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Hawaiian Tropic will have a new look, as well as new products, for the 2010 sun season. The brand now will feature new beauty-oriented packaging with a signature curvy shape, as well as clean and modern colors and graphics that reflect tropical beauty.

In addition to the new modern, upscale packaging, Hawaiian Tropic Sun Care will introduce a new line of cream lotions. The line can be found across product lines from sunscreen to after sun.

Hawaiian Tropic Sun Care also is unveiling a new twist on its classic coconut fragrance for all of its sunscreens. The fragrance reflects the brand’s signature tropical scent with an enhanced version of the original, featuring hints of peach, jasmine and rose.

Unilever—whose personal care brands include Axe, Sunsilk, Suave, Degree and Dove—plans to close its Chicago offices by July 2010 as it works to combine its Chicago-based antiperspirants, deodorant and hair care group with its skin care business to form a personal care business unit at its North America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. The move will impact approximately 200 employees.

La Roche-Posay has introduced its new Derm AOX Anti-Glycation + Anti-Oxidation serum. According to the company, the serum, which has a suggested retail price of $55, inhibits the glycation process and protects against cell oxidation to slow the skin-aging process, smooth wrinkles and restore radiance.

What is glycation? Comparable to a “caramelization” reaction, sugar molecules naturally present in the skin adhere to collagen and elastin fibers, hardening them. As a result, skin loses suppleness, and wrinkles set in. Oxidation is a result of external aggressors—like sun, pollution and stress—which trigger free radicals in the skin.

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Hy-Vee names new president

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa A 28-year employee of Hy-Vee has become its new president, according to published reports.

The company appointed Randall Edeker as president of the supermarket chain Thursday at the company’s annual meeting, succeeding Ric Jurgens, who had served as president since 2001 and will maintain his position as chairman and CEO.

Edeker had previously served as EVP and COO.

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Tricare expands vaccination coverage to pharmacies, clinics

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Convenience and value. That’s what community pharmacy and their retail clinic partners deliver to their patients. And that’s what the Department of Defense is counting on in covering immunizations at local pharmacies and identifying convenient care clinics as network providers — two separate pieces of news issued within the past month that really underscore the importance of pharmacies and retail clinics in the delivery of health care today.

Prior to these announcements, military personnel interested in getting their flu shots had to schedule an appointment with their doctor, as Tricare only covered the cost of shots delivered in a doctor’s office.

“As a convenient and accessible healthcare provider, pharmacy is uniquely positioned to offer services for patients, such as vaccinations,” stated Steve Anderson, president and CEO for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Anderson noted that as of earlier this year, pharmacists have the ability to immunize patients in all 50 states. “[This] presents an important opportunity for pharmacists to counsel patients during their visit, and an additional healthcare provider from which to obtain these vaccinations.”

It’s also quite a bit of opportunity for pharmacy — Tricare provides healthcare coverage for 9.5 million eligible beneficiaries. Those beneficiaries pick up almost 2.3 million prescriptions every week, and 1.2 million of those at retail pharmacies, according to Tricare .

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