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DrSN.TV juggles new videos

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK www.drugstorenews.com: a man-on-the-street series of interviews around men’s grooming habits and a new recurring segment called the “Drug Store News edition of New Product Juggling.”—DrugStoreNews.TV last month showcased two new videos on

Drug Store News reporters Antoinette Alexander and Allison Cerra hit the streets of Manhattan in search of facial hair, interviewing men about their grooming habits and uncovering which styles—full beards, goatees and moustaches—were most popular.

According to Wahl Clipper Corp., which sponsored the segment, as many as 64 million men nationwide sport facial hair for part of the year. The goatee has become the most popular facial hairstyle, with 25 million men flaunting the style; 17 million men field moustaches and 13 million let it all grow out with a beard.

As part of a separate, recurring segment, DrugStoreNews.TV also launched its own addition of New Product Juggling, a video featuring three new products and juggling, made popular by Drug Store News’ sister publication Home Channel News.

“We’ve always known that readers…want new product information, and we’ve tried a lot of different things with videos,” said Ken Clark, Home Channel News editor-in-chief. Clark, an amateur juggler, is the host of the New Product Juggling segment.

New Product Juggling first was introduced on www.homechannelnews.com, where there are now four installments. “It’s more than just fun; there’s a real educational element to it,” Clark said. “We have to be different. There is so much sameness out there [online]; we wanted something to stand out.”

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Hy-Vee names new president

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa A 28-year employee of Hy-Vee has become its new president, according to published reports.

The company appointed Randall Edeker as president of the supermarket chain Thursday at the company’s annual meeting, succeeding Ric Jurgens, who had served as president since 2001 and will maintain his position as chairman and CEO.

Edeker had previously served as EVP and COO.

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Tricare expands vaccination coverage to pharmacies, clinics

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Convenience and value. That’s what community pharmacy and their retail clinic partners deliver to their patients. And that’s what the Department of Defense is counting on in covering immunizations at local pharmacies and identifying convenient care clinics as network providers — two separate pieces of news issued within the past month that really underscore the importance of pharmacies and retail clinics in the delivery of health care today.

Prior to these announcements, military personnel interested in getting their flu shots had to schedule an appointment with their doctor, as Tricare only covered the cost of shots delivered in a doctor’s office.

“As a convenient and accessible healthcare provider, pharmacy is uniquely positioned to offer services for patients, such as vaccinations,” stated Steve Anderson, president and CEO for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Anderson noted that as of earlier this year, pharmacists have the ability to immunize patients in all 50 states. “[This] presents an important opportunity for pharmacists to counsel patients during their visit, and an additional healthcare provider from which to obtain these vaccinations.”

It’s also quite a bit of opportunity for pharmacy — Tricare provides healthcare coverage for 9.5 million eligible beneficiaries. Those beneficiaries pick up almost 2.3 million prescriptions every week, and 1.2 million of those at retail pharmacies, according to Tricare .

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