November 8, 2013

Even as CC creams increasingly hit the market, the BB cream craze continues.

November 8, 2013

One year after DSN’s groundbreaking ‘Gets Well’ issue, Rite Aid keeps growing profits and cred with shoppers and Wall St.

November 8, 2013

Like any company looking to stage a turnaround, Rite Aid has employed multiple tactics to return to profitability and win back investors’ favor, but few of those programs have been as important to the chain’s efforts as its loyalty card program.

November 8, 2013

Rite Aid’s efforts to convert the chain to the new Wellness store format have been running smoothly for a couple of years now, but it was this year that the chain reached two key milestones.

November 8, 2013

Today, sales of all self-diagnostic devices — including blood pressure monitors and glucose meters, as well as home-test kits and pregnancy test kits — stand at about $1 billion across food, drug and mass outlets, up slightly with a little more than 2% growth.

November 8, 2013

’Tis the season for toy and electronics gifts. It’s no coincidence that it’s also the biggest time of the year for battery sales. Ramping up displays can help retailers optimize the season.

November 8, 2013

“If you want to know why we may not pick up some of your brands, it’s because it’s not where we’re going in our journey.” That’s a snippet of a story about a vendor meeting gone bad that Walgreens group VP beauty, personal care and seasonal Shannon Curtin shared during a recent presentation, “Co-creation and Innovation,” she gave at an event DSN co-hosted with the Mack Elevation Forum, “Seven Ideas to Create the Future.”

November 8, 2013

Topical BioMedics recently gained distribution for its Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, a homeopathic topical treatment for pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy that is safe for diabetics.

November 8, 2013

The United States is leading in its preference for generic drugs. According to a new report by Rhinebeck, N.Y.-based Phoenix Marketing International, 37% of American consumers expressed a preference for generic drugs when they were available, compared with 22% of the French, 21% of Canadians and 12% of Britons. The study was based on 810 consumers in the four countries.

November 8, 2013

Fitbit in May released the Fitbit Flex, an activity-tracking wristband that syncs wirelessly on-the-go via Bluetooth 4.0 to select iOS and Android devices. Users can seamlessly make fitness and wellness a part of their everyday lifestyle and check their stats from anywhere.

November 8, 2013
Higi ‘scores’ with kiosks

Through its biometric screening kiosks, its smartphone application and its website, Higi encourages users to take a more holistic approach to their health. True wellness, its creators insist, springs not just from such physical metrics as blood pressure, glucose readings and body mass index, but from lifestyle choices and connections to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

October 10, 2013

Anheuser-Busch is continuing to blur the line between beer and cocktails. The brewer’s latest addition to the popular Ritas family is Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita, a limited-edition winter offering.

October 10, 2013

Sales of body care products have been on the downslide in recent years, according to research, likely because of consumers turning away from nonessential purchases amid a weak economy. However, times appear to be changing.

October 10, 2013

Sales of Hyland’s oral analgesic products are up 23.5% to $15.4 million for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. Overall sales trends across the category are down by 1.7%, which suggests that what Hyland’s is doing is right — its products are safe, they work and they aren’t formulated with benzocaine.

October 10, 2013

According to IRI, sales of Bio-Oil rose nearly 8% to $20.9 million for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11 at U.S. multi-outlets.

October 10, 2013

When it comes to laws and regulations, what happens in Europe stays in Europe generally, and doesn’t have much bearing on the United States. But a recent win in Europe for U.S. drug maker Hospira could have some implications for the United States as well.

October 10, 2013

This month, the Drug Store News Group introduced State Pharmacy Now, an exciting, new, first-of-its-kind digital magazine and a must-read for pharmacy professionals across the country, that DSN has partnered with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations to produce.

October 10, 2013

Anti-aging products, once the darling of the facial skin care category, have experienced a slowdown in growth since the recession — due, in part, to an influx of new products and likely some cannibalization from such multitasking products as BB creams. Meanwhile, skin care staples like facial moisturizers and cleansers have moved into the lead. And while the overall facial skin care category is projected to see little growth in 2013, industry sources suggest that a turnaround is on the horizon.

October 10, 2013

Well-known sun care brand Coppertone has tackled a sun care need not often talked about — tattoos. For 2013, the brand launched its Tattoo Guard products to help protect against UVA and UVB rays that can fade or blur tattoos.

October 10, 2013

Fifteen years of ExtraCare data is influencing everything from how the company builds stores to how it communicates with customers

Personalization. In a single word, it is what is at the heart of every strategic initiative and important retail program occurring at CVS Caremark today.

October 10, 2013

When multiple multinational companies start investing their acquisition monies into one particular category, it’s a good bet that category is poised for some pretty significant growth.

Right now, that category is dietary supplements

October 10, 2013

For the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs, one of the biggest stumbling blocks has been its significant backlog of generic drug approval applications. But it’s steadily making progress in addressing the problem.

October 10, 2013

There may still be room for substantial growth in multivitamins — like in gummy vitamins.

October 10, 2013

Like politics, retailing is local. That inescapable fact is behind the ongoing build-up of Health Mart’s local marketing and patient care initiatives as McKesson shifts more store support muscle to the more than 3,100 independent pharmacies allied with the Health Mart network through its Local Marketing Support Program.