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WBA, Express Scripts boost group purchasing relationship

WBA, Express Scripts boost group purchasing relationship

ST. LOUIS and DEERFIELD, Ill. — Express Scripts Holding Co. and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) are expanding their group purchasing efforts to include the procurement of specialty branded drugs. The companies said late Tuesday that their work will be supported by ValoremRx Specialty Solutions LLC, which will source specialty pharmaceuticals to simplify the global supply chain 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

Walgreens tabs Rick Gates as senior VP

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Rick Gates has been named senior vice president of pharmacy and health care for Walgreens. Gates most recently served as group vice president of pharmacy. With the promotion, he will oversee commercial development and sales, contracting, pharma development, pharmacy supply chain, and clinical programs and alliances, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said. He

Rite Aid starts to revamp merchandising team

Rite Aid starts to revamp merchandising team

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is making changes to its category management team as it proceeds with an asset sale in which more than 40% of its drug stores will be transferred to Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). The Rite Aid category management staff changes are under way, a company spokeswoman confirmed but declined

Communications team strengthened at WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named Gulden Mesara-Dogan vice president of communications USA. In her new role at WBA, Mesara-Dogan will oversee a number of communications areas serving the enterprise and U.S. businesses and operations. These include the Walgreens communications division, Walgreens external communications, and the WBA internal communications and corporate events

Gourlay: ‘Pharmacy is beautifully positioned’

Gourlay: ‘Pharmacy is beautifully positioned’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pharmacy retailers and suppliers have a world of possibilities in front of them amid an evolving retail health care landscape, industry executives said at the 2018 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. The conference gathered regional drug and supermarket chains (four to 250 locations) with supplier partners that help meet their customers’ health and wellness

Corporate giants team up on employee health care

Corporate giants team up on employee health care

NEW YORK — Three of the largest U.S. companies — Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — have joined together to take employee health care into their own hands. Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase said Tuesday that they plan to form an independent health care company to provide their employees accessible, affordable and quality care.

Rite Aid fine-tunes category management team

Rite Aid fine-tunes category management team

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is making changes in its category management team as it proceeds with an asset sale in which more than 40% of its drug stores will be transferred to Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). A Rite Aid spokeswoman confirmed Friday that category management personnel changes are under way but declined

Walgreens promotes Rick Gates to SVP of pharmacy

Walgreens promotes Rick Gates to SVP of pharmacy

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Rick Gates has been named senior vice president of pharmacy and health care for Walgreens. Gates most recently served as group vice president of pharmacy. With the promotion, he will oversee commercial development and sales, contracting, pharma development, pharmacy supply chain, and clinical programs and alliances, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said Thursday. He

WBA hires AbbVie VP to lead USA communications

WBA hires AbbVie VP to lead USA communications

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Gulden Mesara-Dogan has joined Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) as vice president of communications USA, the division that includes the Walgreens and Duane Reade drug chains. In the role, Mesara-Dogan will oversee communications serving WBA’s enterprise and USA businesses and operations, including the Walgreens communications division, Walgreens external communications, and the WBA internal communications and

WBA hires new chief for Boots retail chain

WBA hires new chief for Boots retail chain

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Sebastian James is joining Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) as senior vice president and as president and managing director of Boots, the company’s international pharmacy, health and beauty chain based in the United Kingdom. Plans call for James, currently group chief executive at European electronics and telecom retailer and service provider Dixons Carphone plc, to join

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Walgreens is halfway through a transformation that includes a rethinking of its supply chain and services, Walgreens Boots Alliance executive vice chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Walgreens is also recasting its approach to interacting with customers and patients, Pessina added, noting that 2018 will see

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