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COVID surge to reshape shopping plans

COVID surge to reshape shopping plans

NEW YORK — The COVID-19 surge has convinced many consumers to shop from home on Black Friday, according to the Deloitte  2020 Pre-Thanksgiving Pulse Survey released today. For the first time since the survey’s inception, more consumers plan to shop online (61%) than in-store (54%) on Black Friday. “As COVID-19 brings added health

Pharmacy groups say new rebate rule does not do enough to support patients

Pharmacy groups say new rebate rule does not do enough to support patients

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The country’s leading pharmacy groups issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s new final rule on prescription drug rebates: “While we want our patients to pay less for their prescription drugs, this rule does not accomplish that. It will likely increase their

IPR Center, Amazon launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to stop counterfeits

IPR Center, Amazon launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to stop counterfeits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Amazon announced Tuesday the launch of a joint operation to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. and help protect American consumers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and DHL are

Smile Club teams with Loblaw Cos.

Smile Club teams with Loblaw Cos.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Smile Club has  announced an agreement with Loblaw Cos. distribute the Grush Smart Toothbrush and Brushlink attached smart devices for manual toothbrushes on Loblaws’ new PC Health app. Loblaw is one of Canada’s largest grocery and pharmacy chains. Among other services

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid announces partnerships to help young people

CAMP HILL, Pa. – As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates community-level health challenges, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations, The Rite Aid Foundation is partnering with two leading organizations, Girls on the Run International and SeriousFun Children’s Network (SeriousFun), to support the health and wellness of

NRF says holiday sales to grow 3.6% to 5.2%

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation forecast Monday that holiday sales during November and December will increase between 3.6% and 5.2% compared to 2019, totaling between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, compare with a 4%t

Hy-Vee reinstates reserved shopping hour for high risk shoppers

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee announced today that it is reinstating its reserved shopping hour for customers considered “high risk” in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout its eight-state region. The reserved hour will be offered at all Hy-Vee locations from

CVS Health names Neela Montgomery president of CVS Pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced today that Neela Montgomery has been named executive vice president and president of CVS Pharmacy/Retail, effective November 30, 2020. Montgomery will oversee the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. “Neela is a seasoned retail industry leader with extensive digital

Loblaw brings digital health care and support to Ontario with new app

BRAMPTON, Ontario – Loblaw Companies  announced on Monday the Ontario launch of the PC Health app, a new health and wellness app powered by League, the country’s leading health operating system (health OS) technology provider. First launched in Atlantic Canada in October, the app is

SUPPLIER NEWS

Camber launches generic Exalgo

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Camber Pharmaceuticals has launched hydromorphone ER tablets, which is the generic version of Exalgo. Hydromorphone ER tablets is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate. Hydromorphone ER is available

Excellence Industries announces availability of sub-zero vaccine storage freezers

TAMPA, Fla. — Excellence Industries just announced immediate expansion of their European production partner to provide faster availability of their sub-zero vaccine storage freezers via Excellence Scientific, enabling hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies to safely and efficiently store their vaccines amidst the shortage of sub-zero vaccine

CHPA welcomes new board members at November meeting

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)  announced the election of two new members to the CHPA Board of Directors during the association’s virtual November meeting. Newly elected CHPA board members include: Tim Grannan, president, Blistex Inc. Don Kerrigan, president, North America, The Nature’s