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September 17, 2014


Walgreens Boots Alliance takes another step forward

Walgreen Co. took another step toward its merger with Alliance Boots GmbH by registering securities to be issued for their planned holding company, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Walgreens filed an S-4 registration statement with the SEC containing a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus for its acquisition of the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots and the reorganization of Walgreens into a holding company structure.



Family Dollar again says no to Dollar General

The board of Family Dollar Stores Inc. has urged the company's shareholders to reject the hostile takeover bid by Dollar General Corp.

CVS study: Starting therapy with a generic improves adherence

Starting patients on a generic medication versus a brand-name drug can improve adherence and, in turn, their health outcomes, according to a new study by CVS Health and research partner Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Drug chains energize food and beverage mix

Food and beverage sales are thriving at drug chains as operators continue to stretch the bounds of their offerings with new segments and presentations.

Rite Aid facilitates giving for children's health

Rite Aid Corp. is enabling members of its wellness+ customer loyalty program to donate their change charities of their choice that support children's health and well-being.

MinuteClinics set up shop in St. Louis

MinuteClinic has expanded its presence in Missouri with the opening of five new walk-in medical clinics in metropolitan St. Louis.

Cardinal Health names CFO, pharmaceuticals CEO

Cardinal Health Inc. has named Michael Kaufmann as chief financial officer and Jon Giacomin as chief executive officer of the drug distributor's pharmaceutical segment.

Walgreens tabbed as Apple Pay merchant

Walgreens and Duane Reade are among the initial retailers to support Apple Pay, a new mobile payment system from Apple that addresses key merchant concerns about security in the wake of data breaches at large retailers.

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Bill to expedite sunscreen approvals makes headway

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has approved a bill that aims to clear a regulatory backlog impeding U.S. consumer access to new sunscreen products.

Out of Africa launches Whipped & Creamy Shea Body Butters

Out of Africa has added to its skin care lineup with the launch of Whipped & Creamy Shea Body Butters.

Surescripts extends electronic prior authorization service

Surescripts is expanding its electronic prior authorization (ePA) service for e-prescribing with four national pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), including CVS/caremark and Express Scripts, and six health technology vendors.

Zarbee's adds family immune support products to lineup

Zarbee's Naturals, the maker of a natural cough syrup for children, has expanded its wellness offerings with a new line of immune support products for every member of the family, from infants as young as 2 months to toddlers, tweens and their parents.

AstraZeneca spotlights FluMist in campaign with Van Der Beek

AstraZeneca has partnered with actor James Van Der Beek on a campaign to stress the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination and to address common myths about influenza.

Pharmavite names marketing, operations execs

Pharmavite LLC has appointed Etienne Patout as chief marketing officer and Brett Buatti as vice president of operations.

CEO takes helm at Kashi as Kellogg returns business to its roots

David Denholm has returned to Kellogg Co. as chief executive officer of its Kashi Co. natural foods business.

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