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Alcon announces broad retail availability of Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength

Alcon announces broad retail availability of Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength

GENEVA — Alcon announced that Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.7%) is now available in-store and online at U.S. retailers, following its 2020 approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale over-the-counter (O-T-C). As Alcon’s third Rx-to-OTC switch in the past twelve months, Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength

Merck to acquire Pandion Therapeutics

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 diseases, for $60 per share in cash. This represents an

FDA confirms Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective

FDA confirms Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective

WASHINGTON — According to published reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to be safe and effective. This move paves the way for it to become the third COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised in the US, possibly by tomorrow. The vaccine would be a cost-effective

Afro Sheen champions black beauty and business with two new initiatives

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 unique style, creativity, and beauty of Black culture. The iconic

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

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 over 50 farmer members in seven states. 40 Acres Cooperative

Walgreens to sell Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR test kits

Walgreens to sell Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR test kits

DEERFIELD, Ill.  — As part of Walgreens ongoing efforts to increase access to COVID-19 testing in communities across the U.S., the company announced today it has entered into an agreement with Labcorp to sell Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kits over-the-counter in up to 6,000 Walgreens stores nationwide beginning in spring of this

Cheez-It intros ‘Loaded Popcorn’ packed with 100% real cheese flavor

Cheez-It intros ‘Loaded Popcorn’ packed with 100% real cheese flavor

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — There is no doubt that popcorn is the quintessential movie snack. But what about those cheesy cinema and rom-com fans looking for a cheesier snack to match? Meet Cheez-It Loaded Popcorn – popcorn so packed with the distinctive taste of 100% real cheese, it might just be “the one.” Whether you’re a hopeless romantic who

NRF forecasts retail sales to exceed $4.33T in 2021 as vaccine rollout expands

NRF forecasts retail sales to exceed $4.33T in 2021 as vaccine rollout expands

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today issued its annual forecast, anticipating that retail sales will grow between 6.5% and 8.2% to more than $4.33 trillion in 2021 as more individuals get vaccinated and the economy reopens. “Despite the continuing health and economic challenges COVID-19 presents, we are very optimistic that healthy consumer fundamentals, pent-up

New roles for NACDS’ Krese, Boutte and Jaeger

New roles for NACDS’ Krese, Boutte and Jaeger

ARLINGTON, Va. – Focused on delivering value to the membership, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has announced three moves to advance a pro-patient and pro-pharmacy agenda. NACDS is fully integrating its federal legislative, grassroots, political, and strategic communications functions. The Association also is focused on emphasizing a highly collaborative approach to strategic

Clinical Reference Laboratory teams with Walgreens on testing kits

Clinical Reference Laboratory teams with Walgreens on testing kits

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL), one of the largest privately held clinical testing laboratories in the U.S., and Walgreens have announced that the FDA-authorized CRL Rapid Response COVID-19 Saliva Test is now available through Walgreens Find Care, a digital health platform available on the Walgreens app and Walgreens.com. Sold under CRL’s HealthConfirm brand,

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

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, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Appointments

RB to acquire Biofreeze brand from Performance Health

RB to acquire Biofreeze brand from Performance Health

PARSIPPANY, N.J.— Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Biofreeze brand from Performance Health, a company owned by Madison Dearborn Partners. “This is a monumental day for the employees at Performance Health and more specifically, Biofreeze and TheraPearl. Our team has been building both brands for quite some time

Walgreens pharmacist thanks Biden for vaccines

Walgreens pharmacist thanks Biden for vaccines

WASHINGTON — Walgreens pharmacy manager Melanie Owens told President Joe Biden Tuesday that the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in her store on Chicago’s South Side is helping keep local residents “alive and safe.” Owens, who had COVID last March, spoke to the president during a virtual roundtable discussion with black essential workers. Having been

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