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December 17, 2014


Merlo: CVS is 'winning in the marketplace'

Larry Merlo

With its integrated model of retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefit management, retail clinic and specialty pharmacy businesses, CVS Health is well-positioned to meet the changing needs of payors, providers and customers as they navigate the health care landscape, president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo said at the company's annual Analyst Day in New York.



Rite Aid's Health Dialog earns NCQA accreditation

Rite Aid Corp. subsidiary Health Dialog has received Patient Oriented Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its disease management programs.

MinuteClinic adds locations in Nevada

MinuteClinic is expanding its presence in Nevada with the opening of new walk-in medical clinics in the northern part of the state.

Kroger CEO elected as chairman

Kroger Co. chief executive officer Rodney McMullen has been elected chairman, taking the reins from David Dillon, who is retiring.

Report projects $65 billion patent cliff for drug makers

There's another big patent cliff up ahead for pharmaceutical manufacturers, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Wasson to step down from Walgreens

Greg Wasson, president and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co., has informed the company's board that he plans to retire shortly after the close of the second step of the Alliance Boots transaction.

Walmart appoints new U.S. chief operating officer

Judith McKenna has been promoted to chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., taking over from Gisel Ruiz, who has been named executive vice president of Walmart's International People Division.

McKesson forms health care venture capital fund

McKesson Corp. has launched McKesson Ventures, a venture capital fund that aims to invest in early and growth stage companies focused on current and emerging business challenges in the health care sector.

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CeraVe to expand skin care lineup

Early next year, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America plans to add four new products to its CeraVe skin care line.

Topical BioMedics launches fibromyalgia pain relief cream

Topical BioMedics has introduced MyPainAway Fibro Cream, a new topical pain reliever for people with fibromyalgia.

Johnson & Johnson names consumer worldwide chairman

Johnson & Johnson has hired former Procter & Gamble Co. executive Jorge Mesquita as worldwide chairman for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.

Generic Celebrex products hit the market

In the wake of patent settlements with Pfizer Inc. earlier this year, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Mylan Inc. and Actavis plc have rolled out generic versions of the blockbuster anti-inflammatory pain relief drug Celebrex.

Coty announces redesigned website

Coty Inc. plans to launch a revamped Coty.com as the company's flagship website, along with a new employee intranet dubbed "The House."

Mirixa teams up with PioneerRx

Mirixa Corp. plans to establish integration with PioneerRx, a rapidly growing pharmacy system provider.

Natrol wraps up sale to Aurobindo

Nutritional supplement maker Natrol Inc. has closed its agreement to be acquired by Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc. (APUSA) for $132.5 million.

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