July 12, 2013

Hearing aid and coin batteries are outperforming other battery segments. Fueled by an aging population that is more willing than ever before to wear hearing aids, the hearing aid battery segment has continued to grow over the last several years.

July 12, 2013

I have been thinking about this column for a long time — the quintessential advice for how to work NACDS Total Store Expo next month. This morning I had one of those Hunter S. Thompson "eureka" moments.

July 12, 2013

Consumers have a brand new way to enjoy the trademark Snickers combination of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat.

July 12, 2013

The manufacturer behind the diet-aid supplement Hydroxycut, Iovate Health Sciences International, recently introduced two new formats to its popular weight-loss franchise: Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Sprinkles and Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Gummies.

July 12, 2013

In recent months, several manufacturers have come to the table with new, solution-based formulas that lean more toward treatments to battle such ailments as thinning hair and sensitive scalp.

July 12, 2013

Dietary supplement product lines with the strongest growth in overall consumer bases include vitamins B and D, multivitamins and melatonin, the popular supplement that helps regulate sleep cycles, according to the latest TABS Group 2013 Annual Vitamin Study released in May.

July 12, 2013

The mail-order meal-replacement program Nutrisystem has been making headway into the retail market through its expanding distribution agreement with Walmart.

July 12, 2013

For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades.

July 12, 2013

The creation of a clear approval pathway for biosimilar drugs remains a daunting task for the Food and Drug Administration, despite the fact that it's prescribed by law through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But when those lower-priced, generic versions of some staggeringly expensive bioengineered medicines do finally come to market, they're likely to have a profound effect on the nation's outlays for specialty pharmaceuticals.

July 12, 2013

Whole generations of Americans have no memory of a time when doctors routinely made house calls. But with the rapid acceleration of telehealth and telepharmacy technologies — and their increasing use by physicians and pharmacy providers — the virtual house call is bringing remotely delivered health services to thousands of patients where they live, work and shop.

July 12, 2013

You can call it "taking the store out of the store." Whatever you call it, it's certainly another example of how routine the shattering of retail paradigms has become as retailers — online, brick-and-mortar and everything in between — find new ways to connect with consumers.

July 12, 2013

With less than 30 days to go before the start of the first-ever National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, slated for Aug. 10 to 13 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, DSN examined some of the can't-miss programming on tap for the game-changing conference that is projected to receive an unprecedented number of retailers and suppliers.

July 12, 2013

Stephen LaFrance, former owner of USA Drug, passed away unexpectedly last month. LaFrance was 71.

May 30, 2013

For that ultimate flawless finish, women have discovered the beauty of such products as primers, perfecting bases or setting mists — products that even skin tone, disguise fine lines and wrinkles, improve makeup wear-ability and prevent color from running or fading. In other words, they are those little magic tricks in a bottle.

May 30, 2013

Ownership has its privileges. Consider American Associated Pharmacies. Independent pharmacy owners who join this member-owned, national cooperative gain access to the purchasing, merchandising, distribution, managed-care contracting and back-end business services that help them compete locally on a more equal footing with their chain counterparts.

May 30, 2013

A slightly improving economy, a growing consumer base and new formulations that offer value-added benefits are likely helping to fuel sales of hand and body products.

May 30, 2013

Chattem recently catapulted its Allegra brand into the anti-itch space with the launch of Allegra Anti-Itch Intensive Relief Cream.

May 30, 2013

Mobile apps may be helping to boost an allergy sufferer's awareness of his or her condition, and potentially prompting them to seek relief at the local pharmacy, as apps tracking regional allergens become more prominent.

May 30, 2013

It comes as little surprise that nail color continues to be hot — red hot — as beauty mavens enjoy the self-expression, experimentation and affordability provided by at-home nail color innovation.

May 30, 2013

There can't be too many tried-and-true, immediate-action calcium carbonate formulations among heartburn remedies, no matter how many proton-pump inhibitors dot that shelf's landscape. At least that's what Bayer Consumer is counting on with its line extension of Alka Seltzer Fruit Chews.

May 30, 2013

Bic is bringing something new to the stationery aisle with its Bic Brite Liner Highlighter Tape, the only highlighter tape on the market, according to the company.

May 30, 2013

Syneron Beauty entered the oral care category last year with its Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System and now, Syneron Beauty has created the Pearl brand. Enter Pearl Brilliant White Ionic Teeth Whitening system — the first new, at-home teeth whitening technology to be cleared by the FDA in more than a decade, according to the company.

May 30, 2013

While it's tough to be an indulgent food in a health-conscious society, chocolate candy is still seeing growth in a few key segments. While the category is finding its balance between satisfying a loyal base of consumers looking for a guilty pleasure and an increased national focus on healthy eating, new segments are emerging.

May 30, 2013

Beauty trends are as much a reflection of the consumer's state of mind as they are a reflection of the technological innovations put forth by research-and-development teams at laboratories around the world. While consumers are not able to verbalize their expectations for the ideal product that will fulfill their needs, they are able to pinpoint gaps with their unmet needs through their purchasing patterns.