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CVS, IBM team up to improve patient care

CVS, IBM team up to improve patient care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and ARMONK, N.Y. — CVS Health and IBM are pooling their expertise in predictive analytics and leveraging the information technology giant’s Watson cognitive computing platform to improve care management for patients with chronic diseases. The companies said Thursday that the partnership will enable health care

Jean Coutu readies for expanded pharmacist services

Jean Coutu readies for expanded pharmacist services

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — The Jean Coutu Group is prepping patients and pharmacists for expanded health care services now available through pharmacies in Quebec. In late June, Quebec implemented Bill 41, which amended the province’s Pharmacy Act to enable pharmacists to provide certain health care services

Rite Aid Health Alliance adds new care partner

Rite Aid Health Alliance adds new care partner

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Reliance ACO, an accountable care organization in southeastern Michigan, has joined the Rite Aid Health Alliance team-based care initiative. Rite Aid Corp. said Wednesday that Reliance ACO is the eighth health provider partner in the Rite Aid Health Alliance, announced in

P&G names Taylor as next CEO

P&G names Taylor as next CEO

CINCINNATI — David Taylor, Procter & Gamble Co.’s group president of global beauty, grooming and health care, has been chosen to succeed A.G. Lafley as the company’s president and chief executive officer. P&G said late Tuesday that Taylor is slated to take the helm as

Teva to buy Allergan Generics for $40.5 billion

Teva to buy Allergan Generics for $40.5 billion

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plans to buy Allergan’s generic drug business for about $40.5 billion and, with the deal, has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Mylan N.V. for approximately $40 billion. Teva said Monday that Dublin, Ireland-based Allergan will receive $33.75 billion in

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RETAIL NEWS

CVS affiliates with Kansas, Pennsylvania health providers

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has formed new clinical affiliations with Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas and Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania. CVS said Thursday that through the clinical collaborations, it will provide prescription and visit information to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lehigh Valley

Shoppers Drug Mart helps support seniors’ mental health

NANAIMO, British Columbia — An initiative by Shoppers Drug Mart, the Canadian government and the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) aims to help seniors grappling with depression and thoughts of suicide. Shoppers Drug Mart said Monday that CCSMH, with the financial support and

NACDS: Total Store Expo exhibit space sold out

ARLINGTON, Va. — Exhibit space for the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo has sold out, a month before the annual chain drug industry event kicks off in Denver. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Friday that although the exhibit floor space is filled,

Cardinal Health honors community Rx innovation

LAS VEGAS — Cardinal Health Inc. recognized the patient care and performance achievements of three community pharmacies at its Retail Business Conference (RBC) event this week in Las Vegas. Cardinal on Friday said that Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Whiting, N.J.; Katterman’s Pharmacy in Seattle; and

Pharmaca taps Diplomat as specialty pharmacy partner

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has entered an agreement to provide specialty pharmacy care services to Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. Diplomat said late Thursday that the partnership will enable Pharmaca to offer patients immediate access to specialty pharmacy services as well as leverage Diplomat’s extensive

SUPPLIER NEWS

Hikma to buy Roxane for $2.65 billion

LONDON — Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, a fast growing multinational pharmaceutical group, plans to acquire Roxane Laboratories from Boehringer Ingelheim in a deal valued at $2.65 billion. Hikma said the agreement stands to transform its position in the U.S. generic drug market, establishing the company as

Par ships authorized generic of Megace ES

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. has released an authorized generic version of Par Specialty Pharmaceutical’s Megace ES oral suspension. Megace ES oral suspension (megestrol acetate) is a progestin indicated for the treatment of anorexia, cachexia or an unexplained significant weight loss in

Unilever, Walgreens team up to help families in need

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever and Walgreens have partnered with Me to We to provide customers with a way to make a positive impact on the world through everyday purchases. Unilever said Wednesday that via the Give H2OPE to Others (#GiveH2OPE) initiative, Walgreens customers can

Stopain Migraine to hit shelves at Rite Aid, H-E-B

HAZLETON, Pa. — Troy Healthcare is expanding retail distribution of its Stopain Migraine topical pain reliever, which a recent study found to be safe and effective in treating an acute migraine attack. The company said Tuesday that Stopain Migraine, the first over-the-counter topical gel formulated

Brush Buddies rolls out Soniclean Pro One

FONTANA, Calif. — A new sonic toothbrush from Brush Buddies brings consumers a “fresh-out-of-the-dentist clean feeling at drug store prices,” the company said. Brush Buddies on Tuesday unveiled the Soniclean Pro One, a power toothbrush featuring sonic technology that offers 30,000 vibrations per minute and

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