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Drug supply tracing deadline extended

Drug supply tracing deadline extended

WASHINGTON — Pharmacies have a four-month extension — until November 1 — to comply with the full scope of new dispenser tracing requirements under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The Food and Drug Administration issued a guidance yesterday saying it would not take

Ellis retires as president and COO of Kroger

Ellis retires as president and COO of Kroger

CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. announced that president and chief operating officer Mike Ellis has retired after four decades with the company. Ellis, 57, will be returning to Portland, Ore., the company said on Tuesday. Ellis started as a parcel clerk at a Fred Meyer store

Rite Aid taps executive VP of store operations

Rite Aid taps executive VP of store operations

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. said Monday that Bryan Everett will join the company as executive vice president of store operations, effective August 3. He will be responsible for all operations at the chain’s nearly 4,600 stores and will report to president and

Rite Aid sponsors Skin Cancer Foundation tour

Rite Aid sponsors Skin Cancer Foundation tour

CAMP HILL, Pa. — For the eighth consecutive year, Rite Aid Corp. is serving as the presenting sponsor of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour. The tour runs through late August and offers free private screenings to the public with the

NCPA unveils agenda for annual convention

NCPA unveils agenda for annual convention

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has announced the preliminary program for its 2015 Annual Convention, scheduled for Oct. 10 to 14 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C. NCPA said Thursday that this year’s

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RETAIL NEWS

McKesson ideaShare 2015 kicks off

SAN DIEGO — McKesson Corp.’s ideaShare 2015 is underway this week at the San Diego Convention Center. The event, which runs through Saturday, provides an interactive forum for independent pharmacists from across the country to share ideas for growing their businesses, according to McKesson, which

Supreme Court upholds health insurance subsidies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies for health insurance, giving the law its second big win in three years. The justices ruled 6-3 that the subsidies being received by 8.7 million people to make coverage affordable were not

Target’s chief merchant to step down

MINNEAPOLIS – Kathee Tesija, executive vice president and chief merchandising and supply chain officer at Target Corp., will move into an advisory role effective July 6. An external and internal search is under way for a replacement, Target chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell

Pharmacy groups ask FDA to delay product tracing deadline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) have asked the Food and Drug Administration to delay enforcement of a July 1 product tracing deadline for dispensers of pharmaceuticals. In a letter

NABP to maintain state access to its PMP program

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) will continue to fund access by state prescription monitoring programs to interstate data from its PMP InterConnect program. State PMPs will be able to participate in the program at no cost through June

SUPPLIER NEWS

New mission for retired military dogs

ST. LOUIS — Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the U.S. combat methamphetamine and other drugs, thanks in part to financial support from Westport Pharmaceuticals. The animals are being

Dr. Reddy’s launches new logo and identity

PRINCETON, N.J. — Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has launched a new logo and new brand initiative under the theme Good Health Can’t Wait. The new logo is described as an expression of empathy and dynamism, which helps keep patients at the center of everything that Dr.

Catalina makes circular more relevant to shoppers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Catalina is enabling retailers to target individual consumers with My Favorite Deals, an omnichannel listing of the most relevant upcoming deals for a particular shopper. Announced this week, the list of five deals can be printed out in stores or viewed

ECRM Data names Zannelli senior vice president of sales

SOLON, Ohio – Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing has tapped retail and consumer packaged goods data sales and business development veteran Jennifer Zannelli to serve as senior vice president of sales for ECRM Data. Zannelli will lead strategic sales initiatives for the unit and will help

FUZE signs Mr. T as brand spokesman

ATLANTA — FUZE has enlisted actor Mr. T to be the new face of the brand as it kicks off a summer campaign to introduce people to its line of flavored iced teas. The Coca-Cola Co. beverage brand said the cornerstone of the campaign is

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