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Philosophy introduces limited-edition product

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Philosophy has introduced its latest limited-edition product: Sweet Dreams shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath.

As part of the launch of Sweet Dreams, the company said that 100% of the product’s net sales will be donated to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children from low-income families.

"Celebrating the innocence and curiosity of childhood is inherent to the Philosophy brand. By partnering with our friends at First Book, we will make it our shared mission to ensure children have access to books and encourage a lifelong love of reading," Philosophy’s chief creative officer Michael D’Arminio said.

Philosophy was acquired by Coty’s prestige portfolio in 2010.

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Endo subsidiary announces nationwide recall of birth control

BY Allison Cerra

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, an Endo Pharmaceuticals subsidiary, issued a voluntary, nationwide recall of multiple lots of oral contraceptives at the retail level.

Qualitest said it recalled lots of the following birth control pills due to a packaging error, whereby select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible. This error, the drug maker said, could leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy:

  • Cyclafem 7/7/7;

  • Cyclafem 1/35;

  • Emoquette;

  • Gildess FE 1.5/30;

  • Gildess FE 1/20;

  • Orsythia;

  • Previfem; and

  • Tri-Previfem.

The affected lot numbers can be found here.

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Making retail pharmacy a one-stop healthcare destination

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The virtual clinic services that Rite Aid is offering at its stores in Detroit are emblematic of the increasingly important role of retail pharmacy in health care and the pharmacy’s growing position as a one-stop destination for health.

(THE NEWS: Rite Aid offers ‘virtual’ clinics. For the full story, click here)

In a recent interview, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation president Edith Rosato told Drug Store News that the organization already is working with state governments to lower the age at which children can receive vaccinations at the pharmacy, as well as expanding the range of vaccinations that pharmacists can administer, creating yet another clinical role for pharmacy.

Online virtual doctor visits have been around for some time. Zipnosis.com, for example, allows patients to log onto the site, answer the same questions a healthcare provider would ask a patient and, once the evaluation is complete, receive a response from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Depending on the condition and the interview, a patient can receive anything from advice to a referral or even an electronic prescription. Zipnosis plans to expand to 10 states by the end of this year.

What makes Rite Aid’s collaboration with OptumHealth significant is that it brings these services into the store, giving the patient immediate access to the pharmacy, offering access to expertise from physicians, nurses and pharmacists — without the need to have the former two physically present in the store — and, if patients receive prescriptions, it offers the convenience of the pharmacy literally just a few steps away.

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