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FDA cracks down on rogue online pharmacies

FDA cracks down on rogue online pharmacies

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has clamped down on hundreds of websites engaged in illegal sales of prescription drugs. The FDA said Monday that, in tandem with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, actions were taken against more than 500 websites

Sobeys rejected in bid for Rx rewards in Alberta

Sobeys rejected in bid for Rx rewards in Alberta

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — A court in Alberta has closed the book on efforts by Sobeys Inc.’s to remove a ban on loyalty rewards for prescription drug purchases by the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP). The Canadian food and drug retailer said the Alberta Court

Most of all, today’s beauty shoppers want value

Most of all, today’s beauty shoppers want value

NEW YORK — The secret weapon in the battle for the $62 billion that U.S. customers spend on beauty care and cosmetics just might be something mass retailers had all along — steep values. While drug, discount and supermarket chains have burnished their image in

New plans afoot to recast health care system

New plans afoot to recast health care system

WASHINGTON — The effort to replace Obamacare has taken divergent paths, neither of which seems likely to produce a lasting alternative. Republicans, led by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, proposed taking funds budgeted for the Affordable Care Act and

Walgreens taps IBM Cloud to hone field support

Walgreens taps IBM Cloud to hone field support

ARMONK, N.Y. — Walgreens is leveraging the IBM Cloud to optimize field service at its nearly 8,200 drug stores nationwide. IBM said Friday that, under a new agreement with the pharmacy chain, it will deploy IBM retail analytics at Walgreens stores to help improve the

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RETAIL NEWS

CVS redoubles efforts to tackle opioid abuse

WOONSOCKET, R.I — CVS Health has unveiled a sweeping plan that marshals its integrated pharmacy assets to help stem the rising tide of drug misuse and abuse, namely opioid painkillers. CVS said Thursday that its enterprisewide strategy to fight the opioid epidemic includes initiatives for

Walgreens campaign focuses on opioid epidemic

NEW YORK — Walgreens has launched #ItEndsWithUs, a new campaign to educate teens nationwide about the nation’s opioid crisis. The campaign was unveiled by actor Brandon Larracuente of the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and “Bloodline,” who lost a close friend to the opioid

Rite Aid’s KidCents begins mobile flu clinics

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation has kicked off KidCents Mobile Flu Clinics, a three-week tour to provide free flu shots to children’s charities in communities served by Rite Aid. Also through its KidCents program, the Rite Aid Foundation has named 428 students

Shoppers Drug Mart to debut new Wellwise format

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is recasting the shopping experience for seniors with a new store format dubbed Wellwise. The Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart outlet caters to the needs of aging Canadians who don’t want an “old person’s store,” said Theresa Firestone, senior vice

Analysts size up new WBA-Rite Aid deal

NEW YORK — The impending closure of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s purchase of nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores will clear the fog around both companies since their terminated merger deal and enable them to move ahead, Wall Street analysts say. WBA and Rite Aid yesterday announced

SUPPLIER NEWS

Lannett starts search for new CEO

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett Co. has launched a search for a new chief executive officer to succeed Arthur Bedrosian, who plans to step down. Lannett said Monday that its board of directors has retained a leading executive search firm to identify potential candidates to take the

Unilever to acquire Carver Korea skin care

LONDON – United Kingdom-based consumer products giant Unilever plans to buy Carver Korea, a leading Asian skin care company, for $2.69 billion. The transaction, with Bain Capital Private Equity and Goldman Sachs, is subject to customary regulatory approvals, Unilever said Monday. Carver has become South Korea’s fastest-growing

Bayer tabs RB executive for consumer health unit

BASEL, Switzerland — Reckitt Benckiser executive Sharon James is joining Bayer as head of Global Innovation & Development (I&D), a unit of the Bayer Consumer Health Division. Plans call for James to start in the new post on Oct. 2, Bayer said. Based in Basel,

Perrigo to release Exalgo generic

DUBLIN, Ireland — Perrigo Co. plc has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for hydromorphone HCl extended-release tablets 32 mg, an opioid pain medication. Perrigo said it expects to launch its hydromorphone product, a generic verison of Exalgo 32-mg ER tablets from Mallinckrodt,

Damiva boosts distribution via Cardinal Health

TORONTO — Women’s health company Damiva is working with kathy ireland Health & Wellness to expand nationally into Cardinal Health Inc.’s consumer health division, which serves thousands of independent pharmacies. Damiva said Thursday that its line all-natural feminine hygiene products is now available at all