LEADING HEADLINES

Jean Coutu Group connects with its customers

Jean Coutu Group connects with its customers

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Through its ability to forge solid relationships with shoppers, both those in the pharmacy and those at the front end, the Jean Coutu Group has been able to retain loyal customers as well as attract new clientele, according to president and chief

Publix reaches pharmacy milestone

Publix reaches pharmacy milestone

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. this month marked a milestone for its pharmacies by surpassing 50 million free prescriptions for customers in the past eight years. The Southeastern food and drug retailer said Thursday that Publix Pharmacy, which launched free antibiotics in 2007,

Fruth Pharmacy charts course for 2015 and beyond

Fruth Pharmacy charts course for 2015 and beyond

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Fruth Pharmacy is pursuing a number of key objectives to evolve its business in both the pharmacy and front end for this year and beyond, according to chairman and president Lynne Fruth. “Our main priorities are expansion, development of efficient and

CVS/pharmacy plans promo for store brands

CVS/pharmacy plans promo for store brands

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is set to kick off “Fill Your Bag,” a chainwide promotion offering shoppers savings on CVS brand products, as well as select exclusive product lines. CVS said Wednesday that the promotion will run in-store and online from April 26 to May

NACDS, NCPA hail House passage of Rx abuse bill

NACDS, NCPA hail House passage of Rx abuse bill

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 471). NACDS and NCPA noted that the legislation, approved by the

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RETAIL NEWS

NCPA provides video training for med sync

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has launched “Implementing Med Sync,” a six-part video training series for community pharmacies that want to set up an appointment-based medication synchronization program in their stores. NCPA said Wednesday that the five-minute videos long and cover

Partnership brings specialty Rx services to independents

ATLANTA and PITTSBURGH — The Academy of Independent Pharmacy (AIP) and Aureus Health Services have partnered to provide specialty pharmacy services to independent retail pharmacies. Under the arrangement, Aureus will provide back-office specialty pharmacy management services to AIP member pharmacies to support the needs of

McKesson Canada bolsters pharmacy banners

MONTREAL — McKesson Canada pharmacies are forging ahead under the leadership of new senior vice president of retail banner management services Richard Brennan. This year Brennan was named to head the company’s growing pharmacy banner business, including Guardian, I.D.A., Medicine Shoppe Canada, Proxim and the

FDA regulation of homeopathic medicines called effective

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory policy for homeopathic medicines has worked effectively for the last 25 years to protect the public health and provide consumer access to safe homeopathic medicines, according to the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP). AAHP,

Discount Drug Mart stays on growth path

MEDINA, Ohio — Discount Drug Mart marked its third consecutive year of improvement in 2014, as sales climbed 6.5% to some $621 million. The 72-store Ohio drug chain saw front-end dollar volume rise 3.5%, yet the big gain came in pharmacy, where sales jumped 7.2%.

SUPPLIER NEWS

Carma Labs appoints VP of R&D

FRANKLIN, Wis. — Keith Edgett has joined Carma Laboratories Inc., the maker of Carmex lip balm products, as vice president of research and development. Carma said Friday that in the role, Edgett is responsible for leading all areas of product development, global regulatory compliance and

Nipro set to launch True Metrix Air

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nipro Diagnostics Inc. has gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the True Metrix Air Self-Monitoring blood glucose system, which enables people with diabetes to test blood glucose and deliver data wirelessly to a smartphone. Nipro said Friday that

RB recalls Mucinex products

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has recalled certain lots of liquid bottles of its over-the-counter Mucinex Fast-Max cough/cold medicines because of a labeling discrepancy. RB said the voluntary recall, announced this week, stemmed from a confirmed report by a retailer. The issue involves specific

Prestige Brands CEO Mannelly to retire

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Matthew Mannelly is retiring as president and chief executive officer of Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. and will be succeeded by chief financial officer Ron Lombardi. Prestige Brands said late Wednesday that Mannelly is slated to retire on June 1. With the move,

Febreze Tabletop Air Purifier carried by CVS

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Kaz USA Inc.’s new Febreze Tabletop Air Purifier, designed to help combat allergens, is being sold in the allergy aisle at select CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide. Kaz said Wednesday that Febreze Air Purifiers employ powerful, dual-action HEPA-Type filtration to help clean air of