May 12, 2014

Coram CVS/specialty infusion services has announced the opening of a new branch pharmacy in El Paso, Texas, that will serve the Big Bend, Panhandle and Permian Basin areas of Texas, as well as southern New Mexico.

May 12, 2014

Oral care company DenTek has announced the launch of its "Go Floss Yourself" campaign and contest, inspired by the idea to encourage people across the country to be bold enough to tell a co-worker, friend or loved one that they need to go floss.

May 12, 2014

Consumer year-over-year spending growth of 4.1% gained momentum in April 2014 compared with the prior month’s growth of 3.1%, driven by warmer weather, as well as the Easter shift into April this year, according to First Data SpendTrend analysis.

May 12, 2014

Pinnacle Foods on Monday announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the company to Hillshire Brands. The transaction will include cash and Hillshire common stock.

May 12, 2014

Lundbeck and Chelsea Therapeutics International last week announced an agreement under which Lundbeck will acquire Chelsea.

May 12, 2014

After several months of sluggish retail sales, consumer shopping in the United States rebounded in April, according to the latest MasterCard SpendingPulse report, which aggregates national retail sales activity in the MasterCard payments network, coupled with estimates for all other payment forms, including cash and check.

May 12, 2014

The National Consumers League on Monday announced the winners of the third annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge for health profession students.

May 12, 2014

Perrigo on Monday announced that it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray (0.15%), a generic version of Astepro. The drug is indicated for people ages 12 years and older and is used to treat nasal symptoms brought on by seasonal allergies or environmental irritants.

May 12, 2014

With half of all patients not taking their medications as prescribed, efforts to engage patients more effectively and boost adherence rates have become critical for pharmacy leaders. Here, we discuss how CVS Caremark is addressing the challenge with William Shrank, M.D. the company’s chief medical officer for provider innovation and analytics.

May 12, 2014

DSN had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Doug Hebert, Co-Founder and Vice President of RxArmory, and Shelly Mowrey, Vice President of RxArmory about the importance of substance abuse prevention.

May 12, 2014

Following her appearance at the 2nd Annual World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence & Enhance Patient Engagement in Philadelphia, Kristi Rudkin, senior director of product development for Walgreens, spoke with DSN about the company’s efforts to boost patients’ adherence rates.

May 12, 2014

Real Techniques, a Paris Presents brand, is calling all beauty lovers to reveal their inner artist through a sponsored marketing program with Allure magazine.

May 12, 2014

Unilever’s Simple Skincare range of facial products has kicked off the “Kind to City Skin” — a global initiative designed to help women understand the impact that city living — both environmental and lifestyle-related factors — can have on their faces.

May 12, 2014

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that flu vaccines prevent flu-associated hospitalizations in people 65 years and older, even during seasons when vaccine effectiveness is low, the agency stated Friday.

May 12, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency could be a predictor for aggressive prostate cancer, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense.

May 12, 2014

Actavis on Monday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis' generic version of Acanya (clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 1.2%/2.5%.

May 9, 2014

Ajanta Pharma USA on Friday announced the launch of risperidone tablets (0.25-mg, 0.5-mg, 1-mg, 2-mg, 3-mg and 4-mg), the generic version of Risperdal.

May 9, 2014

Amazon.com has announced that customers in 15 additional cities are now eligible for Sunday delivery.

May 9, 2014

A panel of speakers from all facets of health care convened yesterday to discuss the growth of the specialty pharmaceuticals industry during the 10th Annual Specialty Pharmacy Summit & Expo, hosted by Armada Health Care.

May 9, 2014

Energizer Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat brand sunscreen, announced the availability of four new products in mass grocery and drug retailers nationwide, including a formula designed specifically for men.

May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 9, 2014

Beiersdorf, whose brands include Nivea and Eucerin, announced that it is “very satisfied” with its first quarter business performance as the consumer business segment posted a 6.3% boost in organic sales during the quarter.

May 9, 2014

Working-age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease — such as cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease — according to a Vital Signs report released earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

May 9, 2014

One thing remains unchanged about our nurse practitioner and physician assistant readers: Retail clinicians tend to love their jobs.