Time for drug chains to reclaim beauty category

Time for drug chains to reclaim beauty category

NEW YORK — It is a pivotal juncture for the beauty care category in the drug channel. Retailers and brands need to devise a game plan to wrest the business away from prestige power players. Sales in cosmetics, skin care and grooming are firing on

Amazon targets Medicaid population

Amazon targets Medicaid population

SEATTLE— plans to offer discounts on its Amazon Prime service to Medicaid recipients. Low-income individuals who are eligible for the government health insurance program will be able to sign up for Prime for $5.99 a month, a $7 discount from its standard monthly cost

Walmart enlists payment tool to spur health incentives

Walmart enlists payment tool to spur health incentives

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Total health care spending in the U.S. climbed to $3.4 trillion in 2016 and is expected to reach $5.5 trillion by 2020, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. With these costs on the rise, the adoption of wellness incentive

NACDS RxImpact Day part of ongoing dialogue

NACDS RxImpact Day part of ongoing dialogue

An understanding of the value created by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ annual RxImpact Day — for the policy makers and pharmacy advocates who participated, the pharmacy profession as a whole and, ultimately, patients across the country — came into sharp focus during

Senators aim to quash pharmacy gag clauses

Senators aim to quash pharmacy gag clauses

WASHINGTON — A group of senators are sponsoring legislation to bring more prescription drug pricing transparency to the pharmacy counter. Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine), Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) yesterday introduced the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554)



Genoa Healthcare opens doors to 400th pharmacy

RENTON, Wash. — Behavioral health pharmacy operator Genoa Healthcare has opened its 400th location in its home state. Tukwila, Wash.-based Genoa on Thursday held the grand opening of its newest pharmacy at Comprehensive Life Resources, a nonprofit behavioral health center in Renton. About 175 people attended the

IQVIA report sizes up changes in global drug spending

DANBURY, Conn. — The types of medicines being developed, the way technology contributes to health and how the value of health is calculated are all changing dramatically, according to a new report from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. The study, “2018 and Beyond:

CVS Health shareholders OK Aetna acquisition

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Shareholders of CVS Health voted overwhelmingly to approve the company’s $69 billion deal to acquire health insurer Aetna Inc. CVS said that in a special stockholders meeting on Tuesday, more than 98% of shares were voted in favor of the CVS-Aetna merger

Cigna to buy Express Scripts for $67 billion

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., and ST. LOUIS — Continuing cross-segment consolidation in the health care arena, health insurer Cigna Corp. plans to acquire pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts in a $67 billion cash and stock deal. The companies said Thursday that, under the Cigna-Express Scripts merger agreement,

Walmart health executive George Riedl to depart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — George Riedl, senior vice president at Walmart and president of the Walmart Health and Wellness division, is leaving the company. A Walmart spokeswoman said Wednesday that Riedl, a key pharmacy executive at the retail giant, is slated to depart on March 16. The


Amneal launches two generics

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched two generic drugs, including first-to-market erythromycin tablets. The Amneal erythromycin product, in 250 mg and 500 mg strengths, is a therapeutic equivalent for the reference listed drug erythromycin tablets from Arbor Pharmaceuticals and is the only other immediate release

Reese introduces Pinworm Itch Relief Wipes

CLEVELAND — Reese Pharmaceutical Co. has expanded its product lineup with Reese’s Pinworm Itch Relief Wipes, a new treatment for pinworm itch. The over-the-counter Reese’s Pinworm Itch Relief Wipes provide temporary relief of pain, soreness, burning, itching or discomfort from anorectal inflammation while reducing contact with

L’Oréal rolls out personalized skin care service

AUSTIN, Texas — Looking at meeting the diverse beauty care needs of consumers, L’Oréal has introduced its latest technological advancement, a personalized skin care service called SkinCeuticals CUSTOM D.O.S.E, at Fast Company’s Grill in Austin this past weekend. Developed by L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator in partnership

Ex-GSK CEO Andrew Witty to take helm at Optum

MINNEAPOLIS — Former GlaxoSmithKline plc chief executive officer Sir Andrew Witty has been named CEO of Optum, the health services, technology and pharmacy benefits management unit of health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group. Plans call for Witty to start as Optum CEO on July 1. He takes

Perrigo readies store-brand Mucinex DM Maximum Strength

DUBLIN, Ireland — Perrigo Co. has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to market over-the-counter guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide extended-release tablets 1200 mg/60 mg, an expectorant and cough suppressant. Perrigo said Wednesday that its guaifenesin and dextromethorphan ER tablets are an OTC generic version