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October 20, 2014


This holiday season, retailers expected to up ante

If the latest consumer surveys are any indication, retailers could face a long, hard slog this holiday shopping season as they try to sway customers to open their pocketbooks.

Consumers, still uncertain about their financial well-being, are expected to be deal-driven and price-sensitive, with many using their smartphones to assist in comparison shopping. And like last year, retailers will entice shoppers to get an early start.



CDMA sets date for annual trade expo

The Chain Drug Marketing Association plans to hold the 89th CDMA Trade Expo on Jan. 27 to 30 in Tampa, Fla.

Medicine Shoppe launches co-branding option for independents

Medicine Shoppe International and Medicap Pharmacies Inc. are offering new co-branded franchise opportunities for independent retail pharmacies.

Walgreens enables Apple Pay in stores

Walgreen Co. has started accepting the Apple Pay secure mobile payment service at Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores across the country.

NCPA Convention honors pharmacy excellence

Starting over the weekend, the National Community Pharmacists Association honored pharmacy operators, professionals, educators and students at the 116th NCPA Convention and Trade Exposition in Austin, Texas.

Diplomat IPO paves way for expansion phase

Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. is readying for its next stage of growth and expansion with the successful completion of initial public offering of about 15 million shares.

Canada reaches multiyear pact on generics pricing

Canada's generic drug industry has reached a three-year agreement with provincial and territorial governments that will reduce pricing for generics and realize billions of dollars in savings for Canadiana.

NACDS takes part in meeting with HHS secretary

Members of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were invited by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell to participate in a pharmacy issues meeting.

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Takeda, Orexigen release Contrave obesity drug

Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. have shipped Contrave extended-release tablets, a weight management medication for obese adults, to U.S. pharmacies.

Horizon Pharma buys U.S. rights to Pennsaid 2%

Horizon Pharma plc has acquired the U.S. rights to arthritis treatment Pennsaid 2% from Nuvo Research Inc.

TriCalm earns National Eczema Association seal

Cosmederm Bioscience Inc.'s TriCalm Anti-Itch Hydrogel has been granted the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance.

BioTerra supplements to hit shelves at Walgreens, Walmart

BioTerra Herbs is rolling out its non-GMO Project Verified supplements to Walgreens and Walmart brick-and-mortar and online stores.

AstraZeneca unveils Fit2Me diabetes support program

AstraZeneca has launched Fit2Me, a free diet and lifestyle support program that allows people with type 2 diabetes to create a personalized care plan.

GreatCall mobile health solutions for seniors launch at Rite Aid

GreatCall Inc. has rolled out its suite of connected health and safety products and services to more than 4,000 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.

ECRM debuts redesigned website

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has revamped its website, www.ecrm.marketgate.com, to offer a fresh look, better navigation and improved functionality.

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