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J&J: COVID-19 booster shot increases protection

J&J: COVID-19 booster shot increases protection

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday that its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine has performed well in real-world studies, offers long-lasting protection against the virus and boosts the immune system when administered as a booster a few months after the original dose. The company

PLMA’s Chicago trade show moved to Jan. 30-Feb. 1

PLMA’s Chicago trade show moved to Jan. 30-Feb. 1

NEW YORK  — Citing continued concerns about the Delta variant, the Private Label Manufacturers Association announced today that it has postponed its annual Private Label Trade Show to January 30-February 1, 2022. Originally planned for November 14-16, the rescheduled show will be held in-person at

CRN lowers membership dues for many firms

CRN lowers membership dues for many firms

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s new membership dues plan for 2022 will make membership more affordable for many companies in the dietary supplement and functional food industry, the trade group said on Tuesday. The new plan addresses continued industry consolidation and provides a

Study finds U.S. generic and biosimilar savings totaled a record $338 billion in 2020

Study finds U.S. generic and biosimilar savings totaled a record $338 billion in 2020

WASHINGTON — Today, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), the trade association of generic and biosimilar manufacturers, released the topline findings from its forthcoming 2021 Generic Drug and Biosimilars Savings in the U.S. report highlighting the value of generic and biosimilar drugs. According to the

NRF Foundation to honor CVS’ Neela Montgomery

NRF Foundation to honor CVS’ Neela Montgomery

WASHINGTON – The NRF Foundation will honor CVS Pharmacy president Neela Montgomery in January as one of the “People Shaping Retail’s Future 2022,” the organization said Tuesday. Montgomery, who is also executive vice president of CVS, is one of five retail leaders who will be

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RETAIL NEWS

Study: Safety and quality are retailers responsibility

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Busy consumers with no time for in-depth product research are increasingly relying on retailers to screen out potentially unsafe and low-quality products, according to a new study from global public health organization NSF International. The study finds 97% of Americans believe

PetSmart launches new online pharmacy

PHOENIX — PetSmart has launched The Pharmacy at PetSmart, a comprehensive, one-stop online destination for the medical needs of cats, dogs and livestock. From allergy relief to refills on medication and more, customers with a prescription from their veterinarian are now able to easily place orders on

CVS to hire 25,000 at one-day virtual career event

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced on Monday that it is recruiting qualified candidates to fill 25,000 clinical and retail jobs during a one-day national career event on Friday, September 24. These new and existing positions will help the company continue to respond to the

Catalina launches Catalina Compass

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Leading shopper intelligence and omnichannel media provider Catalina is launching a new portfolio of services and products today under the “Catalina Compass” banner that is focused on enabling retailers’ own data monetization and media revenue growth. Retailers of all sizes are

SUPPLIER NEWS

Growing momentum behind Rx-to-OTC Switch

WASHINGTON – Recently, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) hosted its Regulatory, Scientific and Quality (RSQ) Conference. The annual event showcased the increased conversation around prescription-to-nonprescription (Rx-to-OTC) switch among regulators, industry experts, and other stakeholders. It comes on the heels of a new study that points

Future of dietary supplements discussed at CHPA’s RSQ

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s (CHPA) 2021 Regulatory, Scientific, and Quality (RSQ) Conference, held virtually last week, included a dietary supplement track with panels on emerging trends and issues for the category. The conference featured record participation from the U.S. Food and Drug

CHPA issues statement on Dietary Supplements Access Act

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) issued the following statement from Scott Melville, president and CEO, upon the introduction of H.R. 5214, the Dietary Supplements Access Act, by Representatives John Curtis (R, Utah) and Josh Gottheimer (D, N.J.): “CHPA applauds Representatives Curtis and

PLMA: Functional ingredients provide a competitive advantage

NEW YORK  – It’s what’s inside that counts. That’s an increasingly popular consumer mantra when it comes to choosing groceries. From probiotics and Omega-3 fatty acids to hemp and blueberries, ingredients that offer added benefits to support immunity, gut and brain health, energy levels, and