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Stater Bros. to open Grand Terrace, Calif., store

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — In celebration of its 75th anniversary, supermarket retailer Stater Bros. will open a store in Grand Terrace, Calif., next week.

The 44,000-sq.-ft. store, which will host its grand opening on Aug. 24, replaces a smaller store located in the area. Additionally, Stater Bros. said that the new Grand Terrace supermarket has earned the GreenChill gold award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"The Stater Bros. supermarket family is especially proud to build this new, modern and environmentally friendly Stater Bros. Supermarket to better serve our long-time and valued Grand Terrace area customers," Stater Bros. chairman and CEO Jack Brown said.

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Study: Most consumers are dissatisfied with lotion products

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Most body care products promote claims of being long-lasting, nongreasy or effective on dry skin but, according to the findings of a new Mintel report, most lotion wearers are not happy with the products they have to choose from.

Among lotion wearers, 79% said they wish hand and body lotion lasted longer, while nearly half often felt like they still had dry skin, even right after applying the lotion. In addition, 38% of users thought hand lotions are too greasy, and 37% often felt like lotions left their skin feeling sticky. All in all, some 3-out-of-10 people said they still have not found a product that works for them, according to Mintel.

“Satisfaction levels for body and hand lotions are well below par,” stated Molly Maier, senior analyst at Mintel. “This provides manufacturers with an opportunity, since despite being unhappy with their selections, the majority of adults still use body care products on a daily basis and will try different brands and formulations until they’re happy with one.”

While the majority of adults use moisturizers for the face, hands, body or feet, product usage is greatest for hand lotion (84%) and lowest for foot creams (63%). More than 40% of all adults use hand and face lotions almost daily, and more than half use them more than three days a week. Mintel suggested that, while the frequency of use is relatively high, the need is greater.

“Most adults can benefit from regular moisturizing of their skin due to climate, allergens, sun and other pollutants. Marketers need to make applying moisturizer as fundamental to [consumers’] daily routine as combing their hair or brushing their teeth,” Maier said.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to body care products, gender differences are significant. Men (42%) are significantly more likely than women (7%) to say they “never use” body lotion.

“By educating men on the skin-damaging effects that come from the sun and environment, it could help increase usage among this group,” Maier added.

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NACDS, NCPA: Ensuring patients’ choice of pharmacy helps promote medication adherence

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Prescription drug costs “cannot be viewed in a vacuum” and pharmacist-provided medication therapy management and counseling must be considered in any comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association urged in a joint statement issued on Thursday amid the release of two studies on medication adherence.

The statement, issued by NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson and NCPA EVP and CEO Douglas Hoey, relates to two recent studies appearing in the Journal of Medical Economics and the American Journal of Managed Care on medication adherence, or the proper use of medicine as prescribed by a physician.

“The AJMC study effectively counters the claims in a study published in the JME regarding the uses of mail-order versus community pharmacies. Amid these studies, it is safe to say that we have at least one important takeaway lesson: The best way to promote proper adherence to medication and better health outcomes is by ensuring patients’ access to the pharmacy of their choice," the statement read. "Despite repeated financial and other inducements encouraging mail order in Medicare Part D and other health plans, the vast majority of patients opt to continue to rely on their local, community pharmacist to help meet their health needs."

“It’s important to remember that adherence is about more than simply mailing a 90-day supply of prescription medication to a patient. Possession of prescription drugs alone is not the only factor in measuring adherence. For the full patient health picture, one must take into account whether that medication was actually taken as prescribed, if the patient had an adverse reaction, or if the prescriber stopped or changed the dosage of that medication based on the patient’s need."

“If any of these factors occur, it not only impacts adherence, but also cost. If a medication is not used properly, then the potential for cost savings is lost if additional medication, medical tests or even catastrophic and emergency care are needed by a patient, further disrupting patients’ lives and driving up healthcare costs."

“This is also why it is vital to recognize that drug costs cannot be viewed in a vacuum. Pharmacy services need to be evaluated in terms of their overall ability to bring down healthcare costs across the board and improve patient health.  Pharmacists provide counseling services, medication therapy management and other services that must be considered in any comprehensive cost-benefit analysis."

“The true story of improved medication adherence is the unsurpassed value of community pharmacy and the services it provides. There is no substitute for the pharmacist-patient face-to-face relationship. Community pharmacy services help to improve patient health and lower overall healthcare costs. Maintaining patient choice of how to obtain prescription medications is essential.”

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