May 31, 2013

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance has given one of its top awards to pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp., the PBM said Friday.

May 31, 2013

A panel of six consumers of varying backgrounds dished out real insights as to how — and more importantly, why — they shop health and wellness to a packed auditorium of supermarket executives on the opening day of the Health & Wellness @Retail 2013 jointly hosted by the Food Marketing Institute and the Global Market Development Center.

May 31, 2013

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May 31, 2013

During Thursday’s education breakout sessions, Jeremy Doak, director of reward and wellness solutions for Edenred North America, shared with attendees the building blocks to create a strategy for delivering effective programs that impact consumer health-and-wellness outcomes during his presentation titled, “How to encourage consumer participation in health and wellness programs.”

May 31, 2013

The Health and Wellness @ Retail 2013 kicked off on a strong note as National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner discussed, during his opening keynote presentation, his findings after traveling the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity and happiness.

May 31, 2013

“Why do smart leaders fail? They go off track with lack of strategic decisiveness, failure to create systems driving execution, struggle with financial management or talent retention. The top leaders create a virtual board of advisers to help them stay in reality.” That was one of the key messages conveyed by Elevation Forum founder Dan Mack to more than 30 senior leaders prior to the GMDC event in San Antonio.

May 31, 2013

Focus on culture, and then build a strategy. That was a key message that Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, had for attendees Friday morning.

May 31, 2013

Fred's Inc. reported positive financial results for the first quarter on Thursday and is looking to implement initiatives to reconfigure its pharmacy department and expand its specialty drug program as key drivers in its "aggressive" 2013 plan.

May 31, 2013

Fruth Pharmacy announced their commitment to replace medications containing pseudoephedrine, a nonprescription decongestant that can be used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, with Nexafed, a PSE product formulated with Impede technology that disrupts the extraction and conversion of PSE to meth.

May 31, 2013

A group of 16 food and beverage suppliers, including PepsiCo, Kraft Foods and General Mills, has exceeded its goal of reducing trillions of calories from foods in the marketplace ahead of schedule, the group announced this week.

May 31, 2013

Thursday morning started on a high note as a panel of industry experts from both the retail and manufacturing side of the grocery industry engaged in a discussion on meeting the needs of today’s health-conscious consumer.

May 31, 2013

Jelly Belly Candy Company announced a line of jelly bean bags featuring Disney character villains will be available later this summer for Halloween.

May 31, 2013

The Kroger Co. announced this week it raised more than $425,000 from customer and associate contributions and committed to a corporate gift of $50,000 for a total cash contribution of more than $475,000 to support Red Cross initiatives to assist storm relief efforts in Oklahoma.

May 31, 2013

Mercy Nutraceuticals announced today expanded distribution of a caffeine-free, vitamin- and amino acid-enriched drink the company says helps prevent hangovers.

May 31, 2013

Embark Holdings, Inc. announced through its wholly owned subsidiary, Muscle Warfare, Inc., the launch of its elite sports nutrition brands at select GNC stores throughout the nation.

May 31, 2013

Antitrust attorney and pharmacy benefit management legal expert David Balto on Friday monitored a mini-summit helping supermarket pharmacy better navigate the PBM universe.

May 31, 2013

There is a need for good nutrition information that can be easily integrated into an overarching healthcare offering, noted Christopher Taylor, an associate professor of medical dietetics and family medicine at Ohio State University, during an FMI education breakout session Thursday.

May 31, 2013

Issues surrounding regulations, including product-label requirements, ranked third as a 2013 priority among board members of FMI, according to a poll taken in January, noted Patty Packard, director of nutrition and regulatory for Vestcom International, during an education breakout session Thursday.

May 31, 2013

There are several important pieces of legislation that will have an impact on the business of supermarket pharmacy if passed, noted Michael Spira, American Pharmacists Association senior lobbyist, during an FMI education session.

May 31, 2013

India-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries may buy Sweden-based Meda for $5 billion to $6 billion, according to published reports.

May 31, 2013

Out of all retail pharmacy outlets, food stores have slightly increased their prescription sales, generating March year-to-date sales of $5.7 billion, up 0.5%, according to IMS Health data. Including drug, mail and independents, prescription sales totaled $58.3 billion, down 4.7%, reported Doug Long, VP industry relations for IMS Health, at an FMI education breakout.

May 31, 2013

Safeway announced today Barry Libenson has joined the company as SVP and chief information officer.

May 31, 2013

Sam's Club will host free health screenings for men's health next month, the club retailer said.

May 31, 2013

Target will introduce its Beauty Concierge program in more than two dozen stores around the nation's capital at the end of next month.