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NCPA identifies track-and-trace best practices

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday expressed its concerns over track-and-trace systems in its comments submitted to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, “Securing the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain.”   

"NCPA continues to feel that track-and-trace technologies remain largely unproven and such a system may prove to be prohibitively expensive for independent community pharmacies," stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA EVP and CEO. "We have identified a number of essential elements that should be considered as any proposed track and trace system is developed."

The NCPA had the following recommendations for the federal government:

  • Any track-and-trace system should have a risk-based approach to determine the scope of which products will be targeted at the outset of the program, such as controlled substances and frequently counterfeited products;
  • Federal grants designed to incentivize adapting of any track-and-trace program should include smaller participants in the supply chain, such as independent community pharmacies, that otherwise would be unduly financially burdened;
  • There should be interoperability between the various systems for any track-and-trace program to pave the way for easier communications between various manufacturers and distributors;
  • An authentication consensus should emerge about the definition and timing of when products will be verified, along with what will happen should the verification standard not be meet at any step in the process; and
  • Independent community pharmacists should be allowed to use inference — a process that would allow them to scan or verify prescription drugs in larger batches instead of bottle by bottle.

“NCPA believes that the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is safe and secure,” Hoey said. “There are a number of different tactics or approaches that could provide further assurances of integrity — including efforts to combat pharmaceutical cargo theft and the implementation of national, uniform federal license standards for drug wholesalers.”

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I Love… Cosmetics officially announces U.S. debut

BY Antoinette Alexander

MANCHESTER, England — I Love… Cosmetics, a U.K.-based company that made waves at this year’s NACDS Marketplace with its collection of mouth-watering “I Love…” products for bath and body, officially has announced its foray into the U.S. market.

Launching mid-September, items will be available at all Duane Reade locations in New York City. By the end of 2011, I Love… is scheduled to hit Walmart, Lewis Drug, Navarro Discount Pharmacies and Army & Air Force Exchange Service, as well as e-retailers Drugstore.com, CVS.com and Walgreens.com. An additional 5,200 doors are planned for 2012, including Rite Aid, Meijer, Fred Meyer and Pamida.

Retailing for $5.99 to $9.99, the U.S. launch will consist of six items, with additional SKUs planned for Valentine’s Day 2012.


"We are thrilled to introduce our brand to the U.S. market,” stated James Brown, founder of I Love… Cosmetics. “The products are already popular throughout Europe and Canada, and we are excited to share the line with American consumers. Everyone at I Love… believes that our refreshing scents, bright colors and fun packaging, combined with an affordable price point, will make the brand an instant hit with U.S. customers.”
 


The available products include:


  • Bubble bath & shower crème ($7.99);
  • Exfoliating shower smoothie ($7.99);
  • Nourishing body butter ($7.99):
  • Moisturizing body lotion ($7.99);
  • 
Super softening hand cream ($5.99); and
  • Lots of Bubbles gift set ($9.99, six 3.4-oz. bottles). The collection includes six mini bottles of the Bubble bath & shower crème in all of the core flavors
.

Products will be offered in seven fragrances:

  • 
Blueberry & Smoothie;
  • Coconut & Cream;
  • Lemons & Limes;
  • 
Mango & Papaya
;
  • Raspberry & Blackberry;

  • Strawberries & Milkshake; and 

  • Vanilla & Ice Cream.

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Women-run businesses to get boost from Wal-Mart initiative

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores on Wednesday launched initiatives intended to help women around the globe in the next five years.

The retail giant has spent the last year developing a plan — with help from both governmental and nongovernmental organizations and philanthropic groups — which will direct $20 billion over a five-year period on goods and services from U.S. businesses owned by women, as well as double the amount it pays women-run suppliers overseas.

Human resources issues and training for women will receive Wal-Mart’s attention, as it will offer skill-set training for 60,000 female factory workers employed by Wal-Mart suppliers and other merchants. Life skills, such as punctuality and financial literacy, will be taught as well.

"We know this is important for our customers, and it will make for a stronger business," Wal-Mart EVP Leslie Dach told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Wal-Mart also said it plans to work with its suppliers that have more than $1 billion in sales to increase the representation of women and members of minority groups by the end of 2016.

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