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CVS boutiques spotlight Korean beauty products

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy this month is introducing beauty boutiques in 2,100 of its stores, featuring more than 100 new products from South Korea, many exclusive to CVS. The K-Beauty HQ boutiques will feature a collection of beauty brands curated by Alicia Yoon, a trailblazer in the K-Beauty cosmetics and skin care trend that

CVS eliminates trans fats from store-brand food

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy said it has removed partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from its store-brand food offerings. Since January, the company has been selling more than 600 grocery and snack options without PHOs, the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed food. PHOs have been linked to rising rates of heart disease. The

Rise in U.S. health care spending projected to accelerate

WASHINGTON — The pace of growth in U.S. health care spending is expected to quicken this year, increasing 5.4% over 2016, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Health care spending last year hit $3.4 trillion, an amount that represents a 4.8% increase from 2015, CMS said in a

Thrifty White unveils diabetes care plan

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Thrifty White Pharmacy has introduced the Healthy Outcomes Diabetes Support Program. Tailored to patients’ individual needs, the diabetes care solution is being offered directly to employers and through health plan partnerships. “We’ve continually heard from employers in our communities that diabetes is one of their top-two concerns,” Thrifty White said. “Our new

Dedicated team at WPP to help craft WBA message

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance has selected a dedicated agency team at WPP, the world’s largest marketing and advertising agency, to handle its global marketing and communications ­account. The drug store operator will work with Team WBA, a bespoke team of WPP agencies assigned to handle the retailer’s traditional and digital advertising, media buying

Bartell, Amazon step up collaboration

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. is expanding delivery of Bartell Drugs’ inventory to its Amazon Prime Now customers in the Greater Seattle area. The expansion was announced about 10 weeks after Amazon selected Bartells as the first drug store to sell merchandise through its Prime Now one- and two-hour delivery service. About 90% of Bartell’s inventory

Federal court blocks Aetna-Humana merger

WASHINGTON — A federal judge last month temporarily blocked Aetna Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Humana Inc. The move stemmed from a ruling on a lawsuit brought last year by the Justice Department to prevent the health insurers from merging on the grounds that the deal would produce higher prices for consumers and fewer services for

Walgreens to house FedEx delivery locations

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and FedEx Corp. announced an agreement to provide convenient access to FedEx drop-off and pickup services in nearly 8,000 Walgreens locations by the fall of 2018. The companies said there would be a small-scale rollout this spring and that the program would be available at thousands of Walgreens

NACDS warns Congress on danger of drug imports

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) sent a letter to all 100 U.S. senators last month ahead of a vote on an amendment that would allow Americans to purchase prescription drugs from Canada. In its letter, NACDS said that importation undermines the prescription drug safety net. “NACDS shares the goal

Three management posts filled by Fruth Pharmacy

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Fruth Pharmacy recently announced three personnel moves, including the promotion of John Galvan to vice president of operations. In addition, the West Virginia-based drug chain promoted Drew Massey to director of pharmacy operations and hired Andy Becker as director of pharmacy administration. Galvan, who had been director of operations, was promoted

McKesson Canada names Domenic Pilla as CEO

TORONTO — Domenic Pilla has been appointed chief executive officer of McKesson Canada. Pilla now guides Canada’s largest distributor of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and oversees the integration of Rexall Health, which McKesson Canada acquired in late ­December. McKesson Canada picked up about 470 retail pharmacies in the Rexall deal. Pilla reports to Paul Julian,

Walgreens hits Theranos with breach-of-contract suit

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Theranos Inc., its former lab-testing partner, seeking damages of $140 million. The damages figure represents the amount that the drug store chain said it invested in the Palo Alto, Calif.-based health technology company. The civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware on November

Walmart, Kroger top Kantar PoweRanking

NORWALK, Conn. — Walmart and Kroger Co. finished in a virtual tie as the top retailer in the 2016 PoweRanking determined by consulting firm Kantar Retail LLC. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Co. were at the top of the rankings of manufacturers in this year’s survey. Walmart has been atop the retailer rankings for more than a

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