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Drugs & More airport-retail concept takes off

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA —It appears the airport-based retail health concept is really taking flight. Paradies Shops last month opened its second Drugs & More airport-retail concept in the Raleigh-Durham area airport and has designs on opening a third Drugs & More store in Atlanta early next year.

Designed to resemble the look and feel of the local corner drug store, Drugs & More offers a broad assortment of basic health and beauty products, including over-the-counter medications, personal care, office supplies and greeting cards, as well as a healthy snack assortment and a blood pressure monitoring machine for health-conscious travelers and airport personnel.

Paradies merchandises its drug store product assortment at price points comparable to what consumers would see in their neighborhood drug stores, the retailer noted.

“The concept is very popular with airport employees who might want the convenience of shopping for merchandise at the airport as opposed to stopping at their neighborhood store,” Bobbi Passavanti, managing director of marketing and communications for Paradies, told Drug Store News.

The OTC medicine concept store was first introduced in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2006, and according to Paradies, it marks the first store of its kind in an airport setting.

Passavanti noted that the third location is slated to open in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in January. The new store will host an AeroClinic retail clinic offering fast and convenient health screenings, tests, immunizations and more.

The retail clinic operator debuted its first clinic there in May 2007, although that one is located outside security. It will move in January to its new home at Drugs & More.

A second AeroClinic opened within the Philadelphia International Airport earlier this spring. Looking ahead, the clinic operator plans to add about four to five locations a year over the next five years.

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Alimentary Health signs licensing agreement with P&G Pet Care

BY DSN STAFF

CORK, Ireland Alimentary Health on Wednesday announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with P&G Pet Care, makers of two of the worlds leading companion animal pet care products, Iams and Eukanuba.

Under the licensing agreement, Alimentary Health’s and P&G’s proprietary pet care probiotics will be used in P&G Pet Care’s nutritional supplement products. The global market for companion animal pet care products was estimated to be over $40 billion in 2007. Alimentary Health will receive an undisclosed royalty on sales of all products containing the pet care probiotics.

In 2001, Alimentary Health partnered with P&G to develop safe and effective probiotic products for gastrointestinal indications. In 2007, P&G Health Care started using Alimentary Health’s natural probiotic strain Bifidobacterium Infantis 35624, in Align in the US. Align is a daily probiotic supplement that helps build and maintain a strong and healthy digestive system.

“Today’s announcement comes as a result of our continued successful collaboration with P&G,” Barry Kiely, chief executive officer of Alimentary Health, said. “We are please that our ongoing efforts have once again resulted in Alimentary Health’s technology making it to the marketplace. This agreement is a result of a successful research and development program between the two companies and it brings us closer to fulfilling our vision of becoming the worldwide leader in the research, discovery and clinical development of probiotics. We are proud of our long standing association with such a leading multi-national company.”

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Kmart holds GoldK Day health services, screening day for seniors

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holding Corp., has announced that its pharmacy division will hold the annual GoldK Day on Nov. 18 for seniors.

“Kmart wants to remind seniors that we care about their health and GoldK Day is a way for our pharmacists to give back to these important customers by not only offering free screenings, but assistance with Medicare health plan selection and information about disease states, which can help seniors make better decisions about their healthcare,” Mark Doerr, vice president of Kmart pharmacy, said.

The activities planned for the event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all 1,100 Kmart pharmacy locations, include free blood pressure screenings, free memory screenings, Medicare health plan selection assistance and more.

No appointments are necessary. For more information, customers can all 800-866-0086 or visit www.kmart.com/pharmacy.

The initiatives are tied to the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, the annual initiative aimed at promoting early detection of memory problems and appropriate intervention.

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