SDM gears up to sell medical marijuana

TORONTO — Canada’s largest retail pharmacy, Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), is set to become a licensed dispenser of medical marijuana, pending approval from Health Canada, the Canadian government’s department of public health. In anticipation of that approval, medical marijuana producer MedReleaf recently said it has signed an agreement with SDM to become a medical cannabis

Lewis Drug opens new-concept store

Lewis Drug opens new-concept store

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drug has opened a “next generation” store here designed to offer consumers the “highest level of convenience.” The 25,000-square-foot store,  opened last month, is located at Minnesota Avenue and 37th Street and replaces the 27-year-old Southgate store just a few blocks away. “Our pledge is to provide our guests with

Pharmasave tests clinical program

Pharmasave tests clinical program

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Thirteen Pharmasave Pacific Ltd. stores in British Columbia are piloting a clinical program to help diabetes patients better manage their condition. The Canadian pharmacy cooperative recently announced that the locations in the province are participating in a pharmacist-led clinical trial in which type 2 diabetes patients use a therapeutic nutrition program

Diplomat purchases software company

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting LLC. With the purchase, the specialty pharmacy also appointed 8th Day Software founder and chief executive officer Dave Loschinskey as Diplomat’s chief information officer. Loschinskey has served as CEO of 8th Day since launching the firm in 2013. The acquisition calls for

Recovery from Hurricane Harvey begins

Recovery from Hurricane Harvey begins

ARLINGTON, Va. — Though Hurricane Harvey has dissipated, it has left many in the Greater Houston area as well as parts of southwestern Louisiana reeling in its aftermath. From initial estimates it appears Harvey’s economic impact will be every bit as staggering as its winds were. Financial analysis firm Moody’s Analytics tallies the costs of

Walmart, Google teams up on voice-controlled shopping

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As of this month, Walmart shoppers will have another convenient way to purchase hundreds of thousands of products from the retail giant — via the Google Express e-commerce platform, Google Inc.’s online shopping mall. Both companies announced the partnership last month — a joint venture that could rival Inc.’s position in

Rite Aid to make use of RangeMe platform

SAN FRANCISCO — Range­Me, an online platform that streamlines new item discovery between consumer products suppliers and retailers, is teaming up with Rite Aid Corp. in a major initiative to scale product innovation efforts. Rite Aid’s category buying teams will now have the access to efficiently source trending consumer-ready products faster than ever before, “in

Flu shot program starts at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Everyone older than six months should get a flu shot by the end of October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To make doing so easier, Ride Aid Corp. is providing seasonal flu shots at its stores across the country. Certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists are administering

Independents get helping hand from AmerisourceBergen

LAS VEGAS — AmerisourceBergen Corp. showcased a “newly enhanced suite of solutions” for independent pharmacies at ThoughtSpot 2017, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual trade show. The solutions are designed to empower, support and differentiate independent pharmacy operators, according to AmerisourceBergen. In addition to highlighting technological and customer support solutions, the company focused on advocacy in today’s

Medicine Shoppe keeps franchisees competitive

Medicine Shoppe keeps franchisees competitive

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the key features that distinguish Medicine Shoppe International Inc. (MSI) from other chains is the company’s dedication to providing “high-quality, results-driven” business ownership opportunities in professional retail pharmacy, according to vice president John Fiacco. “Our pharmacies receive individualized business support and patient care solutions support. We’ll provide the tools and

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

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