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NACDS: Pharmacists as vaccinators are key in battle against whooping cough

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Reflecting the value of community pharmacy, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is answering the call of public health authorities to promote vaccinations in the battle against whooping cough, also known as pertussis.

Kathleen Jaeger, NACDS’ SVP of pharmacy care and patient advocacy, is spreading the message amid a growing national outbreak of the highly-contagious respiratory disease.

In a letter addressed to “pharmacists and community vaccinators,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked them to help raise awareness of whooping cough vaccinations, because “as trusted healthcare professionals, research shows that [their] recommendation to receive needed vaccines is vital.”

NACDS is featuring Jaeger, a pharmacist, in an online, print and radio media outreach effort to bring attention to the outbreak and to note the accessible and professional solution that community pharmacies provide. Through the use of op-eds, interviews, news releases and other communications vehicles, Jaeger will concentrate her efforts in Washington State, where the CDC has declared a whooping cough epidemic, and in Minnesota and Wisconsin, which have the next highest rates of reported incidences.

The CDC is reporting a three-fold increase in pertussis rates in more than a dozen states. Pharmacists can administer the Tdap vaccine — which protects against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, and diphtheria in adults — in 43 states, including Minnesota, Washington state and Wisconsin.

The CDC is recommending that adults who come into close contact with young infants — parents, grandparents, caretakers and other adults — receive a dose of the vaccine, known as Tdap, at least two weeks prior to contact. The vaccination will help protect newborns, infants and school-aged children against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The CDC also recommends that pregnant women receive the vaccination after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to receive the influenza vaccine anytime during pregnancy.


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Kinney Drugs appoints Jim Spencer as COO

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Kinney Drugs announced on Tuesday that Jim Spencer, formerly VP retail operations, has been promoted to COO.

He will report to Bridget-ann Hart, president of Kinney Healthcare Services. In his new position, Spencer is responsible for overseeing retail and pharmacy store operations and the retail merchandising department. He is responsible for the ongoing development of pharmacy and retail services.

“Jim is a results-driven leader who has been a significant contributor to the success of our retail business since becoming part of the Kinney Drugs team,” Hart said. “We are confident that his vision and leadership as COO will drive future success and growth for the company.”
 
Spencer joined Kinney Drugs in 2010 and has more than 20 years of operations experience within the retail industry.

Kinney Drugs currently operates 94 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont.

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NPD Group: Men’s grooming market grows at rapid pace

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The men’s grooming market continues to grow at a rapid pace as research shows that men’s grooming tools — such as electric shavers, men’s trimmers and home hair clippers — are among the largest dollar growth drivers in the overall personal care industry. Meanwhile, such product categories as men’s facial skin care continue to flourish.

Recent figures on men’s grooming tools and products released by the NPD Group, a market research company, revealed men continue to discover the benefits of keeping up appearances. NPD credited the influence of popular culture — and specifically, the increased appearance of facial hair on the red carpet — for the rise in men’s grooming tool sales. Recent results in this category also show men want to control hair growth on the body, as well as the face.

According to NPD’s consumer tracking service:

  • In the 12 months ended in June, sales of men’s electric shavers and men’s trimmers gained 9% and 12% in dollar sales, respectively. Facial trimmers grew 13% in dollar sales;

  • Pen trimmers and nose/ear trimmers together accounted for 13% of men’s trimmer dollars and increased 22% and 19% in units, respectively;

  • Body groomers gained nearly 16% in unit sales in the 12 months ended in June; and

  • Body groomers skew toward the under-35 age group and are even more popular among men under 25 years of age.

“Even though the overall personal care industry is currently flat, the men’s grooming categories are showing healthy growth,” stated Debra Mednick, executive director of NPD’s home business. “Men are purchasing the tools to help them get their look and looking good sells.”

Unlike women, men’s options are limited when it comes to covering up skin irritations, such as razor burn, nicks and acne. Survey results confirm men are more educated now than ever before about skin care problems and solutions.

According to NPD’s men’s grooming consumer report:

 

  • More than 9-out-of-10 men use some sort of grooming products today;

  • The men’s grooming industry generated $964 million in U.S. department store sales in 2011, an increase of 11%, compared with 2010;

  • Facial cleansers (excluding bar soap), facial lotions/moisturizers and lip products are the most commonly used products among male facial skin care users;

  • Men’s facial skin care grew 11% in dollars in 2011; and

  • Facial skin care product users are more likely to be ethnic men and men ages 18 to 34 years.

“Men have become increasingly conscious of the perks associated with looking good,” added Karen Grant, VP and senior global industry analyst at NPD. “They have a heightened awareness that looking good may provide them an advantage in the workplace as well as in their personal lives.”

“Men have different skin than women and the men’s grooming brands need to continue educating them as well as make them feel comfortable in the shopping environment to gain sales in this category,” Grant said.

 

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