January 7, 2015

SoapBox, a mission-based personal care company that highlighted its range of bar soaps, body washes, lotions and liquid hand soaps at the 2014 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo in Boston, has broadened its distribution, enabling the company’s charitable mission to have a larger impact on communities around the United States.

January 7, 2015

Shoppers of dietary supplements generally are the healthier customers who are in your stores fairly frequently to purchase their vitamins, minerals or supplements.

January 7, 2015

Beauty is a big business with diverse outlets for consumption. To help suppliers and retailers better understand who is buying, what they are buying and where they are buying, Drug Store News this month hosted an exclusive webinar from consumer analytics company TABS Group, “2014 Insights into the Beauty Consumer.”

January 7, 2015

We didn’t go crazy making a lot of predictions for 2015. That’s because 2015 is the year so many of our past predictions will come true, as the forces of healthcare consumerism and mobile technology collide to forever change the way health care is purchased, consumed and delivered. Call it the Big Bang of retail health.

January 6, 2015

Grocer Fresh & Easy has reinvigorated its brand and its stores with a focus on more fresh and natural foods, and is bringing this mission to life through a pilot in Las Vegas.

December 11, 2014

Clinicians are more open to utilizing burgeoning healthcare technology as part of their practice, and patients are more receptive to interacting with that technology, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute report released last month titled “Healthcare delivery of the future: How digital technology can bridge the gap of time and distance between clinicians and consumers.”

 
December 11, 2014

The 1990s are long over, and so is the thin eyebrow trend that came with it. “It’s a big brow boom right now. It is really a good time to be in the brow business,” Joey Healy, a prominent eyebrow stylist who is a favorite among celebrities and companies, told Drug Store News.

December 11, 2014

With the youngest of the baby boomers having turned 50 this year, adult incontinence is proving to be a high-traffic, high-frequency category with a decent amount of margin, at least in the drug channel. According to Competitive Promotion Report, the drug channel enjoys a 35% margin in this category on average.

December 11, 2014

Australian Dream is one of those hot external analgesic products that has been growing by greater than 20% across all channels. Drug Store News had an opportunity to dig a little deeper regarding the Nature s Health Connection s Australian Dream product with David Biernbaum of David Biernbaum and Assoc., who represents the product.

December 11, 2014

Understanding the importance of consumer education to drive sales of at-home beauty devices, earlier this year market leader Clarisonic opened its first brand installation within Macy’s Union Square location in San Francisco.

December 11, 2014

Bomuca is in the process of launching a Hispanic-centric line of supplements and recently gained distribution through Walgreens, the supplier reported. DSN sat down with Oliver Pegueros, director of operations and business development at Bomuca, to get a sense of what the new supplement line is all about.

December 11, 2014

Mscripts has built a comprehensive digital pharmacy platform designed to improve adherence and compliance among patients. “Traditionally, we’ve focused on two-way text messaging and mobile applications,” Mark Cullen, Mscripts CEO, told Drug Store News

December 11, 2014

After a recent spike in the prices charged for some generic drugs led to outcries from pharmacists, patient advocates and federal lawmakers, a report issued last month suggests that drug costs can be controlled if the Food and Drug Administration changes the way it handles reviews and approvals.

 
December 11, 2014

Team up with other healthcare entities, or wither on the vine. That’s the new reality for community pharmacy, said Kermit Crawford on the eve of his retirement as president of pharmacy, health and wellness for Walgreens. 

December 11, 2014

There’s a shift happening within the ethnic beauty market — specifically in the hair care segment — as competition in the category becomes more intense and as multicultural beauty marketers increasingly recognize the importance of breaking the borders between general and multicultural beauty.

December 11, 2014

As technology floods nearly every sector of the economy and the Affordable Care Act moves healthcare providers from a fee-for-service model to one that reimburses based on patient outcomes, healthcare executives are gearing up for the industry’s next monumental shift. Telemedicine.

December 11, 2014

The holiday season is the battery category’s best friend. A shift in the consumer electronics industry to built-in rechargeable batteries and the growth of do-it-all smartphones that replace many battery-operated devices has left the category in a slump. 

December 11, 2014

The introduction of Chattem’s Nasacort 24HR in February was the big deal this year in the allergy space.

December 11, 2014

The global market for mHealth is expected to reach $49.1 billion by 2020, according to a recent study by Grand View Research. Monitoring services are expected to remain the dominant and fastest-growing market segment, with market revenue of $1.2 billion in 2012, and an estimated CAGR of 49.7% from 2014 to 2020.

 
December 11, 2014

Millennials often are perceived as healthier than baby boomers

December 11, 2014

External analgesics is a category replete with growth brands with a base of $497.8 million across total U.S. multi-outlets, and more than 8.1% in growth for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 7, according to IRI data.

December 11, 2014

Girls don’t poop. At least that’s what we want guys to believe and, thanks to Poo-Pourri, we can still hide the truth.

December 11, 2014

Kermit Crawford, a key architect in the transformation of pharmacy practice and the elevation of health-and-wellness services at the nation's largest drug chain, is retiring at the end of this year. DSN spoke at length with the pharmacy veteran about his role in the evolution of pharmacy at Walgreens, his outlook for the profession, and his own plans for 2015 and beyond.