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LEADING HEADLINES

Pharmacy far from slam dunk for Amazon

Pharmacy far from slam dunk for Amazon

Amazon’s success as a pioneer of online retailing is unquestioned, and it continues to be a disruptor to brick-and-mortar retailers (most recently, grocery retailers). But the e-tail giant’s alternatives in the pharmacy space — which CNBC reported it has targeted — aren’t so clear cut,

London Drugs program supports immigrant families

London Drugs program supports immigrant families

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs has launched #Welcoming150, a program and donation drive to support 150 new Canadian families who left their country of origin, including because of unsafe conditions. The western Canada drug chain said customers can visit their local London Drugs to

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association urged leaders in the House of Representatives to enact a slate of bills that would foster access to pharmacy services in Medicare. NCPA said Monday that it submitted comments for a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

NCPDP’s Stember named among ‘Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT’

NCPDP’s Stember named among ‘Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Lee Ann Stember, president of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), has been named as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT” by health care journal Health Data Management. “This is a tremendous honor,” Stember said in a

Sav-Mor Drug Store enlists Digital Pharmacist

Sav-Mor Drug Store enlists Digital Pharmacist

AUSTIN, Texas — Regional pharmacy chain Sav-Mor Drug Store has tapped connected health specialist Digital Pharmacist Inc. to power its digital products. Digital Pharmacist said that, through its platform, Sav-Mor pharmacy patients can now refill and manage their medications via Sav-Mor-branded web, email, mobile or text messaging products. “We needed a more comprehensive digital marketing platform to help

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RETAIL NEWS

London Drugs’ John Tse honored with pharmacy award

TORONTO — Longtime London Drugs executive John Tse has been named the 2017 recipient of the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award by the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies). A 25-year Canadian retail pharmacy veteran, Tse has spent 10 years at London Drugs, which has

Lawmakers push for action on drug costs

WASHINGTON — Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) this week reintroduced the Fair Accountability and Innovative Research (FAIR) Drug Pricing Act, aimed at improving cost transparency for pharmaceutical price hikes. The FAIR Drug Pricing Act

Walmart sees sales climb in first quarter

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reported strong first-quarter sales that included gains in its U.S. business, which got a lift from aggressive pricing that lured more shoppers into its stores. Store visits rose 1.5% in the quarter, a period in which many retailers saw fewer shoppers.

Fred’s fosters disease prevention with screening programs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy has made a difference in the health of thousands of people through its Heart Disease Awareness and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaigns. The drug and discount store chain said Wednesday that the campaigns brought screening and early detection tools to more

Uniprix shareholders OK acquisition by McKesson Canada

MONTREAL — Shareholders of Uniprix Group have given the green light for the Quebec drug chain to be acquired by McKesson Canada. Uniprix said late Tuesday that at a meeting in Drummondville, Quebec, 95% of Uniprix shareholders approved McKesson Canada’s bid to acquire all outstanding

SUPPLIER NEWS

Aurobindo gets FDA approval for pair of new generics

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. has received Food and Drug Administration approval for two new generic drug products: amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil tablets, and glipizide extended-release tablets. Aurobindo said Monday that its amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil product comes in dosages of 5 mg/20

Express Scripts subsidiary joins WBA global GPO

ST. LOUIS — Express Scripts Holding Co. is participating in the Walgreens Boots Alliance Development GmbH (WBAD) global group purchasing organization. Express Scripts said the move entails its Innovative Product Alignment LLC subsidiary becoming a WBAD member. Bern, Switzerland-based WBAD sources and contracts generic drugs

P&G’s Patrice Louvet to become Ralph Lauren CEO

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble Co. global beauty president Patrice Louvet is leaving the company to join Ralph Lauren Corp. as president and chief executive officer. Plans call for Louvet to take the reins as Ralph Lauren’s CEO on July 17. At that time,

Lannett cleared to market Xyzal Oral Solution generic

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett Co. has gained Food and Drug Administration approval for levocetirizine dihydrochloride oral solution, 2.5 mg/5 ml (0.5 mg/ml), an allergy medication. Lannett said its product is a generic version of Xyzal Oral Solution 2.5 mg/5 ml (0.5 mg/ml) from UCB Inc. Plans

QS/1 president Tammy Devine to retire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Tammy Devine, president of pharmacy software firm QS/1, plans to retire later this year. QS/1 said Tuesday that it has begun a national search for a successor to Devine, who has served as president since 2011 and has been with the J


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