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Jelly Belly jelly beans digs up jewel collection

BY Jason Owen

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy celebrated National Jelly Bean Day last week by introducing a new line of jelly beans coated with an edible, iridescent sheen.

The new Jelly Belly Jewel Collection features seven of Jelly Belly’s most popular flavors finished with the gem-inspired sheen.

The new collection includes Jewel Blueberry, Jewel Bubble Gum, Jewel Sour Apple, Jewel Cream Soda, Jewel Berry Blue, Jewel Orange and Jewel Very Cherry. An edible pearlescent coating adds a shimmer of brilliance to each bean’s color. These jelly beans make a stylish gift and are a beautiful addition to candy buffets, tasting bars and favors for weddings, showers and birthday parties, the company stated.

The Jelly Belly Jewel Collection will be available nationwide at candy stores, gourmet food, gift and specialty stores beginning in May.

Jelly Belly beans are made in more than 100 flavors. Jelly Belly beans are fat free, peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and OU Kosher certified.


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From top to bottom, retail pharmacy will prove pharmacist role in improving patient outcomes

BY Michael Johnsen

Pharmacy’s value as part of an outcomes-based healthcare alignment was the highlight of the closing business presentation at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2013 Annual Meeting. And now it’s up to NACDS members to expose Congressional leaders to that value quotient on a regular basis. 

That was the message shared by incoming NACDS chairman Bob Narveson. It goes to show that even as the gavel passes from the head of one of the industry’s largest pharmacy chains to one of the smaller chains, innovation in patient care is happening at all levels. 

"To be successful, we’re going to have to maintain access to  patients [incoming from the Affordable Care Act]," Narveson told DSN as part of a pair of exclusive video interviews. (The first video interview one can be found here.) "We’re going to have to step forward and we need to get to the point where we realize that there’s more to taking care of patients by just putting pills in a bottle" he said. "We have to get to the point where we have face to face MTM, where we’re working with our patients on their medication adherence and where we continue to drive home that and we can prove it."

And both Narveson and Thrifty White, one of DSN‘s PoweRx Players, have put their money where their mouths are. Thrifty has enrolled as many as 24,000 patients on a Medication Synchronization Program, where patients receive all their medication refills on a single day. "We have people with as many as 20 medications on Medication Synchronization," Narveson said. "It’s very difficult to maintain those pills on a regular basis," he added. "It’s programs [like these] that need to be brought forward to help impact that $290 billion [in cost associated with medication non-adherence]."

According to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, patients enrolled in the program have 3.4 to 6.1 times better adherence rates vs. people not enrolled in the program.

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Pharmaceutical distribution agreements critical for Cardinal, McKesson

BY Antoinette Alexander

Cardinal Health announced the renewal of its pharmaceutical distribution agreement with CVS Caremark to supply pharmaceuticals to the company’s retail pharmacies and distribution centers, as McKesson, which generally serves the PBM side of the business, also announced the renewal of its current distribution agreement with the pharmacy retailer.

The renewal of the agreements was not only critical for both companies but, as Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting and CEO of Drug Channels Institute, wrote in his blog post, “CVS Caremark Renews with Cardinal and McKesson,” it also “demonstrates wholesalers’ value in the brand-name pharmacy supply chain.”

“In theory, the largest self-warehousing chain drug stores and mail pharmacies have the size and scale to perform the functions of drug wholesale distribution. Yet in 2012-13, these larger companies all elected to buy brand-name drugs via a drug wholesaler rather than directly from a manufacturer,” Fein wrote.

It is also important to note that Walgreens and Alliance Boots recently entered into a 10-year contract with AmerisourceBergen on sourcing pharmaceuticals and also has the option on a potential 23% equity stake in ABC in three years.

This deal takes the pharmaceutical buying leverage to a new level and creates a generic acquisition juggernaut, as Drug Store News senior editor Michael Johnsen pointed out in “Walgreens, Alliance Boots and AmerisourceBergen help redefine economies of scale.” There’s also another benefit — the potential collective bargaining power of close to 12,000 retail pharmacy outlets, between Walgreens and ABC’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provider Network, that can be leveraged against PBM contracts.

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