May 2, 2014

"NACDS helps to protect the value we currently deliver and sets the stage to provide an even higher level of care, all while sending a powerful message that chain pharmacies are doing far more than filling prescriptions and selling merchandise." That's the message incoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores John Standley had for NACDS Annual attendees. It's a critical juncture in the healthcare industry, he said, and everyone who participates in NACDS plays a substantial role.

NACDS is getting a seasoned performer at the helm. Standley has shown exemplary leadership and remarkable clarity of vision in leading the turnaround at Rite Aid — today the retail health care company is in the best shape it has been in financially in more than a decade, and introduced several very innovative new programs and initiatives from the wellness ambassadors to wellness+ to the Rite Aid Health Aliance, and most recently its acquisition of RediClinic.

May 2, 2014

National Geographic is partnering with Live Prepared, a division of Blue Chip Group and a leader in emergency preparedness, to bring consumers a line of high-quality preparedness products for natural disasters and unexpected events.

May 2, 2014

Pfizer early Friday morning upped the ante in its bid for AstraZeneca, which is now valued at $106 billion.

May 2, 2014

Prestige Brands Holdings on Thursday announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Hydralyte from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia.

May 2, 2014

Amazon has introduced same-day delivery to three cities, including Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has discontinued same-day delivery in the Las Vegas market, according to a report published Thursday in the Washington Post.

May 2, 2014

Canadian grocer Loblaw, which recently acquired pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart, is sharpening its focus on health and wellness, and envisions pharmacists one day serving as nutrition experts, according to a Financial Post article.

May 2, 2014

Walgreens is piloting an iBeacon program across several Duane Reade stores, the Mobile Commerce Daily reported Friday.

May 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15. Although Murray said the hike has broad support across local government, business and labor communities, the City Council still has to vote on the proposal.

May 2, 2014

Walgreens and the National Urban League on Thursday announced the launch of the 2014 Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour.

May 1, 2014

Professional skateboarder Paul Rodriguez, also known as “P-Rod,” is partnering with Unilever’s Axe men’s grooming brand to take his style off the board and into the personal care aisles.

May 1, 2014

Bi-Lo on Thursday announced Kuddles, a new line of formula, diaper and baby essentials that will be available exclusively in its stores.

May 1, 2014

Cardinal Health on Thursday reported fiscal year 2014 third-quarter revenue of $21.4 billion and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.01.

May 1, 2014

Diplomat will be the focus of a new campaign from GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.

May 1, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium), which is used for the treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

May 1, 2014

An effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 failed on Wednesday, as the issue was not able to clear a procedural vote in the Senate.

May 1, 2014

Despite the growing incidence of melanoma, many women still grade themselves a “C” or lower on their sun care habits, according to a recent survey by L’Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance.

May 1, 2014

LeapFrog Enterprises, which specializes in educational entertainment for children, on Thursday announced the introduction of LeapBand, the first wearable activity tracker designed for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits.

May 1, 2014

M&M's added two new mega-sized confections to its product mix, officially introducing what the company is heralding as "the world's biggest M&M's."

May 1, 2014

Peeps, a brand from Just Born Quality Confections, on Thursday announced the biggest new product launch in the company's 61-year history.

May 1, 2014

Publix’s sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $7.8 billion, a 4.1% increase, the company reported Thursday.

May 1, 2014

Purdue Pharma on Wednesday announced that it filed a new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration to market a hydrocodone bitartrate tablet, which is formulated to incorporate abuse-deterrent technology.

May 1, 2014

For the first time since the Great Recession, births are trending upwards in 2014, according to the April edition of the U.S. Fertility Forecast from Demographic Intelligence.

May 1, 2014

Rite Aid on Thursday posted $2 billion for the four weeks ended April 26, 2014, representing a lift of 4.9%. Same-store sales increased 5% over the prior-year period.

May 1, 2014

For the second straight year, Rite Aid will serve as a platinum sponsor of the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Revlon Run/Walk For Women events, which take place in New York and Los Angeles.