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My Girls Skin Care caters to breast cancer patients, hits select retailers

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — My Girls Cream (formerly known as My Girls Radiation Cream) is now available at select pharmacies, oncology boutiques and post-surgery specialty retailers, the manufacturer announced on Wednesday.

The skin cream, designed for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation, can be purchased at such oncology boutiques as Mass General Hospital’s Images Boutique, such post-surgery specialty retailers as Lady Grace, and online via Wilkinson Pharmacy and Lots To Live For. McKesson Pharmaceutical will make the cream available to its retailers, including Fagen Pharmacy.

My Girls’ creamy formula, now with a new look, has won praise from people undergoing radiation therapy as it spreads easily over skin that may become compromised after radiation. My Girls Cream is nongreasy, nonstaining and free of fragrance and dye.

“Having My Girls Cream available at retailers located nearby sampling hospitals and radiation centers is a great convenience for cancer patients who can pick up their medications and also find an over-the-counter cream that helps maintain the healthy appearance of their skin after radiation treatments” stated Linda Griffith, a breast cancer survivor and new VP customer care for My Girls Skin Care.

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Zon Fitness featured at Rite Aid

BY Michael Johnsen

LINGLESTOWN, Pa. — The Rite Aid here in Linglestown, Pa. now features eight linear feet of get-fit products just outside of its GNC store-within-a-store space. The set features Zon Fitness’ products almost exclusively, from resistance tubes and ankle/wrist weights to balance boards and training balls. Retail pricing ranges from $4.99 to $34.99, with most products available for less than $20. If successful, the set might further establish pharmacy as the comprehensive destination point for all elements involving health.

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Retail sales virtually unchanged for August

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Retail sales for the month of August were flat, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed on Wednesday.

Adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, sales totaled $389.5 billion. Compared with the year-ago period, however, sales rose 7.2%. Trade sales edged up slightly by 0.1% from July, as well as 7.5% above August 2010.

Adjusted grocery store sales rose from $46.3 million in July to $46.5 million August, the government agency said, while health and personal care stores increased 0.2% to nearly $23 million.

Although advanced estimates for pharmacies and drug stores are not included in the report, the Census Bureau disclosed that adjusted sales decreased from June to July, dropping from about $19.1 million to $19.07 million.

Commenting on the results, the National Retail Federation said that stalled consumer spending indicated signs of fatigue and also reflected August employment figures.

“Consumer spending in August was tempered by a continued lack of confidence in the strength of our economy,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Having carried the brunt of the economic recovery so far, consumers may be waiting for good news in terms of employment and market stability, cautiously spending on things they need and thinking twice about things they want.”

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