July 21, 2014

Even before the official start of this year’s McKesson ideaShare conference, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center was buzzing with attendees eager to take advantage of the robust lineup of continuing education courses held on Sunday and Monday.

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 17, 2014

The Board of Directors of Loblaw Cos. announced that Galen Weston, executive chairman, also has been appointed as president, effective immediately. 

 

June 27, 2014

Just two months after Labeed Diab was named head of health and wellness at Walmart, Mark Phillips was elevated to the role of VP pharmaceutical merchandising. Phillips assumes command of more than 4,175 retail pharmacy operations that generates $16.8 billion in pharmacy revenue, according to DSN's PoweRx 50. In his new role, Phillips will lead the pharmaceutical merchandising team and report to Diab. Phillips, who most recently served as the senior director of merchandising in small formats, is a long-time buyer for Walmart and may be an indication of Walmart's steadfast commitment to growing pharmacy, health and wellness, especially across Walmart's smaller formats.

June 26, 2014

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition on Thursday released “Acetaminophen: How It’s Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use,” a report and educational resource to drive safe and appropriate use of one of the United States’ most common drug ingredients.

June 25, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be launching hard-hitting ads for its 2014 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign, the agency announced Tuesday.

June 20, 2014

Mark Phillips was elevated to the role of VP of pharmaceutical merchandising at Walmart after previously serving as the retailer’s senior director of merchandising for small formats.

June 19, 2014

With a focus on expanding its retail presence, Vestiage, which creates and distributes nutraceuticals under such brands as RegiMEN for men and Monterey Bay Nutraceuticals for women, has appointed Laura Stall as national VP sales.

June 17, 2014

The California Department of Public Health announced that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the state has become an epidemic, with 3,458 cases of pertussis reported since June 10.

June 17, 2014

Merck Consumer Care, the makers of Coppertone, has kicked off its second year of the “Making the Sunscreen Grade” program to help parents teach their children sun-smart behaviors.

June 16, 2014

Launching exclusively for iOS devices is a new mobile app that applies big data technology to conduct skin analysis of a user’s Facebook photos to measure changes in facial features, makeup, aging and hair to help them better understand their own skin and suggest the best products for them to buy.

June 13, 2014

According to a consumer survey from eDigitalResearch released Friday, online grocery shoppers tend to buy fewer impulse purchases online than in store, resulting in smaller basket sizes.

June 11, 2014

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

June 11, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday opened registration for the association's educational/networking events — The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science and The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry — taking place Nov. 5 to 8 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif.

June 9, 2014

As healthcare decision-makers grapple with how to ensure access to specialty medications, the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and the National Pharmaceutical Council on Monday released a new report, "Supporting Consumer Access to Specialty Medications Through Value-Based Insurance Design," which explores how value-based insurance design could be utilized to address specialty medication access concerns.

June 2, 2014

Nearly 1,000 Dollar General employees and their families, company executives and government officials celebrated on Saturday the grand opening of the discount retailer’s 12th distribution center in Bethel, Pa.

June 2, 2014

Women who use at-home skin care devices report high levels of satisfaction with these high-tech gadgets; however, the penetration rates remains largely because of a lack of awareness, according to new research by consulting and research firm Kline & Co.

May 31, 2014

The GMDC Education Leadership Council gathered here Saturday morning at this year’s GMDC Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference to discuss strategies for 2014 and beyond, including additional efforts to promote its research and insights.

May 29, 2014

Shoppers report they value shopping as an experience and not just as a transaction, and are concerned about the expanding role of data in shaping and limiting this experience, according to "Truth About Shopping" study released Wednesday.

May 28, 2014

Bi-Lo is shuttering six of its Reid’s grocery stores in South Carolina to rebrand them as as Bi-Lo stores, the Augusta Chronicle reported Monday.

May 28, 2014

Conference goers at this year’s 2014 Global Market Development Center Health, Beauty and Wellness Marketing Conference will see a number of new faces as executives from 7-Eleven, Carlie C’s, Certco, Coborn’s and Niemann Foods, among others, will be attending for the first time, Mark Mechelse, GMDC director research, industry insights and communications, told DSN in preparation for the big event.

May 28, 2014

Now in its third year, utilization of the Global Market Development Center’s teleconferencing solution — GMDC*Connect powered by Telepresence — continues to be on the rise, noted Mark Mechelse, GMDC director of research, industry insights and communications.

May 27, 2014

According to a Gallup poll released last week, the adult obesity rate is 27.7% thus far in 2014.

May 20, 2014

Magnum, a premium ice cream brand, announced the debut of Magnum Infinity ice cream bars, which the company is billing as its most decadent treat yet.