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LEADING HEADLINES

NACDS sends members analysis of 2018 state elections

NACDS sends members analysis of 2018 state elections

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Store (NACDS) has provided to the membership a state-by-state overview of the 2018 elections, and their implications for a pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policy agenda. The memo described the election results for state legislative chambers and governor’s races.

CVS now sees Aetna deal closing after Thanksgiving

CVS now sees Aetna deal closing after Thanksgiving

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — According to published reports, CVS Health says it now expects to close its $69 billion acquisition of Aetna after the Thanksgiving holiday, after saying earlier this month that it anticipated the deal would close before the holiday. CVS says it has received approval

Khanna, Sanders to intro legislation to lower prescription drug prices

Khanna, Sanders to intro legislation to lower prescription drug prices

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – At a time when one in five American adults cannot afford to get the prescription medication they need, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D, Calif.)  and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) announced they will introduce the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act

MinuteClinic gets fifth accreditation from The Joint Commission

MinuteClinic gets fifth accreditation from The Joint Commission

 WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, announced today that it has received its fifth consecutive accreditation by The Joint Commission, the Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards. MinuteClinic was the

Kroger and Ocado choose site for high-tech fulfillment center

Kroger and Ocado choose site for high-tech fulfillment center

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co.  and Ocado announced the Cincinnati region as its selection for America’s first customer fulfillment center (CFC). “Kroger is joining with the best partners in the world to co-innovate and leverage technology to redefine the customer experience,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief

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RETAIL NEWS

Retailers: How much holiday music is too much?

BELLEVUE, Wash.— Holiday music is an important part of any holiday marketing strategy. But when should a retailer start playing Christmas music and how much is enough? There is much debate on the subject and what a retailer should do largely depends on who the music

Survey: More consumers plan to shop during this holiday weekend

NEW YORK— According to a new survey from Deloitte, more than 7 in 10 (71%) holiday shoppers plan to head to the stores and online over the Thanksgiving weekend (Thanksgiving Thursday — Cyber Monday). Holiday shoppers say they’ll spend an average of $420 between Thanksgiving and

More specialty drugs available through AllianceRx Walgreens Prime

ORLANDO, Fla. — Patients with certain rare, chronic and complex conditions can now obtain the medications that may improve or save their lives from AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, a leading central specialty and home delivery pharmacy. The hard-to-find drugs, called limited distribution drugs, treat such rare conditions

Rite Aid Foundation donates $150,000 to wildfire relief efforts

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $150,000 donation that will be distributed across several California relief organizations assisting the families, evacuees and firefighters impacted by the deadly Camp, Woolsey and Hill wildfires. The Camp Fire has now become the deadliest

CVS a big winner at CHPA annual gala

NEW YORK — CVS Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Bayer Consumer Health + BrightGuard were the big winners Tuesday evening at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. The CHPA’s annual gala celebrates the

SUPPLIER NEWS

Bazooka Candy Brands introduces Ring Pop Gummy Gems candy

NEW YORK — Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Company, Inc., launched Ring Pop Gummy Gems this week. Inspired by the brand’s signature gem shape, this new candy with a sweet gummy outside and a drop of sour gel on the inside, is a unique

Sandoz and Pear Therapeutics announce launch of reSET

HOLZKIRCHEN— Sandoz, a Novartis division, and Pear Therapeutics, Inc., announced today the commercial launch of reSET for patients with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). reSET, the first and only FDA-authorized prescription digital therapeutic, is immediately available. Study results from a multicenter, randomized clinical trial showed that reSET, when

Mars brings back Snickers ‘Hungerithm’ promotion

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — For the second year in a row, Mars Inc.’s Snickers is bringing back “Hungerithm,” a tool that monitors the mood of the internet. When consumers drop hints of hunger online, the coupon discount of Snickers increases at participating  7-Eleven stores in real

ACUVUE OASYS named among TIME’s ‘Best Inventions of 2018’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  TIME has selected ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology from Johnson & Johnson as one of the ‘Best Inventions of 2018,‘ in its annual round-up spotlighting groundbreaking innovations worldwide. The development of ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions has created and defined an entirely new