October 16, 2013

Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, 2% less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year. Despite this reduction in individual holiday budgets, NRF is forecasting holiday sales will increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion.

October 15, 2013

Two associations representing the dietary supplement industry issued separate statements in response to what they characterized as a faulty meta-analysis, “Effects of Vitamin D Supplements on Bone Mineral Density: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” published last week in The Lancet.

October 15, 2013

Calling it a "looming threat," the National Council on Patient Information and Education released a 10-step plan to draw attention to the problem of poor medication adherence among elderly people with multiple chronic conditions.

October 14, 2013

The governor of California has vetoed a bill that critics said would have limited patients' access to knock-off versions of biotech drugs.

October 14, 2013

The National Consumers League on Friday launched a national multimedia campaign aimed at educating teens and young adults about the risks of misusing OTC pain medications.

October 14, 2013

USA Today on Monday morning reported two products marketed as dietary supplements in outlets including Walmart.com and GNC have actually been adulterated with a chemical similar to methamphetamine.

October 11, 2013

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation is developing an accreditation program for specialty pharmacy practices, the group said.

October 9, 2013

Costco Wholesale had sales of $31.8 billion in fourth quarter 2013 and $102.9 billion in fiscal year 2013, the club retailer said Wednesday.

October 8, 2013

More than half of prescribers are writing prescriptions electronically, according to a new study.

October 8, 2013

Consumers paid more for prescriptions as the country's economy recovered from the recession, according to a new study.

October 3, 2013

Several Bartell Drugs locations will offer week-long events devoted to health and beauty starting next week, the Seattle-based retail pharmacy chain said.

October 3, 2013

The National Retail Federation expects sales in the months of November and December to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion, up slightly from last year’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3%.

October 2, 2013

Beauty.com, a division of DrugStore.com, is offering an exclusive series of bejeweled hair accessories from designers at Erickson Beamon to benefit GEMS, or Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the online retailer announced.

October 2, 2013

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday collaborated to spread awareness about over-the-counter cough medicine abuse among parents and communities in recognition of annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.

October 2, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing S.B. 465 into law, which clarifies the current state law on the use of empty space between the product and excess container capacity , commonly referred to as “nonfunctional slack fill.”

October 2, 2013

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board has issued more than half a million certifications, the group said Wednesday.

October 1, 2013

In light of the increased attention on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — both in Washington and in the media — and Tuesday’s opening of the health insurance exchange, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is engaging with the media to emphasize pharmacies’ valuable role in the U.S. healthcare system.

October 1, 2013

The message in October is "Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine" as the American Pharmacists Association launches its annual American Pharmacists Month.

October 1, 2013

A new store set to open in a Seattle neighborhood will be one of the largest in the Bartell Drugs chain, the Seattle-based pharmacy retailer said Tuesday.

September 30, 2013

Nutrisystem on Monday announced it will sponsor and have more than one hundred employees and their families, including CEO Dawn Zier and new Nutrisystem ambassador, Andy Baldwin, join the company at the American Diabetes Association's annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Philadelphia.

September 27, 2013

A bill designed to strengthen the security of the drug supply chain by creating an electronic track-and-trace system and national standards for sterile pharmacy compounding has attracted support from trade groups representing independent pharmacies and generic drug makers.

September 27, 2013

Safeway has announced that it was awarded the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the nation's highest honor given to employers for support of the National Guard and Reserve, at a special ceremony on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C. Safeway was one of 15 employers to receive the Freedom Award.

September 26, 2013

Flu vaccination coverage in children increased dramatically during the last season, with smaller increases in coverage among adults, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 25, 2013

Next year, 7 million people will be using health insurance marketplaces, and that figure will nearly quadruple in five years, according to a coalition of cancer-focused organizations.