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The Natural Dentist has announced the launch of its new Healthy Teeth and Gums Sensitivity fluoride toothpaste, which is free of sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, preservatives and artificial dyes or sweeteners. Healthy Teeth and Gums Sensitivity fluoride toothpaste in peppermint twist flavor will hit stores in January at a suggested retail price of $5.39.

Radius, a manufacturer of specialty, natural oral care products, has announced the launch of its new Organic Biodegradable Silk floss. According to the manufacturer, its Organic Biodegradable Silk floss is the only floss available on the market today that is 100% home compostable and septic-tank safe. It takes 60 to 90 days to biodegrade. The floss, priced at $2.99, currently is available at Whole Foods and The Vitamin Shoppe retail locations.

Bigen has developed a new semi-permanent hair color that is free of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. The formula is made with four natural moisturizers: honey, sunflower, beeswax and shea butter. Bigen’s semi-permanent product line is comprised of 10 colors, including Bluest Black, Medium Cherry Brown and Intensive Violet Red. The SRP is $4.99.

L’Oréal USA has announced that Julianna Margulies, the star of CBS’ “The Good Wife,” has been signed as the newest face of L’Oréal Paris. She has entered an exclusive North American contract to appear in ad campaigns for L’Oréal Paris, which will debut in the United States beginning in 2011.

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Assured sees high rise in same-store sales

BY Alaric DeArment

FRISCO, Texas September same-store sales at Assured Pharmacy increased by 13.5% compared with last year, the specialty pharmacy provider said Thursday.

Assured, which specializes in treating chronic pain, said sales were $1.4 million, or around $66,253 per business day, compared with $1.23 million a year ago.

“We are pleased with our September sales results and our continued patient growth, with 3,064 patients serviced in the month of September,” CEO Robert DelVecchio said. “As these sales figures reflect, we remain on track for increased sales and market share growth, improved earnings at the store level and stronger cash flow.”

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Retailers, drug makers can help cut diabetes rate

BY Alaric DeArment

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT The dramatic rise in the prevalence of diabetes over the next several decades is likely to place huge strains on the U.S. healthcare system, costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars every year. It also means the diabetes market will continue to be a hot bed for innovation for decades to come.

(THE NEWS: Diabetes prevalence among Americans may increase to 33%, CDC study finds. For the full story, click here)

Barring a cure for the disease or a dramatic reversal of current trends, the plague of Type 2 diabetes is likely to get worse and account for numerous hospitalizations, as it already does. According to the government Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, nearly 1-in-5 U.S. hospitalizations in 2008 were related to diabetes, with the greatest concentration in the South.

No individual, company or even government agency can reverse the trend on its own, but many — including retailers — can help. And that will continue to feed a frenzy of activity in this space.

Agrowing number of supermarkets across the country have used various means to promote healthy eating, ranging from easy-to-read nutritional rating systems to in-store nutrition experts and store tours. Meanwhile, pharmacists and retail clinicians, as healthcare providers, can use their expertise to spread awareness as well. Rite Aid stores will offer free Diabetes Solutions Days events Nov. 2 through 4.

Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross has won recognition for a pilot diabetes program, “Bridging Cultural Health Care Gaps: Diabetes,” which seeks to find culturally appropriate ways to communicate about diabetes to African-American and Hispanic members. Anthem conducted the pilot among 4,000 of its members in California and Georgia, and plans to expand the program to other states. 

More of these localized types of efforts — borne out of the spirit of the Ashville Project — continue to arise.

And of course, manufacturers continue to lead the innovation, and many are going beyond just products. Novo Nordisk recently released the BlueSheet, a report that promotes awareness and education in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

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