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David Salazar

Managing Editor

David Salazar is the managing editor of Drug Store News. 

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March 2020

Mar
25
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.
Mar
19
DSN editor in chief Seth Mendelson discusses how retailers are still managing to deliver on the necessities during a pandemic.
Mar
16
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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April 2020

Debrief Me is responding to consumer needs and demands for face masks during and after the coronavirus pandemic. 

As it moves into its second century in business, Upsher-Smith Labs is focusing on innovating and growing its product offerings while maintaining its high standards.

Despite a nearly 4% increase in sales and solid U.S. retail pharmacy performance, Walgreens Boots Alliance posted a decrease in net earnings and earnings per share for the quarter ended Feb. 29.

The contract manufacturer has transformed part of its manufacturing footprint to manufacture Bactekill, a new brand of hand sanitizer.

With men ready to spend on personal care products, retailers and suppliers are hoping to further expand the market with skin care offerings and innovation around facial hair maintenance.

March 2020

Walgreens' and Postmates' partnership has officially gone nationwide, making delivery an option from more than 7,000 Walgreens stores in the continental United States. 

The Path to Purchase Institute will hold a webinar on March 31 in which thought leaders will discuss how brands and retailers are adjusting their strategies to adapt to the new retail landscape created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The company's more than 7,300 pharmacy drive-throughs now offer more than 60 front-end products, among them household essentials Walgreens chose specifically to support efforts to prevent infection or mitigate symptoms. 

The equity research firm’s survey of more than 1,200 shoppers found that sizeable amount of shoppers — many of whom said they or a household member were experiencing flu-like symptoms — turned first to the OTC aisle. 

Charlotte's Web is poised to corner nearly 35% of the food/drug/mass CBD market with the acquistion, valued at roughly $99 million in equity consideration.

Independents are fighting industry headwinds and exploring new revenue streams.

The Path to Purchase Institute, a sister company of Drug Store News, recently conducted a survey to figure out just what sort of impact the pandemic was having on shopper behavior. 

The testing site opened Monday following Rite Aid's joining of the White House COVID-19 Response Working Group.

The Vancouver, Wash.-based brand has created a new campaign, inspired by its love of the outdoors, that highlights its mission of “Health, made happy.”

Wakefern Food named a new chief merchandising officer and made an appointment to the position of chief customer officer.

The company has waived fees for same-day and next-day prescription deliveries, as well as mail deliveries, through May 1.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the industry is taking steps to keep stores safe for consumers and associates while still serving as a resource. 

Rite Aid is taking new steps to support customers, employees and communities in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rite Aid CEO outlined the steps the retailer it taking to foment its "RxEvolution" in an exclusive interview with Drug Store News.

Rite Aid's analyst day highlighted the company's new strategic direction and plans to focus on its PBM, leveraging its pharmacists to improve patient health and building a store that appeals to younger shoppers.

The NACDS Annual Meeting will not be taking place as planned, due to measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hamacher Resource Group's new product team selected five products introduced last month as Products to Watch.

Cannabinoid company Global Cannabinoids has introduced its hand sanitizer, which include CBD and cannabigerol, or CBG.

Executives from CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart and Target were on hand in the Rose Garden Friday, pledging space outside their stores for drive-through testing for COVID-19.

Walgreens is taking action and implementing some policies meant to help support customers as the United States grapples with COVID-19.

CBD PM Softgel Capsules include cbdMD’s broad-spectrum formula alongside such ingredients as melatonin, chamomile and valerian root in its proprietary sleep formula. 

A new bill introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., focused on improving transparency around third-party sellers online, is getting the backing of Walgreens.

Alongside new chair Patty Fishman of UNFI, the new board includes executives from Hallmark, Willert Home Products, Southeastern Grocers, Intel and GSK Consumer Healthcare.

CVS Pharmacy will operate 99 of the 110 pharmacies it is acquiring as CVS Pharmacy within Schnucks' stores.

The National Community Pharmacists Association is expanding the options offered in its NCPA CBD Source.

Walgreens is growing its partnership with Postmates to bring on-demand delivery from its stores to 13 new cities.

The retailer said it has not determined the number of shares of common stock it will offer, nor did it offer a price range.

CVS Health has outlined several steps that aim to educate and help Aetna members in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Nielsen data, for the 13 weeks ended Dec. 28, 2019, gummies contributed 55% of all category dollar growth, generating nearly 20% of vitamin sales.

Joe Hartsig, most recently chief merchandising officer at Walgreens, has been hired to lead merchandising for Bed Bath & Beyond's Harmon Stores.

MIA Relief won the Drug Store News/ECRM Buyers’ Choice Award for its soothing period care bath soak during ECRM’s CBD Health & Beauty Care Program. Mad Ritual was the runner-up.

With experts noting that regularly washing hands or using an alcohol-based sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the disease, preparedness supplies are seeing serious movement at retail. 

Advil Dual Action with acetaminophen is the first FDA-approved OTC combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen in the United States. 

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