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Innovation releases PharmASSIST Symphony 12.01

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Pharmacy automation manufacturer Innovation has released the latest version of its workflow system, the company said Wednesday.

The company said PharmASSIST Symphony version 12.01 offers such features as automatic prioritization of prescriptions based on pick-up times; group-based filling support; "sticky notes" comments to allow the entering of comments at the patient level that can alert others about issues with insurance, patients requesting prescription refills that are too soon to fill and so forth; HIPAA data access; and multilanguage paperwork, which supports printing of patient paperwork in up to 15 different languages using the Meducation paperwork service.

"PharmASSIST Symphony version 12.01 brings lots of vital, new functionality, much of it driven by our existing clients with whom we work closely to bring their enhancement requests to fruition," Innovation director of software engineering Alecia Lashier said. "When clients request enhancements that are very specific to their workflow, we often provide custom software development services to design and build functionality for them. This is becoming a significant service to our business and to the industry."


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Cleanlogic develops bath and shower collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Cleanlogic has announced the introduction of its unisex bath and shower collection that ranges from cleansing to exfoliating to moisturizing to finishing.

The Cleanlogic collection consists of five categories:

  • Cleanlogic soap sponges: Combining the cleansing benefits of a bar of soap with the exfoliating ability of a sponge in one product, the soap sponge is an industry first. The 2-in-1 product combines the daily regimen of cleansing with the action of removing dead skin into one action;
  • Cleanlogic anti-microbial accessories: Silpure technology is infused in each sponge fiber to prevent mold or bacteria growth while ultra-fresh antimicrobial technology provides an additional layer of protection to extend product life; 
  • Cleanlogic bath sponges and accessories: Everything you need for a thorough cleanse, including exfoliating bath and shower gloves, sea sponges, 2-in-1 exfoliating and cleansing sponges, and exfoliating mitts; 
  • Cleanlogic Hard-to-Reach: Attend to those tricky, awkward spots with these specifically designed accessories, including bristle bath brush, 2-in-1 convertible mesh bath strap and wooden handle mesh bath brush; and
  • Cleanlogic Hand, Foot, Face and Relaxation: Complete a bath or shower experience with these accessories, from 4-in-1 foot buffer and brush, to a gel eye mask that can be used hot or cold, to a sleep mask.

Prices for the Cleanlogic line range from 99 cents to $5.99.

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Coty CEO Bernd Beetz to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty CEO Bernd Beetz is retiring from the beauty company, effective Aug. 1, and will be succeeded by Michele Scannavini, who has been president of Coty Prestige for the past decade.

Beetz will remain on the Coty board as a nonexecutive director. In this role he will continue to share his experience and contribute to a smooth leadership transition supporting Scannavini.

“I am delighted that Michele Scannavini has agreed to succeed Bernd at this important moment in Coty’s history,” stated Bart Becht, Coty’s chairman. “He is the key architect behind Coty’s designer brand licenses and the growth of our fragrance business. Michele has also successfully led the integration of acquired businesses, including UCI from Unilever and American Designer Fragrances from LVMH.”

Scannavini completed the creation of a comprehensive fragrance portfolio through the launch of exclusive luxury licenses. He also has guided the company’s growing presence in skin and body care.

“I have long admired Bernd for his vision and leadership, and on behalf of the entire board and company, I thank him for leading Coty’s successes since he joined us in 2001. With an experienced management team, he transformed Coty from primarily a fragrance maker into the emerging leader in beauty with market-leading positions in both North America and in Europe,” 
Becht added.

“I am extremely proud of the work I have accomplished in the last 11 years, and I thank my entire leadership team,” Beetz stated. “Together, we have created a company with a strong entrepreneurial culture and great brands. I’m now excited to diversify my business interests while continuing to be part of the Coty story, and will enjoy devoting more of my time to charitable activities in addition to writing a book that I have wanted to do for some time.”


The two men have known each other since Scannavini reported to Beetz when they both worked at Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Coty, Scannavini was the CEO of Fila Holding S.p.A., and gained a wealth of experience in numerous marketing, sales and general management positions, including roles at Ferrari and Maserati automobiles.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Coty announced in late June that it has filed to raise as much as $700 million in an initial public offering. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission came about a month after the beauty company dropped its bid for Avon because of Avon’s “delay and unwillingness to engage in discussions.”

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