June 14, 2011

Top Five Labs on Monday announced its intent to expand distribution of its XRP Energy product — endorsed by former National Football League quarterback Brett Favre — nationwide after a successful test launch in select convenience stores and marts throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

June 13, 2011

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been a bête noire among much of the Republican party since President Obama signed it into law. But as GOP presidential candidates prepared for the first official debate in Manchester, N.H., one group launched a series of ads defending it and other programs to address the nation’s health coverage gap.

June 9, 2011

Whole Foods has expanded its board of directors.

June 8, 2011

Walgreens and Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group of Chicago on Wednesday announced a new coordinated healthcare program in which Walgreens will share the results of appropriately timed pharmacist clinical interventions with primary care physicians of selected patients.

June 7, 2011

Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organizational changes, including the appointment of Patrice Louvet as president of global male grooming.

June 2, 2011

The CFO of Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing is stepping into a new role.

June 2, 2011

Shaw’s Supermarkets announced that its Massachusetts stores have received supermarket recycling program certification from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

June 1, 2011

Carex Health Brands on Wednesday announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Boston.

May 26, 2011

MusclePharm, an expanding sports nutrition company, on Thursday named Jeremy Deluca, the former Bodybuilding.com president, to the posts of co-president and chief marketing officer.

May 26, 2011

Capping off a meeting that brought hundreds of independent community pharmacists to Washington for the National Community Pharmacists Association Legislative Conference, members of Congress joined pharmacists at the Capitol on Wednesday to discuss the cost-saving services provided by local pharmacies now and in the future.

May 25, 2011

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens on Wednesday announced an agreement between the two companies that will promote collaboration on population-based research.

May 24, 2011

Happy days are here again! Consumer confidence rebounded 1.6 points in April from a dip in March, according to the Consumer Confidence Index, despite the fact that high-gas-price stories are dominating the airwaves.

May 23, 2011

Cosmetic Executive Women recognized the most innovative beauty products of the year at the 17th Annual CEW Beauty Awards held May 20 in New York, which for the first time included the new Eco Beauty Award and a partnership with social networking site Foursquare.

May 23, 2011


The supplier in the greeting card aisle may not be enough to capture consumer interest. While smaller, niche players make up less than 5% of category sales, according to one manufacturer, those companies can offer a point of differentiation to retailers that larger manufacturers can’t provide.


May 11, 2011

The seventh annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit, convened at The Wynn resort and casino this week, attracted nearly 1,500 attendees — a rise of almost 50% over 2010 — and about 80 exhibiting companies.

May 4, 2011

Former Medicine Shoppe president and Longs Drug veteran Terry Burnside has joined D2 Pharma Consulting as senior consultant for executive management/strategic planning.

May 4, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has elected a Coca-Cola executive to its board of directors.

May 4, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association's membership has expanded to include a buying and advertising cooperative that offers rebates and signage to independently owned pharmacies.

May 2, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that Robert Loeffler will succeed Larry Merlo as the organization's new board of directors chairman, and also announced the appointment of several other elected officers, at its 2011 Annual Meeting.

April 25, 2011

With a new leader at the helm, a robust management team in place and an unwavering focus on driving medication adherence and reducing healthcare costs, CVS Caremark remains squarely on the growth path and continues to play an increasingly important role in U.S. health care with its far-reaching store network and arsenal of products and services.


April 25, 2011

Walgreens, the kaleidoscopic company that wants to “own well,” is shuffling management and realigning operations as it works to knock down its remaining internal silos and create a seamless, broad-based retail health-and-
wellness dynamo.


April 25, 2011

Regional player Fruth Pharmacy is re-
energizing its business. “We are entering our 59th year of business and trying to continue to provide that small-town, quality customer service while staying competitive and on the cutting edge with all of the programs that are out there on the pharmacy side,” said Lynne Fruth, chairman and newly appointed Fruth president. 


April 25, 2011


In the May issue of Consumer Reports, a report found that such independents as McKesson’s Health Mart franchise group are delivering the goods.


McKesson helped capitalize on what has always been an exemplary Health Mart patient experience at the top of last year with a multi-
million-dollar ad campaign that included an ad during the New Orleans Saints/Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl. That 2010 campaign featured real Health Mart pharmacists with stories on how they have impacted their local communities by taking the time to care and provide special services.


April 25, 2011

Customers are seeing purple again — reminiscent of another switch that took advantage of the eye-catching color purple. Sanofi-Aventis through its Chattem division in March launched Allegra, the last of the second-generation antihistamines. And purple-powered displays, like this in a Walmart in Lancaster, Pa., dotted the retail pharmacy landscape.