LEADING HEADLINES

NACDS expects record-setting RxImpact Day

NACDS expects record-setting RxImpact Day

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reports that this year’s RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill will be a record-setter for participation. NACDS said Wednesday that its ninth annual lobbying drive is expected to include nearly 400 participants, 54% of whom are

Walgreens designates cancer care specialty pharmacies

Walgreens designates cancer care specialty pharmacies

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has designated more than 50 of its community specialty pharmacies as cancer-specialized locations. The drug chain said Wednesday that the Walgreens cancer-specialized pharmacies are led by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with advanced cancer care training and knowledge, including medication management and

The Little Clinic online tool will ‘hold your spot’

The Little Clinic online tool will ‘hold your spot’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new online tool from The Little Clinic enhances the no-appointment-needed convenience of the in-store health clinic. The Kroger Co. retail clinic operator has launched “We’ll Hold Your Spot,” a service that enables patients to reserve a place in line via The

Benzer Pharmacy unveils residency program

Benzer Pharmacy unveils residency program

 TAMPA, Fla. — Regional drug chain Benzer Pharmacy is introducing a pharmacy residency program. The company said Tuesday that the Benzer Pharmacy Residency Program is aimed at providing further training to pharmacy students with a focus in clinical care. The post-graduation training program will focus

Jean Coutu pharmacies launch travel health services

Jean Coutu pharmacies launch travel health services

VARENNES, Quebec — Jean Coutu Group and its affiliated pharmacist-owners have rolled out travel health services. The Quebec-based drug chain said the services include immunizations, prescriptions for certain conditions and pharmacist consultations to assist customers with travel preparations. At more than 190 Jean Coutu pharmacies

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart U.S. same-store sales edge up in 4Q

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s U.S. business accelerated in the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, with domestic same-store sales posting their biggest increase since 2012. The retail giant said Tuesday that Walmart U.S. same-store sales rose 1.8% year over year in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31,

Grim outlook for health insurance exchanges

WASHINGTON — Humana Inc.’s decision to pull out of the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act threatens to cripple Obama­care before Republican lawmakers bent on its repeal can cobble together a ­replacement. The Humana decision came one day before the Trump White

CVS’ removal of tobacco cuts retail cigarette purchases

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s removal of tobacco products from its drug stores over two years ago continues to impact retail cigarette sales. A new study from the CVS Health Research Institute, published online Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, found that dropping

CVS Health makes Fortune ‘Most Admired Companies’ list

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has been named as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine. CVS came in at No. 45 on the corporate rankings list, which put it among the top 50 “all-stars” on this year’s Fortune Most Admired Companies

Congress reintroduces DIR fee legislation

WASHINGTON — Reps. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) and Peter Welch (D., Vt.) have reintroduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (H.R. 1038), which community pharmacies say would squelch a growing burden: retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees. The bill, introduced

SUPPLIER NEWS

Flonase, Weather Network team on Allergy Outlook

OAKVILLE, Ontario — The Weather Network and French counterpart MétéoMédia have introduced the Allergy Outlook report in partnership with GSK Consumer Healthcare’s Flonase Allergy Relief brand. The Allergy Outlook provides timely information on mold, pollen and air quality levels. Launching initially in British Columbia, where seasonal

Perrigo cleared to market cough syrup

DUBLIN, Ireland — Perrigo Co. plc has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for hydrocodone bitartrate and homatropine methylbromide oral solution 5 mg/1.5 mg per 5 ml. Hydrocodone bitartrate and homatropine methylbromide syrup is indicated for the symptomatic relief of cough in adults

Clarion adds eye makeup remover to Albolene brand

TREVOSE, Pa. — Clarion Brands has rolled out Albolene Eye Makeup Remover, the second product for its Albolene brand. According to the company, just a few drops of the silky smooth serum of Albolene Eye Makeup Remover completely takes off even long-wearing eye makeup and

Heritage Pharmaceuticals tabs Scott Delaney as president

EATONTOWN, N.J. — Scott Delaney is slated to join Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. as president. Heritage said Tuesday that Delaney will start in the president’s role on March 1. He comes to the company from Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals, where he served as chief commercial officer. At Heritage,


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