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Week of Mon, Aug 25th, 2014

Fred's spurs transition to pharmacy-led model

Fred's Inc. is expediting its transformation into a convenience- and pharmacy-centric retailer amid intense competition in its core general merchandise market and a surge in pharmaceutical price inflation, particularly generic drugs.

Shoppers Drug Mart debuts another beautyBOUTIQUE

Shoppers Drug Mart has opened its fourth enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE, located at Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Alaska health department, Walgreens take aim at pertussis

In Alaska, an uptick in the incidence of whooping cough has led the state's health department to partner with Walgreen Co. on a voucher program for Tdap vaccinations.

CVS to seniors: It's vaccination checkup time

September has been proclaimed as "Senior Vaccination Month" by CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic.

Walgreens deploys cloud-based EHR platform

Walgreen Co. is giving pharmacy staff a holistic view of patient health information via a central, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) system from Greenway Health.

CVS Caremark affiliates with MedStar Health

CVS Caremark Corp. has formed a clinical affiliation with MedStar Health, a 10-hospital health care system in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

Total Store Expo Product Showcase winners announced

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named the winners of the Product Showcase at the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo.

SDM report touts benefits of medication reviews

Shoppers Drug Mart is urging the leaders of Canada's provinces and territories to weigh the value of pharmacist medication reviews as they assess health reform.

Duane Reade banner to add Walgreens name

Walgreen Co. has begun co-branding the banners of its Duane Reade drug stores in metropolitan New York with the Walgreens name.

NACDS, ATKearney study examines chain drug digital marketing

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and management consulting firm ATKearney shed light on the chain drug sector's use of digital channels in a collaborative study.

Loss of key member won't derail CACDS

The Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) is pressing ahead with a five-year plan to represent the business of neighborhood pharmacy, even as its largest member readies to exit the group.

Standley: Time to 'challenge ourselves to be better'

Rite Aid Corp. chairman and chief executive officer John Standley, chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, called on chain drug industry stakeholders to strive to take their businesses to the next level in a keynote presentation at the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo here.

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