June 11, 2013

Krames StayWell has introduced a set of products for accountable care organizations that includes marketing and patient-engagement tools and a new system for ACO member health management.

June 11, 2013

I couldn’t let this week go by without noting the passing of another of the hugely talented, but low-profile retail innovators who made the chain drug store industry the powerhouse it is today.

As Drug Store News reported June 5, Stephen LaFrance died unexpectedly last Wednesday at the age of 71. LaFrance’s passing came less than nine months after he sold his powerhouse regional pharmacy business, USA Drug, to rival Walgreens for $438 million. So, sadly, he didn’t get much chance to relax and enjoy the harvest of a lifetime of hard work in the drug store industry.

LaFrance never sought the limelight as a business leader or health professional, preferring to toil quietly but successfully in the shadow of Walmart and other national retailers. So he may be unknown to many pharmacists and pharmacy students.

To LaFrance, that lack of renown never mattered much. His is a remarkable, rags-to-riches success story in pharmacy, retailing and wholesaling, and it would make a good case study in any pharmacy school business curriculum.

June 11, 2013

Aceto Corp. will sell an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat a rare but devastating degenerative disorder.

June 11, 2013

Misperceptions and stereotypes about opioid dependence that may affect how it's treated have persisted among the general public and physicians despite increased attention devoted to the issue, according to a new survey.

June 11, 2013

The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study comparing generic utilization of common diabetes medications across two government programs — Medicare Part D and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

June 11, 2013

Natural personal care manufacturer Tom's of Maine is once again holding its 50 States for Good program, which celebrates and rewards nonprofit organizations committed to meaningful change and work that addresses local needs.

June 11, 2013

Eager to embark on ways to strengthen the relationship between graduate nursing education and nursing practice in emerging models of care delivery, a select group of leaders in both graduate nursing education and nursing practice came together during RCEC 2013 to partake in a historic roundtable discussion.

June 11, 2013

Weis Markets’ stores raised $189,000 in donations and pet supplies for more than 90 local animal shelters and rescue organizations during its month-long Paws for Pets program, the grocer announced.

June 10, 2013

Drug maker Amag Pharmaceuticals has licensed the U.S. commercial rights to a treatment for a common side effect of cancer treatments from another company, Amag said Monday.

June 10, 2013

Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca will pay up to $1.15 billion for a U.S. developer of drugs for respiratory diseases, AstraZeneca said Monday.

June 10, 2013

A 26-member joint panel comprising the Food and Drug Administration's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs and Drug Safety and Risk Management advisory committees voted to support modifying or removing the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy protocol for GlaxoSmithKline's Type 2 diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone).

Historically, the FDA has followed advisory committee votes when making a decision on the marketing of a drug even though it is not bound by them, but assuming the agency follows the panel's advice, it could mean a lot for the controversial drug and the way it's dispensed. But even if Avandia winds up on retail pharmacy shelves again, it faces a very different landscape from its heyday.

June 10, 2013

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G have completed their acquisition of condiment maker H.J. Heinz Co., Heinz said.

June 10, 2013

Pregnant women taking drugs for mental health problems should not stop taking their drugs without first talking to their doctors, experts say.

June 10, 2013

Cutex has announced the availability of its Advanced Revival formula at Five Below retail stores across the United States.

June 10, 2013

Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

June 10, 2013

Family Dollar Stores on Monday named Brad Rogers SVP real estate, replacing Keith Gehl, who will retire from the company at the end of June.

June 10, 2013

Electronic cigarette brand Njoy has raised $75 million in funding, the company said Monday.

June 10, 2013

A team of middle school students from Philip G. Vroom School in Bayonne took the top prize in Bayer’s first-ever Alka-Seltzer Rocket Contest at Liberty Science Center with a rocket that soared to 15.3 ft., Bayer HealthCare Consumer Care announced Monday.

June 10, 2013

Funky Monkey last week announced it has gained distribution at nearly all Walmart supercenters and Walmart discount stores in the United States for its dried fruit snacks.

June 10, 2013

Free health screenings, a weight-bearing exercise and other activities will be featured at an upcoming diabetes fair sponsored by Giant Food Stores, the supermarket chain said.

June 10, 2013

Kiss My Face is gearing up for summer with the recent launch of its newest sun care products that utilize natural mineral sun blocking agents, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide full UVA and UVB protection while natural botanicals add to the skin saving benefits, the company stated.

June 10, 2013

Along with the rise in available consultative pharmacy services being provided today, pharmacy education opportunities that address natural health-related areas are increasing as well, enabling health practitioners to have a more robust conversation around a patient’s health.

June 10, 2013

Nature Valley announced two new products: Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares and Nature Valley Protein Granola.

June 10, 2013

Nestlé Waters North America last week nationally launched Resource Natural Spring Water, a domestically sourced premium still-water brand with naturally occurring electrolytes.