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London Drugs program supports immigrant families

London Drugs program supports immigrant families

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs has launched #Welcoming150, a program and donation drive to support 150 new Canadian families who left their country of origin, including because of unsafe conditions. The western Canada drug chain said customers can visit their local London Drugs to learn about the families adopted by that store and donate

Aurobindo gets FDA approval for pair of new generics

Aurobindo gets FDA approval for pair of new generics

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. has received Food and Drug Administration approval for two new generic drug products: amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil tablets, and glipizide extended-release tablets. Aurobindo said Monday that its amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil product comes in dosages of 5 mg/20 mg, 5 mg/40 mg, 10 mg/20 mg, and 10 mg/40

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

NCPA backs legislation to bolster Medicare

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association urged leaders in the House of Representatives to enact a slate of bills that would foster access to pharmacy services in Medicare. NCPA said Monday that it submitted comments for a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on Medicare and offered suggestions to enhance the program

Sephora, Ulta turn up the heat in beauty care

Sephora, Ulta turn up the heat in beauty care

NEW YORK — Sephora and Ulta Beauty have altered the beauty care landscape, siphoning off customers from both department and mass stores. And both specialty retailers show no signs of slowing down — suggesting that mass retailers must find new strategies to stem the losses, especially of Millennials and Generation Z customers. Market researcher Euromonitor

NCPDP’s Stember named among ‘Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT’

NCPDP’s Stember named among ‘Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Lee Ann Stember, president of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), has been named as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT” by health care journal Health Data Management. “This is a tremendous honor,” Stember said in a statement. “Just last week we held NCPDP’s 40th Anniversary Conference

Sav-Mor Drug Store enlists Digital Pharmacist

Sav-Mor Drug Store enlists Digital Pharmacist

AUSTIN, Texas — Regional pharmacy chain Sav-Mor Drug Store has tapped connected health specialist Digital Pharmacist Inc. to power its digital products. Digital Pharmacist said that, through its platform, Sav-Mor pharmacy patients can now refill and manage their medications via Sav-Mor-branded web, email, mobile or text messaging products. “We needed a more comprehensive digital marketing platform to help better serve our patients,” Sav-Mor Drug Store president Yvonne Gallagher said

Express Scripts subsidiary joins WBA global GPO

Express Scripts subsidiary joins WBA global GPO

ST. LOUIS — Express Scripts Holding Co. is participating in the Walgreens Boots Alliance Development GmbH (WBAD) global group purchasing organization. Express Scripts said the move entails its Innovative Product Alignment LLC subsidiary becoming a WBAD member. Bern, Switzerland-based WBAD sources and contracts generic drugs on behalf of its members. In addition, Econdisc Contracting Solutions

London Drugs’ John Tse honored with pharmacy award

London Drugs’ John Tse honored with pharmacy award

TORONTO — Longtime London Drugs executive John Tse has been named the 2017 recipient of the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award by the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies). A 25-year Canadian retail pharmacy veteran, Tse has spent 10 years at London Drugs, which has 78 stores in western Canada, serving most recently vice president

Lannett cleared to market Xyzal Oral Solution generic

Lannett cleared to market Xyzal Oral Solution generic

PHILADELPHIA — Lannett Co. has gained Food and Drug Administration approval for levocetirizine dihydrochloride oral solution, 2.5 mg/5 ml (0.5 mg/ml), an allergy medication. Lannett said its product is a generic version of Xyzal Oral Solution 2.5 mg/5 ml (0.5 mg/ml) from UCB Inc. Plans call for levocetirizine dihydrochloride oral solution to be manufactured in

Fred’s fosters disease prevention with screening programs

Fred’s fosters disease prevention with screening programs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy has made a difference in the health of thousands of people through its Heart Disease Awareness and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaigns. The drug and discount store chain said Wednesday that the campaigns brought screening and early detection tools to more than 98,000 people and, earlier this month, led Fred’s to

Apple Discount Drugs wins PharmaSmart BP challenge

Apple Discount Drugs wins PharmaSmart BP challenge

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Apple Discount Drugs in Salisbury, Md., came out on top in the “Lower My Blood Pressure” challenge launched last year by PharmaSmart International Inc. and Chain Drug Review. The one-year competition, which began in February 2016, sought to determine which pharmacies could enroll the most patients in PharmaSmart’s Smart Card tracking program

Good Day Pharmacy COO takes part in NCPA forum

Good Day Pharmacy COO takes part in NCPA forum

LOVELAND, Colo. — Good Day Pharmacy chief operating officer Vicki Einhellig participated in the recent National Community Pharmacists Association Steering Committee Forum. The annual two-day event, held in Alexandria, Va., focuses on the role independent community pharmacies in health care and how to best position them for the future. Einhellig was among 100 pharmacy professionals and

QS/1 president Tammy Devine to retire

QS/1 president Tammy Devine to retire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Tammy Devine, president of pharmacy software firm QS/1, plans to retire later this year. QS/1 said Tuesday that it has begun a national search for a successor to Devine, who has served as president since 2011 and has been with the J M Smith Corp. subsidiary for 35 years. “The time is

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