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Walmart claims biggest share in personal care market

Walmart claims biggest share in personal care market

SHELTON, Conn. — Walmart holds the largest share of the personal care market among all retailers, according to TABS Analytics. Meanwhile, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens have helped make rewards programs consumers’ preferred vehicle for getting deals on personal care items, the 2017 TABS Personal Care Study found. In the $40 billion personal care market, Walmart has

Publix Pharmacy branches out in delivery of care

Publix Pharmacy branches out in delivery of care

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Pharmacy is working with BayCare Health System to provide a range of pharmacy and health care destinations in the Tampa Bay and central Florida region. Publix Super Markets Inc. said Friday that the partnership will initially include BayCare-bannered telehealth centers in various Publix stores, BayCare screening kiosks in all Publix locations

Rx switches lead allergy sufferers to OTCs

Rx switches lead allergy sufferers to OTCs

WASHINGTON — More allergy sufferers are opting for over-the-counter medicines to alleviate their symptoms as more prescription products switch to OTC status, according to new research Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and Nielsen. CHPA said Thursday the study found that 60% adult allergy sufferers use only OTCs for treatment, up from just more than half

CVS to launch Reduced Rx savings program

CVS to launch Reduced Rx savings program

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health plans to serve up discounts on certain medications via a new prescription drug savings program called Reduced Rx. CVS said Thursday that Reduced Rx is designed to help patients with high out-of-pocket costs afford vital medications. The discounts will be offered directly to patients through CVS Caremark, the company’s pharmacy benefit

Senator: C-THRU bill ‘shines light’ on drug pricing

Senator: C-THRU bill ‘shines light’ on drug pricing

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) has introduced the Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked Act (C-THRU), aimed at bringing more visibility into prescription drug pricing by pharmacy benefit managers. The C-THRU legislation, initiated Wednesday in the Senate Finance Committee, would require PBMs serving Medicare Part D plans to disclose the aggregate rebates

CVS steers more funds to tobacco-free campaign

CVS steers more funds to tobacco-free campaign

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has earmarked $10 million in new and expanded partnerships and programs for the second year of “Be The First,” its five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS said Monday that the partnerships and programs — funded through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation

Rite Aid’s RediClinic nears 100 locations

Rite Aid’s RediClinic nears 100 locations

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Rite Aid Corp.’s RediClinic retail health clinic subsidiary is approaching a milestone. With the grand opening of six clinics late last month — inside Rite Aid stores in Toms River (two locations), Belford, Little Egg Harbor, Neptune and Old Bridge, N.J. — RediClinic has 99 locations overall. The 100th is due

Albertsons enlists RangeMe buying platform for HBA, GM

Albertsons enlists RangeMe buying platform for HBA, GM

SAN FRANCISCO — Food and drug retailer Albertsons Cos. is adopting the RangeMe platform to scale its retail buying for health and beauty aids and general merchandise. RangeMe said Thursday that Albertsons plans to use the solution across all of its 19 banners, which include more than 2,200 supermarkets and 1,700-plus in-store pharmacies in 35 states

Rite Aid’s RediClinic opens new clinics in N.J.

Rite Aid’s RediClinic opens new clinics in N.J.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — RediClinic has opened six new retail health clinics inside Rite Aid drug stores in eastern New Jersey with partner Hackensack Meridian Health. The new RediClinics — in Toms River (two locations), Belford, Little Egg Harbor, Neptune and Old Bridge, N.J. — were officially launched Monday in a grand opening event in

London Drugs holds heart health clinics

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs is helping raise public awareness of the preventive measures that can minimize the risk of heart disease by encouraging customers to attend a Healthy Heart Clinic at 68 of its locations. The program, which runs through March 23, is part of Heart Month in Canada, the western Canada drug

Shoppers Drug Mart closes year with sales gains

Shoppers Drug Mart closes year with sales gains

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Sales at Shoppers Drug Mart edged up for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and year, with front-end business hoisting comparable-store results. Parent Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canada’s largest food and drug retailer, said Thursday that for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, Shopper Drug Mart’s sales totaled $3.056 billion (Canadian), up 2.7% from

Walgreens designates cancer care specialty pharmacies

Walgreens designates cancer care specialty pharmacies

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has designated more than 50 of its community specialty pharmacies as cancer-specialized locations. The drug chain said Wednesday that the Walgreens cancer-specialized pharmacies are led by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with advanced cancer care training and knowledge, including medication management and patient support. Staff have completed a cancer-focused curriculum of advanced

CVS cuts trans fats from store-brand foods

CVS cuts trans fats from store-brand foods

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Artificial trans fats are now gone from a range of store-brand food products at CVS Pharmacy. CVS said Wednesday that it’s the first national retail drug chain to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) — the chief source of artificial trans fats in processed foods — from all of its exclusive store-brand food

Jean Coutu pharmacies launch travel health services

Jean Coutu pharmacies launch travel health services

VARENNES, Quebec — Jean Coutu Group and its affiliated pharmacist-owners have rolled out travel health services. The Quebec-based drug chain said the services include immunizations, prescriptions for certain conditions and pharmacist consultations to assist customers with travel preparations. At more than 190 Jean Coutu pharmacies across Quebec, customers can meet with a nurse who can

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