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CVS makes moves to strengthen PBM business

CVS makes moves to strengthen PBM business

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has announced two major agreements to boost pharmacy benefit management ­services. The company late last month introduced a 30,000-store performance-based pharmacy network anchored by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens designed to deliver savings and improved clinical outcomes for CVS Caremark PBM members. That followed the company’s announcement of a five-year deal

Ashworth named Walgreens operations president

Ashworth named Walgreens operations president

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has promoted Richard Ashworth to president of operations at Walgreens, a newly created position. WBA said Wednesday that Ashworth assumes the new role effective immediately. With the move, he adds responsibilities in  the health care commercial, IT and supply chain areas at Walgreens in addition to the duties

CVS Caremark unveils performance-based Rx network

CVS Caremark unveils performance-based Rx network

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — For its CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit manager, CVS Health next year plans to roll out a new 30,000-store pharmacy network anchored by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens. CVS said late Tuesday that the performance-based network also will include up to 10,000 independent community pharmacies nationwide. Besides yielding unit cost savings, the CVS Caremark

Walgreens gets help with Rx disposal effort

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Four prominent players in the health care sector are coming together to help combat opioid abuse by increasing the availability of Walgreens medication disposal kiosks. The goal is to collect 300 tons of unwanted medications over the next two years through kiosks at about 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide. Walgreens now has about

Walgreens plans new tech center in Chicago

Walgreens plans new tech center in Chicago

DEERFIELD, Ill. —Walgreens is constructing a new technology center of excellence at its downtown Chicago office in the Sullivan Center. Announcing the project with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Walgreens said it will bring about 300 technology jobs to the new facility. That addition, plus new hires and relocations from its Deerfield, Ill., support office, will

Walgreens Rx disposal kiosk program adds partners

Walgreens Rx disposal kiosk program adds partners

DEERFIELD, Ill. — AmerisourceBergen, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics are helping Walgreens fight the national opioid epidemic by expanding the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks. The drug chain said Wednesday that the effort will bring the medication disposal units to an additional 900 Walgreens stores near military bases and

Retailers, suppliers connect at Total Store Expo

Retailers, suppliers connect at Total Store Expo

SAN DIEGO — The 2017 NACDS Total Store Expo brought together thousands of retailers and suppliers to learn about emerging technologies, check out the latest products and discuss current trends in health and wellness, beauty, and ­pharmacy. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores conference offered a cross-industry approach that focused on the entire store.

Retailers seek insights in changing landscape

Retailers seek insights in changing landscape

The dynamism of the retail industry’s most active, innovative and forward-thinking members is raising the stakes for everyone in the field. Major developments with potentially far-reaching implications for the way consumers shop are occurring at an unprecedented rate. In just the past few weeks, Walmart and Amazon.com Inc. have ratcheted up the pressure on their

Gourlay: NACDS aims to ‘tell the story of chains’

Gourlay: NACDS aims to ‘tell the story of chains’

SAN DIEGO — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is working on a program to identify pharmacy chain members’ work to develop shared value that benefits society, NACDS chairman Alex Gourlay said at the 2017 Total Store Expo. “We are going to tell the story of chains more clearly, and we are going to

Anderson: Join Total Store Expo ‘conversation’

Anderson: Join Total Store Expo ‘conversation’

When it comes to addressing front-end topics beyond the pharmacy, I could argue that many other words prove more effective than “conference” in describing the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo (TSE). For example, the word “conversation” comes to mind — conversation of the high-caliber, high-quality, highly collaborative and highly constructive kind.

NACDS keeps pharmacy in D.C. discourse

NACDS keeps pharmacy in D.C. discourse

Amid the political turmoil in Washington and the unpredictability in the health care arena over the Affordable Care Act’s uncertain future, retail pharmacy operators and their customers are fortunate to have a powerful voice in D.C.: the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS has been closely monitoring the turbulent health care debate, defending the position

‘LabCorp at Walgreens’ slated to debut

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

NACDS stays course amid disarray in Washington

NACDS stays course amid disarray in Washington

The confusion and anxiety unleashed by Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to be put to rest anytime soon, despite the collapse of the Senate leadership’s repeated attempts to secure enough support to enact a bill undercutting President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. After the Republican-controlled chamber failed to pass

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