Continua members tout innovation in Japan
TOKYO — Drug Store News caught up with Continua Health Alliance’s executive director Chuck Parker following the CEATEC Japan conference, an IT and electronics trade show, to get a glimpse into what tomorrow’s self-care diagnostic devices might look like.
As many as 25 Continua members showcased new consumer healthcare services in early October at the show, some of which are slated to launch in November in Japan.
For example, NTT Resonant, a leading Japanese Internet service provider, showcased forthcoming functions of its health management services “goo Karada Log,” which works in concert with blood-pressure monitors by A&D. And Alive, a wireless solution provider, demonstrated Bluetooth-compatible data-exchange devices, connecting data from those monitors to personal laptops, for example.
“These are commercial products that will be marketed to … Japanese consumers,” Parker told DSN. The Japanese market, which benefits from a more robust healthcare IT infrastructure, may serve as a good indicator for future U.S. launches. “What they do in Japan tends to work fairly well in the [United States], as well,” Parker said, especially as Japanese consumers tend to rapidly adopt new technologies.
Parker suggested that the U.S. market is as much as two years behind the Japanese market, but mostly due to regulatory approval processes at the Food and Drug Administration.
Aggressive ads up awareness
The personal massager category still is small at only $3.2 million for the 12 weeks ended Sept. 4, according to SymphonyIRI Group data across food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), but the growth rate is trending at a 20.6% clip.
Church & Dwight has been the most aggressive in its advertising to date. A commercial aired during Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” touted the company’s Trojan Vibrations Twister as so good it will “blow your hair back.” At $59.99, that massager is only available through TrojanVibrations.com. But Trojan’s full retail line is prominent on that page as well.
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Rite Aid makes big push
The diabetes patient has long been identified as a coveted higher-trip, higher- market-basket opportunity for pharmacy operators. And now Rite Aid has created a loyalty card program specifically for that diabetes patient.
As part of a collaboration be- tween Rite Aid and WebMD, Rite Aid is rolling out the red carpet to diabetics through its Wellness+ loyalty program. Members who participate in the program will gain access to online lifestyle management tools, including a customized Personal Diabetes Work Plan with a daily glucose tracker, recipes and meal-planning tips, as well as monthly lifestyle summary reports.
Rite Aid also signed on with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, a UnitedHealthcare program designed to provide an all-encompassing, accountability-based, personalized health plan. “In-store pharmacists in select Rite Aid locations will consult quarterly with enrolled patients to evaluate their success adhering to prescribed diabetes regimens and to review patients’ test results for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol,” John Standley, Rite Aid president and CEO, told analysts in September.
“This support [was available in September] to program participants at select New York City Rite Aid stores in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and [came] to select stores in Washington, D.C., in mid-October.”
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