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FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson vaccine in 22-0 vote

FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson vaccine in 22-0 vote

WASHINGTON — The  Food and Drug Administration advisory committee endorsed Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine late Friday afternoon, with panel members saying the shot will be a crucial third option to vaccinate millions of Americans. The vaccine appears widely effective against the virus and is

Walmart rolls out COVID-19 vaccine drive

Walmart rolls out COVID-19 vaccine drive

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is hosting a series of community events across the country to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, as part of an effort to drive higher vaccination rates in vulnerable communities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing Walmart with

AAM issues statement on President Biden’s Supply Chain Executive Order

AAM issues statement on President Biden’s Supply Chain Executive Order

WASHINGTON — The Association for Accessible Medicines strongly supports President Biden’s America’s Supply Chains Executive Order as an important step toward strengthening the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain and improving patient access to lower-cost generic and biosimilar medicines. The Executive Order is a prudent, considered approach

Vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements propel self-care

Vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements propel self-care

CHICAGO — The COVID-19 pandemic has created a flourishing demand for self-care products as consumers take their health care into their own hands. The latest IRI research, “Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements Propel Self-Care,” examines consumers’ desire for a healthy, vibrant lifestyle as they await their COVID-19

Sky Organics appoints Christine Keihm as CMO

Sky Organics appoints Christine Keihm as CMO

MIAMI — Sky Organics announced that Christine Keihm has been appointed as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Keihm will be central to creating and spearheading global strategic marketing plans and overseeing overall brand equity and architecture. She will lead all marketing including digital media, PR,

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RETAIL NEWS

CVS Health will administer COVID-19 vaccines in six additional states

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has added Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to the list of states where select CVS Pharmacy locations will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. This follows the successful February 12 rollout in 11 states: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey,

CVS Pharmacy announces first ever Best of Our Brands product winners

WOONSOCKET, R.I.  —  CVS Pharmacy has released its first ever Best of Our Brands awards results, revealing customers’ favorite exclusive Store Brand products across 13 categories, spanning health and wellness, beauty, and snacks.  Customers voted in a survey to determine product favorites from popular Store

SUPPLIER NEWS

Merck to acquire Pandion Therapeutics

KENILWORTH, N.J. — Merck and Pandion Therapeutics announced Thursday that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement, under which Merck, through a subsidiary, will acquire Pandion, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics designed to address the unmet needs of patients living with autoimmune

Dark & Lovely introduces the Hair Hydrator

NEW YORK — Dark & Lovely introduces the Hair Hydrator a daily, moisturizing hair and scalp mist that is infused with a dream team, the hair-loving Rice Water Complex — with rice water, rice bran oil, and rice protein for hair that is 2x stronger,

Afro Sheen champions black beauty and business with two new initiatives

ATLANTA — A pioneer of the Black hair care community, Afro Sheen continues its commitment to Black excellence in all forms with two brand new initiatives – it’s #IDoWhatIDo campaign and a pitch competition for entrepreneurs. The brand is launching its #IDoWhatIDo digital campaign, created to celebrate the

New mentor program for black hemp farmers announced by Charlotte’s Web

BOULDER, Colo. —  In keeping with its ‘Ten Commitments to Black Lives’ announced in June, 2020, Charlotte’s Web is launching today “Seeding Our Future, Together,” a mentorship program for Black hemp farmers and leaders. Charlotte’s Web is partnering with 40-acre Cooperative, a growing organization with