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Issue 06-20-2016

WBA appoints Gourlay, Barra to drive operations

WBA appoints Gourlay, Barra to drive operations

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Alex Gourlay and Ornella Barra have been named co-chief operating officers of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA). Gourlay had been president of Walgreens, and Barra president and chief executive of global wholesale and international retail. Both had also been executive vice presidents of WBA. In his new role, Gourlay will oversee Walgreens

Rite Aid makes statement with new DC

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — June 1 marked the opening of Rite Aid Corp.’s first new distribution center in 16 years. The mammoth, state-of-the-art facility sits on 97 acres here, with an ideal location near Interstate 85 between Highways 9 and 221, providing the company easy access to these major transportation arteries and the more than 1,000

NACDS maintains focus on provider status

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has backed legislation that would increase Medicare beneficiaries’ access to pharmacist-provided services. NACDS issued a statement urging members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to support H.R. 592/S. 314, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. The bipartisan legislation has been

IRS ruling represents new complication for ACA

IRS ruling represents new complication for ACA

WASHINGTON — Accountable care organizations (ACOs) face a major hurdle under a ruling by the Internal Revenue Service. ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, possibly including pharmacists, who voluntarily come together to give coordinated high-quality care. The goal is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right

Walmart’s goal is to reimagine retail

Walmart’s goal is to reimagine retail

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s investments in its people and in technology are paying off as the giant company seeks to “reimagine retail” and find new opportunities for growth. Speaking to an audience of 14,000 people — including shareholders and employees from around the world — at the company’s annual meeting earlier this month, president and

CVS teams up with ADA to combat diabetes

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in an exclusive partnership that is intended to raise awareness and funding to fight the condition, which afflicts more than 22 million Americans. “We are committed to making it easier for our customers living with diabetes to find the right products

Workshop series is introduced by Ritzman

WADSWORTH, Ohio — In keeping with its mission to provide care beyond the prescription, Ritzman Pharmacy has launched “Ritzman Revives” workshops, a four-part series themed “Food is Medicine.” The series, which began this month, is bringing people together to explain how healthier diets can optimize individual health outcomes. “In our practices, pharmacists frequently field questions

NACDS extends point-of-care tour

ARLINGTON, Va. — For the second consecutive summer, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is extending a national tour that trains pharmacists to train their colleagues in administering point-of-care testing in community pharmacies. This train-the-trainer program is designed to expand the knowledge of point-of-care testing exponentially in the pharmacy community. NACDS’ Point-of-Care Testing National

Digital tool helps MinuteClinic patients save time

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic, the retail clinic arm of CVS Health, has expanded its services and introduced a digital tool designed to make accessing those services more convenient for patients. New medical services on offer at the more than 1,100 retail medical clinics that MinuteClinic operates in CVS Pharmacy and Target Corp. stores nationwide include

Industry is gearing up for NACDS Total Store Expo

BOSTON — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will keynote the 2016 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo. “Joe Scarborough, Mike Brzezinski and ‘Morning Joe’ have built a reputation as the go-to source for political analysis every Monday through Friday,” said NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson.

Folds of Honor gets big commitment from Rite Aid Foundation

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program has made a three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit group based in Owasso, Okla., that provides educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members. The donation is the second made to Folds of Honor by The Rite Aid Foundation’s

Analysis: Naming of co-COOs right step for WBA

Analysis: Naming of co-COOs right step for WBA

The appointment of Alex Gourlay and Ornella Barra as co-chief operating officers of Walgreens Boots Alliance signals the start of a new stage in the process of forging the two companies that came together to form WBA at the close of 2014 into a new corporate culture. The two executives, whose talent, experience and leadership

How to respond to industry consolidation

How to respond to industry consolidation

The aftermath of mergers and acquisitions or other industry “disruptions” can be unsettling, to say the least. The dust is often kicked up, and the traditional foundation feels shaky at best. A June 2014 article by McKinsey & Co., “How U.S. health care companies can thrive amid disruption,” states that the volume of M&A deal

Supplements — good for health, good for economy

Supplements — good for health, good for economy

How much is a dietary supplement worth to you? Your daily multivitamin, fish oil capsule or protein powder may fill in your nutrition gaps, protect your cardiovascular system or promote muscle growth after a workout, but can you really put a price on their value? That’s a question that has challenged the industry, so the