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Helena Foulkes

Drug chains contribute to Hurricane Maria relief

Drug chains contribute to Hurricane Maria relief

NEW YORK — Chain drug retailers have stepped forward with donations and other aid for relief efforts on Puerto Rico, which is still reeling from the infrastructural damage wrought by Hurricane Maria. Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid and Discount Drug Mart are among the chains contributing funds and other assistance to the U.S. territory, where

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

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

CVS and Cigna try new patient care model

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Cigna and CVS Health recently rolled out Cigna Health Works, a new partnership that aligns Cigna-administered health benefits with CVS Pharmacy and CVS MinuteClinic retail health care services to deliver an innovative consumer-friendly experience for Cigna self-funded employer-sponsored health plans. This collaboration brings together the health benefits insights of a global health

CVS Health, Cigna take new approach to care

CVS Health, Cigna take new approach to care

WOONSOCKET, R.I., and BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — CVS Health and Cigna say they’re ushering in a new health care and drug coverage model with the launch of Cigna Health Works, which joins Cigna-administered health benefits with CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic retail pharmacy and health services. CVS and Cigna said Thursday that Cigna Health Works is designed

CVS moves to elevate shopping experience

CVS moves to elevate shopping experience

NEW YORK — CVS Pharmacy has reimagined its store design, highlighting an expanded offering of health and beauty products and “better for you” food products. The new layout’s “discovery zones” in key health categories take a holistic approach to care and product selections. Together with new health services and innovative digital programs, the changes represent

NACDS elects new officers, board members

NACDS elects new officers, board members

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced new officers, a new executive committee member and two new board members for the 2017-18 term. NACDS said Monday that Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was elected chairman of the NACDS board of directors at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

CVS showcases new front-of-store experience

CVS showcases new front-of-store experience

NEW YORK — As shown by the evolution of its front-end strategy, CVS didn’t change its name to CVS Health and remove tobacco products from its stores more than two years ago for nothing. Executives at the interactive brand showcase CVS held Wednesday in Manhattan noted that health and well-being underpins virtually all facets of

CVS Pharmacy pushes ahead with front-end plan

CVS Pharmacy pushes ahead with front-end plan

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has unveiled the next phase of its front-end strategy, including new store designs, more better-for-you food and health-focused products, expanded beauty offerings and informational signage storewide. CVS said more than 800 stores nationwide have been remodeled with the new front-end design and assortment, and over 3,400 locations now have expanded

CVS offers low-cost EpiPen alternative

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is providing a low-cost alternative Mylan’s EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector for anaphylaxis. CVS has made Impax Laboratories’ epinephrine auto-injector available at all CVS Pharmacy drug stores at a cash price of $109.99 for a two-pack. That compares with a cash price of $649.99 for the branded EpiPen and $339.99 for the

CVS pledges to raise $10 million for women’s heart health

CVS pledges to raise $10 million for women’s heart health

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has become a new national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement supporting women’s heart health. CVS said Wednesday that it has committed to raise at least $10 million over the next three years, including through an in-store donation program, to help fund cardiovascular research and

CVS beauty care mix brings new energy

CVS beauty care mix brings new energy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is unleashing a bevy of new items to prove it can compete with specialty beauty care merchants and lure younger beauty-crazed shoppers. Competitors offering the latest trends had siphoned off some of those customers, but now CVS is finding a path to add newness at lightning speed — and at

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

Going into the new year, several key personnel questions await answers, foremost among them the age-old problem of determining who, in 2017, will emerge as the most influential senior staffers at America’s drug chains. The determination is made more difficult by the fact that, as of this writing, Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid remains unresolved.

CVS serves up low-cost EpiPen option

CVS serves up low-cost EpiPen option

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In the wake of the public outcry over pricing for Mylan’s EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector for anaphylaxis, CVS Health announced that it’s providing a low-cost alternative. CVS said Thursday that Impax Laboratories’ authorized generic for the Adrenaclick epinephrine auto-injector is now available at all CVS Pharmacy drug stores at a cash price of $109.99

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