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NACDS leaders: Tap strengths while embracing change

NACDS leaders: Tap strengths while embracing change

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Speakers at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting here last month argued that retailers need to respond to new consumer priorities and competitive pressures by embracing change while preserving and building on their traditional strengths. Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos.,

NACDS Annual Meeting sets the stage for NACDS Total Store Expo

NACDS Annual Meeting sets the stage for NACDS Total Store Expo

ARLINGTON, Va. – During remarks at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Annual Meeting in April, the NACDS leadership emphasized the importance of retailer-supplier collaboration across diverse product categories, and positioned the NACDS Total Store Expo as a natural progression of retailer-supplier collaboration throughout the year. With a theme of “Leading Health and

Panzer vows to keep NACDS focused on patients’ needs

Panzer vows to keep NACDS focused on patients’ needs

BOISE, Idaho — Mark Panzer, chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has been involved with the chain drug business for over 40 years. During that time, he has seen the industry transformed, above all by consolidation, but also in response to broader changes in retailing and consumer behavior as well as changing

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

Albertsons sounds call for flu vaccination

Albertsons sounds call for flu vaccination

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is highlighting no-appointment flu shots at its pharmacies in response to reports of heightened influenza activity in parts of the country. The food and drug retailer said late Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flu Surveillance Report indicated local, regional and widespread flu activity in the United States,

PBS TV to air segment on ScriptDrop, Albertsons

PBS TV to air segment on ScriptDrop, Albertsons

COLUMBUS, Ohio — ScriptDrop and Albertsons Cos. will be featured on the educational television series “Success Files” for their efforts to provide patients with their prescription medications following Hurricane Harvey. Plans call for Success Files, hosted by Rob Lowe, to tape the ScriptDrop-Albertsons segment in Houston on Nov. 14 and air it nationally via PBS member

NACDS recognizes Kinney Drugs with PEP Award

NACDS recognizes Kinney Drugs with PEP Award

SAN DIEGO — Regional drug chain Kinney Drugs was honored for political engagement by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores at the 2017 NACDS Total Store Expo here. Mike Duteau, vice president of business development and strategic relations for KPH Healthcare Services, accepted the 2017 Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award (2017 PEP Award) at this

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

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