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Boots’ No7 introduces Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Building on the international success of the Protect & Perfect and Protect & Perfect Intense Serums, No7 from Boots has introduced Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum.

The two-step system targets the three main signs of aging — uneven skin tone, the appearance of lines and wrinkles and loss of skin firmness — and according to the company, is clinically proven to diminish the appearance of age spots. It will appear in stores in September.  

The serums include new scientific discoveries in skin lightening identified by Dr. Mike Bell, scientific skin care adviser for Boots, and his team. The discovery was then published in Experimental Dermatology. The formula reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leaves skin feeling firmer, visibly lifted and with a more even skin tone.

In an eight-week user trial in November 2012, the feedback from 76 respondents after four weeks was:

  • 90% noted their general pigmentation was less noticeable;
  • 84% said lines and wrinkles were less visible in four weeks;
  • 90% said their skin texture looked improved;
  • 82% noticed their skin feels firmer; and
  • 82% said their skin was younger-looking.

In addition, in only eight weeks, women said their age spots appeared faded by up to 50% of their original shade.

Priced at $24.99, Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum will be available in the United States on Sept. 1 at Target stores nationwide, on Target.com, us.boots.com, Walgreens.com and select Walgreens locations. The serum has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal and is part of the complete Lift & Luminate skin care range, which includes day, night and eye creams, as well as foundations.
 

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Report forecasts strong growth in global pharmaceutical packaging market

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The global market for drug packaging is expected to experience tremendous growth over the next few years, according to a new report.

The report, published by Transparency Market Research, found that it would grow from 2011’s $50.07 billion to $73.04 billion by 2018, with North America and Europe accounting for 60% of demand. The report looked at plastic bottles, parental containers, blister packs, closures, labels and others. Companies that manufacture pharmaceutical packaging include Amcor, Gerresheimer, BD, MeadWestvaco, Rexam, West Pharmaceutical Services, 3M and Tear and Tape, among others.

Plastic bottles were the largest product segment, accounting for more than 20% of the market in 2011, but parental containers are expected to grow fastest due to the introduction of new injected therapies on account of advancements in biotechnology.

 

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Walgreens partners with Orlando Health to provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida. 

"In today’s healthcare landscape, these types of innovative coordinated care programs are vitally important to help ensure patients have access to the quality care they need," stated Jeffrey Kang, Walgreens SVP health and wellness services and solutions. "With our expansive retail footprint, diverse portfolio of healthcare assets and proven success in collaborating with others in the medical community, Walgreens is uniquely positioned to bridge critical gaps in care and improve patient outcomes, furthering our mission to help patients get, stay and live well."

The collaboration and services offered will foster greater access to care with Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens offering evening and weekend hours, convenient locations and online appointment scheduling; better coordination of care for Orlando Health patients with Healthcare Clinic providers for acute, chronic and preventive services; direct communication between Orlando Health physicians and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information; and increasing patient awareness regarding Orlando Health services, as well as information and awareness of Healthcare Clinic services, including routine screening, monitoring, immunizations, and clinic locations and hours.

Walgreens and Orlando Health also are exploring opportunities to share electronic medical records, with the goal of developing read-only access to real-time patient medical information. This level of coordination also could include creating online or call center appointment scheduling technology to further increase patient access to services.

"A key tenet of our mission is to improve the health of the individuals in the communities we serve, and by utilizing new approaches, such as this relationship with Walgreens, we’ll be able to better reach and treat the patients of Central Florida," said Wayne Jenkins, president of Orlando Health Physician Partners. "This relationship represents the type of collaborative strategies that we view as essential in the emerging healthcare environment. We’re confident that by working together, our two organizations can help ensure that patients are receiving the best care, in the best locations, as well as a truly seamless care experience."

Orlando Health has six wholly-owned hospitals and two partnership hospitals throughout Central Florida, a skilled nursing facility, Physician Associates, one of the largest multi-specialty physician practices in central Florida, consisting of more than 90 physicians in more than 20 locations, along with more than 2,500 affiliated physicians. The clinical collaboration includes 13 Healthcare Clinic locations at select Walgreens in nearby cities, including Orlando, Kissimmee, Apopka, Winter Springs, Clermont, Lake Buena Vista, Lake Mary, Winter Park and Windermere, Fla.

"Orlando Health is an established healthcare leader in Central Florida, and its integrated approach to improving the community’s health is a great strategic fit for Walgreens and our mission," Kang said.

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