June 17, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association commended Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law two significant pieces of legislation in support of Texas small business independent community pharmacies: HB 1358, legislation that provides common sense standards to pharmacy audits conducted by pharmacy benefit managers, and SB 1106, which provides transparency in generic maximum allowable costs, or MACs, for Medicaid plans.

June 17, 2013

Kimberly-Clark Co. announced a new addition to its line of kids potty training pants with characters from the sequel to Disney's Monsters Inc.

June 17, 2013

Reckitt Benckiser, whose portfolio includes such brands as Clearasil, Mucinex and Lysol, is partnering with Save the Children to help drastically lower the global death rate of children younger than 5 years from diarrhea, a preventable illness, by 2020.

June 17, 2013

Rite Aid announced a new debt-refinancing plan, the second such plan in two weeks.

June 17, 2013

Consumer packaged goods companies have invested heavily in technology platforms to improve their trade promotion performance but may lack the talent or business proceeds to capitalize on those investments, according to a new study from Accenture.

June 17, 2013

Patent settlements between brand and generic drug makers commonly referred to as "pay-for-delay" settlements are not necessarily against the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.