SLIDESHOW: NACDS TSE 2016 – Hot Pharmacy Technology and Automation Products
BOSTON — Drug Store News editors scoured the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo for the hottest, most innovative products. Below, DSN presents our Hot Product Picks in the pharmacy technology and automation category.
IMA North America
The latest in pill-counting technology from IMA North America debuted at NACDS Total Store Expo this year. Designed for high-volume and central fill operations, the counter uses an electromagnetic field to count more than 500 pills per minute. The machine is almost immune to dust build-up, reducing downtime for cleaning, according to IMA North America’s Chris Comeau. The pill counter also can be calibrated wirelessly using a tablet. The new machine, through a recently announced partnership with Innovation, will be integrated with Innovation’s high-volume pharmacy systems.
Two of the biggest pain points for pharmacies can be inventory management and space management, and RxSafe’s RxASP 1800 looks to solve both while streamlining workflow and reducing errors. The machine allows users to log-in using a fingerprint and automates the daily put-away process, using random-order storage for all drugs, including narcotics. It also works to reduce theft, diversion and errors by alerting users when an expected pill count or weight isn’t detected. According to RxSafe’s Stanley Kinsey, the company has installed 150 of the devices so far, and has seen exponential growth in demand each year.
As the November 2017 deadline for the Drug Quality and Security Act approaches, requiring package-level pharmaceutical serialization, Kentucky-based ApacePak has made sure its bottling and blister card packaging lines are ready for the change. The company looks to help customers meet track-and-trace requirements by offering as many as four levels of aggregation for its two high-speed bottling lines and up to three levels of aggregation for its two blister packaging lines. The company also offers barcode verification on bottles and blister packs.
Pharmacy drive-through solutions company E.F. Bavis brought its new Bavis Enhanced Audio Module, or BEAM, to NACDS Total Store Expo. The solution can take incoming audio and eliminate echoes and such repeating sounds as truck engines. BEAM can be used at drive-through locations using a microphone and receiver, locations that use a phone system as the internal audio communication point, and with systems that supply audio through a voice over internet provider (VoIP) system.
Rochester, N.Y.-based VoicePort unveiled a rebranding of its PharmaPhonetics system at NACDS Total Store Expo, introducing its CLARO suite of solutions. The change is aimed at highlighting VoicePort’s evolution of its platform from pharmacy communications to a suite of analytics and pharmacy intervention solutions. Among the components of CLARO are inbound and outbound communication services, appointment scheduling, patient segmentation and campaign management, as well as a “Meducation” offering to optimize clarity of medication instructions. Immunization and medication synchronization services are also part of the CLARO suite.
SLIDESHOW: NACDS TSE 2016 – Hot Beauty Products
BOSTON — Drug Store News editors scoured the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo for the hottest, most innovative products. Below, DSN presents our Hot Product Picks in the beauty category.
SinfulColors is one of the more popular mass-market polish brands, according to Consumer Reports. The lacquers are long-lasting, chip-resistant and come in a range of on-trend colors. The brand’s newest, highly curated collections with Kylie Jenner — many of which go viral online and sell out — will be on shelves for a limited-time only. The King Kylie Collection offers a 20-shade repertoire of matte and metallic shades, including a “velvety demi-matte” finish and a “pure satin matte” finish. All SinfulColors formulas are formaldehyde-, toluene- and DBP-free with a suggested retail price of $2.99.
The Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System provides a new way to instantly refresh and brighten skin. The secret is the distinctive, micro-pulsating action combined with stimulating silicone cleansing points. The product can be used with any facial cleanser to clean pores deeply and shake impurities loose from skin. At five inches long, this petite facial cleansing brush fits easily in a makeup bag or purse. No brush replacement is required. It’s ergonomically designed, has an easy-to-hold handle, is waterproof and comes with one USB compatible charging cord and a one-year warranty. The suggested retail price is $39.99.
With the increase of U.S. men growing — and keeping —longer beards, Universal Beauty Products launched the Beard Guyz brand of men’s products last year, and consumer response to the complete regimen for beard care has been glowing, according to the company. The lineup includes Daily Wash 35, Deep Conditioner 25, Balm for Course Hair, Balm for Fine to Medium Hair and Beard Oil 25. The numbers refer to the total number of ingredients in each formula, and all ingredients are high-quality, natural and organic, according to the company. All products are priced at $14.99. The company said it plans to add a fragrance this year.
The category-breakthrough Waterless by Gillette Venus shaving system requires no water to use, making it a truly portable product that allows on-demand use when and where it’s needed. The all-in-one design features a soft handle filled with a lubricating gel that the user squeezes through the application sponge. The lubricating gel, which contains aloe, was developed to provide a smooth and waterless shave without the need to rinse, and leaves no residue or stickiness, according to the company. It’s available in packs of one or two razors with a variety of merchandising and display vehicles shipping this month. The suggested retail price is $2.99.
Paris Presents brought new brush cleansers and applicators to NACDS TSE this year. Real Techniques by Sam + Nic’s Brush Cleansing Gel has an exclusive formula designed to extend the life of brushes by removing makeup and oils. Designed for deep cleaning with the same cleansing power of a concentrate, the formula effectively removes nearly all makeup residue. The suggested retail price is $9. The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette helps sweep away impurities from bristles to offer a truer, more consistent color application, and has a suggested retail price of $15. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a 3-in-1 multi-functional makeup sponge. The rounded side blends larger areas of the face, while the precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections, and the flat edge contours around the eyes and the nose. The suggested retail price is $7.95.
SLIDESHOW: NACDS TSE 2016 – Hot OTC Products
BOSTON — Drug Store News editors scoured the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo for the hottest, most innovative products. Below, DSN presents our Hot Product Picks in the OTC category.
Six Sigma Laboratories
Six Sigma Laboratories, represented at NACDS Total Store Expo by National Sales Solutions, is introducing a new clinical hydration solution called NormaLyte that was developed by pharmacists for pharmacists to recommend to their patients suffering from dehydration caused by diarrhea, vomiting, chronic illness or excessive sweating. The powder formulation — packaged so it can easily be added to a bottle of water — contains no artificial preservatives, colors or dyes.
NormaLyte also contains optimal concentrations of sodium and glucose to help facilitate rapid absorption of electrolytes.
Good Morning Boston! Hyland’s at NACDS Total Store Expo launched a new homeopathic energy booster called Good Morning that targets consumers looking for a natural revitalization solution, following a night of tossing and turning in bed. Good Morning contains no caffeine, is stimulant-free and is non-habit forming. According to Hyland’s research, 38.3% of Americans have trouble sleeping, with stress being the leading cause of their restlessness. Of those Americans who have trouble sleeping, 35% have used a sleep aid, and 33% have not used a sleep aid but would be interested in a homeopathic remedy.
Ansell Healthcare is introducing a new condom in Skyn Elite that is the “best of the best” across its premium-positioned Skyn line of condoms. The newest condom from Ansell is 10% thinner than other polyisoprene condoms, delivering more sensitivity than ever before. A 10-count package of condoms is retailing for a suggested range of $8.99 to $16.99. “It’s our thinnest and softest Skyn,” Jeyan Heper, president and general manager of Ansell Healthcare Products, told Drug Store News. “[It] is now expanding into new retailers; we will have more stores carrying Elite by the end of this year.”
Mission Pharmacal had its recent Rx-OTC switch Lycelle Head Lice Removal Kit on display for NACDS Total Store Expo attendees. Lycelle uses a nonpesticidal formulation that is safe for use with children as young as 2 years old, and is typically effective with just one 10-minute use. That’s important because many other head lice treatments rely on pesticides to remove lice, and recent reports have indicated that in 25 states, many forms of lice have developed resistance to OTC treatments containing pesticides. Each Lycelle Head Lice Removal Kit contains one bottle of pre-combing gel and a single fine-toothed comb that is used to remove the lice and their eggs.
Looking to energize your TENS device set? Wahl is featuring its Wahl Pulsing Massage Patch at NACDS Total Store Expo. According to the company, it is the first and only wearable massage device that adheres to the body and uses massaging pulses to ease pain. Unlike TENS devices, it provides customizable pain relief through massage and vibration as opposed to electrotherapy. The lightweight and flexible patch design has reusable adhesive gel pads that conform to the body. The $29.99 suggested retail price is competitively priced as compared with other TENS devices, and a $9.99 refill means the potential for a repeat purchase.