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Fisher-Price to launch DVR for kids this summer

BY Allison Cerra

EAST AURORA, N.Y. — Fisher-Price is introducing a new device that allows preschoolers to watch television shows on the go.

Fisher-Price’s Kid-Tough portable DVR allows parents to upload kids’ favorite programs on a digital video recorder by attaching the device to their television’s DVR, cable box, satellite box or digital converter box. The Kid-Tough portable DVR has a 3.5-in. touch screen; easy-to-use, kid-friendly controls; a rechargeable battery for four to six hours of play time (the battery recharges when the unit is docked) and features built-in memory that can accommodate up to two hours worth of content.

The Kid-Tough portable DVR will be available in pink or blue this summer at major retailers nationwide.

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American Diabetes Association names 2012 board members

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Diabetes Association has announced its officers and board of directors for 2012.

This year’s board includes:

  • Board chairman L. Hunter Limbaugh, who serves as southeastern counsel of the Wine Institute in Columbia, S.C.;

  • Healthcare and education president Geralyn Spollett, who is the associate director of the Yale Diabetes Center and adult nurse practitioner, endocrine at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.;

  • Medicine and science president Vivian Fonseca, professor of medicine and pharmacology and Tullis-Tulane alumni chair in diabetes and chief, section of endocrinology and metabolism at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, La.;

  • Secretary/treasurer Pearson Cummin, managing member of Grey Fox Associates in Greenwich, Conn.; and

  • American Diabetes Association CEO Larry Hausner.

A complete list, which includes more than 30 additional people, can be found here.


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When it comes to CVS Caremark PBM ballgame, DSN knows the score

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The fact that Wall Street is reversing its position on a breakup of CVS Caremark is important because — while we may hate to toot our own horn, we are going to do it anyway — DSN was right.

(THE NEWS: Wall Street analysts recant prediction of CVS Caremark split. For the full story, click here)

When analysts began with their sky-is-falling predictions back in 2009 and Caremark came off a tricky PBM selling season, DSN editor-in-chief Rob Eder suggested in November 2009 that those people just don’t know how the game was scored.

"If you judge CVS Caremark too harshly based solely on the handful of PBM contracts it lost in the short-term, as many investors did in the wake of the company’s Nov. 5 earnings call, then you might not even really understand how this game is scored. Kind of like trying to score a baseball game using tennis’ wacky ‘Love-15-30-40-Game’ point system," Eder wrote in his column "Understanding how the game is scored," which ran in the Nov. 15, 2009, issue of Drug Store News.

Eder went on the say, "If you have been watching this game as closely as I have, you know there’s still plenty of time on the clock for CVS Caremark to turn things around in time for the 2010 PBM selling season. And if it does, it’s going to be a whole new ballgame in 2011."

Well, here we are two years later and CVS has turned the PBM business from a decline in operating profit in the first half of 2011 to growth in the back half.

It’s a whole new ballgame indeed.

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