October 10, 2013

Among the new entrants to the growing facial oil segment is L’Oréal Paris’ Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, which hit shelves in July.

October 10, 2013

“The best of a chain combined with the best of an independent pharmacy.”

That’s how Health Mart president Steve Courtman describes Health Mart’s “unique value proposition in the marketplace.” That value, he added, is defined every day in thousands of communities across the United States by the pharmacy owner-operators who serve as the most accessible and most-utilized patient care providers in their local healthcare networks.

October 10, 2013

Positioned as the first skin care line in the marketplace to feature full vitamin E is the new Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Bodycare line from derma e.

October 10, 2013

Higher-end products are where the beer category is headed.

The specialty segment, which includes such super-premium brands as Blue Moon, Shock Top and Land Shark, has been strong with volume sales ahead 13% and dollar sales up 15% for the 52 week period ended June 30.

October 10, 2013

Over the past century, women have come to recognize the famous Nivea crème tin. Now, the iconic tin has taken on a new form and served as the inspiration for the redesigned packaging across all of theNivea products.

October 10, 2013

One subcategory that has really jolted the sales-per-square-inch across analgesic sets is sleep aids. Sales of sleeping remedies, including both liquids and tablets, were up 51.2% to $408 million for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI data.

October 10, 2013

Quantity and quality: Those are the two metrics by which any pharmacy operation is measured — quantity of prescriptions dispensed and quality of services provided. Quantity keeps you in business; quality keeps your patients coming back.

It’s a constant challenge for a small operator to score high on both metrics, but that’s exactly what McKesson’s 2013 Pharmacy of the Year Award recipient Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy, of Desloge, Mo., has done.

October 10, 2013

One of Health Mart’s newest owners is Yang Xiong, who opened Minneapolis’ Northside Community Health Mart Pharmacy in July. A 2011 graduate of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, Xiong spent his first years working for two national chains. That experience led him to want to operate his own pharmacy and have a more direct impact on his patients.

October 10, 2013

Pharmavite launched its latest VMS innovation, Nature Made VitaMelts, earlier this summer, and already the brand ranks No. 12 among one- and two-letter vitamins, according to 52-week sales data as tracked by IRI.

October 10, 2013

There are many ways a pharmacy operation can measure success; the most basic is to fill more prescriptions today than yesterday.

October 10, 2013

Many of the larger probiotic brands are experiencing significant growth. i-Health’s Culturelle generated $61.6 million in sales on a growth rate of 44.5% for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11, according to IRI data across U.S. multi-outlets. And sales of Bayer’s Phillips Colon Health were up 18.5% to $58.7 million.

October 10, 2013

Such iconic pain relief brands as McNeil Consumer’s Tylenol and Motrin, and Novartis’ Excedrin, have made their way back to the shelf this fall following a recall-driven hiatus. And the sales have already started to accumulate.

October 10, 2013

While the boom in generic drugs now looks set to wane, another segment of the pharmaceutical industry is rapidly rising and presenting new growth opportunities for pharmacy retailers: specialty drugs.

October 10, 2013

Category saturation and competition from private label may be inhibiting sales growth within the sun care segment, but infusing additional skin care benefits, like antioxidants, and targeting such demographic groups as men and multicultural consumers could help brighten sales.

October 10, 2013

Even the most savvy sunscreen user can forget to reapply sunscreen when having fun in the sun. However, remembering to reapply is even easier with the licensed sunscreen bands from JADS International.

October 10, 2013

For Tom Davis, co-owner of Kiowa Health Mart Pharmacy, in Eads, Colo., technology has always been critical to the operation. “We put in our first pharmacy system in 1982. At the time, we may have been one of the first systems in Colorado, to be honest,” Davis told DSN.

October 10, 2013

In 2006, Health Mart was a loosely cohesive buying and marketing group of 268 independently owned and operated drug stores, falling under McKesson Corp.’s store-support umbrella via its purchase of the old FoxMeyer wholesale business in the mid-1990s. Today, just seven years after its reinvention and relaunch by McKesson, Health Mart is the nation’s biggest independent pharmacy franchise and one of the fastest-growing drug store networks of any kind, with more than 3,100 member stores doing business in thousands of communities across the United States.

October 10, 2013

DSN has partnered with Competitive Promotion Report and IRI to create a series of exclusive reports that analyze the impact of trade promotion activity on core front-end merchandising categories.

October 10, 2013

The launch of Procter and Gamble’s ZzzQuil helped to lift sales in the sleep category — both in terms of dollar sales and physical placement.

September 10, 2013

In an effort to help highlight the role that good eye health and clear vision play in life, Alcon grouped its over-the-counter eye care products into one easy-to-shop solution — the eyeSolution.

September 10, 2013

Arctic Ease recently rolled out a new compression wrap that cools skin to an optimal healing temperature of just above 59 degrees F without ice or refrigeration.

September 10, 2013

Media Enterprises scored big with the introduction of the As Seen on TV product Tag Away into the mass market.

September 10, 2013

Bausch + Lomb and TheraPearl have teamed up to market the Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl Eye Mask, a new option for consumers suffering from a variety of common ailments, including the most common type of dry eye.

September 10, 2013

The country's embryonic biosimilars industry scored a victory last month as the organization that runs the pension fund for California state employees announced its opposition to a state Senate bill provision that would impose special requirements on pharmacists who dispense follow-on biologics.