March 9, 2012

In excess of $102 billion. That's the value over-the-counter medicine delivers to the U.S. healthcare system, Consumer Healthcare Products Association leaders shared with attendees of the CHPA Annual Executive Conference held here Friday morning.

March 9, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a version of a drug made by Teva that includes a dose counter, the drug maker said.

March 9, 2012

A Food and Drug Administration panel will meet Monday to discuss a class of drugs designed to treat chronic painful conditions that currently are under development and the safety issues possibly related to the drugs.

March 9, 2012

A company that makes pet drugs has launched what it calls the first generic prescription heartworm preventive medication for sale at retail pharmacies around the country.

March 9, 2012

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods showed the biggest gains in the last three years in the ethnic food category.

March 9, 2012

Hiball Energy said its line of reformulated sparkling energy waters and organic energy drinks now are packaged in cold-activated, lightweight 16-oz. aluminum cans developed by Ball.

March 9, 2012

Iams is introducing a new line of pet food that addresses the needs of dogs and cats ages 11 years and older.

March 9, 2012

In addition to a comprehensive line of Vicks-branded humidifiers and thermometers, Kaz featured a number of hot/cold packs last week at the ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy EPPS.

March 9, 2012

Unilever has introduced the U.K. facial skin care brand, Simple, to the U.S. market with the launch of Simple Sensitive Skin Experts. The collection is touted as the only mass facial skin care line specifically for those with sensitive skin.

March 9, 2012

A regional retail pharmacy chain and a nearby school of pharmacy will collaborate on a study to evaluate the implementation of a pharmacogenetic program in a community pharmacy setting.

March 9, 2012

Kids Line last week debuted a complete line of humidifiers featuring Disney characters at the ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy EPPS.

March 9, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Friday applauded the Senate for passage of the Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act (S. 1886), which NACDS said would protect the health and safety of consumers by increasing penalties on criminals that engage in the harmful practice of trafficking in counterfeit medications.

March 9, 2012

The National Diaper Bank Network and Kimberly-Clark's Huggies brand have pledged to donate 1 million diapers to the American Red Cross to support the organization's disaster relief efforts in the South and Midwest.

March 9, 2012

Case-Mate has introduced a new line of iPad cases.

March 9, 2012

The U.S. surgeon general this week released a report on tobacco use among the nation's youth.

March 9, 2012

Pasta Prima has introduced a superfood ravioli.

March 9, 2012

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Friday morning honored longtime industry veteran Pat Lonergan, co-founder of Numark Labs, with its Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in the advancement of the business of over-the-counter medicines.

March 9, 2012

From 2000 to 2010, the U.S. Hispanic population surged 43%, far surpassing U.S. Census estimates. With a growth rate more than four times that of the entire country, and an expected 2015 purchasing power well in excess of $1.25 trillion, the U.S. Hispanic population is a key market segment for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies seeking to expand their domestic customer base. The most successful companies will be those that can effectively engage these consumers and develop enduring brand loyalty.

March 9, 2012

Drug stores are cautiously expanding their consumer electronics selections. MP3 players, digital cameras and pre-paid mobile phones are finding a place beside the more traditional mix of handheld tape players and clock radios in the channel.

March 9, 2012

Longhorne, Pa.-based Scrips America launched a new children's fever reducer at the ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy EPPS called Children's RapiMed.

March 9, 2012

In the first DSN/C2B Mobile Insights report, we examine what consumers think about shopping for health and beauty online vs. brick-and-mortar retailers. Overall, nearly 8-of-10 consumers bought health-and-beauty-aid items online in the past year. Did they leave your store to buy? Did they use their smartphones to make a purchase and use YOUR STORE as a “showroom” for ANOTHER RETAILER’S website?

1) Have you purchased a health or beauty product online in the past year?

March 9, 2012

Associated Food Stores and McLane Global have joined Topco, the company announced Friday.

March 9, 2012

Ulta posted double-digit gains in same-store sales and net income during the fourth quarter.

March 9, 2012

Ulta has announced that it is implementing a CFO succession plan after Gregg Bodnar, the company’s CFO and assistant secretary, informed the company that he will be stepping down from his current position.