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Chi AirTwist Curling Wand creates various curl styles

chi airtwist curling wand

The latest from Chi — AirTwist Curling Wand — is a styling tool that combines the technology of a curling iron and flat iron into one.

Designed for consumers looking to ease the struggle of curling their hair with a flat iron while also giving tresses more body, bounce and staying power, the wand helps create loose beachy waves, tight ringlets and bouncy curls.

Suitable for all hair types, lengths and textures, the AirTwist Curling Wand features the brand’s ion technology, which emits negative ions to reduce frizz and increase shine. The styling tool also has Cool Air Technology and Dual Floating Plates to help set curls and lock in shine and natural moisture, the company said.

Currently, the Chi AirTwist Curling Wand retails for $108.98 online.


Genexa debuts Kids’ Pain & Fever Chewables

Genexa Kids’ Pain & Fever Chewables

Genexa is introducing Kids’ Pain & Fever Chewables.

Available in an all-natural grape flavor, this first to market offering is a fever reducer that provides temporary pain relief and contains the same, effective 80 mg of the active ingredient acetaminophen found in Children’s Tylenol Chewable products, the company said.

Genexa noted that it removes all artificial ingredients and fillers like high fructose corn syrup, sucralose and FD&C red no. 40 in favor of natural and organic ingredients.


NACDS to conduct virtual pharmacy voter event with Charlie Cook

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is hosting a virtual RxIMPACT Votes event on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

The event, hosted by NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson, will feature national political analyst Charlie Cook who will discuss the 2022 elections and what they portend for the future of pharmacy.

The event follows numerous NACDS RxIMPACT in-person grassroots activities. NACDS members already have hosted more than 80 Congressional pharmacy tours in 2022. 

NACDS members have a presence in every state and Congressional District, and NACDS RxIMPACT Votes is here to encourage the people of pharmacy to engage with and vote for the candidates of their choice,” said Anderson. 

In a recent newsletter, Anderson noted that the upcoming event with Cook is about much more than political knowledge. "It is about political and policy engagement, and it is about community," he said.

Anderson continued, "NACDS RxIMPACT Votes – the get-out-the-vote arm of NACDS’ grassroots program – has a huge mission this year. Not only is the program charged with the task of making this the year of the pharmacy voter, but it also is charged with helping to enroll new pharmacy advocates. To this point, the pandemic stifled many in-person political events. NACDS has looked to virtual options to keep the momentum of pharmacy grassroots engagement headed in the right direction."

Anderson noted that NACDS’ virtual strategies have boosted the ranks of NACDS RxIMPACT advocates by 33% in 2022 alone. "It is engagement like this that made it possible for NACDS RxIMPACT advocates to account for one-quarter of the comments submitted on the DIR fee transparency rule earlier this year," he said.

Anderson also shared that approximately 50 event partners have stepped up to help get out the word about this NACDS event with Charlie Cook. 

Lastly, Anderson said, "Join us for this Sept. 20 event with a huge purpose: spreading political knowledge; urging electoral involvement; boosting the roles of pharmacy advocates; and demonstrating the strong engagement of the NACDS membership."

To register, click here.


Rind debuts dark cocoa sea salt coconut crisps

Rind dark cocoa sea salt coconut crisps

Rind Snacks’ latest innovation features notes of dark cocoa, coconut and sea salt.

The dark cocoa sea salt coconut crisps are made with dried coconut, coconut sugar, dark cocoa powder and a hint of sea salt, the company said.

“Our new dark cocoa sea salt coconut crisps embody all the qualities consumers crave in a snack: sweet, salty, simple and sustainable,” said Matt Weiss, founder and CEO. “It represents our first foray into clean and wholesome seasonings, and it’s the first in our line of single-serve snack bags, making Rind an even more convenient and a-peel-ing’ option for on-the-go snacking.”

Featuring 7 g of fiber per serving, Rind’s dark cocoa sea salt coconut crisps are available in 3.5-oz. multipack options online and in 1.4-oz. snack bags at select CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide beginning in October.


Be Smart Get Prepared launches diabetic wound care kit

Be Smart Get Prepared Tender Lovin’ Diabetic Wound Care Kit

Total Resources International, or TRI, has launched a wound care kit as part of its flagship Be Smart Get Prepared brand to treat wounds associated with diabetes, specifically foot and leg ulcers.

Developed with the supervision of a wound care doctor, the Be Smart Get Prepared Tender Lovin’ Diabetic Wound Care Kit is a 70-piece kit that accommodates five or more wound dressing changes. It features Silvex Wound Gel, silicone foam pads, sterile gauzes, bandages, tapes, scissors, a wound care guide and more.

The goal for the wound kit is “infection prevention,” according to the company. For most diabetic patients, wounds often take longer to heal or do not heal properly. It is common for poorly treated wounds to develop infections, which can lead to life-threatening complications.

The Tender Lovin’ Diabetic Wound Care Kit will be available at major retailers in 2023.


Little Bites brings back pumpkin muffins

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Little Bites is taking on a favorite fall flavor with a seasonal limited-edition relaunch.

The Horsham, Pa.-based company announced the return of its pumpkin muffins, which come in a pre-portioned pouch and are made with real pumpkin.

“We love this time of year because it means our fan-favorite Little Bites pumpkin muffins make a comeback for families to enjoy,” said Moira Flood, senior brand manager at Little Bites Snacks. “For more than 20 years, we’ve been providing delicious flavor options that will help families create little moments that feel really big during snack time. We can’t wait to hear how our pumpkin muffins are adding excitement to our fans adventures this fall!”

Featuring 200 calories per pouch, Little Bites’ pumpkin muffins are made without the use of high fructose corn syrup, contain 0 g of trans fat and will be available at most retailers nationwide through October, the brand said.