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Fruth Pharmacy embraces pharmacogenetics

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — In an effort to enhance the efficacy and safety of taking medication, Fruth Pharmacy is offering the Rxight pharmacogenetics program from MD Labs for its patients. Pharmacogenetics works by leveraging information about an individual patient’s genetic profile in order to select the best medications and dosages, which also helps to mitigate

Rite Aid courts American Express members

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is providing American Express cardholders extra incentive to shop at Rite Aid by offering those participating in the Membership Rewards program the opportunity to use rewards points for eligible purchases. Eligible American Express Card members who have accumulated enough Membership Rewards points to pay for their purchase will

CHPA Educational Foundation gives awards

CHPA Educational Foundation gives awards

NEW YORK — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation held its inaugural gala Monday night in Manhattan’s iconic Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. At the sold-out event, CHPA celebrated members of the health care community whose partnerships with the foundation have made significant strides to advance public education on the safe use,

NACDS extends point-of-care tour

ARLINGTON, Va. — For the second consecutive summer, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is extending a national tour that trains pharmacists to train their colleagues in administering point-of-care testing in community pharmacies. This train-the-trainer program is designed to expand the knowledge of point-of-care testing exponentially in the pharmacy community. NACDS’ Point-of-Care Testing National

Grand opening: Rite Aid’s new DC in S.C.

Grand opening: Rite Aid’s new DC in S.C.

This week, Rite Aid marked the opening its first new distribution center in 16 years, located in Spartanburg, S.C. The 900,000-square-foot facility, located on a 97-acre site at 789 Flatwood Industrial Dr. in Spartanburg, near Interstate 85 between Highways 9 and 221, will support over 1,000 Rite Aid stores in the Southeast. Besides state-of-the-art warehouse

Shopping at CVS becomes more convenient

Shopping at CVS becomes more convenient

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Shopping just got a little easier for CVS Health customers. Last month, the company announced its partnership with Curbside — a company perfecting the store pickup experience for retailers and consumers — in order to launch CVS Express, a digital solution offering consumers a new level of seamless convenience. CVS Health is

CVS Pharmacy y más makes L.A. debut

LOS ANGELES — Adding to the dozen locations it opened in June 2015, CVS Pharmacy launched nine CVS Pharmacy y más stores last month in the greater Los Angeles area. These specialized stores provide enhanced, personalized service to the local Hispanic community. The nine L.A. area stores will have the new format, which includes completely

Oral screenings offered at London Drugs

RICHMOND, British Columbia — In an effort to raise awareness about oral cancer, London Drugs began offering oral screening clinics at 15 stores in greater Vancouver, British Columbia. The screenings — held between April 25 and May 18 — follow a successful oral cancer screening pilot program that the company began in April 2015. During

Bayer’s Hayes wins Begley award

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former president of Bayer Consumer Health Tim Hayes received the Robert B. Begley Award at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting that was held here last month. The award is the highest honor within the chain pharmacy ­industry. Throughout his career, Hayes has held positions of increasing responsibility

Top pharmacy staffers recognized by Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. recently announced the two winners of the 2015 Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Sharon Balser, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Milford, Mich., and Theresa Forrest, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Gwynn Oak, Md., were selected at random from more than 11,000 unique entries.

NACDS Foundation plans Zika campaign in Puerto Rico

NACDS Foundation plans Zika campaign in Puerto Rico

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is launching a radio and digital education initiative in Puerto Rico to address rising concerns over the Zika virus. Plans call for the NACDS Foundation to begin airing radio messages on May 9 to urge women to seek advice from doctors and pharmacists about

Helen of Troy sharpens customer-centric strategy

Helen of Troy sharpens customer-centric strategy

NEW YORK — Helen of Troy is transforming itself, with the goal of delivering results for customers and shareholders. And there has been much progress toward achieving that goal over the past two years, according to Julien Mininberg, the company’s chief executive officer. Along with tripling its size over the past decade, Helen of Troy

GlaxoSmithKline officially opens new HQ

GlaxoSmithKline officially opens new HQ

WARREN, N.J. — One of the world’s largest consumer health care companies celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art headquarters here earlier this month with company leaders and federal, state and local dignitaries. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare — known for such brands as Sensodyne, Theraflu, Excedrin, Nicorette and NicoDermCQ, Flonase, and TUMS — held the

Health Mart helps bridge competitive gap

Health Mart helps bridge competitive gap

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart has spurred its rapid growth by helping to level the competitive playing field for its member pharmacies with innovative programs and tools, according to president Steve Courtman. The McKesson Corp. pharmacy franchise, now with 4,610 locally owned pharmacies in all 50 states, has seen its ranks swell by more than

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