In-store clinics catching on, studies find

In-store clinics catching on, studies find

NEW YORK — Findings from a pair of studies reveal positive trends for retail health clinics. A recent Harris Poll for Nielsen on patients visiting in-store clinics might hold vital information for retailers focusing on health and wellness, and a study conducted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) found retail health clinic visits

NACDS informs governors about value of Rx

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states urging pharmacy patient care as a top priority in any changes to health care policy in 2017 and beyond. The most recent letter continues NACDS’ pro-patient, pro-pharmacy drumbeat to federal and state government decision

CDMA’s Jim Devine recognized for lifetime achievement

CDMA’s Jim Devine recognized for lifetime achievement

NOVI, Mich. — After 26 years as an integral part of the Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) and a lifetime in the chain drug industry, Jim Devine is hanging up his cleats, though he won’t be completely out of the game. Devine stepped down January 1 as CDMA president, but he plans to remain with

CVS program steps up fight against diabetes

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In its ongoing effort to combat diabetes, CVS Health has introduced Transform Diabetes Care, a new program available to help the company’s pharmacy benefit management clients improve the health outcomes of their members, lower pharmacy costs through aggressive trend management and decrease medical costs by improving medication adherence, A1c control and lifestyle

Walgreens teams up with university health system

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the University of Miami Health System have announced a collaboration focused on delivering coordinated clinical care and pharmacy excellence to patients across South Florida. As part of the agreement, UHealth — the University of Miami Health System, will manage and provide all clinical services at 17 Walgreens Healthcare Clinics insides

NACDS fills two government affairs posts

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has appointed William Tighe as vice president of federal government affairs and Amber Manko as director of federal government affairs. Tighe reports to Tom O’Donnell, NACDS’ senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. He began his new position with NACDS on December 12.

London Drugs introduces loyalty plan

London Drugs introduces loyalty plan

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs has launched its first-ever loyalty program, called LDExtras. The Canadian drug chains said LDExtras is the “most tailored program in retail involving experiences and savings.” When customers visit London Drugs, whether in-store or online, they will begin capturing rewards from customized offers on products and services customers routinely purchase

Walgreens unveils online skin care platform

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To help meet the growing need for skin care resources and accessible care and treatment, Walgreens has launched a new skin care answers platform, available through and the Walgreens mobile app. The average wait time for patients looking to see a dermatologist in the U.S., according to Walgreens, is nearly 29

Neighbourhood Pharmacies names full-time CEO

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has appointed Justin Bates as its permanent chief executive officer. Speaking to the appointment, board chair Vivek Sood said: “I am very pleased to announce Justin’s appointment as permanent CEO. The board is confident that, under his leadership, we will succeed in increasing member engagement,

Opening increases Bartell’s store count to 65

SEATTLE — Family-owned Bartell Drug Co. unveiled its newest location in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) this month, showcasing new features for convenience and quality products. Located at the intersection of Fourth and Jackson Streets near one of the region’s major public transportation hubs, the 11,656-square-foot store is the chain’s 65th location and is being considered

HDMA updates brand identity

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has changed its name to the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). HDA president and chief executive officer John Gray announced the change at the opening general session of the association’s 2016 Business and Leadership Conference here in June. Additionally, HDA’s nonprofit charitable research foundation, the Center

Health Mart gives franchisees tool to thrive

Health Mart gives franchisees tool to thrive

CHICAGO — Health Mart, which now has more than 4,700 stores nationwide, has grown by 50% over the past three years because it helps member pharmacies deliver and be recognized for top clinical performance, according to president Steve Courtman. “In addition, our innovative solutions and implementation support help members level the playing field against the

A look at four forces shaping independent Rx business

CHICAGO — In the opening general session of McKesson ideaShare 2016 in Chicago, Chris Dimos, McKesson’s senior vice president for corporate strategy and business development, highlighted four major forces impacting the health care provided by independent pharmacies. These forces — generics scale; consolidation and integration; product mix shift; and reimbursement, performance and access— are shaping