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Biolife donates WoundSeal to help combat Ebola

BY Michael Johnsen

SARASOTA, Fla. — Biolife is helping to combat the Ebola issue with the donation of its WoundSeal product, which helps stop bleeding and seals wounds, to Africa, according to a report from ABC affiliate WWSB
 
“This product is going from Sarasota, really all over the world," Patti Norris, Biolife's director business development, told the news organization. "We've sent it to be used in Liberia at this point, but our plans are to really get it anywhere it's needed," she said. “Right now it's being used at Texas Health Presbytarian in Texas, where the first patient was diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil.”
 
The product ( a powder) stops the bleeding and seals the wound after pressure is applied by forming an instant scab. “That scab is particularly valuable in the case of Ebola or any other injury, because it stays in place until the wound heals," noted Andrew McFall, Biolife VP marketing. "So you're avoiding the use of bloody bandages and having to constantly maintain a bleeding wound.”
 
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Walgreens September sales totaled $6.5 billion, representing an increase of 9.4%

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens had September sales of $6.5 billion, an increase of 9.4% as compared with the same month in fiscal 2014, the company reported Friday.
 
Total front-end sales increased 2.2% in September compared with the same month in fiscal 2014, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.7%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 2.7% while basket size increased 4.4%.
 
Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 6.6% in September and increased 3.9% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. September 2014 had one additional Tuesday and one fewer Sunday compared with September 2013. These calendar shifts positively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 270 basis points.
 
September pharmacy sales increased by 14.2%. Comparable store pharmacy sales increased 11.3% and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 8.6%. Calendar day-shift adjusted comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 190 basis points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months. Pharmacy sales accounted for 67.8% of total sales for the month.
 
Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season to date were more than 2.1 million versus approximately 1.9 million last year.
 
Sales in comparable stores increased by 7.9% in September. Calendar day shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 180 basis points. Generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 130 basis points.
 
Calendar 2014 year-to-date sales for the first nine months were $57.4 billion, an increase of 6.1%. Walgreens opened nine stores during September, including four relocations, and closed four.
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IT Cosmetics debuts co-branded makeup brush collections at Ulta

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — IT Cosmetics and Ulta Beauty have inked an exclusive partnership and launched a first-of-its-kind makeup brush co-brand, IT Brushes for Ulta.

IT Cosmetics partnered with Ulta to craft an exclusive offering of three distinct makeup brush collections, featuring a total of 56 custom-cut brushes plus nine brush sets. The brushes collections are 100% cruelty free and animal free.

"Ulta Beauty's collaboration with IT Cosmetics is a best in class example of our commitment to collaborating with the top beauty brands to deliver our customers innovative and exclusive products only we can offer," stated Janet Taake, chief merchandising officer, Ulta Beauty.  "IT Brushes for Ulta boast the exceptional design and superior quality making them an essential beauty must-have that will surely excite our guests."

The IT Brushes for Ulta collection can be experienced in-store at the new IT Brush Boutique in stores, as well as online through a dedicated microsite brand page featuring enhanced video content, tips and education.

The brush collections: the Airbrush Essentials Collection, the Live Beauty Fully Inspired Collection and the Velvet Luxe Blurring Collection. The full brush assortment features a total of 56 custom-cut brushes from foundation paddle brushes to powder kabukis, plus nine signature travel brush sets designed to suit every need. The newly installed, fully lit IT Brush Boutiques will also be comprised of special endcap fixtures where the top 12 "Must-Have" brushes will be featured and promoted.

The full IT Brushes for Ulta assortment is now available in 500-plus stores, as well as online. A more limited assortment of the collections' top 12 "must-have" brushes will be available in select locations nationwide.
 

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