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CVS Be The First youth anti-smoking drive in 3rd year

CVS Be The First youth anti-smoking drive in 3rd year

 WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of its “Be The First” multiyear smoking cessation campaign, CVS Health plans to award $10 million this year to support youth smoking prevention and education programs and strategies nationwide. CVS said Monday that the new commitments, funded through the company and the CVS Health Foundation, are part of its

Amazon tiptoes into OTC market with Basic Care line

Amazon tiptoes into OTC market with Basic Care line

 Amazon.com has made an own-brand foray into the over-the-counter health products market. Published reports said Amazon has quietly introduced a line of OTCs under the Basic Care brand, including items provided by Ireland-based store-brand and generic drug maker Perrigo plc, whose Good Sense private-label products already were sold by the e-tailing giant. The first

Publix opens telehealth clinics in Tampa area

Publix opens telehealth clinics in Tampa area

 LAKELAND and CLEARWATER, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. and BayCare Health System have opened the first two of more than two dozen telehealth clinics at Publix pharmacies. Called Walk-In Care Provided by BayCare, the clinics feature a private room with an interactive kiosk that enables Publix customers to receive non-urgent medical care from board-certified physicians

Walmart pharmacies provide free DisposeRx packets

Walmart pharmacies provide free DisposeRx packets

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has begun offering pharmacy patients filling opioid prescriptions a free drug disposal packet containing a biodegradable powder that enables them to safely discard unwanted, unused or expired medication. Walmart said Wednesday that the packet, from DisposeRx Inc., will now be given to patients filling any new Class II opioid prescription at any

Edgewell unveils Schick Intuition f.a.b. two-way razor

Edgewell unveils Schick Intuition f.a.b. two-way razor

 ST. LOUIS — Edgewell Personal Care said it has achieved a first in women’s shaving with the launch of the Schick Intuition f.a.b. bidirectional razor. Announced Tuesday, the Schick Intuition f.a.b. sports cartridges with bidirectional blades, enabling women to shave forwards and backwards — hence the “f.a.b.” in the product’s name — without lifting the

KISS gets word out about lash innovations

KISS gets word out about lash innovations

 PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — KISS Products Inc. has blended innovation and social media savvy to drive market share in the booming eyelash category. KISS said it has climbed to No. 1 in the U.S. false eyelash segment in terms of dollar and unit sales, based on Nielsen market data. The company attributes its growth

NACDS stresses ‘total’ in Total Store Expo

NACDS stresses ‘total’ in Total Store Expo

 The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is emphasizing the “Total” in its centerpiece Total Store Expo conference and trade show as it gets prospective attendees thinking about the 2018 event. NACDS has posted a series of NACDS-TV videos spotlighting key categories of drug store products showcased at the Expo: cosmetics and fragrances, health

NCPA CEO urges federal action on PBMs

NCPA CEO urges federal action on PBMs

 At a health subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, B. Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), called for legislative and regulatory action on pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business practices to help rein in prescription drug costs. The hearing, titled “Examining the Drug Supply Chain”

Analysts size up Amazon’s pharmacy opportunity

Analysts size up Amazon’s pharmacy opportunity

NEW YORK — Pharmacy stands as a sizable growth opportunity for Amazon, and its avenues for market entry include acquisitions, with Rite Aid Corp. and Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. among potential targets, according to Cowen analysts John Blackledge and Charles Rhyee. Cowen on Tuesday released an in-depth look at a potential Amazon pharmacy play in a

Surgeon General, senator extend kudos to CVS

Surgeon General, senator extend kudos to CVS

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) hailed CVS Health’s efforts to cut tobacco use in a recent hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The session, titled “Encouraging Healthy Communities: Perspective from the Surgeon General” and held last week, focused on furthering public wellness and

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

WASHINGTON — The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued its final report, which includes 56 recommendations to the Trump administration to help fight opioid abuse. President Donald Trump formed the presidential commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.), in a March 29 executive order as a way

Trump declares opioid abuse a public health emergency

Trump declares opioid abuse a public health emergency

WASHINGTON — Following through on pledge made this summer, President Donald Trump has formally declared the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic as a public health emergency. In a press conference at the White House on Thursday, the president and First Lady Melania Trump announced the action, which has drawn plaudits from public officials and pharmacy

OPI sets Guinness record for longest manicure bar

OPI sets Guinness record for longest manicure bar

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — OPI has set a Guinness World Record for “The World’s Longest Manicure Bar.” The Coty Inc. nail care brand said it created a 155-foot-long manicure bar along Santa Monica, Calif.’s famous 3rd Street Promenade shopping area near the beach. More than 50 nail technicians seated at the bar gave attendees GelColor

Gillette kicks off pilot of Treo assisted shaving razor

Gillette kicks off pilot of Treo assisted shaving razor

BOSTON — Gillette has launched a three-month pilot for Treo, described as the first-ever assisted shaving razor. The Procter & Gamble shaving brand this week invited U.S. and U.K. consumers to request a product sample at the new  GilletteTreo.com website. The Gillette Treo assisted shaving razor has been engineered to provide control, safety and comfort.

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