LEADING HEADLINES

Giancamilli becomes interim CEO at 99 Cents Only Stores

Giancamilli becomes interim CEO at 99 Cents Only Stores

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Andy Giancamilli, a former chief executive officer of Katz Group Canada Ltd. and past chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has been named interim president and CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores. The extreme value store chain

Study: Mass retail chains driving vitamin sales

Study: Mass retail chains driving vitamin sales

SHELTON, Conn. — Sales in the Vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) market rose 3% to about $11.8 billion in 2014, fueled mainly by mass retail chains, particularly Walmart, Costco and Rite Aid, according to the TABS Group. Also, 2014 marked the first time in eight years that Amazon and other

CVS Health to buy Omnicare for $12.7 billion

CVS Health to buy Omnicare for $12.7 billion

  WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is entering a new market segment with a $12.7 billion deal to acquire Omnicare, a provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities. CVS said Thursday that the addition of Omnicare will significantly expand its ability to dispense prescriptions in assisted living

Meijer to acquire specialty pharmacy Aureus

Meijer to acquire specialty pharmacy Aureus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. has entered an agreement to buy Aureus Health Services, a national specialty pharmacy and health management service provider. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The supercenter retailer said late Wednesday that the addition of Aureus’ high-touch, patient-centered services will enable the chain’s pharmacy operation to enhance

Walgreens, National Urban League start Wellness Tour

Walgreens, National Urban League start Wellness Tour

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the National Urban League have kicked off their annual Wellness Tour, which brings free preventive and early-detection health services to urban and at-risk communities nationwide. The drug chain said Wednesday that the Walgreens Wellness Tour with the National Urban League, now in its ninth year, will provide free

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid’s Podgurski named NABP Honorary President

CAMP HILL, Pa. —  Mike Podgurski, vice president of pharmacy services at Rite Aid Corp., has been named the 2015 Honorary President by the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Podgurski, a licensed pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience, was honored Tuesday evening

Walgreens’ Filler innovates across value chain

  DEERFIELD, Ill. — Linda Filler, president of retail products and chief merchandising officer at Walgreens, has always been fascinated by how consumers’ needs and wants translate into purchases. Since her time at the Hanes division of Sara Lee she has sought to fulfill consumers’

Walgreens to provide free hepatitis C tests

CLARK, N.J. — Beginning later this summer, the Chronic Liver Disease Foundation and Walgreens will provide free hepatitis C testing at more than 60 of the drug chain’s pharmacies in 12 cities across the country. The foundation said Tuesday that the testing program, which will use the OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test, is

CVS/pharmacy promo to offer store cash card

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Starting this weekend, CVS/pharmacy plans to reward members of its ExtraCare loyalty program with a special $10 gift card for purchases of specially marked items. CVS said Tuesday that from May 24 to June 20, ExtraCare members can earn a $10 CVSCash Card after spending $30 on designated items in the weekly

Bartell Drugs set to open new store

  SEATTLE — This week, Bartell Drugs plans to open its 63rd store, located in Lynnwood, Wash. The Seattle-area drug chain said Monday that the 15,000-square-foot store will open for business on May 22, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to follow on May 28 and a big

SUPPLIER NEWS

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD treatment gets FDA approval

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Boehringer Ingelheim has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for Stiolto Respimat Inhalation Spray, a medication for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The company said Tuesday that Stiolto Respimat Inhalation Spray (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) was approved as a long-term,

First Response unveils redesigned Early Result Pregnancy Test stick

EWING, N.J. — Church & Dwight Co. has introduced the redesigned First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test stick, aimed at making it easier to take a pregnancy test. The company said Tuesday that First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test features a 50% wider tip and a breakthrough curved shape that’s designed to fit

Jennifer Love Hewitt to star in Palmer’s ad campaign

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula has tabbed actress Jennifer Love Hewitt for its latest pregnancy advertising campaign. E.T. Browne Drug Co. said Thursday that Hewitt — due this summer with her second child — will be the face of the brand’s leading stretch mark products, including the Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks,

Centrum unveils gummy multivitamin

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare has launched Centrum MultiGummies, a multivitamin that comes in an easier-to-take, pleasant-tasting gummy form. Centrum MultiGummies include key nutrients such as vitamins D, B12 and E and come in natural flavors, including berry, cherry and orange. The product also is gluten-free, contains only natural colorants and has

Dramamine introduces non-drowsy product

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. has added a non-drowsy option to its Dramamine motion sickness medicine brand. Called Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals, the product marks the brand’s first non-drowsy offering, Prestige Brands said Thursday. Unlike ginger ale, candy and gums that people often try, Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals