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Issue 12-12-2016

Boots adapts its strategy with Farmacias Benavides

Boots adapts its strategy with Farmacias Benavides

To quote one of Cortes’ officers when the Spanish first arrived in Mexico, they came “to serve God and His Majesty and also to get riches.” While the Boots/Walgreens story was playing out in the U.S., ultimately ending in Walgreens Boots Alliance, Boots was also busy south of the border acquiring Farmacias Ahumada in Chile

Walgreens eyes more efficient health care

Walgreens eyes more efficient health care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In a country where health care is rife with wasted time and money, Walgreens is committed to making pharmacy more efficient. One measure of the practice’s current inefficiency, says Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., is the large number of prescriptions that need additional authorization on the way

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

WASHINGTON — The choices of Tom Price and Seema Verma for top health positions under Donald Trump have reaffirmed the president-elect’s commitment to toppling the Affordable Care Act. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and fierce critic of Obamacare, was picked as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while Verma,

CVS, OptumRx are teaming up

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is partnering with OptumRx, the PBM subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, to boost convenience and lower costs for consumers and clients while improving outcomes. The two companies will offer employers a new pharmacy network program providing eligible OptumRx members the option to fill 90-day prescriptions at prices equal to home delivery

Bartell Drugs leverages Amazon service

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has become the first drug chain offering free two-hour delivery through the Amazon.com Prime Now service. Amazon Prime Now members in Greater Seattle can shop for thousands of health and beauty aids, groceries and snacks from Bartells — including local products — and have them delivered to their door within 120

Optimism surrounds holiday shopping season

Optimism surrounds holiday shopping season

NEW YORK — Pervasive optimism over the economy and strong early online sales signaled a robust holiday shopping season. Economic growth, a lack of inflation, rising wages and low unemployment have buoyed consumers and augured a willingness to spend significantly through December. And while many shoppers are favoring online purchases, the general enthusiasm was also

Ontario asks pharmacists to administer more vaccines

Ontario asks pharmacists to administer more vaccines

TORONTO — Continuing to expand pharmacies’ health care role, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will enable pharmacists to administer vaccines for 13 diseases in addition to seasonal influenza. Starting December 15, Ontario pharmacists can provide vaccinations for shingles (herpes zoster), chicken pox (varicella), hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus (HPV), haemophilus influenzae

McKesson Canada taps Keays as president

MONTREAL — Sixteen-year company veteran Paula Keays has been promoted to president of McKesson Canada. Keays had been senior vice president of pharmaceutical distribution and operations. She fills the vacancy that was created by the late-summer departure of Alain Champagne, who joined sales training and development firm Optimé International as a partner and chief executive

Fruth Pharmacy embraces pharmacogenetics

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — In an effort to enhance the efficacy and safety of taking medication, Fruth Pharmacy is offering the Rxight pharmacogenetics program from MD Labs for its patients. Pharmacogenetics works by leveraging information about an individual patient’s genetic profile in order to select the best medications and dosages, which also helps to mitigate

NACDS Regional Conference targets industry’s ‘grassroots’

NACDS Regional Conference targets industry’s ‘grassroots’

ARLINGTON, Va. — The upcoming NACDS Regional Chain Conference will be a fertile source of ideas for retail pharmacy, says Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee Inc. “The Regional Chain Conference is a wonderful venue for in-depth exchanges with both retail colleagues and suppliers,” says Williams, who is chairing the

Rite Aid courts American Express members

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is providing American Express cardholders extra incentive to shop at Rite Aid by offering those participating in the Membership Rewards program the opportunity to use rewards points for eligible purchases. Eligible American Express Card members who have accumulated enough Membership Rewards points to pay for their purchase will

Chain drug industry looks ahead at uncertain future

Chain drug industry looks ahead at uncertain future

For chain drug industry people, 2016 will be remembered as a year best forgotten — as much for the uncertainty of the future as for the problems of the past. As November ended and December began, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores brought industry leaders together in New York City for NACDS Week in

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

Value of NACDS evident as new era dawns

At the start of the month the National Association of Chain Drug Stores concluded a series of successful events in the nation’s economic and cultural capital. The much anticipated annual gathering, known as NACDS Week in New York, brings together leaders from the diverse constituents that comprise the chain pharmacy industry to take stock as