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Sephora glams up newest NYC locale

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — New York City’s Meatpacking District is now the home of Sephora’s 16th Manhattan location — a stunning beauty destination that opened in mid-September and incorporates innovative design, state-of-the-art services and exclusive brands.


Nestled on the corner of W. 13th Street and Ninth Avenue, Sephora occupies a building that typifies the area’s iconic architecture, with an interior that features sleek, modern design. Updated fixtures and an open, flowing layout allow for easy navigation of key product areas, including skin care, nail, fragrance and color, as well as the Sephora Collection 2.0 display, which features a vibrant wall of color, a unique fixture dedicated to brushes and complexion stations to simplify finding the perfect foundation. It also marks the first Sephora in the nation to feature a completely mobile checkout.


Shoppers also can indulge in the Beauty Art Studio, a destination for mastering any new beauty look. Each station features ultra-modern glass, chrome and black fixtures with LED screens and enhanced lighting for a luxurious experience. Services to choose from include Treat & Conceal, Beautiful Skin and Faux Lash Express Services.

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Reports: ONDCP deputy director advocates Rx-only for PSE

BY Michael Johnsen

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The debate on the prescription status of pseudoephedrine in the state of Kentucky heated up last week as the deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Benjamin Tucker on Wednesday told Kentucky lawmakers that they should mandate PSE to Rx-only status, according to reports.

Tucker last week was the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Drug Summit, part of the Kentucky League of Cities annual convention, and headlined a panel of federal, state and local experts to examine pill mills, meth labs and prescription drug abuse.

Kentucky considered legislation in 2011 that would require a doctor’s prescription for medicines containing pseudoephedrine, KLC reported. "After debate over limiting access to popular medicines used to combat colds and allergies, a compromise was offered that would generally require prescriptions to buy the medications, but pharmacists also could dispense them to those obviously suffering from colds and allergies," KLC wrote in a 2011 legislative update published by the group. "Ultimately, the legislation and amendments offered died in session. It is very likely this bill will reappear in 2012."

On Friday, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association offered another solution to members of the Kentucky General Assembly — adopt the Meth Offender Registry Block List, a tool that would block convicted meth offenders from purchasing medicines containing pseudoephedrine without a doctor’s prescription.

A 2010 draft report from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission estimated that the system would block 5,500 known criminals from purchasing medicines containing PSE, CHPA noted.

"Implementing the Meth Offender Registry Block List, which will soon be in use in Tennessee, will strike right at the heart of the problem — the criminal meth cook," stated Carlos Gutierrez, director of state government relations for CHPA. "There is no need to unfairly punish law-abiding consumers when we have an option to block the criminals whom we know are committing the crimes."

"CHPA remains opposed to the proposed prescription mandate for legal, FDA-approved cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine," Gutierrez said.

 


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Redbox reigns over rentals

BY Barbara White-Sax

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — Redbox remains the dominant player in kiosk DVD rentals with an average of 55 million rentals monthly in second quarter 2011. The company, which built its market dominance on $1 rentals, is testing price increases in some markets. Redbox and Foursquare are partnering to allow consumers to use their smartphones to check availability and reserve titles at their nearest kiosk.


Competitor NDR is experimenting with DVD sales as well as rentals from its kiosks, and may expand the concept.

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