Sam’s Club to host free allergy and health screenings
BENTONVILLE, ARK. — On March 8, Sam’s Club will host free allergy and health screenings to members and visitors at Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy — 584 locations — to ease management of allergies this season, the club operator announced Wednesday.
“Seasonal allergies can be the source of distress and discomfort to millions, particularly as flowers and trees bloom,” stated Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “Our screening program helps Sam’s Club pharmacy patients pinpoint allergy causes, prevent symptoms and actively maintain daily wellness at an amazing savings.”
While supplies last, free in-club health screenings are valued at up to $200 and include:
- Allergy IgE screening: An elevated level of total Immunoglobin E may indicate an allergy or parasitic infection is present. This test is useful in predicting positive results of allergen-specific tests for the common allergens such as pollen, dust or pet dander, and certain parasitic infections;
- Blood pressure;
- Body mass index; and
- Vision, where allowed by state law.
In addition to allergy screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacies offer year-round immunizations for adults ages 18 and above. Licensed pharmacists can administer walk-in flu shots and nine important immunizations recommended to help protect against serious diseases like pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough.
Consumer trust intact as McNeil brands like Tylenol return back to shelf
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare has about 75% of its consumer brands back on shelf, Dominic Caruso, Johnson & Johnson VP finance and CFO, told attendees of the Cowen and Company Health Care Conference on Tuesday.
"We are schedule to restore our reliable supply of products in the OTC marketplace," he said. "You should start seeing more Tylenol Children’s advertising on TV. That’s a good sign. It means we are confident that the products now are not only back on the shelves but they are back on the shelves in a reliable manner."
And consumers still trust McNeil’s venerable brand names, such as Tylenol. "The various trusts … remain strong," Caruso said. "We’re communicating with consumers as these products are back on the shelf. And I’m happy to tell you that once they are back on the shelf … consumers are readopting these products as a main stay in their regimen."
The proof of Tylenol’s successful return to market is in the sales. For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013, sales of Tylenol internal analgesic tablets were up 39.9% to $200.1 million across U.S. multi-outlet, according to IRI. McNeil is successfully converting consumers back to brand — sales of private label internal analgesic tablets totaled almost $1.3 billion, but were down 3.8%, in part because of the return of Tylenol.
Consumer sales accounts for approximately 20% of J&J sales overall, Caruso said, with the division generating nearly $15 billion in sales and growing at a 3% clip. "We have in fact restored reliable supplier products in the market," he said. "We have really 12 major brands that we’re investing behind which we think are the major growth engines in this business."
Norwest Equity Partners acquires Apothecary Products
MINNEAPOLIS — Norwest Equity Partners on Monday announced that it has acquired Apothecary Products from Terry Noble, founder and CEO of Apothecary. The transaction closed Feb. 28, 2014; financial terms were not disclosed.
Apothecary offers its customers a one-stop-shop solution with both over-the-counter consumer health products and behind-the-counter pharmacy supplies, spanning across three categories, including pharmacy supply, medication management and home health care.
"NEP’s investment capital, coupled with their experience in the consumer healthcare products industry and working with family-owned businesses, will help Apothecary continue to achieve its growth plans and mission of designing and sourcing the most innovative and critical pharmacy products available.” Post-transaction, Noble will remain as an Apothecary investor.
NEP has been investing in middle market companies since 1961 and has experience working with both Minnesota-based companies, as well as companies focused within the consumer products and services industry. Notable Minnesota-based investments over the years include Life Time Fitness, Shock Doctor, Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, Gopher Resource, Norwesco, Select Comfort and Lindstrom Metric.