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Prevalence of acne keeps treatment sales up

BY Antoinette Alexander

Acne is the most common skin disorder within the United States, impacting millions of Americans and paving the way for researchers to feverishly develop new therapies and revamp existing treatment options at retail.

While acne usually begins in puberty, the reality is that it is not restricted to any age group. Even adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s can develop acne.

According to the most recent 52-week data from Chicago-based market research firm SymphonyIRI Group, sales of acne products rose about 3% to roughly $400 million at food, drug and mass, excluding Walmart.

One of the newer products to hit the market is Murad’s new Acne Overnight Soothing Gel for red, irritated skin due to acne. It is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that work all night to help reduce the tenderness and redness caused by acne. The product will be available in September at such retailers as Ulta Beauty and Sephora.

In addition, the Clean & Clear brand recently launched its Advantage Oil Absorbing collection, which includes the Advantage Oil Absorbing Acne Treatment to help control blemishes and shine.

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Skin Care Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Walgreens deploying electronic health record solutions across entire platform

BY Michael Johnsen

CARROLLTON, Ga. — Greenway Medical Technologies on Wednesday announced that Walgreens is deploying its electronic health record  solution to more closely integrate the retail pharmacy’s healthcare services. The EHR is currently in more than 200 Walgreens stores, with chainwide rollout to its nearly 8,000 locations planned to be completed by the end of summer 2013.

“With a view into a customer’s prescription, immunization and health testing record, our pharmacy staff can provide additional recommendations, such as whether the customer is due for a specific immunization,” said Tim Theriault, Walgreens SVP and chief information officer. “Greenway continues to deliver health information technology platforms that fit the innovative healthcare delivery models we are rolling out to consumer and employer markets. The deployment of EHR technology advances our pharmacy staff’s ability to provide integrated and comprehensive healthcare services in the communities where people live and work.”
 
"The WellHealth EHR, built upon the Greenway EHR platform, is part of the Walgreens HealthCloud initiative that supports the transformation of its traditional drug stores to health and daily living destinations," stated Tee Green, Greenway president and CEO. "The WellHealth EHR will deliver to Walgreens pharmacy staff a single patient view capturing their immunization and health testing history with their prescription profile.

Once rollout is complete, Walgreens pharmacy staff will have up-to-date patient immunization and health testing information combined with pharmacy information regardless of the Walgreens location where a patient received the service." The EHR also makes it possible for customers to schedule appointments and supports real-time medical billing, Green added.

Today’s announcement builds on the Walgreens-Greenway relationship that began in 2010 with the deployment of Greenway’s integrated EHR, practice management and interoperability solution, PrimeSUITE, in Walgreens worksite health centers. The worksite centers offer primary and acute care and are managed by Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens.

The WellHealth EHR scalable functionality supports additional pharmacy, health and wellness services in the future, including integration with electronic prescribing and data exchange that tracks patients throughout the care continuum.

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Aug-30-2012 10:45 pm

Healthful information to all the patients. This is the benefits of the costumers. Thanks for sharing for this great information. Keep up the good work.

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‘Life … Supplemented’ launches WannaBeWell app for avid supplement users

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s “Life…supplemented” campaign on Wednesday launched its first mobile application, WannaBeWell. The free app, currently available on iPhones and iPads, is a comprehensive wellness resource that educates, activates and motivates those looking to live a healthier life.

“The WannaBeWell app is filled with customizable features that will help people get and stay committed to their personal wellness routines no matter where they are,” stated Judy Blatman, SVP communications at CRN. “It’s an at-your-fingertips health-and-wellness resource that brings convenience to the crucial wellness decisions consumers make on a daily basis.” 

Users will be able to personalize their own animated wellness coach and healthy lifestyle interests, such as wellness inspirations or healthy missions. For each mission that is completed or app element that is explored, users are awarded trophies that can then be promoted through social media channels. For instance, app users who take the My Wellness Scorecard will be rewarded trophies based on their current level of well-being.

Users can also set reminders for themselves and their family to take — or restock — their supplements. And users have access to the Supplemental, a weekly blog featuring a cadre of well-known experts in a variety of areas ranging from nutrition to fitness to aging gracefully, as well as the Supplement Library, which provides easy-to-navigate information on dietary supplements.

“We know that over two-thirds of American adults take dietary supplements — and that about half of American adults have smartphones, so this app should appeal to a wide audience,” stated Andy Pray, Ruder Finn Interactive, the developers of the app. “The design is consumer-friendly and easy to use, especially when it comes to customizable elements.” 

For each WannaBeWell mobile application download, a $1 donation (up to $13,500) will be made to Vitamin Angels to help reduce child mortality worldwide by connecting infants and children younger than 5 years with vital nutrients, CRN added.

“We think the dietary supplement industry will be energized by this new app; like the campaign itself, it focuses on incorporating supplements into your everyday health routine, along with other healthy lifestyle choices — in a fun but responsible way. We’re looking forward to working with the dietary supplement industry to help build momentum for downloading the app, which in turn will help support a very worthy cause — Vitamin Angels,” Blatman said.

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