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Canada’s national e-prescribing service gains momentum

Canada’s national e-prescribing service gains momentum

TORONTO — Canada is making strides in the deployment of its national e-prescribing service, PrescribeIT. Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded, nonprofit digital health organization overseeing the rollout, said more community pharmacies have signed onto the service since its official launch at the end of

Publix proceeds with innovative care partnership

Publix proceeds with innovative care partnership

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Pharmacy has in place the first piece of a three-pronged partnership with BayCare Health System, which serves the Tampa Bay and central Florida region. Publix Super Markets Inc. said Thursday that Publix retail pharmacies are now open at St. Anthony’s Hospital’s

Rite Aid.com begins accepting Apple Pay

Rite Aid.com begins accepting Apple Pay

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. said it has become the first pharmacy retailer to accept Apple Pay as a form of payment online. Rite Aid said Thursday that customers using Apple devices can now shop the approximately 12,000 items available at RiteAid.com and

CVS Health to support new Anthem PBM

CVS Health to support new Anthem PBM

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has signed a five-year agreement to provide services to support IngenioRx, a new pharmacy benefit manager formed by Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurer Anthem Inc. CVS said Wednesday that its CVS Caremark PBM division will manage certain services for

Walgreens plans new tech center in Chicago

Walgreens plans new tech center in Chicago

DEERFIELD, Ill. —Walgreens is constructing a new technology center of excellence at its downtown Chicago office in the Sullivan Center. Announcing the project with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Walgreens said it will bring about 300 technology jobs to the new facility. That addition, plus new

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid promotes senior VP of operations

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Derek Griffith has been appointed executive vice president of store operations at Rite Aid Corp. With the promotion, Griffith takes over the position vacated by Bryan Everett, who in early September was named chief operating officer of Rite Aid stores. Everett

Senate hearing scrutinizes prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy benefit managers are a key focus of debate about elevated drug pricing that has come before a U.S. Senate committee. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) called for PBM reform in written testimony submitted to

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

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

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

SUPPLIER NEWS

Waterpik Complete Care 5.0 packs oral care punch

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Waterpik said it has created the “ultimate one-two punch” in oral care with the rollout of the Waterpik Complete Care 5.0 system. Complete Care 5.0 brings together a Waterpik Water Flosser and a Waterpik Sonic Toothbrush to provide a comprehensive oral

TABS Analytics buys CPG data specialist Pivotstream

SHELTON, Conn. — TABS Analytics has acquired Pivotstream Inc., a Seattle-based global data analytics firm. Financial terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. In announcing the deal this week, TABS said the Pivotstream platform will be a core component of its service offerings going forward. A

Sunovion ships Seebri Neohaler to pharmacies

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has released Seebri Neohaler Inhalation Powder (glycopyrrolate 15.6 mcg), a treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to U.S. pharmacies. Sunovion said Thursday that it entered into an exclusive license agreement with Novartis for the U.S. commercialization rights to Seebri

Crossmark tabbed as Walmart preferred service provider

PLANO, Texas — Sales and marketing specialist Crossmark Inc. has been selected by Walmart as a preferred service provider. With the Walmart preferred service provider designation, Crossmark said it’s one of five companies allowed to execute merchandising activity on behalf of suppliers in about 5,000

American Greetings unveils Costume Critters collection

CLEVELAND — American Greetings is spicing up its Halloween card lineup with the new Costume Critters collection. Each card in the Costume Critters line features cute photo pets who sing and dance to their own theme songs in “spooky-sweet” costumes, American Greetings said. Card recipients push