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Neighbourhood Pharmacies names full-time CEO

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has appointed Justin Bates as its permanent chief executive officer. Speaking to the appointment, board chair Vivek Sood said: “I am very pleased to announce Justin’s appointment as permanent CEO. The board is confident that, under his leadership, we will succeed in increasing member engagement,

Opening increases Bartell’s store count to 65

SEATTLE — Family-owned Bartell Drug Co. unveiled its newest location in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) this month, showcasing new features for convenience and quality products. Located at the intersection of Fourth and Jackson Streets near one of the region’s major public transportation hubs, the 11,656-square-foot store is the chain’s 65th location and is being considered

HDMA updates brand identity

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has changed its name to the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). HDA president and chief executive officer John Gray announced the change at the opening general session of the association’s 2016 Business and Leadership Conference here in June. Additionally, HDA’s nonprofit charitable research foundation, the Center

Health Mart gives franchisees tool to thrive

Health Mart gives franchisees tool to thrive

CHICAGO — Health Mart, which now has more than 4,700 stores nationwide, has grown by 50% over the past three years because it helps member pharmacies deliver and be recognized for top clinical performance, according to president Steve Courtman. “In addition, our innovative solutions and implementation support help members level the playing field against the

A look at four forces shaping independent Rx business

CHICAGO — In the opening general session of McKesson ideaShare 2016 in Chicago, Chris Dimos, McKesson’s senior vice president for corporate strategy and business development, highlighted four major forces impacting the health care provided by independent pharmacies. These forces — generics scale; consolidation and integration; product mix shift; and reimbursement, performance and access— are shaping

WBA joins USA Precision Medicine Initiative

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) is participating in the USA Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. WBA said its participation is the result of a $20 million grant awarded to The Scripps Research Institute by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Walgreens will help support patient enrollment and participation in the cohort

Rite Aid makes statement with new DC

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — June 1 marked the opening of Rite Aid Corp.’s first new distribution center in 16 years. The mammoth, state-of-the-art facility sits on 97 acres here, with an ideal location near Interstate 85 between Highways 9 and 221, providing the company easy access to these major transportation arteries and the more than 1,000

Folds of Honor gets big commitment from Rite Aid Foundation

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program has made a three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit group based in Owasso, Okla., that provides educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members. The donation is the second made to Folds of Honor by The Rite Aid Foundation’s

New approach to Rx hits N.Y. market: Capsule

New approach to Rx hits N.Y. market: Capsule

NEW YORK — Innovation is key in the pharmacy industry, and one new company is using innovation to distinguish itself in this very competitive field. Capsule, which opened in New York City last month, is a digital start-up focusing on the home delivery of prescription drugs. The other difference between Capsule and its non-digital competitors

MinuteClinic unveils digital tool to quicken wait time

MinuteClinic unveils digital tool to quicken wait time

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic, the retail clinic arm of CVS Health, has introduced a new tool to speed up the wait time for patients by allowing them to hold a place in line from their smartphones, computers or tablets. MinuteClinic said Thursday that the new system is now available to patients visiting its locations inside

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