Bartell Drugs rolls out specialty Rx services

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs, America’s oldest family-owned pharmacy, has launched a new specialty pharmacy service that personalizes health care for those experiencing conditions requiring specialized ­medications. “Being diagnosed and entering treatment can be overwhelming,” states Bartells clinical programs manager Christina Ree. “Our specialty pharmacy program helps take the fear out of the process and replaces

Fred’s appoints retail veterans to its board

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. recently announced three new members — industry veterans Christopher Bodine, Peter Bocian and Mike Bloom — to its board of directors. At the same time, the company announced the retirement of Michael Hayes, John Eisenman and Jerry Shore from the board. During his 24-year tenure at CVS Caremark Corp., Bodine held

Fruth takes leadership role in drug abuse fight

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Drug abuse, including the abuse of prescription painkillers, has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., and no state has been hit harder than West Virginia. Fruth Pharmacy, according to company chairman and president Lynne Fruth, is trying to make a difference in the lives of those in its communities who are

Regional chain continues founder’s legacy with scholarships

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va — West Virginia is a better place to live today because of Jack Fruth, says Lynne Fruth, president and chairman of Fruth Pharmacy, the company Jack Fruth, her father, founded in 1952. Fruth says her father believed in paying success forward by making a positive impact on the community, and that philosophy

Rexall asks patients to share Rx experiences

TORONTO — To mark Pharmacist Awareness Month, Rexall is launching its third annual #MyRexallPharmacist campaign. Beginning March 1 and continuing through the month, Canadians are invited to share a positive experience with their Rexall pharmacist on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #MyRexallPharmacist or by visiting By sharing their story, Canadians will have a chance

Wakefern promotes two executives

KEASBEY, N.J. — There has been significant movement within the executive ranks at one of the largest retailer-owned cooperatives in the United States. On the heels of promoting Chris Skyers to vice president of corporate merchandising, Wakefern Food Corp. has now tapped Cathy Magistrelli as vice president of health and beauty care. Magistrelli joined Wakefern

In-store clinics catching on, studies find

In-store clinics catching on, studies find

NEW YORK — Findings from a pair of studies reveal positive trends for retail health clinics. A recent Harris Poll for Nielsen on patients visiting in-store clinics might hold vital information for retailers focusing on health and wellness, and a study conducted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) found retail health clinic visits

NACDS informs governors about value of Rx

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states urging pharmacy patient care as a top priority in any changes to health care policy in 2017 and beyond. The most recent letter continues NACDS’ pro-patient, pro-pharmacy drumbeat to federal and state government decision

CDMA’s Jim Devine recognized for lifetime achievement

CDMA’s Jim Devine recognized for lifetime achievement

NOVI, Mich. — After 26 years as an integral part of the Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) and a lifetime in the chain drug industry, Jim Devine is hanging up his cleats, though he won’t be completely out of the game. Devine stepped down January 1 as CDMA president, but he plans to remain with

CVS program steps up fight against diabetes

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In its ongoing effort to combat diabetes, CVS Health has introduced Transform Diabetes Care, a new program available to help the company’s pharmacy benefit management clients improve the health outcomes of their members, lower pharmacy costs through aggressive trend management and decrease medical costs by improving medication adherence, A1c control and lifestyle

Walgreens teams up with university health system

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the University of Miami Health System have announced a collaboration focused on delivering coordinated clinical care and pharmacy excellence to patients across South Florida. As part of the agreement, UHealth — the University of Miami Health System, will manage and provide all clinical services at 17 Walgreens Healthcare Clinics insides

NACDS fills two government affairs posts

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has appointed William Tighe as vice president of federal government affairs and Amber Manko as director of federal government affairs. Tighe reports to Tom O’Donnell, NACDS’ senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. He began his new position with NACDS on December 12.

London Drugs introduces loyalty plan

London Drugs introduces loyalty plan

RICHMOND, British Columbia — London Drugs has launched its first-ever loyalty program, called LDExtras. The Canadian drug chains said LDExtras is the “most tailored program in retail involving experiences and savings.” When customers visit London Drugs, whether in-store or online, they will begin capturing rewards from customized offers on products and services customers routinely purchase

Walgreens unveils online skin care platform

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To help meet the growing need for skin care resources and accessible care and treatment, Walgreens has launched a new skin care answers platform, available through and the Walgreens mobile app. The average wait time for patients looking to see a dermatologist in the U.S., according to Walgreens, is nearly 29