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Jupiter Jack

BY Jim Frederick

Walgreens’ merchandising team has long displayed a knack for jumping quickly on new product trends and getting those items into its stores — particularly during the critical Christmas sales season. One new example is this narrow in-line display for Jupiter Jack, an “As Seen On TV” device designed to allow motorists to talk hands-free on their cell phones. The device, which is mounted on a dashboard, transmits cell phone signals through the car radio and sells online for $20.

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Sanofi, Intelliject sign licensing agreement for auto injector

BY Alaric DeArment

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. The U.S. subsidiary of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis will work with a Richmond, Va.-based company on an auto injector for severe allergic reactions.

Sanofi announced Monday that it had signed an agreement with Intelliject to develop and market an auto injector for the emergency treatment of anaphylactic responses, which occur up to 2,000 times per 100,000 people in the United States alone each year and can be fatal within minutes.

Under the agreement, Sanofi will be responsible for manufacturing and commercialization in North America, while Intelliject will be responsible for development and regulatory filings while retaining certain rights to co-promote the auto injector in the United States. Sanofi will make an unspecified payment upfront to Intelliject and be eligible for milestone payments and royalties.

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Diabetes population to double, costs to nearly triple by 2034

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK An ever-rising tide of newly diagnosed diabetics can only mean one thing for retailers and suppliers offering diabetes solutions — opportunity — because where there’s pain, there’s gain.

 

And it doesn’t really matter if the Novo Nordisk study’s projection on the number of diabetics actually comes to pass. Because what does matter is the fact that the diabetes market already is large, it’s going to continue to grow and savvy retailers and suppliers of diabetes solutions will be able to partner on how to best serve that burgeoning population.

 

There is no shortage of examples on how retailers and suppliers are partnering around initiatives to better educate families with diabetes in a comprehensive effort to hopefully scuttle the projection that the number of diabetics in the United States will double up in the next 25 years.

Medicine Shoppe International, for example, revealed last year during Drug Store News’ 6th Annual Diabetes Roundtable an education initiative in partnership with Bayer Diabetes, where Bayer produced diabetes-friendly recipe cards for dissemination at their stores. And Safeway talked about the series of American Diabetes Association expos that the chain sponsors in an effort to help drive awareness around how to better live with diabetes.

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