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Trump tries to galvanize support to repeal, replace ACA

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has called for bipartisan support for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, but his own party was divided on the issue. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, Trump asked Republicans and Democrats “to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare ­disaster.” Reiterating his campaign rhetoric, the

NACDS joins fight against border tax

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has joined with more than 200 members of the Americans for Affordable Products coalition to lay out a case to Congress against the Border Adjustment Tax. The BAT is included in the House Republican leadership’s “Better Way” plan for tax reform. In a letter to

New report charts extent of WBA’s efforts in CSR

WASHINGTON — There was a time not all that many years ago when corporate social responsibility (CSR) was viewed by most companies as a second- or third-tier priority, something good to do but not a central part of the business model. That thinking has changed radically in recent years, with CSR taking its rightful place

Peoples Drug Mart to close up shop

Peoples Drug Mart to close up shop

BURNABY, British Columbia — Peoples Drug Mart plans to cease operations this month as a pharmacy group. Interim chief executive officer Mark Dickson said Friday that the 45 independently owned stores in the Peoples Drug Mart network will operate under new banners. Dickson attribued Peoples’ demise after 41 years to the continued squeeze on pharmacy

Hy-Vee promotes Aaron Wiese

Hy-Vee promotes Aaron Wiese

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Aaron Wiese has been promoted to vice president of strategy/innovation at Hy-Vee Inc., where he will help develop new health, wellness and pharmacy strategies. He had been an assistant vice president of Hy-Vee and president of Amber Pharmacy. As a result of Wiese’s move to the executive ranks, Mike Agostino

CVS Health promotes Jon Roberts to COO

CVS Health promotes Jon Roberts to COO

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Veteran CVS Health executive Jon Roberts has been named the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, a new position. CVS said Thursday that Roberts, who was president of the CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits management unit, will continue to report to CVS Health president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo. As

NACDS looks at role of pharmacy in health care

NACDS looks at role of pharmacy in health care

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Pharmacy is pivotal to the national reckoning about health care, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is highlighting its place by advancing a pro-pharmacy and pro-patient agenda. That was the message of industry leaders at the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, with pharmacy-based answers to national uncertainties emerging as a

Jury still out on WBA-Rite Aid merger deal

Jury still out on WBA-Rite Aid merger deal

WASHINGTON — The acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc. remained unconsummated after WBA’s plan to divest 865 stores failed to erase antitrust regulators’ competitive concerns. When the Friday, January 27, deadline for completing the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal arrived, the Federal Trade Commission still hadn’t cleared the transaction, despite the

Provider status legislation on docket

WASHINGTON — Pharmacist provider status legislation was reintroduced in the House of Representatives last month with the original bipartisan cosponsorship of nearly one-quarter of the members. The Senate bill had been reintroduced eight days earlier. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores thanked lead House sponsors Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Tom

Furner set to take helm at Sam’s Club as Brewer exits

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — John Furner has been named president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club. He succeeds Rosalind Brewer, who is retiring effective February 1. Furner has been chief merchandising officer at Sam’s Club, with responsibility for global sourcing, packaging and private brands. He was named to the post in October 2015. Before that

Operations award goes to Richard Ashworth

Operations award goes to Richard Ashworth

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As president of pharmacy and retail operations at Walgreens, Richard Ashworth has helped point the chain in a new direction. The change, both at the company’s support office and in stores, has given the retailer a major boost. Measures ranging from net promoter scores to on-time prescriptions to in-stock levels are up

Walgreens Optical center makes debut

Walgreens Optical center makes debut

CHICAGO — Walgreens has opened a vision care center at its Magnificent Mile store in the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The Walgreens Optical department offers comprehensive eye exams from independent, fully licensed optometrists and opticians, advanced lenses from leading companies, a full selection of variably priced frames, and clear and simple pricing. The retailer believes

Republicans talk about what will come after ACA

WASHINGTON — Republicans want to replace the Affordable Care Act with “universal access” to health care, House GOP members said. The goal is to ensure that everyone can buy or find coverage, a House leadership aide said at a briefing organized by top Republicans. The briefing came amid growing concern about the 20 million people

Suit accuses six generic drug makers of price fixing

Suit accuses six generic drug makers of price fixing

HARTFORD, Conn. — Twenty states have accused six generic drug manufacturers of price ­fixing. The states’ attorneys general also said their lawsuit, filed in federal court here, may be just the start of a much broader legal action. The suit charges that the drug makers, led by New Jersey-based Heritage Pharmaceuticals, conspired to artificially elevate

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