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Shoppers step up online CPG purchases

Shoppers step up online CPG purchases

CHICAGO — Seeking lower prices and added convenience, more U.S. shoppers are going online to buy consumer packaged goods (CPG), according to market researcher IRI. Results from the latest IRI Consumer Connect survey, released this week, reveal that 28% of consumers bought grocery items online

NACDS, NCPA give input on Medicare Part D changes

NACDS, NCPA give input on Medicare Part D changes

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as it mulls Medicare Part D prescription drug program changes for the 2019 contract year. NACDS said Wednesday that in

CVS Health launches Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

CVS Health launches Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has added a rheumatoid arthritis program to its Transform Care offering to help pharmacy benefit management clients better manage care and costs for certain disease states. Called Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care, the new program aims to foster the use of lower-cost therapies

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Walgreens is halfway through a transformation that includes a rethinking of its supply chain and services, Walgreens Boots Alliance executive vice chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Walgreens is also recasting its approach to interacting with

Walmart pharmacies provide free DisposeRx packets

Walmart pharmacies provide free DisposeRx packets

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has begun offering pharmacy patients filling opioid prescriptions a free drug disposal packet containing a biodegradable powder that enables them to safely discard unwanted, unused or expired medication. Walmart said Wednesday that the packet, from DisposeRx Inc., will now be given to

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart tabs Judith McKenna to lead international business

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has promoted Judith McKenna, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., to president and chief executive officer of Walmart International. The retail giant said Wednesday that McKenna will assume the new role on Feb. 1, succeeding David Cheesewright, who has

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

What will the second year of the Trump administration look like? Is the demise of the Affordable Care Act imminent? Will pharmacists get the greater role in health care they have long sought? These are among the questions top chain drug industry executives are pondering as

Publix Pharmacy program offers generics for $7.50

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. has begun providing up to a 90-day supply of commonly prescribed generic drugs for $7.50. The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that the new Publix Pharmacy program includes 29 generic medications in 85 dosage options. The drugs include

Albertsons Cos. COO Wayne Denningham to retire

BOISE, Idaho — Wayne Denningham, president and chief operating officer of Albertsons Cos., plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Wayne Denningham Albertsons also said Tuesday that it has named Susan Morris as executive vice president and chief operations officer. She will

Reports: Walmart to cut 1,000 headquarters jobs

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to cut 1,000 or more jobs, mainly at its headquarters, according to published reports. The Walmart job cuts are expected to be enacted by the end of the company’s current fiscal year on Jan. 31, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Bloomberg

SUPPLIER NEWS

C’est Moi beauty brand targets teens, tweens

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A new beauty brand aimed at tweens and teens — two burgeoning groups of makeup consumers — is set to launch this weekend. Called C’est Moi, the startup —a division of JAKKS Pacific Inc. — will offer skin care and color

A2 Milk ramps up retail distribution in U.S.

NEW YORK — Australia-based a2 Milk Company, which describes itself as a “dairy nutrition company,” is expanding its retail distribution into the northeastern United States. A2 said Wednesday the rollout of a2 Milk fresh cows’ milk over the coming months will bring the product to

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Gilotrif approved for new indication

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — After being granted a priority review from the Food and Drug Administration this past fall, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. has received approval of its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Gilotrif (afatinib), a lung cancer medication. Boehringer Ingelheim said Gilotrif is indicated for

Nuvo Pharmaceuticals buys U.S. rights to Resultz lice treatment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. has acquired the U.S. rights to over-the-counter lice treatment Resultz from Piedmont Pharmaceuticals LLC. Nuvo said the purchase of U.S. product and intellectual property rights for the Resultz lice and egg removal kit follows its acquisition of international rights to the product

Nature’s Bounty names Goode chief customer officer

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — The Nature’s Bounty Co. has named Bob Goode chief customer officer in the U.S. Goode has extensive experience across the spectrum of the company’s customer base, the company said, adding that over his 30-year career, Goode has become known for his merchandising