Preservatives are nothing to sneeze at
A wet spring has made for ideal allergen-creating conditions — the growth of ragweed and an increase in mold. According to a Quest Diagnostics study, sensitization to common ragweed has grown 15% nationally since 2000, while mold grew 12%.
Awareness around preservatives found in nasal allergy sprays also is on the rise, suggested Similasan product manager Jessica Bellows. Similasan recently launched its Nasal Allergy Relief preservative-free nasal mist. Many popular preservatives used in allergy sprays, such as benzalkonium chloride and phenylcarbinol, can exacerbate allergy symptoms.
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Hi-res imaging technology enables Rx verification
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy and Technology Conference in Boston will feature a multitude of suppliers showcasing everything from new drugs and devices to online services and pharmacy automation equipment. Among those suppliers is Innovation, which will display its latest machine for automating the counting and processing of medications, after having showed it at Cardinal Health’s Retail Business Conference in Las Vegas last month.
Innovation describes the PharmAssist OPTIx — part of its broader PharmAssist product line of pharmacy automation equipment — as countertop optical counting and imaging technology that is a “great fit” for any type of pharmacy, counting medicines in up to 200 milliseconds with an accuracy rate of 99.9%. “OPTIx combines tremendous counting speed and accuracy with high-resolution imaging and quality checks to enable pharmacies to increase throughput, provide the highest level of patient safety and perform remote prescription verification,” Innovation EVP global business development Doyle Jensen told Drug Store News. “Using OPTIx, pharmacies can employ lower-paid pharmacy techs to fill prescriptions, which frees up their pharmacists to perform other tasks and engage customers. After filling, techs can facilitate remote verification by using OPTIx to take a high-resolution image of each prescription’s vial contents and vial label.”
The device works by taking a high-resolution image of each prescription’s vial contents and label, and displaying them on a designated pharmacist’s workstation, thus enabling remote prescription verification — onsite or offsite — through comparison with images in a drug database.
Devices transform shelf
The expansion of intimacy health devices at mass is transforming the intimacy health segment into some pretty significant profit centers. “The total vibrations category currently has up to $1 billion in retail sales with no clear branded leader,” Church & Dwight’s CEO James Craigie told analysts earlier this month, noting that a line of full-sized personal massagers under the Trojan banner has launched through all classes of trade. “This is a category of new white space for our Trojan brand to enter,” he said.
Awareness around the availability of intimacy health devices within pharmacies is only going to get greater. New-to-mass LELO featured a high-end line of Kegel exercisers earlier this year at NACDS Marketplace — a product line that may represent the proverbial “next-step” in the evolution of intimacy health centers. The Laselle Kegel exercisers under the Intimina by LELO brand aren’t only a corrective solution for such conditions as incontinence; they’re also preventive.
The Laselle launch is expected to help drive awareness among women older than 55 years. And it’s that demographic that represents the strongest opportunity.
“The rise of sexually transmitted infections in that age group [both men and women] is growing disproportionate to the population,” noted Carol Carrozza, VP global marketing of sexual health and well-being at Ansell Healthcare Products. “It’s [a demographic] that we’re focusing on in our marketing efforts to provide education.”
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