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Ahold Delhaize U.S. brands to adopt IRI platform

Ahold Delhaize U.S. brands to adopt IRI platform

NEW YORK — Food and drug retailer Ahold Delhaize plans to implement IRI’s sales and supply chain analytics platform for its Ahold USA and Delhaize America brands. Under a long-term agreement announced Tuesday, IRI will leverage its IRI Liquid Data platform to provide integrated point-of-sale

Amneal, Impax agree to merge

Amneal, Impax agree to merge

NEW YORK — Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC and Impax Laboratories Inc. plan to merge in an all-stock transaction. An Amneal-Impax merger would create the fifth-largest generics supplier by gross revenue in the United States. To be named Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc., the new entity will also possess a

Health Mart highlights community pharmacy tools

Health Mart highlights community pharmacy tools

ORLANDO, Fla. — Health Mart is showcasing solutions to help independent pharmacies improve their clinical, operational and financial performance at the National Community Pharmacists Association Annual Convention. Health Mart said Tuesday that solutions highlighted at the NCPA Annual Convention, which kicked off this weekend and

NACDS to co-host public health workshop

NACDS to co-host public health workshop

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and American Public Health Association (APHA) are hosting a preconference workshop on pharmacy partnerships with public health agencies to foster better patient health outcomes. Titled “Building Health Department

Fred’s Pharmacy serves up Part D assistance

Fred’s Pharmacy serves up Part D assistance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With the start of Medicare Part D open enrollment, Fred’s Pharmacy is lending seniors a hand in determining their best prescription drug benefit options. The Southeastern pharmacy operator is encouraging Part D beneficiaries to consult with a Fred’s pharmacist to ensure they

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RETAIL NEWS

Food, drug, mass favored venues for in-store shoppers

NEW YORK — Food, drug and mass chains are a favored retail destination of shoppers who prefer an in-store versus an online experience, according to a consumer poll by Imprint Plus. The customized name badge and signage maker said Monday that it conducted a random

Independent pharmacies keep care at forefront

ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite pharmaceutical market changes pressuring their businesses, independent pharmacies remain a mainstay care destination for millions of Americans, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2017 NCPA Digest. NCPA said Monday that its annual benchmarking survey, sponsored by Cardinal Health Inc., finds

CVS brings deeper insight to Rx decision making

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has adopted the Epic Healthy Planet population health and analytics platform to gain insights on dispensing patterns and medication adherence behavior. CVS said Monday that Epic’s software will aid prescription decision making for patients and their care teams — including

CVS extends kudos to its pharmacists

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is honoring the patient care efforts of its 30,000 pharmacists as part of the annual American Pharmacists Month observation in October. CVS noted that its pharmacy teams are playing an increasingly important role in helping people lead healthier live by

ECRM honors chains for merchandising prowess

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) is turning the spotlight on nine food, drug and mass retailers with Merchant Team of the Year awards. ECRM said the awards, its second annual, are being presented to the chains for their excellence in sourcing, merchandising

SUPPLIER NEWS

Gelbert joins Nature’s Bounty as chief scientific officer

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Former Pfizer executive Mark Gelbert has been named chief scientific officer of The Nature’s Bounty Co. Gelbert will lead Nature’s Bounty’s research, development and innovation efforts by creating and executing product development strategies, enhancing product offerings, and driving product advancements across all

McKeon Products appoints sales director

WARREN, Mich. — Blake Izor has joined McKeon Products Inc. as director of sales for food, drug and mass merchandiser accounts. McKeon said Tuesday that, in the role, Izor also serves as sales director for the earplug manufacturer’s international business. McKeon is the maker of

Earwax MD maker Eosera wins startup award

FORT WORTH, Texas — Eosera, the maker of Earwax MD, has been named a 2017 Tech Fort Worth IMPACT Award winner. In the TechFW competition, four Fort Worth, Texas, startups were selected as winners for making an impact in the community. TechFW also deems that

Nivea launches Radiant Silk In-Shower Body Lotion

WILTON, Conn. — Nivea has expanded its In-Shower Body Lotion line for women. The Beiersdorf Inc. skin care brand said the new Nivea Radiant Silk In-Shower Body Lotion provides a time-saving two-in-one benefit by moisturizing while gently exfoliating the skin. To exfoliate and moisturize skin,

Amgen CEO elected as PhRMA chairman

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has named Amgen Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Robert Bradway as chairman-elect. Bradway will succeed Joaquin Duato, executive vice president and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, as PhRMA chairman in February 2018.