LEADING HEADLINES

Motz guides Shoppers Drug Mart in new era

Motz guides Shoppers Drug Mart in new era

TORONTO — Interviewed in his office some three months into his mandate as president of Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), Mike Motz exuded the energy and enthusiasm that his colleagues say has typified his approach to his whole career in retail management. He was clearly excited

HHS to eye the pricing of generics

HHS to eye the pricing of generics

WASHINGTON — The federal government is looking into the effect of generic drug price increases on Medicaid. The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will compare generic price increases between 2005 and 2014 to the inflation rate.

Six locations added under Longs banner

Six locations added under Longs banner

HONOLULU — CVS Health’s Longs Drugs will acquire the pharmacy operations of all 10 Mina Pharmacy locations in Hawaii, with six Mina locations to be renamed Longs Pharmacy and four stores to close, according to Pacific Business News. Longs said that it has interviewed all

NACDS leaders say industry progressing toward ‘full potential’

NACDS leaders say industry progressing toward ‘full potential’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — National Association of Chain Drugs Stores chairman John Standley and president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson updated members on the association’s position in health care, retail, public policy and the political arena at the 2015 NACDS Annual Meeting here.

Thrifty White takes patient experience to next level

Thrifty White takes patient experience to next level

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Thrifty White Pharmacy’s focus is “It’s All About the Patient and Healthy Outcomes.” And that focus has been implanted into the mind-set of its pharmacists and other store personnel as well as those who work at the corporate level. “Thrifty White Pharmacy

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RETAIL NEWS

Anderson has NACDS moving in right direction

ARLINGTON, Va. — An apt symbol for what Steve Anderson’s leadership has meant to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is certainly RxImpact Day. The annual event brings together pharmacy advocates in the nation’s capitol to meet with members of Congress and officials in

Ritzman adds specialty Rx capabilities to arsenal

WADSWORTH, Ohio — With the launch of specialty pharmacy services, Ritzman Pharmacies had one of its most successful years in 2014. “We are able to care for patients within the communities we serve that have their specialty medication needs, and able to help some of

Lewis Drug steps up its pace of expansion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Last year brought dramatic expansion for Lewis Drug, as it acquired 12 stores in three states. The pickups brought the chain’s store count at the start of 2015 to 46, and more purchases are in the works. In the first half

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

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

SUPPLIER NEWS

Moberg acquires Balmex from Chattem

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Moberg Pharma AB has acquired baby care and skin care brand Balmex from Chattem Inc., the U.S. consumer health division of Sanofi, for $3.9 million. Moberg said early Monday that Balmex products will be sold through the company’s current over-the-counter channel in the

L’Oréal forms Multi-Cultural Beauty division

NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA has formed the Multi-Cultural Beauty division to encompass Dark & Lovely, Optimum Salon Haircare, SoftSheen-Carson Professional, Magic Shave and newly acquired Carol’s Daughter. The goal of the MCB division is to fulfill the needs of the underserved multicultural beauty consumer.

Perrigo rejects formal bid from Mylan

NEW YORK — For the second time this week, Perrigo Co. plc has rejected an acquisition offer from Mylan N.V. On Friday morning, Mylan announced a formal offer to buy Perrigo for $60 per share in cash and 2.2 Mylan ordinary shares for each Perrigo

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