October 25, 2013

For the second year in a row, Dollar General has topped Kantar Retail’s opening price point survey, narrowly beating out Walmart.

October 25, 2013

Dr. Brown's new Healthy Wipes aims to provide convenient cleaning for a variety of baby's needs with the use of xylitol. The line features Tooth & Gum, Nose & Face and Pacifier & Bottle wipes — each designed with natural ingredients that are designed to discourage harmful bacteria through gentle cleaning.

October 25, 2013

With is proposed acquisition of German wholesaler Celesio, McKesson creates a global distribution enterprise on the scale of Walgreens, Alliance Boots and AmerisourceBergen before them. In addition to wholesaling, Celesio operates about 2,200 pharmacies across six countries and is the No. 2 operator in the United Kingdom.

Retail pharmacy and drug sourcing both are more and more becoming a global business. Just last week, the head of the second-biggest drug chain in Brazil announced he would be open to a buyout. So expect more of these headlines in the months to come.

October 25, 2013

A Food and Drug Administration expert panel has recommended approval for a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating hepatitis C, the company said.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new opioid painkiller made by Zogenix, the agency said Friday.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to recommend stronger regulations for a commonly used opioid painkiller.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to officially recommend that products containing 15 mg or less of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone be rescheduled as Schedule II controlled substances, from the current Schedule III classification. While the idea is to combat abuse and misuse of the drugs, pharmacy groups say the rescheduling would make them harder to obtain for patients who legitimately need them.

The desire to combat abuse and misuse of prescription drugs — now a worse problem in the United States than cocaine or heroin — is laudable, but unlike those two drugs, hydrocodone has a legitimate use as a painkiller, and it's the people who are using it properly and legally who will end up losing.

October 25, 2013

L’Oréal USA honored the recipients of the 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at an awards ceremony Thursday evening. Celebrating its 10th year, the program is a national initiative that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers.

October 25, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy has launched a task force to investigate pharmacological management of medical marijuana, the group said.

October 25, 2013

Guiding Stars really works. That’s the finding of an independent study that examined the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program at more than 100 Hannaford grocery stores.

October 25, 2013

Procter & Gamble announced on Friday a boost in first-quarter sales and earnings, meeting expectations and positioning the company to deliver its goals for the fiscal year.

October 25, 2013

Pez Candy earlier this year released several promotional Pez dispensers featuring Walgreens and subsidiary Duane Reade delivery trucks.

October 25, 2013

Four leading healthcare media and information companies have joined the recently formed Point-of-Care Communication Council as general members, bringing the total to 10 since it was founded in May of this year, the organization announced Friday.

October 25, 2013

Pure Encapsulations on Thursday introduced PureHeart Probiotic, the newest addition to the PureHeart Protocol: Screening + Supplements = Success line of nutritional supplements.

October 25, 2013

According to a Herald-Mail Media report published Thursday, Walgreens is set to acquire five Home Care pharmacies operated by hospital system Meritus Health within the next six weeks.

October 25, 2013

Procter & Gamble may be able to sell its Iams pet food unit to Del Monte Foods Co., according to published reports.

October 25, 2013

Many pet owners are confused about pet nutrition and industry standards, according to a new survey.

October 24, 2013

A group that accredits healthcare organizations has renewed its certification for the Kroger Co.'s specialty pharmacy division.

October 24, 2013

A project by the philanthropic wing of the American Pharmacists Association to include pharmacists on diabetes care teams in highly affected and underserved communities has produced significant decreases in blood-sugar levels among patients, according to results released Thursday.

October 24, 2013

A mobile app described as the specialty pharmacy industry's first for patients with hemophilia has become available.

October 24, 2013

Catalina Health on Thursday announced it will complete installation of all Safeway pharmacies into its retail pharmacy network at the end of November.

October 24, 2013

An experimental drug under development by Gilead Sciences for hepatitis C is safe and effective when combined with other treatments, according to a review posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website ahead of an expert panel meeting to take place Friday.

October 24, 2013

The growing use of electronic prescribing is driving the growth of cloud computing in health care, according to a new report.

October 24, 2013

Colgate-Palmolive announced on Thursday that during the third-quarter new product launches in the United States contributed to volume growth across categories, and market share gains were seen in such categories as manual toothbrushes, powered toothbrushes, mouthwash and body washes.