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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

Bartell Drugs launches 65th store

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs held a grand opening November 19 for its newest store, its 65th overall, in the city’s burgeoning Ballard neighborhood. The 14,200-square-foot store extends the retailer’s recent focus on urban locales. It features a full-service pharmacy that offers a spacious waiting area and a range of health care options focused on convenience,

Strategic plan mapped out by Neighbourhood Pharmacies

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has released its new 900 Day Strategic Plan, a mission statement for how the organization can advance the interests of its retail pharmacy members. The new plan represents not simply a change in focus but a renewal and enhancement of the organization’s strategic orientation, Neighbourhood

Thrifty White wins specialty Rx accreditation

WASHINGTON — The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) announced that it has accredited Thrifty White Specialty Pharmacy. Fargo, N.D.-based Thrifty White Pharmacy offers specialty patients full pharmacy support services, which it has expanded to serve all 50 states. It also offers specialty drug pickup at 90 of its retail locations. “We are excited to

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart provided free health screenings, education, services and products at more than 4,600 of its stores across the United States as part of Walmart Wellness Day, an event the company billed as the largest single-day health event in the nation. Walmart said it was expecting to provide free health screening for hundreds

Drug chains offer aid to Hurricane Matthew victims

NEW YORK — The nation’s largest drug store chains are among retailers that are offering assistance to Hurricane Matthew victims. The Rite Aid Foundation said it had donated $125,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where Rite Aid operates more than 500 drug stores. The

Sam’s Club focuses on women’s health

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club last month offered the latest of its Support Her Health free health screenings to help encourage women to prioritize their health and offer them a convenient way to do so. “While men are well known for avoiding the doctor, a recent survey found that 82% of women say they would

Cardinal Health helps independents crack Part D networks

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health said it is offering independent pharmacies a pharmacy-centered approach to preferred access to Medicare Part D networks to help them overcome “reimbursement pressures” in 2017. “Cardinal Health balances access and economics with the only advisory panel of pharmacy owners in the industry,” the company said in a statement last month.

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