March 28, 2013

Fred's will be looking to extend its pharmacy penetration to as high as 70% of all stores in the next three years.

March 15, 2013

A record number of people were motivated to seek colon cancer screenings for a day last week, according to an organization focused on the disease.

March 7, 2013

Fred's Super Dollar reported total sales of $159.2 million for the four weeks ended March 2, up some $200,000 from the corresponding year-ago period.

March 5, 2013

Several senators have requested that the Government Accountability Office look for ways to coordinate the efforts of law enforcement and public health agencies at various levels and nonprofit organizations to address prescription drug abuse.

February 28, 2013

Homeopathic analgesic manufacturer Vireo Systems released a study finding that seniors over the age of 75 were six times more likely to suffer side effects associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

February 26, 2013

A state Senate committee in Tennessee is looking into the possibility of allowing supermarkets to sell wine, according to published reports.

February 25, 2013

Fred's Super Dollar is piloting a new store concept called GetWell Drug and Dollar that features a heavy focus on pharmacy, OTC and value-oriented convenience basics. The 8,000-sq.-ft. locations, half the size of a typical Fred's, will field some 7,500 front-end SKUs, 30% of which will be comprised of health-and-wellness items.

February 25, 2013

Mars Petcare will use responsible sourcing of fish for its fish-based Sheba product lines, the company said Monday.

February 15, 2013

Sears Holdings, the parent company of mass merchandiser Kmart, is throwing its support behind a bill that would grant states authority to enforce existing sales tax laws and require out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on sales made to their residents.

February 7, 2013

Fred's Super Dollar reported sales for the five-weeks ended Feb. 2 were up 31% to $173.6 million. Comparable store sales were up 28.6%.

January 28, 2013

McKee Foods, makers of Little Debbie snack cakes, is offering $25 to $30 million for Hostess Brands Inc.'s Drake's brand, according to published reports.

January 24, 2013

Dollar General is adding 635 new stores and relocating 550 this year, the dollar store chain said.

January 18, 2013

DenTek has created the new Scrub Betweens dental pick to help remove plaque and food particles that get between teeth.

January 16, 2013

Specialty drug spend will surpass traditional drug spend by 2018 for commercial plan sponsors, according to a new study.

January 14, 2013

According to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released Thursday, less than 45% of children were vaccinated against the flu during a five-year study period.

January 3, 2013

Fred's reported a 1% sales decline to $209.9 million for the five-week fiscal month ended Dec. 29.

December 4, 2012

The influenza season is officially underway as flu incidence is already above the national threshold, Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters during a teleconference Monday.

November 29, 2012

Fred's on Thurday reported a total sales decline of 1% to $150.4 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 24.

November 20, 2012

While sale prices may attract many consumers to products, for others, they may denote lower quality, a new study suggests.

November 20, 2012

Any trickle-down of an improving economy hasn't trickled down to Fred's consumer base, Bruce Efird, Fred's CEO, told analysts Tuesday morning in discussing the discounter's third-quarter results.

November 19, 2012

CVS/pharmacy on Monday announced its annual in-store fundraiser for the ninth year to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign, a holiday program that raises awareness and funds for the research and care provided at St. Jude.

November 15, 2012

Pedigree’s new Dentastix line of oral care products for pets fights “dog breath.” These new Fresh Treats for dogs work to help banish bad breath and help with overall oral care, including tartar control.


November 7, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a warning letter to The Avalon Effect, a company based in Franklin, Tenn., for its marketing of a light therapy product that claims to cure or treat symptoms of fungal meningitis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, concussions, Lyme disease and other diseases.

November 1, 2012

Fred's Super Dollar on Thursday reported an increase of 1% in total sales to $450.6 million for its third quarter ended Oct. 27.