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Senate health care bill set for release

Senate health care bill set for release

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans today received a comprehensive briefing on the G.O.P. leadership’s proposed replacement for Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and a small group of Republican senators met behind closed doors to draft the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. McConnell is using a fast-track process in hopes of bringing the

London Drugs opens its first optical center

London Drugs opens its first optical center

WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Optical London Drugs made its debut last month inside a remodeled London Drugs store here. The full-service optical clinic has licensed optometrists on the premises. Plans call for other Optical London Drugs sites to be announced in the coming weeks. “At London Drugs we are always looking for new and

Fred’s screening campaigns tout prevention

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the fifth consecutive year, Fred’s Inc. recognized Colon Cancer Awareness Month by giving away free at-home EZ Detect screening kits designed to detect signs of colon cancer and rectal cancer in the early stages, when they are most treatable. The retailer, which operates 601 pharmacy and general merchandise stores in 15

Users realize benefits of Walgreens mental health platform

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced that nearly three-quarters of visitors to a digital platform that hosts free tools to screen for certain psychological disorders are taking “follow-up steps.” Walgreens introduced the platform a year ago with Mental Health America (MHA), a nonprofit that describes its mission as “addressing the needs of those living with mental

Walgreens helps to improve veterans’ mental health

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to improve mental health care for military veterans through enhanced education, access to resources and ­outreach. The partners are reaching out to veterans with targeted initiatives that address mental health awareness and treatment, suicide prevention

Ex-SEC chair joins CVS Health board

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Mary Schapiro, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has been elected to the board of directors at CVS Health. Schapiro joins the 11 directors re-elected during the CVS Health annual shareholders meeting last month. “We welcome Mary’s extraordinary record of leadership and unmatched commitment to investor protection and sound financial

Veteran London Drugs exec honored

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) honored industry veterans John Tse and Jaiveer Singh during its chairman’s dinner event at the Pharmacy, Health and Beauty Expo 2017. Tse, a longtime London Drugs executive who left the company this year, received the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award. Singh, chief executive officer of

Cardinal Health extends reach with acquisition

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Inc. is acquiring a large portion of the hospital supplies business of Medtronic PLC for $6.1 billion in cash. The purchase of Medtronic’s Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses gives Cardinal Health products in 23 categories, from catheters to tourniquet kits, and brands including Kendall, Dover, Argyle

Perez-Tenessa leaves CVS to join Amazon

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Alex Perez-Tenessa, the chief beauty care merchant who helped steer CVS Pharmacy’s campaign to forge a link between health and beauty, has left the company to join e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. Perez-Tenessa joined CVS in January 2013 to lead beauty and personal care merchandising after the retailer promoted beauty retail veteran Cheryl

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

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