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Holiday sales wrap-up: In-store holds its own

Holiday sales wrap-up: In-store holds its own

Though online was the star of the strong 2017 holiday retail sales season, the period also brought good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Consumers did their holiday shopping through a variety of channels, yet still 90% made purchases in a physical store, according to the annual Post-Holiday Shopping Survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). And

What’s ahead in grocery retail for 2018

What’s ahead in grocery retail for 2018

In 2018, food retailers will be making the grocery shopping experience more convenient and engaging, veteran supermarket industry observer John Karolefski predicts. Top trends in grocery next year include more shopping options and mobile payments at checkout along with the rollout of more supermarket-branded meal kits, more openings of wine bars and cafés inside stores and easily-accessed

Canada’s pharmacists call for universal drug coverage

Canada’s pharmacists call for universal drug coverage

While many Americans are bewildered over the future of their health and pharmacy benefits, the call for universal drug coverage has been sounded in Canada. Earlier this month, the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) presented a plan — dubbed PharmAccord — that it said would enable governments to provide universal drug coverage to all Canadians, ensure

Analyst: No ‘kneejerk reaction’ from WBA

Analyst: No ‘kneejerk reaction’ from WBA

A CVS-Aetna merger or not, Walgreens Boots Alliance is zeroed in and making headway on its strategic game plan, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Tanquilut. Following a visit to WBA’s headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., last week by the Jefferies team, Tanquilut reported that the CVS deal didn’t “prompt a kneejerk reaction,” and WBA executives remain

Mega-merger turns spotlight on MinuteClinic

Mega-merger turns spotlight on MinuteClinic

While the changes that CVS Health’s $69 billion deal to buy Aetna may bring to the health care sector remain unclear, it’s very likely that a big beneficiary of deal would be MinuteClinic, says one market researcher. “Now these retail clinics in effect become in-house health care providers for Aetna,” explained Bruce Carlson, publisher at

CVS buy of Aetna around the corner?

CVS buy of Aetna around the corner?

Speculation about a potential CVS Health acquisition of health insurer Aetna has been mounting over the past month, and now it may have reached a crescendo. Published reports say the companies are in advanced negotiations and that a CVS-Aetna deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to an anonymous source cited in

Anderson spotlights pharmacy’s public health role

Anderson spotlights pharmacy’s public health role

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson co-authored an article appearing in Morning Consult that highlights the role of pharmacy in public health. Written with Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the column explains how community pharmacy is helping to address the threat of anti-microbial resistance as it has

New high blood pressure standards impact Rx

New high blood pressure standards impact Rx

For prescribers and pharmacists, the reduced levels for defining a person as having high blood pressure bring new guidelines for hypertension medication. This week, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology announced that high blood pressure is now defined as a systolic reading of 130 mm Hg and higher or a diatolic measure

It’s a mobile health tech explosion

It’s a mobile health tech explosion

There’s no slowing down the proliferation of mobile health technology. Currently, consumers can choose from more than 318,500 health-related mobile apps — almost double the number two years ago — and about 200 new apps are launched daily. What’s more, over 340 consumer wearable devices are now on the market globally. And supporting the burgeoning

Troubling Rx trends: Drug lawsuit ads, lax opioid disposal

Troubling Rx trends: Drug lawsuit ads, lax opioid disposal

Some recently released research uncovered a couple of disconcerting trends concerning prescription drugs. Lawsuit ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices have caused at least 61 serious medical events, including six deaths, according to a report from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). This marks an increase from previous reports, ILR said. Titled

Amazon reportedly gains Rx wholesale licenses

Amazon reportedly gains Rx wholesale licenses

Amazon has quietly received approvals for pharmacy wholesale licenses from at least a dozen state pharmacy boards, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday. Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Tennessee. Another pharmacy distribution license application is pending in Maine, the report said. Amazon

Reports: CVS in talks about acquiring Aetna

Reports: CVS in talks about acquiring Aetna

Published reports said Thursday that CVS Health is in negotiations to acquire health insurer Aetna. CVS reportedly will offer more than $200 share, or about $66 billion, to purchase the health benefits giant, according to anonymous sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, which originated the story about a potential CVS-Aetna deal. Bloomberg reported that

Lawmaker seeks insight on drug cost dilemma

Lawmaker seeks insight on drug cost dilemma

No one claims to hold “the solution” to soaring costs for prescription drugs and how Americans and payers — including government — can afford to pay for them. But strides toward unraveling the tangle of problems behind this issue won’t be made without determined attempts at substantive discussion between the public and private sectors, according

CVS targets youth e-cigarette use

CVS targets youth e-cigarette use

CVS Health continues to back up its mantra of getting people “on the path to better health” with action. Having dropped tobacco from its stores and refocused its front end on better-for-you products, CVS is taking aim at e-cigarettes. The company has made a three-year, $500,000 grant to bring the CATCH Global Foundation’s youth e-cigarette

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