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Rite Aid comp-store sales inch up in August

Rite Aid comp-store sales inch up in August

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. posted a slight gain in comparable-store sales for August. Rite Aid said Thursday that for the five weeks ended Aug. 29, same-store sales edged up 1.6% year over year. The increase continued the drug chain’s positive trend in

Sandoz launches Zarxio, the nation’s first biosimilar

Sandoz launches Zarxio, the nation’s first biosimilar

NEW YORK — Sandoz has inaugurated a new era in medicine with the release of Zarxio, the first biosimilar of a biologic drug approved in the United States. The Novartis subsidiary said Thursday that Zarxio — a biosimilar of Amgen Corp.’s oncology drug Neupogen, which

Lannett to buy Kremers Urban for $1.23 billion

Lannett to buy Kremers Urban for $1.23 billion

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett Co. plans to acquire Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc., the U.S. specialty generic drug subsidiary of UCB S.A., in a $1.23 billion deal. Lannett said late Wednesday that the acquisition will add a diversified commercial product portfolio of 18 products. Kremers Urban currently

Walgreens, UN vaccination drive gets under way

Walgreens, UN vaccination drive gets under way

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation have kicked off their annual “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” campaign, which aims to provide life-saving vaccines where they’re most needed to children worldwide. Walgreens said Wednesday that under the initiative, now in its third

Pharmacy veteran Segrave joins Bartell Drugs’ board

Pharmacy veteran Segrave joins Bartell Drugs’ board

SEATTLE — Frank Segrave, president and chief executive officer of Silvergate Pharmaceuticals and former vice president of pharmacy at Walmart, has joined the board of directors of Bartell Drugs. On the Seattle-area drug chain’s board, Segrave replaces Brian Unmacht, who was appointed as president and

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RETAIL NEWS

Sam’s Club pharmacies to offer diabetes screenings

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — This month, Sam’s Club pharmacies plan to hold free diabetes screenings for club members and the public. The Walmart warehouse club chain said Wednesday that the screenings, to be offered on Sept. 12 at the 612 Sam’s Club pharmacy locations, are intended

BJ’s taps Baldwin as president, COO

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. has named Christopher Baldwin president and chief operating officer, effective September 8. He will be responsible for business operations, including merchandising, logistics, membership, marketing and club operations and will also join the company’s board of directors. “I am

Care Pharmacies renews with CEO Wysong

LINTHICUM, Md. — Care Pharmacies Cooperative Inc. has extended the contract of chief executive officer Michael Wysong. The pharmacy co-op said that during Wysong’s leadership, the organization has seen record growth, with sales surging more than 300% and the company being recognized as a “Hot

CVS Health affiliates with Pa., Ohio health systems

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has formed new clinical affiliations with St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa., and TriHealth in Cincinnati. CVS said Thursday that through these clinical collaborations, it will provide prescription and visit information to the health care organizations by enabling

Kmart Pharmacy: For too many, flu shot not a priority

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Too many people still don’t feel the need to get a flu shot, a new survey from Kmart Pharmacy finds. Of more than 10,000 U.S. adults polled online, 41% said they typically don’t get a flu shot — even though 94%

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hershey offers Ice Breakers via Amazon Dash Button

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey Co. has made its Ice Breakers mints available via the Amazon Dash Button, a miniature device that makes it easier for consumers to reorder their favorite products. Amazon’s Dash Button, introduced earlier this year, has a reusable adhesive and a hook

Sandoz releases generic of Exelon patch in U.S.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz has launched a rivastigmine patch, a treatment for dementia, in the U.S. market. The Novartis subsidiary said Wednesday that its rivastigmine transdermal system is an authorized generic version of the Exelon patch, marketed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Sandoz is marketing its

Sundial Brands sells minority stake to Bain Capital

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brands, the maker of natural beauty care brands SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage, has sold a minority interest in the company to global investment firm Bain Capital Private Equity. Sundial said Wednesday that the strategic partnership with Bain Capital will help accelerate

J M Smith acquires Integra NV business

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — J M Smith Corp. has acquired pharmacy-related technology products and services offered by Integra NV and will manage them as a subsidiary called Integra LTC Solutions LLC. J M Smith said Tuesday that the acquisition, financial terms of which weren’t disclosed, will

Sanofi, Google team up to improve diabetes care

PARIS and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Sanofi and the life sciences team at Google have formed a collaboration to improve care and outcomes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The companies said the alliance will pair Sanofi’s leadership in diabetes treatments and devices

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