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CVS enhances store experience

CVS enhances store experience

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has debuted its largest store in New York City, a Times Square outlet that showcases the retailer’s new health and beauty focus. “We’re excited to bring our enhanced customer experience to Times Square, one of the world’s most vibrant and visited neighborhoods,” said Judy Sansone, senior vice president of front

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Obamacare would be repealed and replaced early next year, following the failure of the Senate’s latest effort to overturn the law. After the Senate pulled back from a vote on legislation that would have moved control of health insurance to the states, Trump said Republicans “have the votes” to

Health Mart spotlights revenue

IRVING, Texas — Health Mart has kicked off a Town Hall continuing education series titled “Revenue Remedies: Inject Profits into Your Business with Expanded Partnerships and Clinical Services.” The independent pharmacy network will host more than 80 events across the country through early next year. The new events will help pharmacies overcome barriers and maximize

Martindale leaves Rite Aid to run GNC

Martindale leaves Rite Aid to run GNC

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Ken Martindale, who was an integral part of the turnaround team at Rite Aid Corp., has left the company to head GNC Holdings Inc. Martindale, who was president of Rite Aid and chief executive officer of stores, has become CEO of GNC, which has almost 2,400 stores within a store at

New plans afoot to recast health care system

New plans afoot to recast health care system

WASHINGTON — The effort to replace Obamacare has taken divergent paths, neither of which seems likely to produce a lasting alternative. Republicans, led by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, proposed taking funds budgeted for the Affordable Care Act and sending it to states as block grants along with the

Pharmacy customer satisfaction wavers over pricing

Pharmacy customer satisfaction wavers over pricing

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Resentment over rising drug prices has dimmed customers’ view of the U.S. pharmacy industry, according to J.D. Power. Decreased satisfaction with both brick-and-mortar and mail order pharmacies was found by the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Pharmacy Study. Satisfaction with brick-and-mortar pharmacy costs fell 27 index points to 789 on a 1,000-point

Shoppers Drug Mart unveils new Wellwise format

Shoppers Drug Mart unveils new Wellwise format

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart is recasting the shopping experience for seniors with a new store format dubbed Wellwise. The Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart outlet caters to the needs of aging Canadians who don’t want an “old person’s store,” said Theresa Firestone, senior vice president of health care businesses at SDM. Shopping for the

Treon tabbed to lead Medicine Shoppe

DUBLIN, Ohio — Todd Treon has been named vice president of Medicine Shoppe International (MSI), a Cardinal Health Inc. company. He succeeds John Fiacco, who will assume the position of vice president of pharmacy transition services at Cardinal Health. Treon has been Cardinal Health’s vice president of products and solutions marketing. In that role he

Hurricane Harvey shuts stores

Hurricane Harvey shuts stores

HOUSTON — The number of pharmacies that Hurricane Harvey forced to close — at least temporarily — ran into the hundreds late last month as the mammoth storm pounded southeast Texas. Drug chains, mass merchandisers and supermarketers shuttered stores with prescription counters throughout the region as Harvey battered the area with high winds and rain

Fagen decides to sell its 20 stores to CVS

Fagen decides to sell its 20 stores to CVS

DEMOTTE, Ind. — CVS Health has agreed to purchase 20-store Fagen Pharmacy. Terms were not disclosed. Plans call for eight of the stores to be converted and rebannered to CVS Pharmacy by late September. The other 12 are slated to be closed, with their prescription files transferring to nearby CVS pharmacies. The outlets to be

Cardinal Health names new Medicine Shoppe chief

Cardinal Health names new Medicine Shoppe chief

DUBLIN, Ohio — Todd Treon has been named vice president of Medicine Shoppe International. He succeeds John Fiacco, who will assume the position of vice president of pharmacy transition services at Cardinal Health Inc. Treon has been Cardinal Health’s vice president of products and solutions marketing. In that role, he has been a marketing leader

Affordable Care Act still plagued by uncertainty

Affordable Care Act still plagued by uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The failed effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act has hardly erased doubts about the law’s short- and long-term viability. Already, the Trump administration has suspended contracts with two companies that have helped thousands of people in nearly a score of cities get health insurance under the statute. In ending the $22 million

CVS extending health care reach

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health plans to extend its Transform Diabetes Care initiative to four more disease states over the next two years. The program is expected to also cover asthma, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and depression by midsummer 2019. Launched late last year, Transform Diabetes Care is designed to lower pharmacy costs through aggressive trend management

CVS to expand disease management program

CVS to expand disease management program

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health plans to extend its Transform Diabetes Care initiative to four more disease states over the next two years. The program is expected to also cover asthma, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and depression by midsummer 2019. Launched late last year, Transform Diabetes Care is designed to lower pharmacy costs through aggressive trend management

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