Parata names McKesson’s Ray as board member

DURHAM, N.C. — Parata Systems has appointed Emilie Ray, president of McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation, to its board of directors. The pharmacy automation and technology company said Tuesday that Ray has more than 14 years of experience in the health care technology sector and has worked in both the hospital and retail pharmacy markets.

Medicine Shoppe pharmacy hones Rx management

ST. LOUIS — A Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in St. Louis sharpened its inventory management and prescription fulfillment using RxSafe dispensing technology from Johnson City, N.Y.-based pharmacy automation provider Innovation. Innovation said Tuesday that Medicine Shoppe No. 1706 in St. Louis deployed the RxSafe 1800 robotic storage and retrieval system to get more transparency into their

BioPharmX’s Violet iodine now sold at CVS

BioPharmX’s Violet iodine now sold at CVS

MENLO PARK, Calif. — BioPharmX Corp. has landed retail distribution for Violet iodine, a pill for the relief of premenstrual breast discomfort, at CVS/pharmacy. BioPharmX said Tuesday that Violet iodine, which the company called a “first of its kind” product, is available now at select CVS stores and will be offered exclusively in the feminine

CHPA foundation launches KnowYourOTCs.org

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation has unveiled a new name and look for its online hub, KnowYourOTCs.org. CHPA said Tuesday that KnowYourOTCs.org has replaced OTCsafety.org as the go-to source for consumers seeking information on the safe use, storage and disposal of over-the-counter medicines. The mobile-friendly website is designed to

DenTek acquires Orabrush

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Oral care manufacturer DenTek has acquired Orabrush, a leading brand of tongue cleaner products. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. DenTek said Tuesday that it has acquired all of the assets and intellectual property of the Orabrush brand, including the Orabrush Tongue Cleaner, Orabrush Tongue Foam and Orabrush LiquiGel. In addition,

Air-Vita Allergy homeopathic spray hits shelves at CVS

RESTON, Va. — STS Health’s Air-Vita Allergy homeopathic throat and nasal spray has been rolled out to more than 2,400 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide. STS Health said Monday that Air-Vita Allergy relieves allergy symptoms by coating the throat and nasal pathways, where most allergens enter the body, and delivering soothing botanicals to both of those passages

CVS chief medical officer addresses National Business Group on Health

CVS chief medical officer addresses National Business Group on Health

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Troy Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer at CVS Health, delivered the closing keynote address at the 2015 Business Health Agenda conference held in Washington, D.C. by the National Business Group on Health. Speaking Friday morning, Brennan outlined ways that pharmacy care can play a key role in addressing health

Diabetes screening kiosk presents Rx opportunity

Health diagnostics technology provider Miraculins sees a business opportunity for pharmacies — and improved health outcomes for patients — emerging from the pilot of its non-invasive Scout DS Diabetes Screening Kiosk at Lovell Drugs, an Ontario drug chain. The Scout DS kiosk measures changes in the composition of a person’s skin indicative of prediabetes and type

CHPA backs bill to repeal FSA restriction on OTCs

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has endorsed the Restoring Access to Medicines Act of 2015 (H.R. 1270), which would make it easier for consumers to use medical savings account funds to buy over-the-counter medicines. CHPA said Thursday that the bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R., Kan.)

Pirate’s Booty adds baked carrot snacks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pirate’s Booty has expanded its baked snack lineup with Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks. The  B&G Foods snack brand said Wednesday that Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks are made with real carrots and corn, along with sea salt, and baked to create a crispy puff that’s tasty as well as an excellent source of

Target plans $2 billion in cost cuts in transformation strategy

Target plans $2 billion in cost cuts in transformation strategy

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has unveiled a turnaround plan based on streamlining its headquarters operations to cut costs, boosting its information technology and supply chain investments, and adjusting its merchandise mix to strengthen its relationship with its most loyal consumers. The discount store chain’s growth plans, announced late Tuesday following an event for the investor

Vicks survey reveals heavy toll of cold/flu on consumers

CINCINNATI — A worldwide poll by cough/cold brand Vicks found that colds and flu take a hefty toll on consumers. The Procter & Gamble brand said Tuesday that the online Vicks Global Cold and Flu Survey, conducted by Survey Monkey and including 15,000 respondents in 15 countries, revealed that on a global basis consumers reported

Ontario Pharmacists Association website spotlights Rx services

TORONTO — The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) has launched a website to highlight the many ways that pharmacists can help patients stay healthy — beyond filling prescriptions. OPA said Tuesday that at PharmacistsOfferMore.ca, developed in recognition of Pharmacist Awareness Month in March, Ontarians can get to know their local pharmacists and learn how they can become