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NACDS: Progress made on Medicare Part D changes

NACDS: Progress made on Medicare Part D changes

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has analyzed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed Medicare Part D changes, and found progress on topics related to advancing e-prescribing and medication therapy management (MTM); further addressing opioid issues in a

Loblaw to boost grocery, pharmacy retail analytics access

Loblaw to boost grocery, pharmacy retail analytics access

PLANO, Texas — Loblaw Cos. has tapped Alliance Data Systems Corp. subsidiary Precima to help sharpen its grocery and pharmacy analytics. Under a new long-term agreement, Precima will work with Loblaw to develop a single-access retail analytics portal to provide customer, marketing and merchandising insights

Walgreens offers Wine.com order pickup

Walgreens offers Wine.com order pickup

SAN FRANCISCO — Walgreens drug stores have become pickup locations for online wine orders via Wine.com. Wine.com Inc. said Tuesday that it has tripled its number of pickup locations to more than 10,000 sites nationwide — including almost 1,000 in California and over 500 in

AmerisourceBergen to buy H.D. Smith

AmerisourceBergen to buy H.D. Smith

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans to acquire fellow pharmaceutical distributor H.D. Smith for $815 million in cash. The companies said late Monday that the transaction, pending regulatory review and other closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2018. Springfield, Ill.-based H. D.

Reports: CVS may be near deal to buy Aetna

Reports: CVS may be near deal to buy Aetna

NEW YORK — A deal for CVS Health to acquire Aetna Inc. could happen by the end of the month, published reports say. Citing anonymous sources, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that CVS was nearing a $66 billion agreement to buy the health insurer,

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RETAIL NEWS

Hy-Vee teams up with T-wolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS – Hy-Vee announced a new long-term partnership to become the official grocery, pharmacy and floral partner for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves. “The Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves have a passionate fan base that spans throughout the region and we are

Gretchen Carlson tabbed as NACDS Foundation Dinner speaker

ARLINGTON, Va. — News anchor and best-selling author Gretchen Carlson will speak at this month’s NACDS Foundation Dinner in New York City. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday that Carlson is known for her insights on the political climate, news of the

Walmart sees online sales boost in 3Q

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart reported better-than-expected comparable store sales gains in the third quarter. Walmart’s third quarter also include a strong performance by its online business, with net e-commerce sales increasing 50% in the quarter. “We are pleased with the strong results in the quarter

Diplomat Pharmacy buys LDI for $595 million

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. plans to acquire St. Louis-based pharmacy benefit manager LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services for in a $595 million cash and stock deal. The move marks the second PBM acquisition this month by Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. On

PQA appoints new board members

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has named new members to its board of directors and approved its 2018 executive committee. Mary Ann Kliethermes, vice chair of ambulatory care and professor at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, will serve as PQA’s

SUPPLIER NEWS

Vaseline unveils Cocoa Smoothing Radiant Body Butter

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Just in time for winter skin care routines, Vaseline has introduced Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter. The Unilever brand said Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter is made with 100% pure cocoa and shea butter and contains four times

Teva offers co-pay program for Gleevec generic

NORTH WALES, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceuticals USA has launched a U.S. prescription co-payment assistance program in the U.S. for its imatinib mesylate tablets, a cancer treatment. People who meet certain requirements are eligible for the program and may pay as little as $0 out of

Greg Bradley named Foundation Consumer Healthcare CEO

PITTSBURGH — Foundation Consumer Healthcare (FCH) has named Greg Bradley president and chief executive officer. The move comes as Foundation Consumer Healthcare has completed its $675 million acquisition of Plan B One-Step and two value emergency contraceptive brands from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. “As the No.

PharmaSmart hails updated hypertension guidelines

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart International Inc. welcomed new guidelines updating the definition of hypertension and stressing the use of validated devices for measuring blood pressure. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology last week announced that high blood pressure is now defined as

Kaleo to launch Auvi-Q auto-injector for young children

RICHMOND, Va. — Next year, Kaleo plans to release Auvi-Q 0.1 mg, a version of its epinephrine auto-injector for infants and small children. Kaleo said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration has approved its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Auvi-Q 0.1 mg, which