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Study: Certified pharmacy technicians more committed to a career

Study: Certified pharmacy technicians more committed to a career

WASHINGTON — New research shows nationally certified pharmacy technicians are more committed to a pharmacy career and have a greater desire to take on new and expanded responsibilities than noncertified. The study, “Assessing Pharmacy Technician Certification,” published in the June 2019 Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), compared the viewpoints of certified and noncertified

Kimberly-Clark names Alison Lewis as chief growth officer

Kimberly-Clark names Alison Lewis as chief growth officer

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark has announced the appointment of Alison Lewis to the newly created position of chief growth officer. Lewis joins Kimberly-Clark from Johnson & Johnson, where she served as chief marketing officer of the global consumer business since 2013. She will join Kimberly-Clark at the end of July. With her appointment, Lewis will have responsibility

Hayley Williams’ brand, Good Dye Young, to launch nationwide at Sally Beauty

Hayley Williams’ brand, Good Dye Young, to launch nationwide at Sally Beauty

DENTON, Texas — Sally Beauty announced Monday the nationwide launch of community-driven hair color brand Good Dye Young, founded by Grammy Award winner Hayley Williams and her longtime stylist Brian O’Connor. The partnership is a significant step in Good Dye Young’s path to reaching and growing its community while being accessible to all. Good Dye

Walmart reaches agreements with DOJ and SEC

Walmart reaches agreements with DOJ and SEC

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart agreed to pay $282 million to settle federal allegations of overseas corruption, capping one of the biggest investigations ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for American corporations to bribe overseas officials. The company said Thursday it had entered into a global settlement with the U.S. Department

Creating a buzz in the supply chain

Creating a buzz in the supply chain

CHICAGO — Technology is playing a big role in the supply chain and how important data is collected and shared. One of the top companies in this area is SupplyHive. Some of the largest and most sophisticated procurement and supply chain organizations in the world have modernized their supplier performance process with ­SupplyHive. Mike Anguiano,

Two unique and poppable confections from SweeTARTS feature multiple flavors and colors

CHICAGO — SweeTARTS is launching one-of-a-kind, bite-sized confections inspired by two of its best-selling product lines: SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes and SweeTARTS Mini Chewy. The latest products to join the family are SweeTARTS Ropes Bites and SweeTARTS Mini Chewy Berries & Cherries, which are rolling out to mass market, grocery and convenience stores nationwide this month.

For American patients to be put first, DIR fee relief is essential

The following was a post Monday from NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson on Medium urging action on DIR fee relief in final Medicare rule: We may be just days from learning whether a pending Medicare rule will provide relief from pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, and thus live up to the

Contextualizing the value of retail Rx

A quarter century ago, it was unusual to have flu shots and other vaccinations administered in a retail pharmacy setting. Only a handful of states allowed the practice, and many conservative physicians and other traditionalists argued against extending pharmacists’ authority to immunize to additional jurisdictions. Despite the opposition, remaining barriers fell fairly quickly. Today community

How to get out from the suffocating miasma of DIR fees

The direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) component of Medicare Part D programs today is very complicated and has been implemented in a variety of ways. The lack of clarity, fairness and transparency to all parties has created business challenges for pharmacies. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is working on behalf of pharmacies to

Consumers embrace new healthy living mindsets

It’s hard to miss the heightened shopper interest in health and wellness these days. In our recent “How America Shops” study, The Big Business of WELL, many shoppers showed they are committed to being well: 42% said that while it costs more to “live healthy,” it’s worth it. The study reveals they are willing to

Sera Labs: a thriving CBD company with a difference

LOS ANGELES — The retail market for products containing CBD is projected to expand rapidly in the coming years amid the growing acceptance of hemp and cannabis across the country. One of the up-and-coming companies in this category is Sera Labs. With more than 30 years of experience working as an entrepreneur with a passion

The profit pool for U.S. prescription drugs is shrinking

For the past few years, the United States has been wrestling with the cost of health care. Our system is shifting toward outcomes-based payment models, and falling reimbursements are encouraging efficiency. As the industry seeks and implements lower-cost models, health care profitability is under pressure throughout the prescription drug value chain. To shed light on

CBD’s place in the chain drug merchandise mix

Two thousand eighteen may be remembered in retail marketing history as the year discussing CBD moved from Bon-naroo to the board room.  Extensive media coverage; legalization of all forms of cannabis in Canada and parts of the U.S.; a tsunami of benefit claims; a flood of new CBD products across a broad spectrum of categories;

A retailer at heart should lead Rite Aid

A new phase in Rite Aid’s two-decade-long quest to fully recover from the criminal financial irregularities that pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1990s began last month with top-level management changes and an organizational realignment designed to, in the words of Bruce Bodaken, chairman of the drug chain’s board of directors,

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