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April 16, 2014


U.S. drug spending, health care use rise in 2013

Total U.S. drug spending edged up 1% on a real per capita basis in 2013, and the use of health care services overall rose for the first time in three years, according to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

"Growth in medicine spending remains at historically low levels despite a significant uptick last year and continues to contribute to the bending of the health care cost curve," stated Murray Aitken, executive director of the institute.



Albertsons, NAI pharmacies add Stayhealthy kiosks

Stayhealthy Inc. has deployed 765 Stayhealthy HealthCENTER Kiosks in the pharmacies of Albertsons LLC and New Albertsons Inc. (NAI) food and drug stores.

RediClinic plans more clinics in Austin area

RediClinic has formed a joint venture with central Texas health system Seton Healthcare Family to expand the number of RediClinics operating in Austin-area H-E-B stores.

Bartell names senior VP of merchandising

Brent Beebe has joined Bartell Drugs as senior vice president of merchandising.

ReCept selected to dispense Otezla

ReCept Pharmacy has been designated by Celgene as one of the specialty pharmacies to distribute Otezla, a new medication for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.

Sobeys to challenge to ban on pharmacy reward points

Sobeys Inc. plans to sue the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) over an impending resolution that would prohibit pharmacy patients from collecting loyalty reward points on pharmacy purchases.

U.S. health secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns

After enduring harsh criticism over the flaw-filled launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace website, Kathleen Sebelius has resigned as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Rite Aid's 4Q earnings top Wall Street's forecast

Rite Aid Corp. saw its shares surge after reporting fiscal 2014 fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street's estimate and announcing the acquisition of health clinic operator RediClinic.

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Chattem rolls out Nasacort Allergy 24HR spray

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KISS, Broadway Nails make MTV Awards appearance

KISS and Broadway Nails offered fashion-forward nail art manicures and lashes late last week at the Secret Room Events Gifting Lounge before the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

Merck cleared to market grass allergy treatment

Merck has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for Grastek, a sublingual tablet for the treatment of grass allergies.

Maxwell House undergoes brand refresh

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Vitaminwater makes foray into energy beverages

Vitaminwater is expanding from the nutrient-enhanced water beverage category into the energy drink segment with the launch of vitaminwater energy.

Novartis names new heads of Alcon, Sandoz

Novartis has appointed Jeff George and Richard Francis as division heads of its Alcon eye care and Sandoz generic pharmaceuticals businesses, respectively.

Briggs Healthcare to align brands under HealthSmart banner

By this summer, Briggs Healthcare plans to group its roster of medical equipment and medical supply brands under HealthSmart name.

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