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Study: O-T-Cs save health care system billions

Study: O-T-Cs save health care system billions

WASHINGTON — Over-the-counter (O-T-C) medicines save the U.S. health care system nearly $146 billion a year, a new study has found. The report, “Value of O-T-C Medicines to the U.S. Healthcare System,” which was released by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), found that, on

WBA names Dixon global controller

WBA names Dixon global controller

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Heather Dixon has been named senior vice president, global controller and chief accounting officer by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., effective March 18. Dixon will join WBA from Aetna Inc., where she had been vice president, controller and chief accounting officer since 2017,

Dollar General’s revenue rises in Q4

Dollar General’s revenue rises in Q4

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. reported that its fiscal fourth quarter revenue rose more than 8% to $6.65 billion, compared with $6.13 billion in the fourth quarter of the prior year. For the full year, revenue increased 9.2%, the company said on Thursday. Comparable-store

Rite Aid announces leadership restructuring

Rite Aid announces leadership restructuring

CAMP HILL, PA – Rite Aid Corp. announced Tuesday a leadership transition plan and an organizational restructuring to better align its structure with the company’s operations and to reduce costs. As part of the leadership transition, John Standley will step down as chief executive officer.

Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner

Sharpless named acting FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, will become acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration next month. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday that Sharpless will take the reins of the FDA after the resignation

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RETAIL NEWS

IRI Growth Summit: ‘Powering the Path Forward’

DENVER —IRI‘s 2019 Growth Summit kicked off Monday at the new Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colo. with a record attendance of approximately 1,600 participants expected during the three-day event. The Chicago-based market research firm’s 16th annual IRI Growth Summit, runs from

Retail sales rebound in January

WASHINGTON – Retail sales rebounded in January, the National Retail Federation said on Monday. Sales increased by 1.3% seasonally adjusted from December and by 3.6% unadjusted year-over-year. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Retail sales recovered in January after the unexpected drop

Retail employment dipped in February

WASHINGTON – Retail industry employment in February was down by 6,100 jobs seasonally adjusted from January and down 5,300 jobs unadjusted year-over-year as employment growth across all industries slowed dramatically, according to U.S. Labor Department figures released on Friday. The retail numbers, which exclude restaurants,

Advocacy, awards highlight NACDS RxIMPACT Day

WASHINGTON – An impressive force of 424 advocates from all 50 states reached every Congressional office during the 2019 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. Since its inception in 2009, the groundbreaking event has seen a 200% total participation

Kroger’s Q4 net income slides

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $259 million, down from $854 million a year earlier, as investments weighed on profits. Net sales for the quarter ended February 2 declined 9.5% to $28 billion. When adjusted for factors including

SUPPLIER NEWS

GSK rolls out new Pronamel toothpaste

WARREN, N.J. — GSK Consumer Healthcare has introduced  the new Pronamel Intensive Enamel Repair toothpaste, designed to help repair acid-weakened enamel and protect teeth from future effects of acid erosion with twice daily brushing. “At GSK, we pride ourselves on developing innovative new oral care products

Cascade launches new Cascade Pure Essentials

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co.’s Cascade brand has launched its latest dishwashing detergent Cascade Pure Essentials, which is free of phosphates and chlorine bleach. “The decisions consumers make at the shelf impact not only themselves but their entire family,” said Kristine Decker, brand director of

Tom’s of Maine debuts new oral care products

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom’s of Maine has launched three oral products — Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, Sea Salt Toothpaste and Sea Salt Mouthwash. The new Activated Charcoal Toothpaste offers a mild enamel-safe formula for everyday use. It whitens teeth by removing surface stains and comes in a

Raw Sugar Living expands to Walgreens stores nationwide

LOS ANGELES — The beauty brand Raw Sugar Living has expanded distribution of their vegan-friendly personal care products to 7,000 Walgreens retail stores nationwide. Walgreens is the third retail chain to carry a range of the Raw Sugar products, which are currently available at Target and Meijer.

Gallo bolsters spirits portfolio with Gruppo Montenegro

MODESTO, Calif. — E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced Monday that it will become the exclusive U.S. importer for Gruppo Montenegro and its portfolio of iconic Italian spirits, including Amaro Montenegro, Select Aperitivo and Vecchia Romagna Brandy. “We are excited to become the U.S. partner