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NACDS, NCPA give input on Medicare Part D changes

NACDS, NCPA give input on Medicare Part D changes

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as it mulls Medicare Part D prescription drug program changes for the 2019 contract year. NACDS said Wednesday that in

CVS Health launches Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

CVS Health launches Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has added a rheumatoid arthritis program to its Transform Care offering to help pharmacy benefit management clients better manage care and costs for certain disease states. Called Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care, the new program aims to foster the use of lower-cost therapies

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

Pessina: Walgreens’ transformation well under way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Walgreens is halfway through a transformation that includes a rethinking of its supply chain and services, Walgreens Boots Alliance executive vice chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Walgreens is also recasting its approach to interacting with

Walmart pharmacies provide free DisposeRx packets

Walmart pharmacies provide free DisposeRx packets

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has begun offering pharmacy patients filling opioid prescriptions a free drug disposal packet containing a biodegradable powder that enables them to safely discard unwanted, unused or expired medication. Walmart said Wednesday that the packet, from DisposeRx Inc., will now be given to

Publix Pharmacy program offers generics for $7.50

Publix Pharmacy program offers generics for $7.50

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. has begun providing up to a 90-day supply of commonly prescribed generic drugs for $7.50. The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that the new Publix Pharmacy program includes 29 generic medications in 85 dosage options. The drugs include

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart tabs Judith McKenna to lead international business

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has promoted Judith McKenna, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., to president and chief executive officer of Walmart International. The retail giant said Wednesday that McKenna will assume the new role on Feb. 1, succeeding David Cheesewright, who has

Albertsons Cos. COO Wayne Denningham to retire

BOISE, Idaho — Wayne Denningham, president and chief operating officer of Albertsons Cos., plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Wayne Denningham Albertsons also said Tuesday that it has named Susan Morris as executive vice president and chief operations officer. She will

Reports: Walmart to cut 1,000 headquarters jobs

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to cut 1,000 or more jobs, mainly at its headquarters, according to published reports. The Walmart job cuts are expected to be enacted by the end of the company’s current fiscal year on Jan. 31, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Bloomberg

CVS raises transparency in beauty marketing

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is bringing more transparency to beauty care marketing with the introduction of the CVS Beauty Mark, a watermark highlighting imagery that hasn’t been materially altered. Plans call for the CVS Beauty Mark to begin appearing on CVS Pharmacy-produced beauty images — including

Good Neighbor Pharmacy empowers independents

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp.’s backing, combined with the entrepreneurship of independent pharmacies, has made the company’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy network an exemplar of high-touch service, says senior vice president of community and specialty pharmacy and Good Neighbor Pharmacy president Brian Nightengale. AmerisourceBergen’s support

SUPPLIER NEWS

A2 Milk ramps up retail distribution in U.S.

NEW YORK — Australia-based a2 Milk Company, which describes itself as a “dairy nutrition company,” is expanding its retail distribution into the northeastern United States. A2 said Wednesday the rollout of a2 Milk fresh cows’ milk over the coming months will bring the product to

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Gilotrif approved for new indication

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — After being granted a priority review from the Food and Drug Administration this past fall, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. has received approval of its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Gilotrif (afatinib), a lung cancer medication. Boehringer Ingelheim said Gilotrif is indicated for

Nuvo Pharmaceuticals buys U.S. rights to Resultz lice treatment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. has acquired the U.S. rights to over-the-counter lice treatment Resultz from Piedmont Pharmaceuticals LLC. Nuvo said the purchase of U.S. product and intellectual property rights for the Resultz lice and egg removal kit follows its acquisition of international rights to the product

Nestlé to sell U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8B

VEVEY, Switzerland — Food and beverage giant Nestlé is selling its U.S. confectionery business to Italy-based Ferrero Group for $2.8 billion (U.S.) in cash. With the acquisition the Nestlé U.S. candy business, announced Tuesday, Ferrero will become the third-largest confectionery company in the U.S. market.

Edgewell unveils Schick Intuition f.a.b. two-way razor

 ST. LOUIS — Edgewell Personal Care said it has achieved a first in women’s shaving with the launch of the Schick Intuition f.a.b. bidirectional razor. Announced Tuesday, the Schick Intuition f.a.b. sports cartridges with bidirectional blades, enabling women to shave forwards and backwards — hence