WASHINGTON — The Senate dealt a devastating blow to Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, defeating a GOP “skinny repeal” bill. Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined with Democrats to oppose the measure, a major loss for President Trump and the Republican congressional agenda.
NEW YORK — With the acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) now canceled and replaced by a smaller transaction, the chain drug landscape will retain a more familiar look. Nonetheless, all three parties to the original deal, which involved the purchase of 865 Rite Aid locations by Fred’s Inc., will
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic have expanded their eight-year clinical affiliation to enhance access to care for patients throughout Northeast Ohio and Florida, as well as improve quality, coordinated delivery of care and health outcomes for patients. “Our clinical collaboration with Cleveland Clinic has successfully increased access to care for thousands of
TUKWILA, Wash. — Genoa aims to take its behavioral health pharmacy care to a higher level with the launch of Genoa Medication Management Solutions. The company said that the new offering stems from its acquisition of Medication Management Systems Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of medication therapy management (MTM) services and technology for complex, high-risk patients.
WASHINGTON — Retailers applauded congressional Republicans’ move to give up their pursuit of the border adjustment tax (BAT). Prior to GOP leaders’ announcement of the decision on July 27, retailers that receive many of the goods they sell from overseas had expressed concerns about the BAT, claiming that it would pass hefty costs on to
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings Co. (LabCorp) have formed a partnership in which LabCorp will develop and operate patient service centers within selected Walgreens stores. The centers, co-branded as “LabCorp at Walgreens,” will offer LabCorp patient services for specimen collection, located near the pharmacy area inside the stores, the companies
CALGARY, Alberta — London Drugs has opened its first “grab and go” urban store here under the LDExpress banner. Located in Calgary’s Venator Building with direct access to Scotia Centre, the 4,000-square-foot store is a condensed version of a typical London Drugs outlet. It has a full-service pharmacy, space for two customer service specialists and
MEDINA, Ohio — Discount Drug Mart plans to install Provision Interactive Technologies Inc. 3D Savings Center kiosks in its stores. In addition to holographs, the kiosks will display advertising, including exclusive Discount Drug Mart promotions. The kiosks have a two-dimensional interactive touchscreen that gives consumers access to information as well as rewards and coupons. “The
LAS VEGAS — AmerisourceBergen Corp. showcased a “newly enhanced suite of solutions” for independent pharmacies at ThoughtSpot 2017, Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s annual trade show. The solutions are designed to empower, support and differentiate independent pharmacy operators, according to AmerisourceBergen. In addition to highlighting technological and customer support solutions, the company focused on advocacy in today’s
TAMPA, Fla. — Via a collaborative practice program, Benzer Pharmacy has begun helping doctors provide clinical services to improve patient health outcomes and generate more revenue for physicians’ offices. The clinical services include chronic care management for patients with chronic or complex diseases and health conditions, transitional care management for patients being discharged from a
MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has appointed Jason Jenne as chief financial officer. He succeeds Rick Hans, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Hans will remain in an advisory capacity until August 18 to ease Jenne’s transition. “Jason’s leadership experience and in-depth knowledge of finance and operations ideally qualify him to be the next chief
SEATTLE — Two new Bartell Drugs locations were set to open this summer, as the family-owned company continues to expand its retail pharmacy chain in growing neighborhoods throughout the Puget Sound region. In addition, the company last month elected three new board members: Kathy Gersch, executive vice president at management consultant Kotter International Inc.; Kristi
WASHINGTON — After weeks of working behind closed doors to draft a bill to replace Obamacare, Senate Republican leaders released the Better Care Reconciliation Act and set about finding 50 votes to pass it. Like the American Health Care Act that passed the House in May, the Senate bill represents a major revision to the
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the business his father started in 1942, Mark Griffin, president and chief executive officer of Lewis Drug, says he is most proud of how his daughter Nikki Griffin, the company’s corporate vice president, has stepped up to keep the Griffin legacy thriving. “She’s extremely intelligent