CE accessories a boon for drug stores
Impulse purchases are a big part of the electronic accessories segment for the drug channel. Drug stores see strongest sales in such commodity items as blister-packed cameras and camcorders, personal music players, headphones, iPod docks and blank media, according to TWICE’s Alan Wolf. A recent TWICE Top 100 Report said CVS and Walgreens saw a slight decrease in consumer electronics sales in 2011, while Rite Aid category sales were up nearly 6%.
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Cereal sales are suffering as consumers resist rising prices and increasingly turn to other options, such as yogurt or frozen foods. The category also is taking a hit from an expanding menu of value-priced, on-the-go options offered by quick-serve restaurants.
Faced with higher costs of raw materials, manufacturers have been forced to pass the increases along to consumers, and it has hurt sales. Cereals with the healthiest profiles, such as granola, are one strong category segment.
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URAC extends specialty pharmacy accreditation to CoramRx
DENVER — CoramRx Specialty Pharmacy Services has received specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the company announced.
CoramRx said URAC’s specialty pharmacy accreditation ensures that organizations meeting the rigors of accreditation uphold the highest standards in the industry and reinforces the best clinical and organizational practices for ensuring appropriate and safe medication use and optimal patient outcomes. CoramRx offers national distribution and local services through specialty pharmacy facilities, more than 85 infusion pharmacies and more than 65 ambulatory infusion suites across the United States.
"The growth of CoramRx’s customer base in the managed care and prescription benefit manager community led to the need to seek a second accreditation for the business," CoramRx director of operations Lori Jordon said. "What makes URAC unique is its focus on and standardization of the quality improvement process and ongoing reporting of performance metrics for organizations seeking accreditation."