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LEADING HEADLINES

NPCA Fly-In amplifies voice of community pharmacy

NPCA Fly-In amplifies voice of community pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Community pharmacy made its voice heard on Capitol Hill this week. The National Community Pharmacists Association said Friday that it tallied hundreds of engagements with lawmakers at the NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In, held April 26 and 27. Coming to Washington from 37

A.T. Kearney study sizes up online beauty shoppers

A.T. Kearney study sizes up online beauty shoppers

NEW YORK — Amazon is consumers’ retailer of choice when shopping for beauty products online, followed by specialty chains Sephora and Ulta, and discount store giant Walmart, according to A.T. Kearney’s latest beauty and personal care e-commerce study. Of 800 U.S. online beauty shoppers surveyed

CRN Supplement OWL registry launches

CRN Supplement OWL registry launches

WASHINGTON — A year after being announced, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) has gone live. CRN said Thursday that the Supplement OWL online product registry for vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements is now widely accessible for examination. All companies

Bartell Drugs marks 127th anniversary with sale

Bartell Drugs marks 127th anniversary with sale

SEATTLE— To celebrate its 127th year in business, Bartell Drugs will conduct a chainwide “Grand Event” sale with its biggest bargains of the year on thousands of products. The Seattle-area drug chain said Thursday that the “Grand Event” for Bartells’ 127th anniversary runs April 30 through May 13.

Jean Coutu has strong close to 2017 fiscal year

Jean Coutu has strong close to 2017 fiscal year

VARENNES, Quebec — Jean Coutu Group saw retail and corporate sales climb for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2017. Adjusted earnings per share also were in line with analysts’ expectations, with year-end EPS topping the consensus estimate. Jean Coutu Group said Thursday

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RETAIL NEWS

NACDS Foundation awards $230,000 in scholarships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has awarded $230,000 in scholarships and grants through its 2017 NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program. Announced during the NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week, six grants of $20,000 each were award to applicants for

CVS Health examines perceptions of opioid epidemic

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Americans see prescription drug abuse as a growing problem that is increasingly impacting their lives, a new report from CVS Health has found. Released on Thursday, ahead of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the report also

Albertsons earns kudos for MTM services

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. continues to exhibit excellence in medication therapy management (MTM). The food and drug retailer said Wednesday that OutcomesMTM has named it the “Top Large Pharmacy Chain” in MTM for the first quarter of 2017. This comes after OutcomesMTM, a Cardinal

Walmart names new consumables, health & wellness exec

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Scott Huff, executive vice president for consumables, health and wellness at Walmart, has announced his retirement from the retailer. Huff will be succeed by Marybeth Hays, who is expected to fully transition into the position by June 1, according to a Walmart

Study: Expanded Rx services in Canada could save billions

OTTAWA — In Canada, the implementation of three pharmacy services could yield cumulative cost savings of $2.5 billion to $25.7 billion over the next 20 years, according to The Conference Board of Canada. In a new report, the business think tank said changes to pharmacy

SUPPLIER NEWS

Mueller Sports Medicine debuts new look

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. — Mueller Sports Medicine has rolled out a new package design for its bracing, support and taping products. The development of the new package design reflects Mueller’s continued commitment to consumer-driven marketing. Mueller said it conducted extensive research to come up

Amneal’s Chintu Patel to keynote LIU Pharmacy graduation

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals co-chief executive officer Chintu Patel will be the featured keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony for Long Island University’s Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The event will be held on May 7 at the Tilles

HDA to hold webinar on Origin GTIN repository

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is conducting a webinar to give an update on the development of its Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) repository service. Held in collaboration with channel data management and analytics solution provider ValueCentric LLC, the free webinar —

Abbott introduces nutrition drinks to aid surgery recovery

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott has launched Ensure Surgery Immunonutrition and Ensure Pre-Surgery, two new science-based nutrition drinks for patients undergoing surgery. Abbott said Wednesday that Ensure Surgery Immunonutrition is a shake for people to drink in the week leading up to and following surgery. It provide snutrients, such as arginine

Cardinal Health gives boost to Drug Take-Back Day

DUBLIN, Ohio — As part of its effort to fight prescription drug abuse, the Cardinal Health Foundation is urging the public to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. The event, held April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hosted by the


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