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CVS forms new clinical affiliations in Illinois, Arizona

CVS forms new clinical affiliations in Illinois, Arizona

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has entered into clinical affiliations with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., and its Arizona Connected Care accountable care organization. CVS said Tuesday that through the clinical collaborations it will provide prescription and

GNC, New York AG reach accord on supplements probe

GNC, New York AG reach accord on supplements probe

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings Inc. has reached an agreement with the New York attorney general that restores the full assortment of its Herbal Plus products to all stores in the state. Some of GNC’s Herbal Plus products were part of an investigation of herbal supplements

PBMs OptumRx, Catamaran to merge in $12.8 billion deal

PBMs OptumRx, Catamaran to merge in $12.8 billion deal

NEW YORK and SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Reflecting the ongoing consolidation in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) sector, UnitedHealth Group plans to acquire Catamaran Corp. in a deal valued at $12.8 billion. The companies said Monday that Catamaran would integrated into OptumRx, UnitedHealth’s freestanding pharmacy care

NABP sets date for .pharmacy applications

NABP sets date for .pharmacy applications

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) plans to start accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names from all dispensing pharmacies on April 1. Applications from dispensing pharmacies will be accepted until April 30, and approved pharmacies may begin to register

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

WASHINGTON — More than 350 pharmacy advocates from 44 states met with members of Congress during for this year’s NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Thursday that pharmacy advocates — including pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and

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RETAIL NEWS

Former Cunningham Drug president Stewart Smith passes

GROSSE ILE, Mich. — Stewart Smith, a former president of the now-defunct drug chain Cunningham Drug Stores, passed away earlier this month at age 89. His daughter, Alison Hurley, said in an email that Smith died at his home in Grosse Ile, Mich., on March

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Walgreen Co. executive Bryan Pugh has been hired by Fred’s Inc. as chief merchandising and marketing officer. The discount general merchandise chain said late Wednesday that Pugh will develop new merchandising and marketing strategies and processes as well as enhance current

Chain drug industry backs ‘better, smarter’ care

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores joined President Barack Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell at the White House to launch the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, whose participants include Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart. Announced

Fred’s to acquire specialty pharmacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. plans to acquire specialty pharmacy EntrustRx as part of a $66 million deal. The Southeastern discount store chain said Wednesday that it will buy Reeves-Sain Drug Store Inc., a specialty and retail pharmacy company based in the greater Nashville, Tenn.,

Shoppers Drug Mart aims to empower pharmacists

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian insurer Great-West Life have released a report showing the positive impact of pharmacist interventions in diabetes management. Canada’s largest drug chain said Tuesday that the study, “Sustainable Solutions Report: Pharmacist Interventions in Diabetes,” demonstrates how pharmacists supported diabetes

SUPPLIER NEWS

Sandoz launches Exforge generic

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz Inc. has released amlodipine and valsartan combination tablets, a hypertension medication, in the United States. The company said Tuesday that its product is a generic version of Exforge, made by Novartis. Sandoz will market its combination amlodipine/valsartan tablets in strengths of

Teva to acquire Auspex for $3.2 billion

JERUSALEM and LA JOLLA, Calif. — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plans to purchase Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. Teva said Monday that the agreement will bolster its core central nervous system (CNS) franchise with the addition of Auspex’s portfolio of

Par releases Nascobal B12 nasal spray in single-use device

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — Par Specialty Pharmaceuticals has launched of Nascobal Nasal Spray, a prescription vitamin B12 supplement, in a single-use device. Available now at retail pharmacies, Nascobald is administered as one spray for one nostril, once a week. Each single-use device delivers one spray of 500

Horizon Pharma to buy Hyperion Therapeutics for $1.1 billion

DUBLIN, Ireland, and BRISBANE, Calif. — Horizon Pharma plc plans to acquire biopharmaceutical company Hyperion Therapeutics Inc. in a $1.1 billion cash deal. Horizon said Monday that the agreement will increase its number of products from five to seven, notably through the addition of Ravicti

Emerson Group makes flurry of exec appointments

WAYNE, Pa. — The Emerson Group has announced a series of executive appointments, including the hiring of a chief operating officer and an expanded role for president Rick Wellinger. The consumer products consulting and services firm, now in its 20th year of business, said late

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