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DSN/CCA feature retail healthcare webinars

BY David Salazar

As retail pharmacy increasingly becomes a healthcare destination, new telehealth models are helping to expand both access to care and the scope of care. Telehealth’s role in retail healthcare delivery was explored by MinuteClinic VP medical operations Tobias Barker as part of a six-part Retail Healthcare Webinar series, produced by Drug Store News and the Convenient Care Association.

Beyond telehealth, the series also featured a session on “Chronic Care in Retail Health,” in which Eileen Myers, The Little Clinic’s VP of affiliations and patient centered strategies, outlined strategies for patient-centered care, and understanding and measuring the impact of chronic disease management on business. The series also featured Walgreens Health Care Clinic medical director Dr. Patrick Carroll’s discussion on the opportunities for partnerships in public health; CVS Health VP of enterprise analytics Bob Darin on harnessing big data to drive improved outcomes; and national leader of KPMG’s Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight Larry Kocot, on emerging payment models.

The complete archived webinar series is available for replay at DrugStoreNews.com/webinars.

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Brands to rework products containing microbeads

BY DSN STAFF

Now that the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 was signed into law late last year, many manufacturers have to rework cosmetics and personal-cleansing products by July 1, 2017. The microbeads, used as exfoliants, have been found to slip through water treatment systems, ending up in streams, rivers and larger bodies of water.

One company that doesn’t need to tweak anything is Trilogy, a natural skin care collection sold in the U.S. at Whole Foods, pharmacies, specialty stores and online.

Trilogy’s sales manager for the United States, Corinne Morley, is an expert in not only natural brands, but also frequently speaks about best practices in the production, recycling and waste management of plastic products. “We’ve always believed you don’t have to sacrifice performance for natural,” Morley said, adding that the company was founded to fill a gap for truly natural skin care. “These days, thanks to constant innovation in natural and organic skin care, you can get the same or indeed better results without resorting to synthetics.

As consumers focus more on natural, she thinks they’ll drive changes. “The speed of the movement will be driven by consumer demand. As more consumers become aware of this [danger] the anti-plastic movement will gain momentum,” she said. The emergence of independent natural and organic certifications, such as Natrue and the USDA should also stymie “greenwashing,” which in the past has made it difficult to discern between authentic natural and pseudo natural, she concluded.

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A new way for consumers to stay hydrated

BY Gina Acosta

CHICAGO — A leading producer of portable bottles has created a way to infuse water with flavor.

Contigo is introducing a new AUTOSPOUT Ashland Infuser Bottle, which provides the option to infuse water with fruits, vegetables, or herbs and then take it to go.

"Our commitment of continued innovation means keeping up with the latest health and wellness trends. Recent studies indicate that infusing helps people drink more water, less sugary drinks and helps keep them stay hydrated throughout the day." said Todd Starr, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Contigo, a business of Newell Rubbermaid. "The ultimate hydration companion is now thoughtfully engineered with an infusion strainer that allows you to infuse on-the-go and stay hydrated throughout the day."

Bottle features include:

  • AUTOSPOUT button for easy, one-handed use
  • Removable infusion strainer cup at bottom allows you to infuse while preventing seeds and pulp from getting in your straw
  • Protective spout cover to help keep out dirt and germs
  • Button lock prevents accidental pressing of the AUTOSPOUT button
  • Carry clip that attaches conveniently to bags, backpacks and luggage
  • Leak-proof when in closed position
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • 100% BPA Free
  • Fits most car cupholders

The 26 oz. AUTOSPOUT Ashland Infuser Bottle is now at Target, Amazon.com and GoContigo.com at a suggested retail price of $14.99.

 

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