LEADING HEADLINES

CVS beauty care mix brings new energy

CVS beauty care mix brings new energy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is unleashing a bevy of new items to prove it can compete with specialty beauty care merchants and lure younger beauty-crazed shoppers. Competitors offering the latest trends had siphoned off some of those customers, but now CVS is finding a

Report: Walmart reorganizes executive ranks

Report: Walmart reorganizes executive ranks

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reportedly is realigning its top management to have several executives oversee both online and in-store operations. Chief marketing officer Tony Rogers will now take on online and digital marketing efforts, including for Jet.com, according to an internal company memo cited by

Michael Medline becomes new CEO for Sobeys

Michael Medline becomes new CEO for Sobeys

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — Michael Medline has joined Empire Co. and its food and drug retail subsidiary Sobeys Inc. as president and chief executive officer. Empire said the appointment of Medline, who also joins its board of directors, is effective immediately. He takes the reins from François

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has gained accreditation for its specialty pharmacy care services from Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), a nonprofit health standards organization. Albertsons said late Thursday that it’s the largest national food and drug chain to receive the ACHC accreditation and

Bartell Drugs debuts revamped ad circular

Bartell Drugs debuts revamped ad circular

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has launched a redesigned weekly ad circular, which it said remains a staple marketing vehicle. The Seattle-area drug chain said the new circular, which features eye-catching graphics and better navigation, rolled out to mailboxes and stores this past Sunday. For the

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid Foundation grants over $1 million to new KidCents charities

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation said 219 new nonprofit groups focused on improving children’s health and wellness have joined its KidCents program. Each of the new charities, selected by Rite Aid associates and representing the communities served by the drug chain, will

Discount Drug Mart enlists Medicare plan tool

NEW YORK — Discount Drug Mart plans to launch the iMedicare service at its 73 drug stores in Ohio. iMedicare said Thursday that its decision-automation platform will expand Discount Drug Mart’s current pharmacy service offerings to help patients in evaluating Medicare plan options based on

More Walgreens clinics going to Florida health system

TAMPA, Fla. — Walgreens plans to shift the operation of in-store health clinics in the Tampa, Fla., area to the Florida Hospital health system. Plans call for Florida Hospital to operate and provide all clinical services at 15 Walgreens Healthcare Clinics inside the drug chain’s

CVS serves up low-cost EpiPen option

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In the wake of the public outcry over pricing for Mylan’s EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector for anaphylaxis, CVS Health announced that it’s providing a low-cost alternative. CVS said Thursday that Impax Laboratories’ authorized generic for the Adrenaclick epinephrine auto-injector is now available at all

N.Y. governor clamps down on drug pricing

(*Note: Go to 42:05 of video for Cuomo’s discussion of prescription drug costs.) ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a three-pronged plan to check soaring prescription drug prices, which he called a “tremendous problem” for the state and its residents. In his

SUPPLIER NEWS

FLAVORx promotes Michael Seay to COO

COLUMBIA, Md. — Michael Seay has been appointed as chief operating officer of FLAVORx Inc and FillPure, a new position. Seay previously served as senior vice president of operations at the medication flavoring company. In his new role as COO, he will oversee the FLAVORx

Rich Siporin named president at National Sales Solutions

ST. LOUIS — National Sales Solutions (NSS) has promoted consumer products industry veteran Rich Siporin to president. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) sales and marketing firm said Thursday that Siporin, previously executive vice president, will have expanded responsibility for NSS’ growth and strategic planning in

Mayne Pharma releases Fabior, Sorilux foam

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Mayne Pharma Inc. has rolled out Fabior Foam 0.1%, an acne treatment, and Sorilux Foam 0.005%, a psoriasis treatment, in the United States. Launched by the Mayne Pharma Specialty Brands division, Fabior and Sorilux foam previously were marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. Mayne acquired

Aurobindo cleared to market generic Xopenex

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. has gained final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for levalbuterol inhalation solution in dosages of 0.31 mg/3 ml, 0.63 mg/3 ml and 1.25 mg/3 ml. The medication is used to treat breathing problems in patients with

La Roche-Posay launches prebiotic skin care line

NEW YORK — La Roche-Posay has introduced Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer, a line of skin care products that uses prebiotics. Announced this week, the Toleriane collection includes two moisturizers and two cleansers. At the heart of the products is La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, which contains


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