September 16, 2013

DSN visited with Mike Greene, VP government relations for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to talk about the role one of the leading VMS associations plays on Capitol Hill. "[Right now], the new dietary ingredients issue is one of the core issues that needs to be addressed," Greene said. "When I'm on Capitol Hill and talking about NDIs, I typically talk about it as the last piece of the puzzle that is the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act."

September 11, 2013

Drug Store News sat down with Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, recently to discuss the science behind the supplements. "One of the big challenges in nutrition research, is the fact that the standard is a drug research model," MacKay noted. "There are several realities within nutrition science that don't lend themselves to be studied in the classic drug model."

September 9, 2013

The Drug Store News Group recently spoke with Judy Blatman, SVP communications for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to discuss the communication and advocacy roles CRN conducts on behalf of the industry. "It's important that whatever we do defines a responsible industry," Blatman said. "And so we work on initiatives that put us front and center with the media, [making] us a respected voice in the scientific community, on Capitol Hill and in the international arena."

February 5, 2015

There is a sharp spike in cough-cold promotion across retail circulars in the back-to-school season, according to an analysis of circular retail promotions provided by ECRM, as moms prepare their families for the inevitable season of sniffles and sneezes with the coming school year.

February 5, 2015

GoJo Industries is expanding its hand sanitizer position with a new purchase opportunity — one that’s mom-friendly, serves an on-the-go need and is incremental to the category — with its launch of Purell Wipes into retail.

February 5, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged early on in the 2014-15 season that this year’s flu shot didn’t match up well with this year’s predominant H3N2 flu virus, which set the stage for a strong season. Annual sales of cough, cold and flu remedies were on the rise for the first two months of the season.

February 5, 2015

So far it looks like the 2014-15 cough-cold season is off to a strong start, as total cold/allergy/sinus dollar sales from August through December 2014 increased 8.5% over the same period in 2013, according to Competitive Promotion Report.

February 5, 2015

DNA Diagnostics Center recently introduced its high-margin DNA Paternity Test Kit through Walgreens with a unique selling proposition — DNA Paternity Test Kits are not only advertised on television programs including “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” “Maury” and “The Bill Cunningham Show,” they’re the go-to kits those productions use to prove paternity.

February 5, 2015

As many as 43% of women keep a cough-cold product in their desk during the winter months “just in case” they get sick, according to a survey conducted on behalf of WorkPlace Impact.

February 5, 2015

Considering that 90% of families’ healthcare decisions are made by women, and that women account for 93% of overall consumer spending on OTC pharmaceuticals, according to Greenfield Online for Arnold’s Women’s Insight Team, identifying and delivering on women’s aspirations is a crucial factor in the success of self-care healthcare items.

January 7, 2015

Three supplement categories are really helping to drive the business today.

January 7, 2015

NBTY earlier this year expanded its Osteo Bi-Flex franchise with a line of joint care supplements “plus” — as in joint care plus energy or joint care plus muscle support.

January 7, 2015

Pharmavite earlier this year launched a product that capitalizes on two current growth trends — immunity supplements and the gummy format. 

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

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.

November 17, 2014

Four-in-10 U.S. adults are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lifetime, according to a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology in August, suggesting that as many as 126 million consumers will be looking for treatment options, including self-monitoring their condition at home.

November 17, 2014

Earlier this year iHealth Lab launched iHealth Align, a mobile blood-glucose monitor that plugs directly into a smartphone, and displays and stores readings using the iHealth Gluco-Smart app. 

November 17, 2014

The American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension this summer plugged home blood-pressure monitoring kits, noting that the self-care diagnostics can save insurance companies money by improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs — both buzz words in the changing healthcare paradigm that places a greater emphasis on preventive health care.

November 17, 2014

Nipro Diagnostics introduced its True Metrix Self-Monitoring and the True Metrix Pro Professional Monitoring blood-glucose systems. 

November 17, 2014

Omron Healthcare in October launched its most accurate line of blood pressure monitors ever, according to the company. 

November 17, 2014

SpermCheck in August gained additional retail distribution for its SpermCheck Fertility, an FDA-approved at-home screening test that determines with 98% accuracy whether a man has a normal or low sperm count. Infertility affects nearly 7 million U.S. couples every year. 

October 15, 2014

The resurgence of iconic pain relief brands Tylenol and Excedrin continue to contribute to the slight growth across internal analgesic tablets. It’s a $3.2 billion book of business across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI, that is up slightly by 0.8% for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 10. 

October 15, 2014

Prestige Brands’ FiberChoice got a makeover in August, courtesy of design firm Little Big Brands. 

October 15, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline launched Tums Chewy Delights, bringing to the iconic antacid brand a gummy delivery format.