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Sparkle Screen aims to bring some ‘sparkle’ to childrens’ sun care

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Looking to make sun care fun for children, GlitterTots has developed Sparkle Screen, an SPF 30+ sunscreen that has natural color and sparkles.

Created by two Fort Lauderdale moms, Meredith Madsen and Dianna Akers, Sparkle Screen is made in the United States from natural ingredients including aloe, shea butter, and coconut oil. Sparkle Screen glitter is non-aluminum, BPA free, paba and paraben free and contains natural broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection: titanium dioxide and non-nano zinc oxide.
 
“We created Sparkle Screen because we wanted a sunscreen that kids wanted to wear. After years of struggling to get my girls to apply regular sunscreen they now beg for it. With Sparkle Screen, applying and reapplying is easy and fun,” stated Akers, COO and co-founder of GlitterTots.

GlitterTots has multiple products in the works, and plans to launch additional products throughout the year.


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Oregon institutes PBM bill

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has signed what the National Association of Community Pharmacy has characterized as groundbreaking reform legislation that applies reasonable standards to how pharmacy benefit managers audit community pharmacies, provides increased transparency into generic prescription drug reimbursement and ensures that PBM administrators of prescription drug claims are registered within the state.

Members of a Pharmacy Working Group, consisting of Oregon pharmacists, representatives of the Oregon Pharmacy Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, NCPA, the Oregon Pharmacy Coalition, state legislators and representatives of the PBM community have collaborated on these issues over the past year, NCPA noted. 

“Oregon is demonstrating its leadership in the healthcare arena," stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA CEO. "This new law will help Oregon’s clinically trained pharmacists — the medication experts — to devote more time to their patients. The bill contains three notable provisions that will ultimately benefit any Oregon patient who enters a retail pharmacy."

Specifically, the bill will curb excessive pharmacy audit practices in pursuit of minor technicalities or trivial clerical errors. The bill will also require PBMs to update their reimbursement rates more frequently to better reflect the pharmacy’s actual drug acquisition costs, which can increase dramatically and virtually overnight. Also, the bill requires PBMs to register with the Insurance Division of Oregon, a step toward some level of regulatory oversight of the drug benefit management industry within the state.  


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RAD total, same-store sales in the black in June, company says

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s same-store sales increased by 0.7% in June, including increases in front end and pharmacy comps, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

Front-end comps for the chain increased by 0.4%, while pharmacy comps increased by 0.9%, including a 3.05% negative effect due to the introduction of new generic drugs. Same-store scripts decreased by 0.2%.

Total store sales were $1.927 billion, a 0.2% increase over June 2012.

For the 17-week period that ended Saturday, comps decreased by 1.7%, including a 0.4% increase in front-end comps and a 2.7% decrease in pharmacy comps and a 0.1% decrease in same-store scripts.

Total-store sales for the same period were $8.191 billion, a 2.1% decrease from the first 17 weeks of 2012.

 

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