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April 25, 2014


CVS enhances redemption of digital rewards

CVS/pharmacy is enabling members of its ExtraCare loyalty program to transfer more of their rewards and savings offers directly to their cards.

Via the Send to Card tool, cardholders can now digitally send all personalized offers on CVS.com and the CVS mobile and iPad apps, as well as e-mailed coupons, directly to their cards. The enhancement gives customers more ways to redeem digital savings without having to print or remember to bring paper coupons when shopping, the drug chain noted.



Coalition starts petition vs. Alberta ban on pharmacy rewards

A coalition including Canadian food and drug retailer Sobeys Inc. has launched a petition urging the Alberta government to quash a ban by the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) that prohibits consumers in the province from earning loyalty points for pharmacy purchases.

Discount Drug Mart leverages hometown edge

With its local ownership and operation, Discount Drug Mart stands out from competitors in its Ohio market area, according to chief financial officer Tom McConnell.

FDA aims to include e-cigarettes in oversight of tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would extend its regulatory authority for tobacco to cover additional products, including electronic cigarettes.

Target Canada steers allergy sufferers to its pharmacists

As it pushes ahead with expansion in Canada, Target Corp. continues to spotlight its pharmacies.

NACDS endorses 'Better Care' legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has voiced its support for bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would improve care for patients with chronic conditions in the Medicare program.

New format helps expand Rexall's retail presence

Expansion at Rexall Pharma Plus has focused not only on the reach of the Canadian drug chain's store base but also its retail concept, according to chief executive officer Frank Scorpiniti.

Social media help Fruth Pharmacy get the word out

Fruth Pharmacy is a relatively small chain of 27 drug stores in West Virginia and Ohio. But it is a huge believer in the adoption of social media and other technology to use for the benefit of the front end and pharmacy.

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Actavis reaches Celebrex settlement with Pfizer

Actavis plc and Pfizer Inc. have agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation for Actavis' generic version of Celebrex (celecoxib) 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-mg capsules.

Endo buys rights to Sumavel DosePro

Endo International plc has acquired global rights to migraine treatment Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan injection) for subcutaneous use, a needle-free delivery system for sumatriptan, from Zogenix Inc.

TWi settles litigation over Lidoderm generic

TWi Pharmaceuticals Inc. has entered into a settlement agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Teikoku Seiyaku Co. Ltd. and Teikoku Pharma USA Inc. on all outstanding patent litigation related to TWi's lidocaine topical patch 5% product.

Dr. Reddy's ships generic version of Antara

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories has released fenofibrate capsules, a cholesterol-lowering medication, in the United States.

Allergan adopts poison pill following Valeant bid

Allergan Inc. has enacted a shareholder rights plan in the wake of an unsolicited, $47 billion bid to acquire the company by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management.

Energizer, Landon Donovan again team up to promote sun protection

Energizer Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, and The Skin Cancer Foundation have launched the second year of a sun safety awareness campaign featuring LA Galaxy and Team USA soccer star Landon Donovan.

Nice-Pak, PDI headquarters, plant go solar

Nice-Pak Products Inc. and sister company Professional Disposables International Inc., one of the world's leading makers of premoistened wipes, completed the installation of a solar array atop the roof of its headquarters and manufacturing plant.

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