July 8, 2013

Consumers have access to more information than ever before, and that creates a new challenge for brands today, Thomas “TJ” Higgins, president, U.S., Pfizer Consumer Healthcare told DSNtv in a special edition of DSN Executive Viewpoints. “The pressure is on our brand teams today to get more information [to the consumer]. We have to get more specific; more personalized."

April 12, 2013

A leading category manager who purchases a $4 billion category of business shared with me during a recent interview that he believes less than 5% of the companies calling on him “truly create meaningful value” and actually “get it.” He went on to share that, “they don’t understand or appreciate my definition of value.”

July 24, 2014

Medicine Shoppe pharmacy owner Jim Cherry takes customer service to a whole new level in Somerset, Ky., and it’s his commitment to the community and innovative pharmacy solutions that this year earned him the Medicine Shoppe International Franchisee of the Year award.

July 22, 2014

“You have to be willing to do what your competition is not willing to do.” That was one of the key messages from motivational speaker and Olympic speed skier Vince Poscente, which also tied into the message Steve Courtman, president of Health Mart, and Tony Willoughby, Health Mart chief pharmacist, had for attendees at Tuesday morning’s Health Mart Annual Meeting.

July 22, 2014

Walmart has introduced a 10% rebate program for teachers across the country, the retailer announced.

July 21, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Five-Star Quality Rating System already is impacting how pharmacies think about their patients and their medication adherence programs, noted Samuel Stolpe, director of quality strategies for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, during a Lunch and Learn session Monday at McKesson ideaShare called “When the Stars Align: Prepare Your Pharmacy For Success.” According to Stolpe, it’s going to become a bigger influencer going forward, especially as the industry develops a pharmacy Star metric that will have a public element and certain health plans experiment with pay-for-performance models to incentivize higher Star ratings among pharmacies.

July 21, 2014

Addressing 3,000 independent pharmacy attendees representing more than 1,000 pharmacies at the McKesson ideaShare 2014, Mark Walchirk, president of McKesson’s U.S. pharmaceutical unit outlined the myriad of opportunities open to community pharmacy today, and how McKesson is investing in its independent pharmacy offerings to help those independents realize every one of those opportunities.

July 16, 2014

HelpAround on Wednesday launched a mobile platform for people with diabetes — and their friends, family and caregivers — that reveals fellow ‘diabetes helpers’ from the crowd, helping people resolve sudden health crises, such as getting caught without essential over-the-counter blood glucose test strips.

July 14, 2014

 Diplomat on Saturday hosted a ‘Keep Kids Safe and Healthy’ event at the specialty pharmacy's retail store.

May 31, 2014

“Flat is where it’s at.” That was the naked truth Todd Hale, SVP Nielsen, shared with business session attendees of the 2014 GMDC Health, Beauty and Wellness Marketing Conference on Saturday afternoon when identifying the future game-changers in health and beauty.

But get ready for a wild ride because the millennial generation, numbering 83 million strong, is about to step into its prime purchasing prowess, noted Maryellen Molyneaux, president of NMI, in a presentation following Hale.

May 23, 2014

L'Oréal USA has announced an open call for nominations for the Third Annual Women in Digital “Next Generation Awards” to honor women leaders in the fields of digital marketing, technology and IT.

May 6, 2014

Representatives of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were among those invited to a May 1 reception — attended by President Obama and the First Lady — to thank those who worked to smooth the experience of patients with the transition to exchange-based insurance at the beginning of this year.

April 28, 2014

Johnson & Johnson on Monday hosted a 30-minute walk-through of the Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Experience. Over the course of the presentation, J&J executives showcased a number of consumer and corporate wellness initiatives implemented by J&J, including its Corporate Athlete Program, the 7-Minute Workout app, the Digital Health Scorecard app and the Care4today app.

March 18, 2014

Target is taking the online shopping experience and product placement to a whole new level by teaming up with the comedy series “Cougar Town” to place dozens of products in a new episode that viewers can then purchase online, according to a New York Times article.

March 13, 2014

Do you have a little one who is convinced there are monsters lurking about the bedroom at night? If so, you may need a prescription for “Monster Spray.”

March 10, 2014

Apparently, I am one of about 10 mil­lion unique users who, as this issue of DSN went to press, had entered their name into the interactive name genera­tor game that Slate.com posted to its site within hours of John Travolta having butchered singer Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscar Awards.

January 30, 2014

Elizabeth Arden has appointed former Procter & Gamble executive Rod Little to serve as EVP and CFO, effective April 1.

January 16, 2014

Helen of Troy, whose personal care portfolio includes Pert, Brut and Bed Head, has appointed Julien Mininberg, as CEO, effective March 1, the beginning of the company’s new fiscal year.

January 13, 2014

Former Barnes & Noble executive Jamie Iannone has been appointed president and CEO of Samsclub.com in a restructuring that integrates Sam’s Club’s online business into the Walmart’s Global eCommerce business unit based in California.

November 11, 2013

Procter & Gamble Canada has announced that Emmy-nominated TV actress Christina Hendricks will host the fifth annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards on Dec. 2.

November 11, 2013

Procter & Gamble’s Crest and Oral-B 3D White have announced a global call-to-action inviting fans around the world to share the power and stories of their smiles. This global movement kicked off with the debut of Shakira’s SmileStory video at the exclusive Crest & Oral-B Blue & White Gala in Barcelona and live stream around the world.

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 1, 2013

As the implementation of healthcare reform looms, Kroger is sharpening its focus on health care by not only stocking its shelves with healthier food options but is also gearing up to add 50 Little Clinic locations next year, according to published reports.

October 30, 2013

Riding the subway just got beautiful thanks to L’Oréal Paris as the beauty brand will launch on Nov. 4 the first ever, intelligent vending experience in the New York City subway system.