September 18, 2012

Over the last few years of DSN’s coverage of the impending patent cliff and how it would affect the generic drug industry, IMS Health VP industry relations Doug Long predicted that the gradual commoditization of primary care drugs — long the lifeblood of generic drug makers — would lead to consolidation of the industry.


September 18, 2012

The mouthwash segment experienced a slight uptick, as formulas that offer multiple benefits catch consumers’ attention — a trend that is likely to continue as consumers increasingly seek value.

September 18, 2012

As Seen On TV products have become a powerhouse general merchandise category.

September 18, 2012

Generic drug makers Hospira, Sagent Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries have launched generic versions of a chemotherapy drug made by Sanofi, the three companies said last month.


September 18, 2012

Omron Healthcare on Tuesday introduced a new electrotherapy solution for muscle and joint pain relief called the Omron ElectroTherapy Pain Relief unit.

September 18, 2012

Whether packing lunches or providing an on-the-go pick-me-up, parents want more from the snacks they give their kids.

September 18, 2012

L’Oréal Paris is looking to make the hair color aisle at mass easier to shop and is eliminating the guesswork out of choosing the right hair color shade with its new “My L’Oréal Colorist” mobile app, which serves as a personal color consultant.


September 18, 2012

“Life…supplemented” last month launched a resource app for iPhones and iPads. DSN sat down with Judy Blatman, SVP communications for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to get the details on the launch.


September 18, 2012

For branded drug makers, the pharmaceutical patent cliff has never loomed higher or steeper. The exposure of so many of the world’s biggest-selling medicines to generic competition for the first time is redefining the pricing model for many of the most widely prescribed classes of pharmaceuticals.

September 18, 2012

Social media was the biggest topic of discussion as regional retail pharmacy executives from around the country gathered last month for the Southern Drug Stores Association's annual meeting.

September 18, 2012

Physicians Formula is being acquired by private equity firm Swander Pace Capital for $4.25 per share in cash, or approximately $65 million.

September 18, 2012

Yoplait has introduced Yoplait Smoothies, which feature frozen fruit, fruit juice and real Yoplait Greek yogurt.

September 18, 2012

Lysol has introduced its latest line of household products that highlights the versatility of hydrogen peroxide. The Lysol Power and Free line is comprised of a multipurpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and toilet and bathroom wipes.

September 18, 2012

Dietary supplement manufacturer Schiff Nutrition International posted a net sales increase of 46% to $85.1 million for its first quarter ended Aug. 31, the company reported Tuesday.

September 18, 2012

As of Sept. 15, California became the eighth state in which Amazon.com will levy sales taxes on purchases made by residents in that state. Pennsylvania joined that group two weeks prior. Add to that the five states that don’t have any sales taxes, and that’s 13 states where national brick-and-click retailers are competing on a level playing field with the pure-play online retail juggernaut. 


September 18, 2012

At first glance, the response might appear to be somewhat at odds with other national news polls. Indeed, according to a national Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll conducted Aug. 7 to 12 among 1,208 adults, 43% have an unfavorable view of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


September 18, 2012

Thorne Research on Tuesday announced the development of a line of nutritional supplements targeting athletes under the banner Thorne Performance, in collaboration with Integrative Health Resources.

September 18, 2012

The teeth-whitening strips segment has lost some of its luster, according to data from SymphonyIRI Group, likely due in part to the economy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that products that promise to whiten teeth are losing popularity.

September 18, 2012

Popchips has added popped tortilla chips to its lineup of snack chips.

September 18, 2012

Housewares have moved beyond the Christmas selling season at drug stores. The products are becoming a year-round category for the channel as drug chains find ways to tie in kitchen items, tabletop accessories and appliances to key selling seasons.

September 18, 2012

The nail color segment continues to experience double-digit growth as beauty mavens go for daring colors and bold, creative nail art. The nail art craze is now hitting the at-home gel manicure systems.

September 18, 2012

UrgentRx's line of fast-acting, flavored powder, nonprescription medications was named “Best New Product” by retailers attending the ECRM Health Care show held late last month.

September 18, 2012

Valeant Pharmaceuticals CFO Howard Schiller has been appointed to the drug maker's board of directors.

September 18, 2012

The saturated oral care segment is benefiting — and is poised to continue to benefit — from toothpastes that promise to deliver value-added benefits.