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Taking cost, coverage guesswork out of prescribing

Taking cost, coverage guesswork out of prescribing

When a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient, neither party wants to be wondering about drug cost and coverage — an all-too-common situation that all too often makes things more difficult for the pharmacist as well. UnitedHealthcare and its OptumRx PBM aim to help reduce that occurrence with PreCheck MyScript, a new online solution

Amazon’s grocery play is margin-squeezer

Amazon’s grocery play is margin-squeezer

Amazon’s closing of the Whole Foods Market acquisition this week is sure to add to brick-and-mortar retailers’ anxiety about the e-tailing giant’s ongoing march into traditional retail channels. Speculation about a potential move by Amazon into the pharmacy space has disquieted drug chains and other retail pharmacy players. But the online retailer’s grocery market entry

Future pharmacists raised on quality, performance

Future pharmacists raised on quality, performance

As pharmacy care models refocus on the quality rather than the quantity of care, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and CVS Health Foundation are doing their part to prepare future pharmacists. The two organizations have ushered in the 2017-18 class of PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars. Now in year two, the program supports and recognizes pharmacy student

Pharmacies make an impact with flu shots

Pharmacies make an impact with flu shots

Pharmacy-administered flu shots are helping to lift influenza immunization rates, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The association said an article published in Clinical Therapeutics highlights an Avalere-NACDS study finding that as pharmacists were granted authority by states to administer flu vaccines, influenza vaccinations rates edged up. Specially, the study revealed that

Walmart CEO scolds Trump over Charlottesville

Walmart CEO scolds Trump over Charlottesville

Add Walmart’s Doug McMillon to the list of chief executives concerned about President Donald Trump’s response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. In a statement posted Tuesday on a Walmart website, McMillon wrote, “The role we play in communities around the country to build a more diverse and inclusive society is more critical than

Merck CEO’s tweet draws Trump counter-tweet

Merck CEO’s tweet draws Trump counter-tweet

Amid the shakeout from President Donald Trump’s statements on the violence erupting in protests in Charlottesville, Va., Merck & Co. chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier said he’s leaving the President’s American Manufacturing Council. Frazier said in a statement posted on Twitter early Monday morning, “I am resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council. Our country’s

Rite Aid’s health care assets offer options

Rite Aid’s health care assets offer options

Investments made in recent years put Rite Aid in a better position to rebound from the terminated deal to be acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance. Rite Aid’s acquisitions of retail clinic operator RediClinic, health care management specialist Health Dialog and pharmacy benefit manager EnvisionRx give it more options as its leadership considers the company’s future

CVS’ Merlo talks health care with governors

CVS’ Merlo talks health care with governors

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo recently shared his insights on health care with the nation’s governors. At the National Governors Association 2017 summer meeting in Providence, R.I., Merlo explained how elements of CVS’ integrated model — with retail/long-term care pharmacy, pharmacy benefits management and walk-in clinic unit — could be applied within states

It’s a milestone for Publix: 1,000th pharmacy

It’s a milestone for Publix: 1,000th pharmacy

Publix Super Markets Inc. has reached a milepost with the opening of its 1,000th pharmacy. The pharmacy is inside Publix’s new store at the Arcadia Crossings Shopping Center in Arcadia, Fla., located outside Port Charlotte about midway between Bradenton-Sarasota and Lake Okeechobee. Overall, employee-owned Publix operates 1,147 supermarkets in Florida (which has 773 of the

U.S.-made Hello Products highlighted by Walmart

U.S.-made Hello Products highlighted by Walmart

Hello Products LLC has been featured in Walmart’s campaign on its initiative to spend $250 billion on U.S.-made products through 2023. The “naturally friendly” oral care company, based in Montclair, N.J., manufactures toothpaste for adults and kids, as well as toothbrushes and breath spray. “We think this is a really big deal for many reasons,

Postscript on Walgreens-Rite Aid merger saga

Postscript on Walgreens-Rite Aid merger saga

Today would have been the day for the Federal Trade Commission to issue a decision on the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger, had Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid Corp. not elected to scuttle the deal and unveil a downsized transaction eight days ago. Both companies said that, based on signals from the FTC, they thought WBA’s

AAM: REMS abuse trips up new generics

AAM: REMS abuse trips up new generics

The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) said a new report shows that abuse of the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies (REMS) safety program is hampering the market entry of new generic drugs. This week, AAM said a report by Alex Brill, CEO of economic policy consultancy Matrix Global Advisors, titled “REMS and