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Mark Panzer

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

Albertsons first to bill Medicaid for contraception consults

Albertsons first to bill Medicaid for contraception consults

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has become the nation’s first pharmacy chain to bill Medicaid for patient consultations about hormonal contraception. The food and drug retailer said that as part of a collaborative effort to improve access to hormonal contraception for Oregon women, selected Albertsons Cos. pharmacies can now bill the state’s Medicaid plans for

Albertsons acquires MedCart Specialty Pharmacy

Albertsons acquires MedCart Specialty Pharmacy

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has acquired MedCart Specialty Pharmacy, a Livonia, Mich.-based provider of pharmacy services for people with complex diseases. Financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. Plans call for MedCart, privately owned since 2012, to operate under its current leadership as a new business unit in Albertsons’ pharmacy organization. The MedCart unit

Albertsons earns kudos for MTM services

Albertsons earns kudos for MTM services

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. continues to exhibit excellence in medication therapy management (MTM). The food and drug retailer said Wednesday that OutcomesMTM has named it the “Top Large Pharmacy Chain” in MTM for the first quarter of 2017. This comes after OutcomesMTM, a Cardinal Health subsidiary, recognized Albertsons as a “2016 Top Large Pharmacy

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

Albertsons pharmacy tech is first to give immunization

Albertsons pharmacy tech is first to give immunization

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. and the Washington State University College of Pharmacy collaborated on a pilot program to provide immunization training for pharmacy technicians. Aimed at expanding patient access to health care services, the pilot led to the first law allowing pharmacy technicians to administer vaccinations, Albertsons said. In turn, that led to an

Technology to facilitate Albertsons procurement

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is partnering with RangeMe, an online platform for product discovery, to scale its retail buying efforts for the general merchandise and health and beauty categories across all of the company’s 19 banners. “This new technology directly benefits our customers and employees alike,” comments Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy,

Albertsons pairs grocery, pharmacy in healthy eating tours

Albertsons pairs grocery, pharmacy in healthy eating tours

BOISE, Idaho — Leveraging the grocery and pharmacy areas of its stores, Albertsons Cos. has expanded its Eating Healthy with Diabetes food tours to help diabetes patients better manage their health. Albertsons said Thursday that through April 30, the Eating Healthy with Diabetes program will offer free guided tours with local registered dietitians at 400

Albertsons enlists RangeMe buying platform for HBA, GM

Albertsons enlists RangeMe buying platform for HBA, GM

SAN FRANCISCO — Food and drug retailer Albertsons Cos. is adopting the RangeMe platform to scale its retail buying for health and beauty aids and general merchandise. RangeMe said Thursday that Albertsons plans to use the solution across all of its 19 banners, which include more than 2,200 supermarkets and 1,700-plus in-store pharmacies in 35 states

Albertsons pharmacies expand access to naloxone

Albertsons pharmacies expand access to naloxone

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is providing no-prescription access to opioid overdose antidote naloxone through its supermarket pharmacies in more than half of the states where it operates. The food and drug retailer said Thursday that nearly 3,000 of its pharmacists have been specially trained to administer Narcan, a naloxone nasal spray, as well as

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

Albertsons earns ACHC specialty pharmacy accreditation

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has gained accreditation for its specialty pharmacy care services from Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), a nonprofit health standards organization. Albertsons said late Thursday that it’s the largest national food and drug chain to receive the ACHC accreditation and operates its own in-house specialty care service for pharmacy patients.

Safeway to open Bay Area weight-loss clinics

Safeway to open Bay Area weight-loss clinics

SAN FRANCISCO — Food and drug retailer Safeway plans to open the first medically based weight-loss clinics in supermarkets in California. Weight management specialist Lean for Life by Lindora Clinic said Friday that five of its clinics are slated to open in Safeway stores in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Menlo Park and San Jose, Calif., on

Community pharmacies gear up for flu shot season

NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of six months, and retail pharmacies across the nation are spreading the word of their ability to provide such health services. Walgreens is now offering flu shots at all of its pharmacies (including Duane Reade