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IMS Health acquires Privacy Analytics

BY David Salazar
DANBURY, Conn. — IMS Health on Thursday announced that it had acquired Toronto, Canada-based Privacy Analytics, which offers tech solutions to de-identify and anonymize healthcare information. The company said the acquisition would build up its ability to help clients drive research and development while reinforcing its role as a partner to health systems, payers and providers. 
 
“This acquisition strengthens our role as a leading patient privacy and data protection advocate while increasing the value clients across healthcare can realize from real-world evidence,” IMS Health VP and general manager RWE solutions Jon Resnick said. “Applying this proven standard globally, we can unleash the full potential of end-to-end RWE insights, from clinical trials through commercial execution. Privacy Analytics extends our ability to connect healthcare stakeholders—ultimately helping to improve the health of patients and the care delivery systems serving them.”
 
Among Privacy Analytics’ solutions are scalable tools for de-identifying and anonymizing patient-level data. IMS Health said it would use the company’s suite of solutions to develop new approaches and improve current methods for ensuring responsible use of anonymous health care information. 
 
“Our team of healthcare data privacy experts has pioneered the methodologies, software and services that enable responsible use of complex health information,” Privacy Analytics CEO and founder Khaled El Emam said. “We are excited to join IMS Health, which offers us a global platform and leading-edge technologies that bring our privacy compliance innovations to a broader client base across life sciences and healthcare.”
 

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Skinfix expands distribution of baby products

BY Gina Acosta

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA — Canadian natural skin care brand Skinfix is expanding distribution of its popular Gentle Baby Collection across the United States.

The company announced that its baby products have expanded to CVS, Target, and other retailers in the U.S. and to Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart in Canada. The products in the Gentle Baby Collection are priced between $8.99 and $19.99 and include the 98% natural Skinfix Gentle Hair & Body Wash, Skinfix Gentle Baby Lotion, Skinfix Diaper Rash Balm, and the Skinfix Gentle Eczema Balm, a targeted natural therapy for eczema flareups.

“Now more than ever, parents are scrutinizing product labels and are conscious about what they are putting on their baby’s skin,” said Amy Gordinier-Regan, CEO of Skinfix Inc. “Skinfix is a natural skincare line that is formulated for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Our “No” list of ingredients is just as important as the high performance natural ingredients we put in. We are excited to bring the Gentle Baby Collection to more families in North America.”

More details about the Skinfix Gentle Baby Collection include:

  • Skinfix Gentle Hair & Body Wash (12.5 fl. oz.) is a 98% natural, mild and gentle daily cleanser that can be used head to toe. This mild 2 in 1 formula is sulfate, fragrance and tear free and will not strip away skin’s natural moisture. Coconut based cleansers, aloe and emollient oils of jojoba and apricot kernel help keep baby’s skin clean and healthy. In a clinical study, 96% of parents felt this product was very gentle on baby’s skin and hair.
  • Skinfix Gentle Baby Lotion (12.5 fl. oz.) is a 98% natural, lightweight all over body lotion infused with vitamins, natural moisturizers like coconut oil, and soothing botanicals like chamomile and calendula extracts. The silky lotion is non-greasy and absorbs quickly to banish dryness on contact. In a clinical study, 89% of parents felt this lotion was safe to use during their baby’s eczema breakout.
  • Skinfix Gentle Eczema Balm (2 oz.) is formulated with 2% colloidal oatmeal and healing emollient oils. This 0% water and preservative free balm provides a targeted protective barrier, reduces redness and soothes irritation on contact. In a clinical study, 82% of parents agreed their baby’s eczema rash was soothed and less red in just three days after using Skinfix Gentle Eczema Balm.
  • Skinfix Diaper Rash Balm (2 oz.) is a superrich healing balm that was formulated specifically to safely and effectively halt diaper rash on the spot. It works fast to create a protective barrier and soothe redness with zinc oxide and healing botanicals, while replenishing essential moisture with emollient protective oils of jojoba and sunflower. In a clinical study, 90% of parents said their baby’s diaper rash improved after just one use.

 

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Comps steady in Costco’s Q3

BY David Salazar
ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco on Thursday reported the results of its third quarter and the year-to-date sales, bringing in $26.15 billion in net sales during the quarter and $80.34 billion in sales so far this year.
 
The company’s U.S. comparable store sales for the quarter saw a 0% increase and a 2% increase for the first 36 weeks of the year. Without the effects of gas price deflation and foreign exchange, quarterly comps were at 3% and YTD comps were at 4%.
 
In Canada, Costco’s comps rose 1% for the quarter and fell 5% for the year so far when gas price deflation and foreign exchange are included, but quarterly comps rose 8% for Q3 and 9% YTD when those factors are included. 
 

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