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After 75 years, Lewis Drug knows people are everything

After 75 years, Lewis Drug knows people are everything

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the business his father started in 1942, Mark Griffin, president and chief executive officer of Lewis Drug, says he is most proud of how his daughter Nikki Griffin, the company’s corporate vice president, has stepped up to keep the Griffin legacy thriving. “She’s extremely intelligent

Hy-Vee broadens diabetes program

Hy-Vee broadens diabetes program

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Midwestern retailer Hy-Vee is enhancing its diabetes programs with Begin for Diabetes, a lifestyle management program designed for the unique set of health and nutrition challenges those dealing with the disease face. The program, which the company just launched, adds to Hy-Vee’s existing Begin and Begin 4 Kids programs. All three diabetes

CVS deploys time-delay safes to thwart opioid robberies

CVS deploys time-delay safes to thwart opioid robberies

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In line with its efforts to fight the opioid abuse epidemic, CVS Pharmacy has rolled out time-delay safes in Ohio and Kentucky to prevent robberies of controlled substances. CVS said it has deployed the technology in more than 170 locations in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, markets, as well as in nearby

NACDS serves up tools for Total Store Expo

NACDS serves up tools for Total Store Expo

ARLINGTON, Va. — A suite of tools is available for attendees prepping for the 2017 NACDS Total Store Expo in San Diego, says Jim Whitman, senior vice president of member programs and services for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. This year’s event will be held August 19 through August 22 at the San

Kantar sheds light on potential of health, wellness

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Retailers in the U.S. are sitting on a gold mine of health and wellness opportunities, but they need to know where and how to dig. This was the essential theme of the Kantar Retail Health and Wellness Conference held here last month. By 2025, according to Kantar, health and wellness has

Health Mart helps its pharmacies get an edge

Health Mart helps its pharmacies get an edge

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart’s Pathway to Better Pharmacy Performance and Profit is helping its more than 4,800 stores shift clinical pharmacy operations and performance to improve their financials and grow their business, says president Steve Courtman. Introduced at last year’s McKesson ideaShare meeting in Chicago, the Health Mart Pathway provides a step-by-step road map to

NACDS Foundation awards $230,000 in scholarships

NACDS Foundation awards $230,000 in scholarships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has awarded $230,000 in scholarships and grants through its 2017 NACDS Foundation Scholarship Program. Announced during the NACDS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week, six grants of $20,000 each were award to applicants for innovative education programs, including two in the name of industry

Cardinal Health gives boost to Drug Take-Back Day

Cardinal Health gives boost to Drug Take-Back Day

DUBLIN, Ohio — As part of its effort to fight prescription drug abuse, the Cardinal Health Foundation is urging the public to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. The event, held April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), aims to help prevent medication abuse

For Thrifty White Pharmacy, it’s ‘all about the patients’

For Thrifty White Pharmacy, it’s ‘all about the patients’

  PLYMOUTH, Minn. — At Thrifty White Pharmacy, it’s “all about the patients and healthy outcomes,” according to chief operating officer Tim Weippert. “Our pharmacy teams are patient focused, driving adherence, patients’ health and outcomes, resulting in reductions in total costs of care,” Weippert says of the regional drug chain, which has more than 90

Partnerships help fuel growth at Care Pharmacies

Partnerships help fuel growth at Care Pharmacies

LINTHICUM, Md. — The unique operating model of Care Pharmacies Cooperative has been the key to the company’s record growth, says chief executive officer Michael Wysong. The company’s unique operating structure, he says, allows its members to take full advantage of the logistical and operational efficiencies of the chain while maintaining their uniqueness as independent

Kavthekar named Diplomat Pharmacy CFO

FLINT, Mich. — Starting May 1, one of the leading independent specialty pharmacies will have a new chief financial officer. Diplomat Pharmacy recently announced the appointment of Atul Kavthekar as CFO and treasurer. Kavthekar, according to Diplomat, has demonstrated financial and strategic leadership in his previous roles in the technology, health care and investment banking

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