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PTCB plans update of pharm tech exam, training

PTCB plans update of pharm tech exam, training

WASHINGTON – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announced two significant changes to its Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The first is an updated Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline, focusing the scope of the exam on core knowledge relevant across practice settings. The second is

AstraZeneca releases Bydureon BCise to U.S. pharmacies

AstraZeneca releases Bydureon BCise to U.S. pharmacies

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca announced that Bydureon BCise (exenatide extended-release injectable suspension 2 mg) is now available in pharmacies across the United States. Bydureon BCise was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults with type-2 diabetes whose blood sugar remains uncontrolled on one or more oral antidiabetic medicines in addition to

Diet Coke relaunched with new flavors and packaging

Diet Coke relaunched with new flavors and packaging

ATLANTA — In a major brand relaunch, Coca-Cola Co. has added four new flavors to Diet Coke and revamped its packaging, shifting to a taller, sleeker and more colorful cans that still hold the same 12-oz. portion of soda. “Diet Coke is one of the most iconic brands loved by millions of fans in North

Kathy Ireland, Level Brands plan cannabidiol products

Kathy Ireland, Level Brands plan cannabidiol products

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Level Brands Inc. has entered into a licensing pact with Vancouver-based Isodiol International to develop cannabidiol consumer products. Under the agreement, cannabidiol (CBD) products would be developed for kathy ireland Health & Wellness, a licensor to Level Brands, and for Level Brands subsidiary I’M1, a lifestyle brand for men. The products include body balm,

Pharmasave helps customers quit smoking

Pharmasave helps customers quit smoking

LANGLEY, British Columbia — Pharmasave aims is educating customers on the health risks from smoking and highlighting its pharmacists as a source of support for people looking to quit smoking. “Regardless of how long a person has been smoking or using other forms of tobacco, Pharmasave pharmacists can help people become tobacco-free, improving their quality

Essence Ventures acquires Essence Magazine

Essence Ventures acquires Essence Magazine

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Essence Ventures LLC, a new company formed by Richelieu Dennis, founder haircare and skin-care company Sundial Brands, is buying  the multi-platform media company Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc. which includes Essence magazine.  Essence president Michelle Ebanks will continue to run the company and will also join its board of directors. In addition, the

Loblaw gives promotions to Motz, Leger

Loblaw gives promotions to Motz, Leger

TORONTO — Jeff Leger has been appointed president of Shoppers Drug Mart, succeeding Mike Motz, who has been promoted to chief operating officer of SDM parent Loblaw Cos. Leger had previously served as executive vice president of pharmacy and health care for both Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart stores. Prior to that, he was senior

Dimos selected to oversee Health Mart for McKesson

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corp. announced two key personnel moves, including the promotion of Chris Dimos to president of retail solutions for McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical and Specialty Health. Dimos will now oversee the Health Mart pharmacy network, taking over from Steve Courtman, who left the company to join health insurer Cigna as senior vice president

Arbor Drugs’ Eugene Applebaum dies at age 81

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Eugene Applebaum, who built his Dearborn, Mich., pharmacy into a major regional drug store chain called Arbor Drugs, passed away last month in his home at the age of 81. Applebaum made a name for himself as an entrepreneur, growing the Arbor Drugs chain from a single store, Civic Drugs, opened

Eosera to offer Earwax MD at long-term care facilities

Eosera to offer Earwax MD at long-term care facilities

FORT WORTH, Texas – Eosera Inc. announced that it is now offering Earwax MD to nursing home facilities across the nation primarily through key partnerships. “Hearing loss is indeed common among the elderly, but it is also largely avoidable in many cases. Often, it is a direct result of severe earwax impaction, resulting from failure

Walgreens, NewYork-Presbyterian offer telemedicine services

Walgreens, NewYork-Presbyterian offer telemedicine services

NEW YORK, N.Y. and DEERFIELD, Ill. – NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are partnering to bring convenient access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class care through new telemedicine services, now available through Walgreens digital properties and at self-service kiosks at select Duane Reade drugstores in New York. NewYork-Presbyterian, New York’s No. 1 hospital, is offering the telemedicine services as part

CVS, Aetna set to merge in transformative deal

CVS, Aetna set to merge in transformative deal

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health plans to acquire health insurer Aetna for roughly $69 billion in a first-of-its kind deal aimed at fending off challenges in retail and health care. The landmark CVS-Aetna merger deal comes at time when insurers are under pressure to lower medical costs, and retailers are under attack from new competitors,

AmerisourceBergen to acquire H.D. Smith

AmerisourceBergen to acquire H.D. Smith

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans to purchase pharmaceutical distributor H.D. Smith for $815 million in cash. The companies said that the transaction, pending regulatory review and other closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2018. Springfield, Ill.-based H.D. Smith, the nation’s largest private wholesaler, also operates CompleteCare Pharmacy, Smith Medical Partners, Triplefin

Merchandising team realigned at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. ­­— Rite Aid Corp. has announced a number of changes in senior management that are effective ­immediately. Bill Renz, Rite Aid’s current group vice president of consumables and photo, has been named senior vice president of category management. Renz joined Rite Aid in 1998 as director of general merchandise and photo. He

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