Winners of NACDS Total Store Expo Product Showcase Announced

Boston – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today announced the winners of the 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo Product Showcase. Products ranging from health and beauty to seasonal items were on display in the “Product Showcase” on the exhibit floor. The Showcase provided increased visibility for suppliers to market their products to retailers.

Evaluated by the retail attendees, winners of this year’s “Product Showcase” are:

Baby Care:
Company: Oilogic
Booth: Booth 1959
Name of Product: Oilogic Essential Oil Care

Consumables:
Company: Mondelez International
Booth: Booth 2133
Name of Product: Oreo Thins

Cosmetics & Fragrances:
Company: SinfulColors / Pure Ice
Booth: Booth 1041
Name of Product: SinfulColors

General Merchandise:
Company/Booth: Navajo Incorporated
Booth: Booth 1651
Name of Product: Qi Wireless Charger

Healthcare/OTC:
Company: Apothecary Products
Booth: Booth 1153
Name of Product: Ezy Dose Easy Fill Pill Planners

Home Healthcare:
Company: 23andMe
Booth: Booth 2431
Name of Product: 23andMe Personal Genetic Service

Household Products/Non-Edible Consumables:
Company: EO Products
Booth: Booth 965
Name of Product: Everyone Aromatherapy

Personal Care/HBC:
Company: OraLabs, Inc.
Booth: Booth 881
Name of Product: Waterless by Gillette Venus

Pharmacy Operations Equipment & Services:
Company: First Databank, Inc. (FDB)
Booth: Booth 2446
Name of Product: Meducation

Pharmacy Products:
Company: Dexcom, Inc.
Booth: Booth 2923
Name of Product: Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

Photos of the Product Showcase, as well as of other aspects of the NACDS Total Store Expo, are available via Flickr.

This release can also be found on NACDS.org.

Pills, Spills and Mix Ups: Tips for Medication Management

From Medline Industries

I will never forget her confusion, the sudden decline in being able to care for herself or function. Overnight, she became debilitated and aged. That “she” was my paternal grandmother, a woman who took on a bear by staring it down, ready to fire her gun if it moved. The bear knew she wasn’t kidding. When I rushed her to the hospital, I was shocked to learn that she had a severe electrolyte imbalance caused by three different doctors prescribing diuretics and blood pressure medications. None had checked to see what she was currently taking, none had told her what to stop.

That was in 1982. Fast forward to 2016 and a phone call from a dear friend of mine who had just rushed her mother to the hospital. Her mother had declined overnight and upon exploration, they found she was taking multiple medications that caused an adverse reaction. Medication reconciliation had not occurred from the hospital to the home setting which led to her taking all of her medications – past and present…[more]

Study: Pharmacist adherence interventions help lower overall health costs

Drug Store News, PITTSBURGH – Community pharmacists can dramatically help their patients stick to their prescription regimens, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. The findings, reported Monday in Health Affairs, also suggest that greater adherence to medications can lead to a reduction in emergency room visits and hospital admissions, thereby lowering healthcare costs for a variety of chronic conditions, including diabetes and asthma…[more]

Image attribution: Drug Store News

PRESS RELEASE – Apothecary Products Augments Senior Leadership Team with New CEO, CFO and Head of Sales

Consumer Products Veterans Nathan Hanson, Darran Spence, and Jim O’Sullivan Join in Key Roles

Burnsville, Minnesota – Apothecary Products Incorporated (“Apothecary” or the “Company”), a leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies, has announced the appointment of three key hires for its leadership team: Nathan Hanson, President and CEO; Darran Spence, CFO; and Jim O’Sullivan, Sr. Vice President of Sales. Hanson, Spence and O’Sullivan bring extensive, collective consumer products and results-driven sales, finance, marketing and management experience to Apothecary. Hanson will also serve on Apothecary’s Board of Directors.

Founded in 1975 and led by its medication compliance line of products, Apothecary is a privately-held company selling pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products to independent and chain pharmacies, food and mass retailers, and distributors and wholesalers worldwide. Apothecary offers its customers a one-stop-shop solution with unmatched product breadth of both over-the-counter consumer health products and behind-the-counter pharmacy supplies, spanning across three categories, including pharmacy supply, medication management, and home healthcare.

Hanson most recently joins the Apothecary team from Oasis Brands (Mercury Paper & Solaris Paper) where he was CEO and a Board Member. He was instrumental in spearheading the vision and mission of the company to redefine how tissue products are made and sold in the U.S., and during his tenure as CEO, Oasis experienced significant business growth and profitability improvements through the development and execution of an end to end business plan, creation and launch of the Fiora brand, development of the organization and teams, and focus on building effective supplier and customer relationships. Prior to Oasis, Nathan held senior marketing leadership positions at Pure Fishing and Kimberly-Clark where he led various successful efforts, including the development of brands and new product development across North America and Europe. Prior to Kimberly Clark, he served as Director of New Business Initiatives at Gardetto’s; Brand Director at Dr. Pepper/7Up; and brand and product management roles with Miller Brewing and Gallo Winery.

Hanson graduated from the University of Minnesota with his BS in Marketing & Management. He was also a Distinguished Military Graduate of ROTC, and a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army decorated seven times for meritorious service.

Hanson, stated, “I’m honored to join the Apothecary team, and I look forward to working with Jim, Darran, our management team, and our talented employees to continue building upon its success. Apothecary has built a solid reputation, long-term customer relationships, category leadership, and solid financial performance over the years. I am confident that with the talent we are bringing in coupled with the already strong team that we will be able to create value added innovation that drives growth for our customers and helps consumers live life a little easier and better.”

Prior to joining Apothecary as CFO, Darran Spence worked as a consultant with River Rock Partners in a variety of capacities, including helping to lead acquisition integrations, strategic planning initiatives, and growth strategies for improving overall profitability at businesses. While at River Rock, she also provided interim CFO support for consumer product companies. Spence also served as CFO for Airborne and The ADS Group, and her earlier career includes progressive finance leadership roles at CNS, General Mills, and The Pillsbury Company.

Spence earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California and her MBA from University of Minnesota.

Rounding out the senior leadership team is Jim O’Sullivan, Sr. Vice President of Sales, who most recently joins Apothecary from Designer Protein, the originator of the whey protein category, where he was Sr. Vice President of Sales. While there, he led the sales team, established the organization, systems and processes needed to support growth, grew the topline while gaining new distribution at major retailers including CVS and Walgreens. Prior to Designer Protein, O’Sullivan held several senior sales leadership roles at Airborne, Recycled Paper Greetings, Schwan’s Bakeries, and The Pillsbury Company.

O’Sullivan earned a BS degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University.

“Both Darran and Jim bring significant consumer product industry experience and have demonstrated over the course of their respective careers their individual ability to lead growth and profitability improvement, provide leadership, and develop people. On behalf of the entire Apothecary team, we are all excited to have them on board. I am confident that the addition of these two individuals to a strong leadership team and our committed, passionate employees position us for future success and growth,” Hanson continued.

Apothecary was acquired by Minneapolis-based investment firm Norwest Equity Partners (NEP) in February 2014. The Burnsville, Minnesota-based company employs 200 people, operates a manufacturing facility in St. Charles, Michigan, and has several strategic manufacturing partners in the U.S. and internationally.

Norwest Equity Partners Expands Consumer Healthcare Portfolio With Acquisition of Apothecary Products

From Business Wire:

Norwest Equity Partners (“NEP”), a leading middle market investment firm, has announced that it has acquired Apothecary Products Incorporated (“Apothecary” or the “Company”), a leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies. NEP purchased the company from Terry Noble, Pharmacist, Founder and CEO of Apothecary. The transaction closed February 28, 2014; financial terms were not disclosed…[more]

Nation’s pharmacies aren’t just for Rx’s anymore

From USA Today:

Pharmacists work with doctors to assess patients, spot medication errors and even write prescriptions as the face of health care in the USA continues to change…[more]

 

Photo caption: As a clinical pharmacist, Diana Arouchanova works with doctors to ensure that patients take their medications and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

Photo attribution: Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News

Better Medication Adherence with Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization Program

From Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

This study described how patient adherence and persistence with chronic medications can be improved by allowing patients to meet with a pharmacist to solve medication-related problems and synchronize prescriptions to be dispensed on a single day of the month. Compared with control patients, those in the appointment-based medication synchronization (ABMS) group had 3.4 to 6.1 times greater odds of adherence compared with control patients. Control patients were 52% to 73% more likely to stop taking their chronic medications over 1 year…[more]