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Vichy expands skin care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Vichy Laboratories, whose products are sold in the U.S. market in skin care centers at select drug stores such as CVS and Duane Reade, has expanded its line with two new products: NeOVADIOL and NeOVADIOL Night.

Both of these products use L’Oreal’s patented densifying molecule, Pro-Xylane. Pro-Xylane is a natural sugar derivative that penetrates skin’s upper layers and promotes the hydration of skin cells with essential nutrients.

The products are geared toward women aged 50 and older.

NeOVADIOL Night has a suggested retail price of $40. NeOVADIOL has a suggested retail price of $38.

Vichy, which was founded in France in 1931 and became part of the L’Oreal group in 1955,currently is distributed in more than 70 countries and is the leading dermo-cosmetics brand in European and Canadian pharmacies.

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NACDS’ Industry Profile finds that front-end sales contribute significantly to overall sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. With the release of its 2007 Chain Pharmacy Industry Profile, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that front-end merchandise is contributing significantly to the overall sales of the industry.

While prescription drugs continue to be the largest category of community pharmacy industry sales, front-end merchandise contributed a substantial portion of total sales. Traditional chain drug store sales totaled $145 billion in 2006, with front-end sales totaling nearly $42 billion, or 29 percent.

OTC medications comprised 6.1 percent of front-end merchandise sales in traditional chain drug stores, as many products that were once prescription-only are now available over the counter, marking a shift from third-party payers to consumers and returning the pricing power to the retailer. This was followed by groceries/consumables at 5.2 percent, general merchandise at 4.9 percent, toiletries at 4.2 percent, non-edible consumables at 3.3 percent, packaged alcohol at 1.5 percent and vitamins/minerals at 1.2 percent.

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Acca Kappa unveils triple cold-milled soaps

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Acca Kappa, the Italian bath and body line, has introduced its collection of triple cold-milled soaps.

The all-natural soaps are formulated with vegetable-based ingredients. They join the company’s portfolio of soaps and shampoos, brushes and combs, bath foams, spa oils and bath accessories.

The new soaps are available in nine different scents: sandalwood, olive oil, avocado, rose, lavender, white moss, fig, magnolia and pear. They retail for $9 each.

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