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McKesson to launch Central Fill as a Service

McKesson to launch Central Fill as a Service

MALVERN, Pa. — McKesson Corp.’s High Volume Solutions group is set to roll out Central Fill as a Service (CFaaS), a solution that gives pharmacies central-fill capability without the investment in equipment, inventory and extra staff. McKesson said Friday that CFaaS is available via a

NACDS hails TRICARE pilot in defense bill

NACDS hails TRICARE pilot in defense bill

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores applauded Congressional leaders for advancing a prescription drug cost parity pilot for TRICARE in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House of Representatives passed the final NDAA on Friday, and Senate action on

Patients give Hy-Vee’s Amber Pharmacy high marks

Patients give Hy-Vee’s Amber Pharmacy high marks

OMAHA, Neb. — Hy-Vee Inc. subsidiary Amber Pharmacy ranked the highest out of all U.S. specialty pharmacies in patient satisfaction with pharmacy staff in a survey conducted by Zitter Health Insights. Fielding responses from more than 3,000 patients across 38 U.S. specialty pharmacies, the Zitter

NACDS welcomes Trump’s HHS, CMS nominees

NACDS welcomes Trump’s HHS, CMS nominees

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said it’s ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Trump on Tuesday named U.S.

CVS Pharmacy partners with OptumRx

CVS Pharmacy partners with OptumRx

WOONSOCKET, R.I., and CHICAGO — UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx aims to bring more prescription drug and pharmacy care options to clients and members through a new partnership with CVS Pharmacy. The companies said Tuesday that they will offer employers a new pharmacy network solution enabling eligible

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RETAIL NEWS

McKesson Canada names new president

ST. LAURENT, Quebec — McKesson Canada has promoted pharmaceutical distribution chief Paula Keays to president. Keays, senior vice president of pharmaceutical distribution and operations, takes the reins as president effective immediately, McKesson Canada said Monday. She fills the vacancy created by the late summer departure of

Walgreens enables no-Rx access to naloxone in Louisiana

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has begun providing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription at all of its pharmacies in Louisiana. Administered by injection or nasal spray, naloxone can be obtained without a doctor’s prescription in more than 150 Walgreens pharmacies in Louisiana, in

Kmart Pharmacy highlights preferred status in Part D

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy is making a pitch to seniors by spotlighting its status as a preferred pharmacy in a range of Medicare Part D plans. The Sears Holdings Corp. unit said many Medicare Part D members can now turn to Kmart Pharmacy

Walgreens builds specialty pharmacy community

BOSTON — Specialty medications have emerged as one of the fastest-growing segments of the overall pharmacy field. But while the specialty segment has garnered headlines mainly for the financial boon it has provided to some manufacturers or others within the industry, a Walgreens specialty pharmacy

Retailers hail decision blocking overtime rule changes

WASHINGTON — Retailers applauded a judge’s ruling preventing the Department of Labor’s changes to a federal overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a Labor Department rule that would have required businesses

SUPPLIER NEWS

Breckenridge Pharmaceutical to release Nuvigil generic

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Breckenridge Pharmaceutical Inc. is launching armodafinil tablets (CIV), a medication for promoting wakefulness. Breckenridge said this week that its armodafinil product, which comes in strengths of 50 mg, 150 mg and 250 mg, is a generic version of Nuvigil from by

Maura sharpens focus on Spectrum Brands

MIDDLETON, Wis. — David Maura, executive chairman of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., has resigned from HRG Group Inc., which holds a majority stake in the company. Spectrum Brands said Maura’s departure from HRG, a diversified holding company, took effect Nov. 29 and that the move

Omnicell unveils deal to acquire Ateb

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Medication management and supply solution provider Omnicell Inc. plans to buy Ateb Inc., a specialist in patient care and medication synchronization services for pharmacies, in a $41 million deal. Omnicell said Tuesday that the all-cash transaction is expected to close during

Lannett set to release Skelaxin generic

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett Co. has gained Food and Drug Administration approval for metaxalone tablets 800 mg, a muscle relaxant. Lannett said Monday that its product is a generic version of Skelaxin tablets (800 mg) from King Pharmaceuticals Inc. Metaxalone alleviates musculoskeletal pain by blocking nerve

GSK’s FluLaval gains expanded age indication

PHILADELPHIA —  GlaxoSmithKline has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research expanding the indication for FluLaval Quadrivalent flu vaccine to include use in children ages 6 months and older. GSK said that previously FluLaval Quadrivalent was only cleared


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