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myMatrixx helps lower U.S. workers’ compensation plans drug spending by 3.8%

myMatrixx helps lower U.S. workers’ compensation plans drug spending by 3.8%

ST. LOUIS — Through increased efforts to better manage opioid use, and encourage more appropriate therapies generally, myMatrixx helped workers’ compensation plans reduce drug spending by 3.8% in 2018, according to the annual myMatrixx Drug Trend Report released Thursday. For the report, prescription medication use between

American Diabetes Association issues new report

American Diabetes Association issues new report

ARLINGTON, Va. — Personalized nutrition plans, nutrition for optimal weight management, and the prevention and management of diabetes complications including cardiovascular and kidney disease and gastroparesis, are detailed in the new guidance document, Nutrition Therapy for Adults with Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report (Consensus Report),

Michele Buck announces new leaders to Hershey executive team

Michele Buck announces new leaders to Hershey executive team

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Hershey Co. Thursday announced new executive leaders who will report to president and chief executive officer Michele Buck. “These appointments are testament to Hershey’s internal succession planning and its ability to attract deeply experienced talent and expertise from outside of the

Giant Food to participate in Produce Rx Program

Giant Food to participate in Produce Rx Program

LANDOVER, Md.— Giant Food announced Thursday its participation in the Produce Rx pilot program in partnership with local nonprofit, DC Greens, to give customers better access to healthy food. Through the program, customers who are Medicaid beneficiaries through AmeriHealth Caritas DC and who are currently experiencing

Abacus adds two to senior management team

Abacus adds two to senior management team

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Abacus Health Products has announced the hiring of two new members to its senior management team. James Barkat has been named vice president of marketing for Abacus. Prior to joining the company, he spent over ten years at Sanofi Consumer Health, where

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RETAIL NEWS

Leading pharmacy extends 100 year legacy using Oracle technology

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. — Farmatodo, a leading Venezuelan self-service chain of pharmacies, has specialized in providing medicine, personal care, beauty and baby products to help consumers care for themselves and their families for more than 100 years. Through a seamless shopping experience, the company offers approximately

Narvar, Walgreens partner to offer new customer services

DEERFIELD, Ill.—  Narvar and Walgreens are teaming up to provide convenient package pick-up and returns for consumers at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations offering FedEx OnSite services, empowering brands with a simple solution to meet consumer demand for more choice and convenience without investing in their own

François Coutu retires as Jean Coutu Group president

MONTREAL — François Coutu will retire as president of the Jean Coutu Group on May 31, parent company Metro Inc. announced Wednesday. He will be succeeded by Alain Champagne, a former president of McKesson Canada. François Coutu had two stints as president and chief executive

Big box retailers see more gift card growth

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — National Gift Card (NGC), one of North America’s largest gift card technology companies, released the findings from its annual gift card report. This report details redemption statistics for loyalty, rewards, and incentive programs in 2018 and found the following: This is the fourth

Kroger, Nuro launch autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston

HOUSTON — Kroger Co. and Nuro launched Wednesday their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston, starting with the South Post Oak store and followed by the Buffalo Speedway store later this spring. Houston is the second market for Kroger and Nuro’s delivery service, and the first public

SUPPLIER NEWS

Akorn receives FDA approval for loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension, 0.5%

LAKE FOREST, Ill. –Akorn announced that it received a new Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension, 0.5%. The product is manufactured at Akorn’s Amityville, New York manufacturing facility. Douglas Boothe, Akorn’s president

General Mills releases 2019 Global Responsibility Report

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills released its 2019 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates. The progress made by General Mills in 2018 demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to protect and restore the resources

Aurobindo gets FDA nod for olopatadine HCl ophthalmic solution

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. – Aurobindo has received final approval from U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Abbreviated New Drug Application for olopatadine HCl ophthalmic solution, 0.2%, 2.5 mL. Aurobindo’s olopatadine HCl ophthalmic solution is an AT-rated generic equivalent to the reference listed drug, Novartis’s

The Toy Insider unveils 2019 spring and summer guide

NEW YORK — The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, released Wednesday its 2019 Spring & Summer Gift Guide online at thetoyinsider.com. Showcasing nearly 250 toys across six different categories, The Toy Insider’s guide includes fun products