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Psi Bands forms charitable partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation

BY Michael Johnsen

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Psi Bands on Monday formed a charitable partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides help to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. For every set of Psi Bands’ Color Play design — the pink striped band — purchased during the month of October, a donation will be made to NBCF.
 
“My grandmother, mother-in-law, great aunt and several dear friends are breast cancer survivors," said Romy Taormina, Psi Bands co-founder. "We consider it an honor to join forces with NBCF and support its mission of help and hope for those with breast cancer.”
 
Psi Bands are stylish acupressure wrist bands that are FDA-cleared for the relief of nausea due to chemotherapy, as well as anesthesia, morning sickness and motion sickness/travel. Psi Bands provide a drug-free option for nausea relief that does not interfere with other medications, and as such, may be used as an adjunct to pharmacological antiemetics for control of chemotherapy-related nausea, the company said. 
 

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Q&A: The eyes have it with Alcon’s Mike McAvoy

BY Michael Johnsen

Drug Store News recently sat down with Alcon’s Mike McAvoy, head of OTC sales, to discuss opportunities in eye-care.

DSN: What is Alcon doing to support its overall eyeSOLUTION proposition?

Mike McAvoy: Alcon plans to launch two campaigns this year in support of the overall initiative. The first, Get an A+ in Eye Care, will encourage families to think about visiting the eye doctor as they get ready to head back to school. The Science of Beautiful Eyes campaign will launch shortly after, and will be aimed at helping women take care of their eyes. … Alcon also is looking to social media to engage our customers outside of the retail setting. Consumers are encouraged to visit one of our many platforms to learn about the program and retrieve valuable coupons. We reach our customer base through www.TheEyeSolution.com. They also can follow us on Twitter (@TheEyeSolution ) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/theeyesolution).

DSN: What are the trends driving the business of eye-care?

McAvoy: There are … three significant trends that are impacting the eye care over-the-counter market: The aging of the American population means more people will be impacted by dry eye; the explosion of growth in self-diagnosis has driven sales of allergy medication [and] the dry eye treatment category; and noncompliance with proper lens care is a persistent issue for contact lens wearers that has left the contact lens solution category flat for more than a decade.

We strongly believe that consumers need clarity when determining the best OTC treatment. They are overwhelmed in the store with dozens of different eye health treatment options. We believe that by providing clarity to the shopper, we will increase store visits and grow basket size. We are developing cross-category partnerships to drive enhanced consumer engagement in both eye beauty and eye health.

DSN: What are some of the new products being introduced by Alcon into the eyeSOLUTION portfolio of products?

McAvoy: While Alcon will not be introducing new products to the eyeSOLUTION portfolio, we are currently in most major retail stores and are very excited that regional retailers can now participate in the program through our menu options.

Alcon is committed to helping people see better by providing innovative eye care products that restore, preserve and enhance healthy vision in every stage of life. Products currently featured in the eyeSOLUTION portfolio include: Clear Care Solution, ICAPS Eye Vitamins, Naphcon-A Eye Allergy Drops, Opti-Free Brand, Systane Eye Drops and Zaditor Eye Allergy Drops.

Looking further into the future, Alcon plans to create customized shopping marketing programs targeting pharmacists and Hispanic customers in 2015. We are also working with our retail partners to find solutions for shoppers in eye care as well as across the personal care, health and beauty categories.

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Veet creates new Infini’Silk line

BY Antoinette Alexander

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Depilatory brand Veet has announced the launch of its new Veet Infini'Silk line — the brand's first Pulsed Light FDA-cleared permanent hair reduction devices.

Veet Infini'Silk promises to harness the same technology found in clinics and salons for permanent results in the comfort of your home. Treat skin with the pulsed light technology, and feel the smooth results in about four to five treatments, the company stated.

"Veet is known around the world for their exceptional at-home depilatories and waxes that give women and men long-lasting smooth skin. We want to expand our hair-removal product line and tap into new consumers," said Xue Li, marketing manager for Veet Luxury Products at RB. "The new Veet Infini'Silk line allows us to bring permanent hair reduction of unwanted hair to the consumer with two easy-to-use and safe at-home devices."

 

The Veet Infini'Silk collection includes two devices:

  • Veet Infini'Silk — up to 50,000 light pulses with a 2.7 cm2 cartridge head; and
  • Veet Infini'Silk Pro — up to 5,000 light pulses with a 3.9 cm2 replaceable cartridge head. The exchangeable cartridges make the product ideal for sharing between multiple users.

The Veet Infini'Silk collection is available starting this month. Available online InfiniSilk.com, Veet Infini'Silk is priced at $249, and Veet Infini'Silk Pro is priced at $299, plus one free replacement cartridge.
 

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