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HDA issues statement on FDA to examine prescription drug importation

HDA issues statement on FDA to examine prescription drug importation

ARLINGTON, Va. —Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) president and chief executive officer John Gray released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent directive to establish a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work group to examine prescription drug importation policies: “HDA and

Innovus Pharma enters into pilot program with CVS Pharmacy

Innovus Pharma enters into pilot program with CVS Pharmacy

SAN DIEGO — Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has entered into a pilot program with the nationwide pharmaceutical chain CVS Pharmacy to sell the company’s product Androferti, to increase sperm quality. The CVS men’s health in-store clinic pilot program will promote Androferti in 12 to

Publix appoints new executives

Publix appoints new executives

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. president and chief executive officer Todd Jones has named Marcy Benton as vice president of human resources and John Provenzano as vice president of public affairs. In her new role, Benton will be responsible for all human resources

NACDS addresses DIR fees, other “access agenda” priorities

NACDS addresses DIR fees, other “access agenda” priorities

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has submitted comments to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in response to the agency’s request-for-information on drug-pricing public policy issues. “We believe there are numerous opportunities to achieve the goals of lowering

PCMA issues statement on FDA biosimilar action plan

PCMA issues statement on FDA biosimilar action plan

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) president and chief executive officer Mark Merritt released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Biosimilars Action Plan: “We applaud the FDA for taking important steps toward approving more biosimilars in the United States. We are

RETAIL NEWS

Mobile app from Reasor’s allows users to manage prescriptions on the go

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Reasor’s Pharmacies recently introduced a new digital communication platform in partnership with mscripts to help customers manage their prescriptions on the go. The new Reasor’s Pharmacy text messaging, app and website are said to be an easy-to-use digital health management resource that

Executive changes at Kroger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co.’s Atlanta division president Bruce Lucia has announced his plans to retire, and the company has promoted Tim Brown, currently Cincinnati/Dayton division president, to succeed him. Additionally, Michigan division president Scott Hays has been promoted to president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division. Lucia, after 44 years of service, will step down September 1.

Shoppers Drug Mart launches Canada’s largest e-commerce beauty platform

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart today unveiled a new e-commerce platform uniting a wide selection of the company’s mass market cosmetics with an already broad range of luxury beauty products. The new site — shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty — is Canada’s largest online beauty shopping destination, providing shoppers

CVS Health increases commitment to vets

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health today announced the expansion of the company’s participation in the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, which helps service men and women transition from military life to private sector civilian careers, to new locations in Hampton Roads (Virginia) and Schofield Barracks (Hawaii).

House passes OTC Monograph Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 5333, the Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act of 2018 – bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representatives Bob Latta (R, Ohio), Diana DeGette (D, Colo.), Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R, Texas), Energy

SUPPLIER NEWS

Dr. Reddy’s rolls out generic version of Nexium 24Hr

HYDERABAD, India and PRINCETON, N.J. — Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories announced the launch of esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules USP, 20 mg, an over-the-counter (O-T-C) therapeutic equivalent generic version of Nexium 24Hr capsules in the U.S. market. Esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules USP, 20 mg, is an O-T-C

Nestlé Nesquik celebrates 70th anniversary

ARLINGTON, Va. — The iconic Nestlé Nesquik flavored milk drink is celebrating its first experiential event to honor its 70th anniversary. Opening Sat, July 21, Nesquik is hosting “The Nesquik Milk Stop,” a week-long pop-up event at the popular Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Guests can

SheaMoisture goes natural with new collection

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Consumers  are seeking natural products with balancing, detoxifying and restorative properties. SheaMoisture answers the call with its new Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating collection for the body, face and hair. The brand has a 27-year-old history of providing innovative products using high-quality and

Henkel opens “Beauty Insights” center in Germany

DUSSELDORF – Henkel recently opened its new consumer tests center located at its headquarters here. In the new “Beauty Insights” center, the company said that its Beauty Care experts can now observe consumer habits and directly transform insights into the design and development of new

Upsher-Smith launches vigabatrin under brand name Vigadrone

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. —  Upsher-Smith Laboratories  announced the launch of Vigadrone (vigabatrin) for Oral Solution, 500 mg, a fully substitutable, AA-rated generic version of Sabril (vigabatrin) powder for oral solution. The product was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 21, 2018. The Vigabatrin powder