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McKesson Canada fills Uniprix retail post

SAINT-LAURENT, Quebec — Alain Arel has been named president of Uniprix and Proxim, both of which are owned by McKesson Canada. The acquisition of 330-store Uniprix by McKesson Canada was completed this month. Proxim, with over 2,000 pharmacies, including more than 275 in Quebec, represents the largest network of independent pharmacist-owners in Canada. Arel will

CVS offers on-the-go convenience

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is introducing vending machines stocked with 70 or so items curated for their particular locations — airports, hotels, office parks, college campuses — giving shoppers an opportunity to grab something quickly from a machine and keep going. “We are always looking for new ways to combine convenience and innovation to

Pharmaca slated to enter Chicago market

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is expanding beyond its western U.S. market area via an independent pharmacy acquisition that will bring it to the Windy City. Pharmaca has entered an agreement to buy Aaron’s Apothecary in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, the chain’s first location in the city. In addition, Pharmaca has boosted

Walmart to retool U.S. business

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart is rolling out a new consolidation plan, putting in place a structure that improves communication and execution, streamlines decision making and accelerates the pace of change at the nation’s largest retailer. The new hierarchy will consolidate Walmart’s U.S. business to four divisions from six, each managed by a senior vice president

Rite Aid Foundation KidCents drug disposal plan debuts

CAMP HILL, Pa. ­— The Rite Aid Foundation has introduced the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, aimed at preventing medication misuse and accidental poisoning among children and ­adolescents. The program provides law enforcement agencies with free medication disposal units that enable people to safely discard expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. At presstime, more

Project Health screening effort under way at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has announced the schedule for Project Health, its annual campaign to provide free health screenings to customers. Through December 17, more than 450 CVS Project Health wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in selected CVS Pharmacy locations across 10 multicultural communities with a

CVS agrees to acquire ProMedica pharmacies

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is acquiring six ProMedica outpatient pharmacies in Ohio, five of which will close. CVS Pharmacy said it will take over operations of the ProMedica Pharmacy Counter in Oregon, Ohio, and convert it to a CVS Pharmacy outlet in November. The other five pharmacies, all in Toledo, Ohio, will be closed

Walgreens, UN Foundation launch vaccination campaign

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation have kicked off the fifth year of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. campaign. To date, Get a Shot. Give a Shot. has provided 20 million polio and measles vaccines to people in developing countries, according to the retailer. For every vaccination administered through August 2018

SDM raises funds to support women’s health

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) has kicked off its 16th annual fundraising campaign in support of women’s health charities across Canada. The Growing Women’s Health campaign aims to raise $3.6 million over a four-week period, according to the ­company. SDM, Canada’s largest drug store chain, has more than 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix

‘LabCorp at Walgreens’ slated to debut

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings Co. (LabCorp) have formed a partnership in which LabCorp will develop and operate patient service centers within selected Walgreens stores. The centers, co-branded as “LabCorp at Walgreens,” will offer LabCorp patient services for specimen collection, located near the pharmacy area inside the stores, the companies

London Drugs takes wraps off small-format store

London Drugs takes wraps off small-format store

CALGARY, Alberta — London Drugs has opened its first “grab and go” urban store here under the LDExpress banner. Located in Calgary’s Venator Building with direct access to Scotia Centre, the 4,000-square-foot store is a condensed version of a typical London Drugs outlet. It has a full-service pharmacy, space for two customer service specialists and

Jenne becomes CFO at Fred’s

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has appointed Jason Jenne as chief financial officer. He succeeds Rick Hans, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Hans will remain in an advisory capacity until August 18 to ease Jenne’s transition. “Jason’s leadership experience and in-depth knowledge of finance and operations ideally qualify him to be the next chief

Three join board as Bartell Drugs grows

SEATTLE — Two new Bartell Drugs locations were set to open this summer, as the family-owned company continues to expand its retail pharmacy chain in growing neighborhoods throughout the Puget Sound region. In addition, the company last month elected three new board members: Kathy Gersch, executive vice president at management consultant Kotter International Inc.; Kristi

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan

WASHINGTON — After weeks of working behind closed doors to draft a bill to replace Obama­care, Senate Republican leaders released the Better Care Reconciliation Act and set about finding 50 votes to pass it. Like the American Health Care Act that passed the House in May, the Senate bill represents a major revision to the

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