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CVS mobile app feature detects drug interactions

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS is adding a feature to its mobile app that allows customers to check for potential drug interactions by comparing over-the-counter medications they buy with existing over-the-counter and prescription medications they already take. Customers can enter the name or scan the UPC barcode of drugs and have the app’s drug interaction checker automatically compare available product details against medications in their secure personal pharmacy histories.

“Our new drug interaction checker empowers our customers to make important decisions about their health with a convenient tool that determines whether an over-the-counter product may impact the prescriptions they are taking," said Brian Tilzer, senior VP, chief digital officer for CVS/pharmacy. "Our goal at CVS/pharmacy is to continually find new ways of helping people on their path to better health, and this new feature demonstrates how we intend to harness the power of mobile technology as a cutting-edge health resource that addresses real needs of our customers. Now customers will have more information right at their fingertips, so they can make more informed decisions or seek advice from a pharmacist as needed, if the CVS mobile app alerts them to a potential interaction."

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OfficeMax expands private label offering

BY Dan Berthiaume

Naperville, Ill. – OfficeMax Inc. is expanding its offering of private-label writing products by 75%. The new products include pens, mechanical pencils, highlighters and permanent markers. OfficeMax is offering more private label writing items while it is also restyling existing ones.

"Our new and re-styled OfficeMax brand writing products round out our private brand solutions to meet a variety of price points and writing needs for our customers," said Ronald Lalla, executive VP, chief merchandising officer at OfficeMax.

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The Knot parent names Steib president

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – XO Group Inc., parent company of wedding/baby-themed e-commerce brands such as The Knot, The Bump and ijie.com, has named Michael Steib president, effective July 1. Steib most recently served as CEO of Vente-Privee USA, an e-commerce venture backed by American Express, and also held digital executive positions at companies including Google and NBC Universal.

"I’m thrilled that Mike is joining XO Group,” said David Liu, CEO of XO Group. His background building and leading successful businesses around digital platforms and marketplaces is exactly what we need to continue disrupting the wedding industry. Our goal is to tap into a greater portion of the $70 billion wedding market than our current business does today. Mike gives us fresh perspective and a track record of rigorous execution, both of which will help us drive the success of our ambitious mission."

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