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Fashion advocate launches the Mask Project

Fashion advocate launches the Mask Project

NEW YORK — Sustainable fashion advocate Shannon Lohr has launched the Mask Project, an effort to mobilize companies, including apparel and textile manufacturers, to help mitigate the shortage of medical masks for health care workers. The Mask Project connects manufacturers to hospitals in need. The manufacturers create 100% cotton masks for non-COVID patient care, thereby

Coronavirus will slow down global drug development, says new survey

Coronavirus will slow down global drug development, says new survey

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — New drugs need to be tested in clinical trials to be approved. However, a recent survey from Clinical Research IO shows that investigators conducting clinical trials on a wide range of diseases are experiencing significant interruptions in their trials due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 24% of investigators reported that they have

2020 NACDS Annual Meeting will not be held

2020 NACDS Annual Meeting will not be held

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced Monday that the 2020 Annual Meeting will not be held, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the statement from NACDS president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson: An unwavering member focus defines NACDS and the NACDS Annual Meeting. As the COVID-19 situation evolved

Chains do their part to ease coronavirus worries

Chains do their part to ease coronavirus worries

NEW YORK — National and regional pharmacy chains were doing what they could to ease the coronavirus fears of shoppers and employees as the contagion spread. Seattle-based Bartell Drugs shipped more over-the-counter products to stores early this month after experiencing high demand due to concerns related to COVID-19. Bartell’s has two stores in the suburb

Virus straining retail supply chain

Virus straining retail supply chain

NEW YORK — With more than 90,000 people across the globe infected with coronavirus, including here in the U.S., public health officials are now operating in “uncharted territory,” says the head of the World Health Organization. The latest figures show that deaths from the virus have occurred outside of mainland China, where the virus originated,

London Drugs debuts new Vancouver store

London Drugs debuts new Vancouver store

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Earlier this month, London Drugs hosted the grand opening of its new location at Vancouver House, marking the first retail store opening in the Beach District, the emerging waterfront neighborhood located at the base of the Granville Street Bridge. The 12,108-square-foot London Drugs store was designed to support the immediate needs of

CVS PBM ends out-of-pocket costs for diabetes drugs

CVS PBM ends out-of-pocket costs for diabetes drugs

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health unveiled a new solution that eliminates out-of-pocket costs associated with all diabetes prescription medications, including insulin, for members of the company’s pharmacy benefit manager. Offered through the CVS Caremark PBM, RxZERO enables employers and health plan sponsors to leverage formulary and plan design approaches to offer all categories of diabetes

MinuteClinic offering free heart health tests

MinuteClinic offering free heart health tests

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of its continued support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month, CVS Health has been offering no-cost Know Your Numbers heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, on selected Thursdays in February. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside selected

Chains supporting expanded access to HIV drugs

Chains supporting expanded access to HIV drugs

WASHINGTON — Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid Corp. have donated dispensing services for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) new program expanding access to medication to prevent HIV. Beginning no later than March 30, as part of these donations, qualified patients can obtain medications for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at more than 21,000

Opioid lawsuit filed by chains

Opioid lawsuit filed by chains

NEW YORK — With the opioid crisis in the United States appearing to only worsen, many are looking not only for answers but for justice, as lawsuits are popping up across the nation. In Ohio, one of the states hit hardest by the epidemic, some major national drug store chains are suing physicians in two

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

DIR fees are again top of mind for pharmacy operators beginning another year without relief from these “phantom” expenses. At the same time hope springs eternal for retailers looking to broaden affordable and accessible health care offerings when such services from more traditional providers can be out of financial reach for many people. Chains also

DisposeRx responds to study of California pharmacy advice for medication disposal

DisposeRx responds to study of California pharmacy advice for medication disposal

SANFORD, N.C. — Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Dec. 31, 2019 found that while pharmacies are in an ideal position to provide medication disposal information, many did not provide their patients correct information based on the Food and Drug Administration’s primary instructions for medication disposal. DisposeRx, a company committed to eradicating the misuse

Walgreens debuts clinics, readies Medicare centers

Walgreens debuts clinics, readies Medicare centers

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens continues to broaden its health care offerings, opening physician-staffed clinics and announcing the debut of in-store Medicare services centers. In Houston, the retailer unveiled the first of five “Village Medical at Walgreens” clinics. In partnership with Chicago-based VillageMD, Walgreens will premiere the other four clinics over the next two months. The

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