McKesson sees exit of key exec

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Patterson Cos. has hired Mark Walchirk, a key executive at McKesson Corp., as its next president and chief executive officer, with a starting date of November 20. Walchirk will succeed James Wiltz, who has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since the departure of Scott Anderson on June

Griffith gets promotion at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has named Derek Griffith executive vice president of store operations. Griffith had been serving as senior vice president of operations in the retailer’s Northeast and Midwest regions. In his new position, Griffith will have oversight for all aspects of the company’s drug stores in more than 30 states

Walmart ‘moving with speed to win with customer’

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The growing convergence of its physical and digital assets has put Walmart in the retail sector’s sweet spot, according to company executives. “We have good momentum in the business, we’re executing our strategy and moving with speed to win with the customer, who is more connected than ever and embracing tools that

Walgreens gets help with Rx disposal effort

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Four prominent players in the health care sector are coming together to help combat opioid abuse by increasing the availability of Walgreens medication disposal kiosks. The goal is to collect 300 tons of unwanted medications over the next two years through kiosks at about 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide. Walgreens now has about

Industry does its part as another natural disaster hits

NEW YORK — Community pharmacy operators continue to respond to an unprecedented string of natural disasters across the United States. CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid Corp., Discount Drug Mart, Albertsons Cos., Kroger Co. and Walmart are among the community pharmacy operators contributing funds and other assistance. The Albertsons Cos. Foundation organized an in-store fund-raiser to

CVS brings Tigi Cosmetics to 2,000 stores

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has continued its rollout of premium and niche beauty brands with the introduction this month of some 60 products from Tigi Cosmetics at 2,000 CVS drug stores and on the website. In addition, Tigi’s assortment will get high-visibility placement on the retailer’s “trend wall,” an innovation introduced this year

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

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