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Walgreens gets results in first year of Rx disposal program

Walgreens gets results in first year of Rx disposal program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has collected and safely disposed of 72 tons of medication since launching its drug disposal program 14 months ago. Walgreens said Wednesday that its safe medication disposal program is the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer to combat the national drug abuse crisis and help fight the

London Drugs gets closer to zero waste

London Drugs gets closer to zero waste

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs had another record year for waste diversion in 2016. The 78-store, western Canada drug chain said its continuous sustainability efforts resulted in 92.8% waste diversion totaling 12.5 million pounds  diverted from city landfills across Canada. Each year, these stores come closer to their goal of reaching zero waste. “We thrive on

NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay sees pro-customer role

NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay sees pro-customer role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A customer-centric focus will continue to define the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, said today in his inaugural remarks as NACDS chairman. “The theme for today, and moving forward is the customer — understanding the customer’s needs and meeting them,” Gourlay said. “The whole association

Ritzman’s concept embraces future of pharmacy

Ritzman’s concept embraces future of pharmacy

WADSWORTH, Ohio — The future is now at Ritzman ­Pharmacy. The year-old Ritzman Pharmacy of the Future has won plaudits from consumers, the industry and academia while performing ahead of plan. Hailed as an answer to the commoditization of pharmacy, the location in Rootstown, Ohio, has been embraced by patients and members of the broader

Discount Drug Mart looks to boost Rx services

Discount Drug Mart looks to boost Rx services

MEDINA, Ohio — Pharmacy services will be a focus for Discount Drug Mart in 2017 following a year in which the chain saw a gain in medication therapy management revenue and increased demand for flu shots. The retailer doubled revenues from MTM in 2016 and provided 5% more immunizations than in the previous flu season.

Republicans renew attempt to repeal Obamacare

Republicans renew attempt to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The effort to end Obamacare is not over, although whether the Affordable Care Act will be completely shelved or recast is unclear. Despite last month’s aborted House vote on a replacement bill, Republicans continue to seek an alternative to the ACA that the whole party — and possibly some Democrats — can get

Lawsuit aims to derail Washington state pharmacy regs

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has joined the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) in suing Washington state over a rule they say would reimburse pharmacies for less than the cost of dispensing Medicaid prescriptions. The plaintiffs last month filed an emergency motion in Superior

McKesson Canada to buy Uniprix

McKesson Canada to buy Uniprix

ST. LAURENT, Quebec — McKesson Canada has agreed to purchase 380-store suburban Montreal-based Uniprix. Terms of the deal, which will lift McKesson Canada’s store count over the 2,500 mark, were not disclosed. The acquisition is a natural step for two companies with deep roots in Quebec that have a long history of working together to

HealthWATCH for Business introduced by SDM

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) is launching a drug plan focused on better managing chronic conditions to help companies and their employees save 5% to 10% on their existing plan. The HealthWATCH for Business plan will integrate with Canadian employers’ current health coverage. “We understand that employers are facing unprecedented financial pressures due to

Chain drug industry adapts amid uncertainty

Chain drug industry adapts amid uncertainty

NEW YORK — These are uncertain times for chain drug stores. The turbulent political atmosphere surrounding the Affordable Care Act, combined with the undetermined outcome of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s (WBA’s) acquisition of Rite Aid Corp., is making 2017 one of the more unsettled years for the industry in recent memory. The ACA “is in

Lack of support sinks vote on Obamacare repeal

Lack of support sinks vote on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON — Republicans remained divided on a replacement for Obamacare late last month, as a House vote on the replacement American Health Care Act was aborted due to lack of support for the bill. House leaders pulled back the legislation despite a vow from President Trump to leave Obama’s signature law in place if Congress

WBA names chief merchant, marketer

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has named Joseph Hartsig chief merchandising officer and Adam Holyk chief marketing officer. Hartsig and Holyk report to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay, and are part of the Walgreens Enterprise Operating Committee. Hartsig also reports to Annie Murphy, WBA’s chief customer officer, while Holyk also reports

Peoples Drug Mart shuts down

Peoples Drug Mart shuts down

BURNABY, British Columbia — Peoples Drug Mart has ceased operations as a pharmacy group. The network’s independently owned 45 drug stores will operate under new banners, said Mark Dickson, who was Peoples’ interim chief executive officer. Dickson blamed the group’s demise after 41 years on the continued squeeze on pharmacy margins across Canada. Coping with

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