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Bartell Drugs launches Instacart service

Bartell Drugs launches Instacart service

SEATTLE — Now, offering more  delivery options than ever before, Bartell’s has launched Instacart. “We understand the importance of making connections, driving convenience, putting the customer in control and improving their experiences,” said Brent Beebe, senior vice president of merchandising for Bartell’s. “We have served

New York organizations urge Governor Cuomo to cut Rx costs

New York organizations urge Governor Cuomo to cut Rx costs

ALBANY, N.Y. — A broad coalition of organizations representing New York patients, consumers and workers are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to support a comprehensive policy package to address the high cost of prescription drugs in the next Executive Budget. To date, no governor in the

CHPA and AACP spearhead pharmacy school pilot for O-T-C products

CHPA and AACP spearhead pharmacy school pilot for O-T-C products

WASHINGTON —  The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recently conducted a pilot effort to bolster pharmacy students’ training around over-the-counter (O-T-C) products. Through several CHPA member company donations,144 U.S. schools of pharmacy received over 100 different O-T-C

Giant Food plans to redevelop Fort Washington store

Giant Food plans to redevelop Fort Washington store

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food announced plans to redevelop one of its store locations in Fort Washington, Md. Located at 9580 Livingston Rd., the store has been a staple of the local community along with 16 other Giant locations in the Prince George’s County and

Congressman Gibbs discusses DIR, celebrates Discount Drug Mart’s 50th

Congressman Gibbs discusses DIR, celebrates Discount Drug Mart’s 50th

ARLINGTON, Va.— U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R, Ohio) visited the Ashland, Ohio, Discount Drug Mart to discuss pharmacy benefit manager issues – including the need for direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee relief. Rep. Gibbs also presented Discount Drug Mart with a proclamation recognizing the

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RETAIL NEWS

Walgreens explores going private

NEW YORK — According to various published reports, Walgreens Boots Alliance is exploring going private in what could mark the largest leveraged buyout in history. One of the firms looking at a deal is KKR. KKR has a history with the retailer. In 2007, it

CVS Health beats Q3 earnings forecast

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health turned in another impressive showing  in the third quarter of 2019, as both adjusted earnings and revenues exceeded analysts’ estimates. Based on the solid performance, the company raised its full-year guidance on adjusted earnings. “Our third-quarter results build on the

SUPPLIER NEWS

Glenmark receives ANDA approval for adapalene and benzoyl peroxide gel

MUMBAI, India —  Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has been granted final approval by the United States Food & Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) for adapalene and benzoyl peroxide gel, 0.1% 2.5%, the generic version of Epiduo Gel, 0.1% 2.5%, of Galderma Laboratories. According to IQVIA sales data for the

Veritas Farms launching new CBD beauty line

NEW YORK ― Expanding its offerings of full spectrum hemp products, Veritas Farms is introducing  its new CBD  beauty line, Veritas Beauty at a press event at the One Hotel here Thursday. “Veritas Farms launched the brand as a response to the growing demand from

Quest adds Sunburnt and First Degree brands to portfolio

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — Quest Products announced  Thursday it has acquired the SunBurnt and First Degree brands of burn and sun recovery products from Welmedix Consumer Healthcare. Quest is a portfolio company of Promus Equity Partners. With this acquisition, Quest will add the SunBurnt and

Hain Celestial appoints new CFO

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The Hain Celestial Group announced that Javier Idrovo will be joining the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective December 2, 2019.  Idrovo brings with him an extensive background in corporate finance, strategy, and business development with nearly

Coca-Cola launching AHA sparkling water

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola North America plans to add more sparkle, and even a little caffeinated pick-me-up, to its fast-growing water lineup with the March 2020 roll out of AHA sparkling water. The new sparkling water brand’s unexpected yet accessible flavor pairings, vibrant packaging and fresh