October 22, 2012

Watson Pharmaceuticals and Actavis will have to divest rights to almost two dozen drugs as a condition for U.S. regulatory approval of their $5.6 billion merger announced earlier this year, according to regulatory documents.

October 19, 2012

British researchers have concluded that a Swiss echinacea extract is both safe and effective in helping to prevent symptoms of the common cold, according to a study published in American Botanical Council's peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram.

October 19, 2012

Through a $100,000 gift to the Fashion Institute of Technology, an endowed scholarship has been established by cosmetics executive Leslie Blodgett, creator of BareMinerals and executive chairman of Bare Escentuals.

October 19, 2012

Energizer Holdings is initiating a voluntary withdrawal of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products identified below because of a potential risk of the products igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry, the manufacturer announced on Friday.

October 19, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a new drug for HIV made by an Indian company.

October 19, 2012

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched “Made Easy,” a new and expanded selection of fresh prepared salads and vegetables, which includes 39 varieties of bag salads and kits, micro-steamers, and sliced and diced vegetables.

October 19, 2012

Healthcare product sales through the nation’s primary healthcare distributors hit a record high of $294 billion in 2011, according to the 2012-2013 HDMA Factbook released Friday.

October 19, 2012

Improving medication adherence may be the key to reducing hospital re-admission rates, according to a new issue brief by a health policy research organization.

October 19, 2012

Smokers who have been unsuccessful to date in trying to kick the nicotine habit may be able to stop smoking by combining two smoking cessation approaches, according to a report published in the Oct. 17 issue of JAMA.

October 19, 2012

With shoppers looking for ways to buy things more conveniently, it's clear that the age of the multichannel consumer is well under way, and retailers would be wise to respond in kind. Many of them have already done so.

According to retail consulting firm Upstream Commerce, convenience ranks at the top of reasons why consumers shop online, and as recent news has shown, this is just as true for supermarkets as it is for anyone else.

October 19, 2012

Beiersdorf's Nivea is gearing up for New Year's Eve with the Kiss of the Year Contest— a contest via Facebook where fans can share their love story for an opportunity to experience that memorable New Year's Eve kiss in front of millions on the Nivea Kiss Stage in the heart of Times Square.

October 19, 2012

A division of Wolters Kluwer Health has released a new version of a Web-based quality-assurance software for pharmacy compounding.

October 19, 2012

Information technology vet Shirl Stroeing joined Weis Markets earlier this week as the company's VP and chief information officer, according to published reports.

October 19, 2012

With the holiday shopping season approaching, one group has released a guide to goods produced domestically.

October 19, 2012

Star Nutrition on Wednesday added the TEC-3 arm and calf sleeves to its Incrediwear line.

October 19, 2012

Stop & Shop is opening a new store that will include new features that emphasize customer experience, the company said.

October 19, 2012

Blood glucose monitoring is associated with reduced A1C levels and greater adherence to medication in Type 2 diabetes patients who do not take insulin, according to a study published in the September issue of Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.

October 19, 2012

Supermarkets are facing increased competition from dollar stores, according to a new survey from Perception Research Services International.

October 19, 2012

It was a busy week for telemedicine-based news, particularly if you count health kiosks — DSN sure does.

On the heels of news that Take Care Health Systems has collaborated to make telehealth services available to thousands of BCBSNC employees located throughout North Carolina via a service called called OnlineCareNC, Solohealth and PharmaSmart also made headlines during the week with major announcements..

October 19, 2012

WellTransitions could be couched as another way in which Walgreens is striving to create solutions that lower the cost of overall health care outside of the physical retail pharmacy space, because it is. WellTransitions also could be characterized as a program that will routinely chip away at the $25 billion associated with hospital re-admissions by having more prescriptions filled at the pharmacy counter, because it does. But the real impact of this news? The real clincher? Hospitals need retail pharmacy if they're going to focus on reducing re-admissions, eliminating unnecessary healthcare costs and avoiding those penalties.

And that's the direction Walgreens is headed. Most recently, the company added managed care vet Brad Fluegel as chief strategy officer, adding another talented expert to Walgreens chief Greg Wasson’s dream team, which he has described as the “perfect blend of internal, long-term talent” and “external expertise and talents” that is helping to accelerate a massive transformation in its business. (For exclusive coverage of all Walgreens' efforts, click here for the Sept. 24 DSN special report.)

October 18, 2012

An uptick in the use of cholesterol drugs since the late 1980s and changes in Americans' diets may account for a fall in cholesterol levels, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

October 18, 2012

CVS Caremark announced on Thursday the appointment of Alan Lotvin to the position of EVP specialty pharmacy.

October 18, 2012

Epilady USA has collaborated with Sharper Image to develop an all-in-one Sharper Image Total Body Hair Removal System and is set to launch a new Sharper Image Bikini Trimmer in the near future, the company has announced.

October 18, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved what it called the first drug to treat an eye condition that can interfere with the part of the retina responsible for reading vision.