PPOk, Ideal Protein partner on weight management program
The Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma, or PPOk, announced a partnership with Ideal Protein that would offer a weight management program to community pharmacies.
“The program’s clinical results are outstanding, and the business model aligns with the focus of our RxSelect CPESN network, which is to provide profitable, high impact enhanced pharmacy services for patients in the community,” John Crumly, PPOk’s executive director said.
The Ideal Protein Protocol allows pharmacies to augment their income outside of medication sales, and focuses on helping patients achieve health benefits of weight loss, the companies said.
“Our combined efforts will help make Ideal Protein available to more pharmacies, and in turn align with our company mission to help as many people attain healthy and sustainable weight loss, and all of the associated health benefits,” Thomas Barus, pharmacy services at Ideal Protein, said.
The program includes weekly customer appointments and call in coaching sessions to ensure compliance and customer education, the companies said.
“We bring our expertise to their business and assist in all aspects of setting up the service in the pharmacy, and we have enjoyed helping the pharmacy bring tremendous value to their communities by providing free education, tools and support to help their patients get healthier and stay healthy,” Deborah Buchanan, national business advisor at Ideal Protein, said.
In addition, the pharmacies also will stock the necessary products and will be provided proprietary Ideal Protein tools to manage the services, the companies said.
“We all got into pharmacy to make a positive difference in our patients lives. Ideal Protein has given us another vehicle to achieve that goal,” Bill Osborn, NCPA president and PPOk member, said.
Swanson Health opens Chinese e-commerce site through Azoya
Nutritional supplement maker Swanson Health is broadening its horizons. The Chicago-based maker of such brands as Culturelle and its eponymous supplement offerings has partnered with Azoya to open a Chinese e-commerce site ahead of Black Friday and Dec. 12 — a big shopping day in China called Double Twelve — as well as the holidays.
“We’re excited to work with Azoya for accelerated growth in China and other Asian markets,” said John Eisel, COO at Swanson Health. “Their solid technology infrastructure and cutting-edge e-commerce operations — including omnichannel marketing, sales and logistics — set Swanson up for success and make Azoya a key strategic partner for expanding the Swanson brand in China.”
The new e-commerce offering joins Swanson’s other Chinese presence, which includes storefronts on Tmall Global and JD.com Worldwide. Swanson is leveraging Azoya’s Chinese retail expertise to deliver omnichannel services, mobile pay, integrated social marketing and social commerce, the companies said. These efforts are aimed at getting in on the more than $16 billion that exports to China brought the United States in 2017, according to iiMedia research.
“Connecting a market of 1.4 billion people with U.S. and foreign retail companies by using cross-border e-commerce is our specialty,” said Franklin Chu, managing director at Azoya USA. “We genuinely want to help consumers, brands and retailers reach each other. By simplifying and streamlining the cross-border customer experience, everyone wins.”
Quest Products launches 2 ProVent products
Quest Products is bringing two new products to market under its ProVent brand. The Pleasant Prairie, Wis.-based company has introduced the ProVent Hemp Patch for pain relief and ProVent Wart Remover with natural botanicals.
The hemp patch works by releasing Hotact and small amounts of hemp into the skin, soothing muscle pain and stiffness through motion-activated heat technology, the company said. The patch is meant to relieve pain from swelling, inflammation and arthritis.
“The medical community has started to recognize the benefits of hemp for relieving pain,” said Mark McGreevy, vice president of business development at Quest Products. “This is one of the first hemp patch products on the market, and we’re excited to offer a new pain relief option to people who need it.”
The wart remover is meant as a daily topical application to the skin. Results can be seen within a few weeks of daily use, the company said. It uses natural ingredients and botanical extracts to fight warts.
“Our ProVent products are all about leveraging the power of natural remedies,” McGreevy says. “Both our hemp patch and our wart remover will help our customers address their problems with soothing, healing formulas.”
Both products join the existing ProVent line, which includes remedies for motion sickness, vertigo, skin tags, psoriasis and other ailments.