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PCMA expands staff

PCMA expands staff

WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) Thursday announced staff additions to its Federal Affairs, State Affairs, Strategic Communications, and Industry Relations departments. Jocelyn Wiles has been named senior director of federal affairs. Prior to coming to PCMA, she spent five years working for America’s Essential Hospitals as a federal lobbyist. She has also worked

Judy Sansone to retire from CVS

Judy Sansone to retire from CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health said Saturday that Judy Sansone, the company’s senior vice president of front store business and chief merchant, has decided to retire in September. Sansone’s career at CVS spans 42 years and the company said she has played a critical role in many of the company’s most transformative moments. She played

GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer close joint venture

GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer close joint venture

WARREN, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday that it has closed a previously announced joint venture deal with Pfizer Inc. that will combine their respective consumer healthcare businesses. The move will create the world’s largest supplier of over-the-counter medications. The joint venture company will operate as GSK Consumer Healthcare. Pfizer owns a 32% equity stake in

SupplyHive’s role in the supply chain

SupplyHive’s role in the supply chain

SupplyHive is “fast, mobile and powered by AI [artificial intelligence],” according to Mike Anguiano, chief executive officer of SupplyHive. “We are not just collecting data, we are analyzing it for you. And telling you how the data predicts supplier risk. Or supplier excellence. Our typical client is up and running in a few weeks because we

SDM pairs up with Instacart

SDM pairs up  with Instacart

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) is making shopping more convenient with the launch of home delivery services in partnership with Instacart. Customers across Ontario now have access to same-day delivery of groceries, everyday essentials and over-the-counter medications from approximately 60 SDM stores in the ­province. “For decades, Shoppers Drug Mart has been a destination

CVS plans 1,500 HealthHUBs

CVS plans 1,500 HealthHUBs

  WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The executive team of CVS Health outlined a series of transformation initiatives at its 2019 Investor Day event last month, showing how the company plans to accelerate enterprise growth, simplify a consumer health system that is confusing and inconvenient, and position the company for long-term growth and increased shareholder value. The

Groups unite in call for DIR fee reform

Groups unite in call for DIR fee reform

WASHINGTON — Advocates of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform are intensifying pressure on the White House to reverse the May rule that left the existing drug pricing system intact. In a letter sent early last month to President Trump, organizations representing a broad range of pharmacies and pharmacists said action by the administration,

Emerson Group donates to Ronald McDonald House

Emerson Group donates to Ronald McDonald House

PHILADELPHIA — The Emerson Group recently donated its time and money to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) and worked  together (clients, colleagues and Emerson employees) to fill “WELCOME FAMILY drawstring bags” filled with generous donations from Emerson clients that included oral care and personal care items. They also included a personalized Welcome to RMH

Hy-Vee reopens acquired Weber & Judd stores

Hy-Vee reopens acquired Weber & Judd stores

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. in April reopened the 10 pharmacies it acquired in February from Weber & Judd, marking the end of that company’s 157-year history of dispensing drugs to customers in and around Rochester, Minn. Nine of the locations were rechristened Hy-Vee HealthMarket Rx; the 10th is now called Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

Pharmacy closures put heart patients at risk

Pharmacy closures put heart patients at risk

CHICAGO — Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications — like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants — that have known cardiovascular and survival benefits. The researchers, led by UIC’s Dima Qato, reported that declines in adherence — including the complete discontinuation of

Bartell’s pilots delivery of Rxs

Bartell’s pilots delivery of Rxs

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has begun delivering prescription medicines to three Seattle neighborhoods via a partnership with Nimble Pharmacy Inc., one of a growing number of companies offering delivery capabilities to independent brick-and-mortar pharmacies. “We want our customers to have the choice of delivery or in-store pick-up,” notes Billy Chow, vice president of pharmacy at

Groups decry drug price rule

Groups decry drug price rule

WASHINGTON — Pharmacy organizations have decried the government’s refusal to reform direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in its new drug pricing rule. “We are disappointed and frustrated that this final rule fails to finalize pharmacy DIR reform as proposed, to the detriment of seniors and community pharmacies,” said a statement from the National Association

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