Issue 05-16-2016

Walmart aims to be ‘front door’ of U.S. health care

Walmart aims to be ‘front door’ of U.S. health care

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — George Riedl is on a mission to make Walmart consumers’ first choice for pharmacy, health and wellness. “Competing against the company for so many years, I’d always respected Walmart and really looked at it as the leader in most categories,” says Riedl, who was named president of health and wellness at the

NACDS works to be part of the solution

NACDS works to be part of the solution

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. health care system is not functioning in a sustainable way, new National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman Martin Otto said at the organization’s Annual Meeting here last month. Costs are too high and are rising fast, while outcomes are disappointing. “There are a number of structural issues in

Shopping at CVS becomes more convenient

Shopping at CVS becomes more convenient

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Shopping just got a little easier for CVS Health customers. Last month, the company announced its partnership with Curbside — a company perfecting the store pickup experience for retailers and consumers — in order to launch CVS Express, a digital solution offering consumers a new level of seamless convenience. CVS Health is

Nightengale takes reins at Good Neighbor Pharmacy

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Brian Nightengale has succeeded Dave Neu as president of AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy. Neu, who has also been executive vice president of retail strategy at AmerisourceBergen, will retire this summer after more than three decades with the company. Nightengale had been president of Xcenda, AmeriscourceBergen’s health economics and outcomes consultancy. He

CVS Pharmacy y más makes L.A. debut

LOS ANGELES — Adding to the dozen locations it opened in June 2015, CVS Pharmacy launched nine CVS Pharmacy y más stores last month in the greater Los Angeles area. These specialized stores provide enhanced, personalized service to the local Hispanic community. The nine L.A. area stores will have the new format, which includes completely

WBA, AmerisourceBergen extend pact

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen announced earlier this month that it has extended the term of its strategic, long-term relationship with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) for an additional three years. The move extends the pharmaceutical distribution contract and the Walgreens Boots Alliance Development relationship to 2026. The extension includes an enhanced commitment from WBA

Drug chains step up, do their part to curb Rx abuse

NEW YORK — Drug chains are spearheading efforts to fight prescription drug abuse through a range of initiatives. CVS Health reported that its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program has donated more than 500 drug collection units to law enforcement partners across the U.S. The donation resulted in the safe disposal of more than 35

Enactment of drug abuse bill praised by Rx groups

WASHINGTON — Enactment of a new law designed to curtail drug abuse while maintaining legitimate access to medications has been hailed by pharmacy groups including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The legislation — which advances collaboration among health and enforcement authorities — is a positive step for people who have been affected by

Oral screenings offered at London Drugs

RICHMOND, British Columbia — In an effort to raise awareness about oral cancer, London Drugs began offering oral screening clinics at 15 stores in greater Vancouver, British Columbia. The screenings — held between April 25 and May 18 — follow a successful oral cancer screening pilot program that the company began in April 2015. During

New NACDS board members, officers assume roles

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Alex Gourlay, executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and president of Walgreens, was elected vice chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at its Annual Meeting. Mark Panzer, senior VP of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons, was elected treasurer. Gourlay and Panzer will serve a one-year

Bayer’s Hayes wins Begley award

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former president of Bayer Consumer Health Tim Hayes received the Robert B. Begley Award at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting that was held here last month. The award is the highest honor within the chain pharmacy ­industry. Throughout his career, Hayes has held positions of increasing responsibility

Top pharmacy staffers recognized by Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. recently announced the two winners of the 2015 Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Sharon Balser, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Milford, Mich., and Theresa Forrest, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Gwynn Oak, Md., were selected at random from more than 11,000 unique entries.

Payments issue shows Anderson at his best

Payments issue shows Anderson at his best

National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson recently provided the group’s members with an update about implementation of the new rule governing reimbursement to pharmacy operators for prescriptions filled under the Medicaid program. His remarks are of interest, both for what they say about the issue and for the style of