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September 21, 2014


Merlo: Pharmacy can help solve care 'conundrum'

Larry Merlo addresses the National Press Club in D.C.

In Washinton, CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo highlighted the growing role that pharmacy and his company are playing in reducing chronic illness and improving patient health at a National Press Club luncheon.

Merlo also shed light on CVS Health's widely hailed decision to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products in its drug stores.

"Pharmacy is extending the front lines of health care to deliver better outcomes more affordably to the people we serve," he said.



Canada's neighborhood pharmacies unite in new group

Canada's retail pharmacy industry has formed a new organization to give a greater voice to the neighborhood drug store as pharmacists take on a bigger role in the nation's health care system.

Rite Aid sees 2Q earnings rise, cuts full-year outlook

Rite Aid Corp. surpassed Wall Street's earnings forecast for its fiscal 2015 second quarter but lowered its profit outlook for the full year, citing slimmer margins from generic drugs.

Family Dollar again says no to Dollar General

The board of Family Dollar Stores Inc. has urged the company's shareholders to reject the hostile takeover bid by Dollar General Corp.

CVS study: Starting therapy with a generic improves adherence

Starting patients on a generic medication versus a brand-name drug can improve adherence and, in turn, their health outcomes, according to a new study by CVS Health and research partner Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Walgreens Boots Alliance takes another step forward

Walgreen Co. took another step toward its merger with Alliance Boots GmbH by registering securities to be issued for their planned holding company, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Drug chains energize food and beverage mix

Food and beverage sales are thriving at drug chains as operators continue to stretch the bounds of their offerings with new segments and presentations.

Rite Aid facilitates giving for children's health

Rite Aid Corp. is enabling members of its wellness+ customer loyalty program to donate their change charities of their choice that support children's health and well-being.

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Bill to expedite sunscreen approvals makes headway

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has approved a bill that aims to clear a regulatory backlog impeding U.S. consumer access to new sunscreen products.

Out of Africa launches Whipped & Creamy Shea Body Butters

Out of Africa has added to its skin care lineup with the launch of Whipped & Creamy Shea Body Butters.

Surescripts extends electronic prior authorization service

Surescripts is expanding its electronic prior authorization (ePA) service for e-prescribing with four national pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), including CVS/caremark and Express Scripts, and six health technology vendors.

Zarbee's adds family immune support products to lineup

Zarbee's Naturals, the maker of a natural cough syrup for children, has expanded its wellness offerings with a new line of immune support products for every member of the family, from infants as young as 2 months to toddlers, tweens and their parents.

AstraZeneca spotlights FluMist in campaign with Van Der Beek

AstraZeneca has partnered with actor James Van Der Beek on a campaign to stress the importance of getting an annual flu vaccination and to address common myths about influenza.

Pharmavite names marketing, operations execs

Pharmavite LLC has appointed Etienne Patout as chief marketing officer and Brett Buatti as vice president of operations.

CEO takes helm at Kashi as Kellogg returns business to its roots

David Denholm has returned to Kellogg Co. as chief executive officer of its Kashi Co. natural foods business.

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