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Walgreens reaches out to beauty enthusiasts

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched Beauty Enthusiast, a free beauty club within its Balance Rewards loyalty program that provides cardholders who register for Beauty Enthusiast with additional rewards on beauty and personal care items, as well as other benefits. Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics,

Pharmacies advise seniors on Medicare Part D plans

NEW YORK — Pharmacy retailers are busy informing the public about Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDPs). Enrollment for the 2017 plan year began October 15 and extends through December 7. For example, CVS Pharmacy is offering an extensive array of in-store and online resources to assist senior patients in determining the best 2017

NACDS backs Rx pilot project

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is partnering with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin to advance a new practice model for improving patient access to quality and efficient care and extending pharmacy in a broader health care setting. The pilot project, Advancing Community Pharmacy Quality: Leveraging Tech-Check-Tech to Expand Patient Care

Express Scripts makes a change for Tricare

ST. LOUIS — Express Scripts Inc. is replacing CVS Pharmacy with Walgreens in its retail pharmacy network for Tricare, the U.S. military’s health care and drug benefits program. Plans call for Walgreens pharmacies to join the Express Scripts network for Tricare on December 1. CVS pharmacies — including CVS units in Target Corp. stores —

Prime Therapeutics teams up with WBA

Prime Therapeutics teams up with WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The partnership of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics positions the companies to capture a larger share of the prescription drug market and better compete with such players as CVS Health. St. Paul, Minn.-based Prime, the nation’s fourth-largest PBM with 22 million members, is owned by 14

Rite Aid, PBM division introduce Rx90

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. and EnvisionRx, the pharmacy benefit management division of EnvisionRxOptions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid, have debuted Rx90, a new program focused on improving medication adherence and health outcomes for consumers with chronic conditions. Rx90, now available for EnvisionRx clients, gives consumers the option to fill

Loblaw to buy health care tech company

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Lob­law Cos. plans to purchase QHR, a health technology company and provider of Canada’s leading electronic medical records (EMR) platform, in a $170 million deal. QHR is slated to operate as a business within the retailer’s Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) division. QHR is expected to retain its current management team, working as

Pharmacy patient satisfaction tracked by J.D. Power

Pharmacy patient satisfaction tracked by J.D. Power

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Pharmacies operating under the Health Mart, Sam’s Club and Publix Supermarkets Inc. banners are among the leaders in patient satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power U.S. Pharmacy Study. The analysis notes that high customer satisfaction with both mail order and brick-and-mortar pharmacies is reflective of an increased focus on customers and

Acquisition strengthens Genoa’s ability to serve customers

TUKWILA, Wash. — Genoa is buying the behavioral health and residential care services division of Advanced Care Pharmacy Services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Genoa said the agreement includes 13 Advanced Care behavioral health pharmacies in Michigan. The acquisition will increase Genoa’s pharmacy count to 24 in Michigan and to more than 325 nationally, most

Community pharmacies gear up for flu shot season

NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of six months, and retail pharmacies across the nation are spreading the word of their ability to provide such health services. Walgreens is now offering flu shots at all of its pharmacies (including Duane Reade

Pay options grow for Balance Rewards users

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now seamlessly apply their loyalty account at checkout through Android Pay, furthering the convenience of earning and redeeming points and expanding the company’s portfolio of unified mobile payments solutions. This integration gives the more than 85 million active Balance Rewards members, many of whom use Android devices,

Concerns about Zika threat on the rise in this country

WASHINGTON — A new study suggests that the Zika virus can live and cause damage in newborns for at least two months after birth, raising new concerns among health officials across the globe. The report, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, involves a baby boy born in January to a woman in

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