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PBMs OptumRx, Catamaran to merge in $12.8 billion deal

PBMs OptumRx, Catamaran to merge in $12.8 billion deal

NEW YORK and SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Reflecting the ongoing consolidation in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) sector, UnitedHealth Group plans to acquire Catamaran Corp. in a deal valued at $12.8 billion. The companies said Monday that Catamaran would integrated into OptumRx, UnitedHealth’s freestanding pharmacy care services business and part of its Optum health services unit.

Full value of MTM not grasped

Full value of MTM not grasped

Cardinal Health’s Brad Tice said a closer look — actually, a broader look — needs to be taken at the full benefits resulting from medication therapy management (MTM). In a point-of-view article on Cardinal’s Essential Insights blog page, Tice — director of marketing and product management for performance and clinical outcomes at Cardinal — noted

NABP sets date for .pharmacy applications

NABP sets date for .pharmacy applications

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) plans to start accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names from all dispensing pharmacies on April 1. Applications from dispensing pharmacies will be accepted until April 30, and approved pharmacies may begin to register their requested .pharmacy domains as early as that date, NABP

Emerson Group makes flurry of exec appointments

WAYNE, Pa. — The Emerson Group has announced a series of executive appointments, including the hiring of a chief operating officer and an expanded role for president Rick Wellinger. The consumer products consulting and services firm, now in its 20th year of business, said late Thursday that Roger Gravitte is slated to join The Emerson

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

RxImpact Day: Pharmacy advocates head to the Hill

WASHINGTON — More than 350 pharmacy advocates from 44 states met with members of Congress during for this year’s NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Thursday that pharmacy advocates — including pharmacists, pharmacy executives, pharmacy students and others — held more than 450 meetings with lawmakers and

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Walgreen Co. executive Bryan Pugh has been hired by Fred’s Inc. as chief merchandising and marketing officer. The discount general merchandise chain said late Wednesday that Pugh will develop new merchandising and marketing strategies and processes as well as enhance current ones. He will also be tasked with promoting stronger supplier

President Obama speaks up for value-based care

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama gave remarks Wednesday at the kick-off meeting for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a new initiative that aims to bring public and private-sector stakeholders together to build on the Affordable Care Act’s efforts to transition the U.S. health care system to models that provide the best care

Walgreens’ Chawla sheds light on digital & retail

Walgreens’ Chawla sheds light on digital & retail

Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens, spoke of her passion for retail and the ever-increasing role of technology in a recent interview with the National Retail Federation Foundation. Named as a “Power Player” on NRF’s List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2015, Chawla said she embraces “the art and science

Mederma kicks off ‘One Word’ ad campaign

Mederma kicks off ‘One Word’ ad campaign

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Mederma has launched a new advertising campaign that focuses on the experiences of real users of the scar care brand’s products. Called “One Word,” the ad campaign highlights the confidence-boosting and emotional benefits of using Mederma. Created in partnership with agency of record Partners + Napier, the series of 15-second television commercials feature

Fred’s to acquire specialty pharmacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. plans to acquire specialty pharmacy EntrustRx as part of a $66 million deal. The Southeastern discount store chain said Wednesday that it will buy Reeves-Sain Drug Store Inc., a specialty and retail pharmacy company based in the greater Nashville, Tenn., area. The deal includes EntrustRx, a specialty pharmacy operation with

Heinz, Kraft unveil merger deal

Heinz, Kraft unveil merger deal

PITTSBURGH and NORTHFIELD, Ill. — H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. plan to merge, creating the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company, with annual revenue of $28 billion. Heinz and Kraft said Wednesday that the combined company will be called The Kraft Heinz Co. and be co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area.

Sunstar expands GUM kids licensed toothbrush lineup

Sunstar expands GUM kids licensed toothbrush lineup

CHICAGO — Sunstar Americas Inc. has added three new lines of children’s toothbrushes featuring characters from Saban’s Power Rangers, Lalaloopsy and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2. Due to roll out to retail stores next month, the new “fun” toothbrushes will expand the Sunstar GUM roster of children’s oral care products, joining the

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