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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

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

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

Express Scripts subsidiary expands services to healthcare providers

Express Scripts subsidiary expands services to healthcare providers

ST. LOUIS and BLUFFTON, S.C. — eviCore healthcare, a subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding Company,  is adding 100 jobs in St. Louis as part of expanding its services to healthcare providers. eviCore, the industry leader in evidence-based medical benefit management services, is a subsidiary of Express Scripts

House passes OTC Monograph Reform Legislation

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

RETAIL NEWS

SaluMed Pharmacy streamlines business with Epicor Eagle N Series technology

AUSTIN, Texas — Epicor Software Corp., a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced today SaluMed Pharmacy is leveraging the Epicor Eagle N Series retail pharmacy management solution to focus on multi-store integration, customer centricity, reducing pricing and inventory errors, and improving

Kroger rolls out OptUP app

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has introduced OptUP, an innovative data-driven app that helps customers make more informed, healthier purchase decisions. “Kroger’s new OptUP app is transformational for the food retail industry,” said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger’s president of health. “The app puts nutritional information at your fingertips and makes

Wunderman Commerce study shows Amazon’s shopping search power

LONDON — Amazon’s influence on consumer shopping behaviors continues to accelerate. Data from a new Future Shopper study released today by Salmon, a Wunderman Commerce company, shows Amazon leads as consumers’ preferred starting point for shopping (51%), and also dominates where consumers complete the majority

Homeopathic industry mourns John Borneman, III

MILWAUKIE, Ore. — The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) mourns the loss of an industry legend. John (Jack) Borneman, III, grandson of one of the founding members of AAHP, passed away on July 9, 2018. Among the many industry leadership positions he held, Borneman was an integral member

Walmart names new SVP of health and wellness

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has hired healthcare industry veteran Sean Slovenski to serve as senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart U.S., effective August 1. He will report directly to Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran. “Sean is a proven leader and

SUPPLIER NEWS

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

Doritos, Busta Rhymes search for hip-hop’s next big star

PLANO, Texas — This summer, Doritos Blaze and Busta Rhymes have fans spitting fire in more ways than one. With “Blaze The Beat,” Doritos and Busta are searching for the newest hip-hop star to share the stage with a major headliner at a music festival later

Oui by Yoplait intros French style indulgence

MINNEAPOLIS —  Oui by Yoplait, the French style yogurt sold in a glass pot, has released Oui by Yoplait Petites.  Yoplait Petites will be sold in pairs of small 3.5 oz. glass pots and available in four indulgent flavors including Sea Salt Caramel, Chocolate with Shavings, Dark Chocolate Raspberry

Britney Spears uncensored in new Revlon fragrance ad

NEW YORK —  Global pop icon and award-winning entertainer Britney Spears, along with leading global beauty company Revlon, announce the launch of Britney Spears Prerogative. A fragrance with no boundaries, Britney Spears Prerogative is an olfactive statement of authenticity and individuality, designed to embolden anyone who