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Rite Aid names Bulkley CEO of EnvisionRxOptions

Rite Aid names Bulkley CEO of EnvisionRxOptions

CAMP HILL, Pa.— Rite Aid Corp. announced that Ben Bulkley, an established executive with more than 20 years’ experience in health care and technology, has been named chief executive officer of EnvisionRxOptions, a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company and wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid.

WBA to participate in SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference

WBA to participate in SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance announced Friday that global chief financial officer James Kehoe will participate in a fireside chat at the 8th Annual SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference, Thursday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. The conference is being held at Lotte New

Diplomat delays release of 2018 financial results

Diplomat delays release of 2018 financial results

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy announced Friday that it is postponing the release of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 financial results and the related conference call and webcast to March 15.  The company expects to file its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal

NPC releases new study for improving patient-reported measures in oncology

NPC releases new study for improving patient-reported measures in oncology

WASHINGTON — The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) and Discern Health Thursday released a study that analyzes the landscape of available patient-reported measures (PRMs) and patient-reported performance measures (PR-PMs) in oncology and offers recommendations for filling gaps in measures and removing barriers to measure implementation. The

CVS ahead of Q4 earnings forecasts

CVS ahead of Q4 earnings forecasts

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health posted stronger-than-expected fourth quarter earnings Wednesday but issued 2019 profit guidance that fell short of Wall Street forecasts linked to “significant additional deterioration” in its long-term care business. CVS Health’s adjusted earnings for the three months ended in December came

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RETAIL NEWS

Wyoming, Oklahoma and Montana see flu activity gains in Walgreens Index

DEERFIELD, Ill.  –  Wyoming, Oklahoma and Montana had flu activity gains in Walgreens Flu Index for the week ending February 16, 2019. The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranks those states and

New report reveals significant changes in consumer shopping trends

NEW YORK — The much-anticipated annual global consumer report, conducted each year by iVend Retail, was released this week. The 2019 Global Shopping Trends: Essential Insights for Retailers survey report includes compelling industry insights from shoppers worldwide, including an analysis of variances across technology platforms, countries, and age

Albertsons Cos. and KeHE renew distribution partnership

NAPERVILLE, Ill. —  KeHE Distributors announced Tuesday that it has renewed its supply agreement with Albertsons Cos. as their primary distribution partner for natural, organic and specialty products. Speaking about the renewed partnership, Brandon Barnholt, president and chief executive officer of KeHE Distributors stated, “Albertsons is a

Meijer launches Consumer Drug Take-Back Program in all stores

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer announced Tuesday it is launching its new Consumer Drug Take-Back Program by installing secure in-store kiosks designed to help customers safely and properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at no cost. Customers can find the easily identifiable kiosks

Walmart posts strong revenue growth for Q4

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Tuesday reported robust profit and revenue figures for the holiday quarter, citing strength across a range of product categories and a 43% surge in digital sales. Revenue was up 1.9% to $138.8 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter. Excluding currency

SUPPLIER NEWS

Better Than Coffee snack bars to be featured at the 91st Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Naturally caffeinated energy bars company, Better Than Coffee announced Friday that its unique energy bars will be featured at the 91th Annual Academy Awards. Created to provide a natural alternative to energy products loaded with additives and artificial sweeteners, Better Than Coffee’s

Village Naturals Therapy intros Chronic Pain & Fatigue Soak and Body Wash

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Soothe sore muscles and regain energy courtesy of the new Chronic Pain & Fatigue line from Village Naturals Therapy, a Proud Sponsor of the National Fibromyalgia Association. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 50 million Americans live with

Hain Celestial completes the sale of Plainville Farms

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life, Friday announced that it has completed the first step in its divestiture of

QS/1 gears up for giving at PDS Conference

ORLANDO, Fla.— QS/1’s passion to give community pharmacy the resources to succeed in today’s marketplace will be on display at the annual PDS Super-Conference here this week. QS/1 will continue a tradition of honoring pharmacy staff who give so much to their communities. Conference attendees