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Realignment in U.S. health care sector accelerates

Realignment in U.S. health care sector accelerates

NEW YORK — The U.S. health care industry has been in flux for a number of years, but the pace of transformation now appears to be accelerating rapidly. Several of the biggest players in the U.S. health care sector are making moves to confront an uncertain future — one that may bring unwelcome competition and

Reports: WBA in talks to buy AmerisourceBergen

Reports: WBA in talks to buy AmerisourceBergen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is in negotiations to acquire drug distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp., according to published reports. Representatives of WBA executive vice chairman and chief executive officer Stefano Pessina made “a high-level outreach” to representatives of AmerisourceBergen chairman and CEO Steven Collis several weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

2018 Retail Forecast: Learning to Adapt

What will the second year of the Trump administration look like? Is the demise of the Affordable Care Act imminent? Will pharmacists get the greater role in health care they have long sought? These are among the questions top chain drug industry executives are pondering as they look to 2018. With spiraling health care costs and

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s backing, combined with the entrepreneurship of independent pharmacies, has made the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network an exemplar of high-touch service, says senior vice president of community and specialty pharmacy and Good Neighbor Pharmacy president Brian Nightengale. AmerisourceBergen’s support tools and personnel enhance the inherent ability of independents to

AmerisourceBergen to acquire H.D. Smith

AmerisourceBergen to acquire H.D. Smith

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans to purchase pharmaceutical distributor H.D. Smith for $815 million in cash. The companies said that the transaction, pending regulatory review and other closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2018. Springfield, Ill.-based H.D. Smith, the nation’s largest private wholesaler, also operates CompleteCare Pharmacy, Smith Medical Partners, Triplefin

AmerisourceBergen action plan targets opioid abuse

AmerisourceBergen action plan targets opioid abuse

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen has ramped up its efforts to thwart opioid diversion and abuse. The pharmaceutical distributor on Thursday announced ongoing operational commitments to prevent opioid abuse and abuse in line with its initiatives to protect the supply chain. AmerisourceBergen said it will continue to use and enhance a sophisticated set of algorithms

AmerisourceBergen to buy H.D. Smith

AmerisourceBergen to buy H.D. Smith

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans to acquire fellow pharmaceutical distributor H.D. Smith for $815 million in cash. The companies said late Monday that the transaction, pending regulatory review and other closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2018. Springfield, Ill.-based H. D. Smith, the nation’s largest independent wholesaler, also operates CompleteCare Pharmacy,

Walgreens stocks all pharmacies with Narcan Nasal Spray

Walgreens stocks all pharmacies with Narcan Nasal Spray

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is now carrying Adapt Pharma’s Narcan, a nasal spray form of opioid overdose antidote naloxone, in all of its more than 8,000 pharmacies nationwide. Walgreens said Tuesday it’s adopting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by educating patients about Narcan Nasal Spray when they are dispensed a controlled substance

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

Lash Group’s Fusion to boost patient support

Lash Group’s Fusion to boost patient support

AmerisourceBergen Corp. subsidiary Lash Group aims to facilitate patient access to life-saving medications and improve patient engagement and health outcomes with the launch of Fusion, its new patient support technology ecosystem. Going beyond CRM, Fusion blends dozens of technologies with workflows customized for patient support services, and the platform’s proprietary, advanced data model allows Lash

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

Reliefband lands distribution with AmerisourceBergen

Reliefband lands distribution with AmerisourceBergen

HORSHAM, Pa. — Reliefband Technologies LLC, maker of the Reliefband wearable device for motion sickness, has entered a distribution partnership with AmerisourceBergen Corp. Reliefband said Tuesday that the partnership enables AmerisourceBergen to provide the clinically proven Reliefband technology to retail pharmacies and health care providers nationwide. The watchlike device will be available over-the-counter at AmerisourceBergen’s

PrescribeWellness, AmerisourceBergen enhance Rx care

PrescribeWellness, AmerisourceBergen enhance Rx care

IRVINE, Calif. — Pharmacy care software specialist PrescribeWellness is including its PrescribeCare solution as a no-cost feature for AmerisourceBergen Elevate Provider Network customers. Cloud-based PrescribeCare is an electronic pharmacy “care plan” that pharmacists can use to digitally communicate with other care providers, reducing redundant data entry, improving care coordination, and earning community pharmacies compensation for

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