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David Salazar

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David Salazar is the managing editor of Drug Store News. 


March 2020

Dan Ochwat examines how COVID-19 has led retailers and suppliers to get creative about connecting virtually in the wake of several postponed or canceled industry events.
Pharmacogenomics pharmacist Adrijana Kekic outlines what pharmacogenomics testing can mean for patients and pharmacy practice.
DSN editor in chief Seth Mendelson discusses how retailers are still managing to deliver on the necessities during a pandemic.
DSN managing editor David Salazar discusses how Rite Aid is standing by its customers by standing by associates, and how the industry can lead in that area.
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September 2020

Mile High Labs is adding a vice president of quality who is no stranger to the CBD space.

The Regulatory Roadmap for the CBD Industry conference is slated for Oct. 21, with various moderators who will participate in a Q&A with the CEO of The Natural Products Association, Daniel Fabricant.

Taro Pharmaceutical is introducing its first specialty generic, a therapeutic equivalent to Ferriprox.

The Rite Aid Foundation has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross to support the organization’s efforts to provide food, water and shelter to evacuees. 

The Body Select program offers a five-day kit that includes five breakfasts, lunches and dinners with macronutrients meant to work with distinct body types to approach weight loss.

For the year ended July 2020, IQVIA data showed U.S. sales of roughly $3.8 billion for Tecfidera.

Walgreens, CVS Health, Ulta Beauty and Philips, along with NACDS, have signed on to take part in the coalition, which is focused on combating organized retail crime and protecting consumers from counterfeit and stolen goods

The discount retailer has promoted company veteran Emily Taylor, who formerly served as senior vice president of channel innovation, to executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

AssureCare’s Medication Therapy Management Module is a solution meant to allow pharmacists to assess a patient's medication regimen and ensure it is appropriate, effective and safe based on the patient’s health and care plan. 

Costco Wholesale ended its fiscal year on a strong note as consumers continued to shop its stores to stock up on items amid the pandemic.

With revenue of $5.98 billion and a significantly narrowed net loss compared with the prior year's second quarter, Rite Aid posted solid fiscal Q2 results driven by strong growth in retail pharmacy and pharmacy services.

The new sites in eight states bring the retailer’s total sites — which offer free testing in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services — to 303. 

The World Mental Health Day Summit & Concert will feature artists, business leaders and mental health experts to highlight mental wellness and practices for fighting depression and anxiety. 

Omer Gajial, a former executive at Amazon and PepsiCo, has been named Albertsons' senior vice president of pharmacy and health.

Sam’s Club’s latest partnership is focused on making virtual primary care more accessible for its members.

Walmart is expanding its burgeoning drone delivery efforts to offer at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits via drone through a partnership with Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, shoppers are increasingly conscious of what ingredients are in the products they are using to stay healthy, leading to growth among natural and homeopathic products.

TB12’s sports nutrition products that will enter Publix and Whole Foods Market are TB12 Plant Based Protein Powder and TB12 Single Serve Plant Based Protein. A third product, TB12 Powdered Electrolytes, will be available exclusively at Publix.

The Walgreens Test & Protect program is part of the retailer’s larger efforts to expand its COVID-19 testing capacity, including an expanded capability to allow for more than 500,000 tests per month. 

As Walmart Health marks a year since its first clinic opened in Dallas, Ga., Walmart U.S. senior vice president and COO for health and Wellness, Lori Flees, shared the retailer's plans to expand the offering.

Intime Balance offers a pH-balanced, soap-free experience in a travel-ready tube, supporting intimate hygiene by washing away odor-causing bacteria without using soap.

Loblaw said that its $75 million investment in Maple comes as its Shoppers Drug Mart banner aims to make telehealth more accessible and focuses on a seamless move between virtual and in-person health care. 

Unilever is taking a new step in its United for America Initiative, bringing retail partners into its efforts to tackle challenges facing Americans as the pandemic wears on.

Hamacher Resource Group’s new product team was able to identify five standout products from the 170 new items launched in August.

Piping Rock’s new vitamin brand Pink is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to give back to patients undergoing breast cancer treatment.

The Miami-based brand is introducing Immune Support Gummies, strawberry-flavored CBD gummies that include vitamins C, E and B6 with 20 mg of CBD. 

Perrigo has launched the store-brand equivalent of GSK Consumer Healthcare’s Voltaren Arthritis Pain, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Walmart has launched flu shot availability for the coming season, accompanied by a new scheduling system and a focus on making the vaccine accessible for employees. 

More than 2-in-5 of people surveyed by Ipsos on behalf of the Council for Responsible Nutrition said they have changed their supplement routine since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The ad campaign features a 30-second commercial that is being broadcast across multiple national cable networks. 

ECRM has tasked John van der Valk with building the portfolio of products that can streamline buyer-seller interactions as part of ECRM’s European expansion. 

In addition to promoting longtime Procter & Gamble veteran Monica Turner, the company has added Debra Lee to its board of directors.

Walmart has added another Walmart Health location next to its supercenter in Newnan, Ga.

Amazon Halo is a subscription service that pairs the company's proprietary Amazon Halo Band wearable with an app offering AI-powered wellness insights.

Walgreens is coupling a new own-brand arthritis product with the expertise of its pharmacists to create a full-store pain management solution.

August 2020

Welly's Excursion Kit, currently an Amazon and exclusive, a 200-piece first aid kit packaged in a reusable and recyclable tin. 

Ensure Plus now contains 16 g of protein — 75% more protein than Ensure Original — alongside nutrients meant to support immune health. 

UpSpring's Stomach Settle Drops now are available at the club retailer in 55-count bags in the lemon ginger honey flavor at select stores. 

DSN talks to industry veteran Judi Kletz about how the CPG industry can foster diversity with a top-down approach, as well as the importance of recognizing diverse leaders.

Throat Coat Lozenges include menthol and pectin, as well as herbal extracts and essential oils, to tackle sore throats and coughs.

John Standley, whose extensive career in the industry includes time as president, CEO and chairman of Rite Aid, has been chosen as president of Walgreens, effective immediately.

The National Community Pharmacists Association is highlighting this year’s virtual convention as particularly accessible for prospective attendees. 

Alembic’s adapalene gel is available in a 45-mg gel tube and a 45-mg gel pump. 

Bari Harlam brings to the board experience in marketing and consumer understanding, having served most recently as chief marketing officer of Hudson’s Bay. 

For the year ended June 2020, the Cuprimine brand and generic equivalents had a 12-month market value of $80 million, according to IQVIA data. 

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging states to act to ensure patients have access to vaccines administered at pharmacies following a new directive from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Virtual meetings, live and recorded Learning Track offerings, and pre-conference Preview Boxes for showcasing suppliers' products will be features of the virtual General Merchandise and Selfcare Summit events this year.

Walmart said the planned rollout of the spaces for breastfeeding and pumping make it the first retailer to install the free Mamava pods in a store setting.

The tests are offered for free and available for any patient, regardless of symptoms, who pre-registers online to receive a test voucher number, testing site and appointment time.

The product had annual sales of roughly $282 million for the year ended June 2020, according to IQVIA data. 

Cecilia Wu will be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance on Aug. 28 as vice president of global insights.

CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are offering this season's flu shot, with demand expected to be high.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Actavis’ pemetrexed, a generic of the branded chemotherapy treatment Alimta, in three dosage strengths.

Of the $2.9 billion in albuterol sulfate sales in the year ended June 2020, ProAir HFA comprised $1.3 billion of that market.

Dan Leonard joins the Association for Accessible Medicines from the National Pharmaceutical Council, where he was president and CEO. 

Not surprisingly, it appears as if the first aid category is ahead of the curve — and a bit of a lifesaver for consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Historically dependent on preparedness shopping, the category is perfectly suited to thri

Kadenwood acquired EcoGen Labs largely to expand its ability to scale up production of CBD products in the United States.

Mile High Labs has some capital-based momentum as it prepares to launch CBD products in partnership with CPG companies and retailers.

The chain is encouraging all age groups to get flu shots as soon as possible to bolster their immune systems and minimize the number of flu hospitalizations this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

Lafe’s Natural BodyCare is expanding its selection with a new, nine-SKU USDA Certified Organic Baby Care line.

Officials at GMDC|Retail Tomorrow want the world to know that they are hard at work reinventing the association, making sure that the next 50 years will bring as much innovation as the first half of the century did. 

The retailer is introducing CBD HQ, an online and in-store destination at The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements locations for CBD hemp extract wellness offerings.

The retailer has rolled out flu shot availability to all of its almost 9,100 pharmacies, adding safety measures to ensure patient safety.

Willow Balm and Bug Bite Balm are designed to offer natural itch relief to consumers, utilizing a three-pronged approach. 

Ocean Blue's Omega-3 2100 with CoQ10 is the highest-concentration omega-3 fish oil available on the market, according to the company.

For the second month in a row, retail sales nationwide saw an increase over the previous month, but the month-over-month increases have been slowing down since May.

The company said it’s looking to fill 300 positions — largely part- and full-time pharmacy technicians — to respond to anticipated high demand for flu shots and to address the ongoing pandemic.

Kroger Health has introduced COVIDCare Plus, an employer-focused health-and-wellness solution centered on its proprietary COVID-19 Home Collection Kit.

Dyper won the Drug Store News/ECRM Buyers’ Choice Award for its Bamboo Baby Diapers at ECRM’s Baby & Infant Virtual Session held in July, with Oilogic coming in as a finalist.

Rite Aid has appointed Roxanne Schwans senior vice president of market access and pharmacy purchasing, and named Chris Bohrer senior vice president of payer and strategic initiatives.

Perrigo is acquiring Eastern European OTC skin care and hair loss treatment brands Emolium, Iwostin and Loxon from Sanofi for roughly $23 million. 

Sera Labs has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Cure Pharmaceuticals for a $20 million total upfront consideration.

Naturelo's products are focused on offering natural supplements that are made with plant-based ingredients. 

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s annual Regulatory, Scientific & Quality Conference will be held virtually for the first time this year from Sept. 1 to 3.

Find out the five products Hamacher Resource Group's new product team identified as up-and-comers that hit shelves in July.

The Manchester, N.H.-based company has launched Relax + Calm Magnesium Soft Chews and Relax + Calm Magnesium Powders. 

Organic India USA has introduced its Psyllium Pre & Probiotic Fiber in three SKUs.

ECRM said that by the end of July, it had hosted more than 25,000 meetings between buyers and sellers on its proprietary ECRM Connect Platform. 

Sean Slovenski, who has overseen health-and-wellness efforts at Walmart U.S. since 2018, will be departing the company, president and CEO John Furner told associates.

Paul Gilbert has been named general counsel and corporate secretary, making permanent the roles he had been serving in on an interim basis since May 21.

The Keasbey, N.J.-based cooperative will use Inmar’s suite of marketing technologies and services to drive shopper engagement. 

The Compliance Team founder and CEO, Sandra Canally, outlines how the new certification works and what pharmacies can expect to learn from the program.

Upstart CBD company Serenity Mountain Foods is adding CBD to a consumer favorite — hot cocoa.

TAAT Lifestyle and Wellness is acquiring Redwood Reserves, a maker of hemp cigarettes, in order to leverage its distribution network and infrastructure for TAAT's forthcoming Beyond Tobacco product.

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