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NACDS on watch for final FULs

NACDS on watch for final FULs

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, citing a report from Inside Health Policy, notes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is set finalize the Medicaid average manufacturer price (AMP)-based federal upper limits (FULs) this year, after the agency said in November it would release the final FULs around the same time as

It’s a new identity for Walgreens

It’s a new identity for Walgreens

Possibly lost in the fanfare surrounding the formal debut of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and its new home on the Nasdaq stock exchange, is the company’s new logo. Jim Skinner, executive chairman of WBA (the new stock symbol, by the way), told CNBC in the wake of the Nasdaq launch event in Manhattan that the company’s globe-shape logo

NCPDP advises on biosimilars

NCPDP advises on biosimilars

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs took part in the meeting that may result in the rollout of the nation’s first biosimilar medication. John Klimek, senior vice president for standards and industry information technology at NCPDP, addressed the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC)

Scorpiniti keeps health focus

Scorpiniti keeps health focus

Former Rexall Pharma Plus CEO Frank Scorpiniti has been officially announced as the new chief executive at Earth Fare, a natural and organic grocery chain that bills itself as “the healthy supermarket.” News of Scorpiniti’s exit from Rexall and hiring at Earth Fare had emerged last fall. Earth Fare said he took the reins as CEO on Oct. 29. In any

Shoppers Drug Mart expands pharmacist’s role

Shoppers Drug Mart expands pharmacist’s role

In Canada, Alberta continues to be a leader in expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists from dispensing prescriptions to more and more health care services. Case in point: Shoppers Drug Mart. Starting in early January, patients can go to any of SDM’s 147 drug stores in Alberta to get a flu screening, giving pharmacists a

2015 Retail Forecast: Pharmacy executives are bullish

NEW YORK — As 2015 gets under way, chain drug retailers in the United States and Canada are seeking ways to get the most out of pharmacy’s continued movement away from a dispensing orientation toward a service model focused on improved ­health outcomes. Chain drug industry executives say pharmacies are positioned to become integral health

Exec duties expanded at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. chief executive officer Brian Cornell has announced several leadership changes. Casey Carl, Target’s president of omnichannel, will take on the newly created role of chief strategy and innovation officer and will report directly to Cornell. Carl will oversee a new center of excellence in data, analytics and business intelligence, an effort

Delivery available at Fruth

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Free local delivery of prescriptions and other goods is now being offered to qualified Fruth Pharmacy customers by way of the locally owned chain’s recently introduced Gopher ­program. A Gopher driver delivers prescriptions with the order form attached. Customers can make use of the form to order additional products, such as

Care Pharmacies ushers in new platforms

LINTHICUM, Md. — Care Pharmacies Cooperative Inc. has enlisted a pair of technology providers to hone its pharmacy and retail operations. The pharmacy co-op, with about 85 locations in nine states and the District of Columbia, has tabbed TCGRx to provide products and design services to improve its medication adherence program and work flow. “TCGRx’s

Online is key beauty path to purchase

NEW YORK — E-commerce is rapidly gaining traction in the beauty care and personal care market, according to a newly released study from A.T. Kearney. The report, “Beauty and the E-Commerce Beast: 2014 Edition,” found that an industry rooted in the ability to touch, smell, sample and experiment with products in stores is being played

Study: Kirby Lester robots sharpen pharmacy operations

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – A study by pharmacy automation provider Kirby Lester LLC found that 97% of its KL60 and KL100 pharmacy robot users reported their device improved their pharmacy’s operations. The company said Tuesday that the July 2014 Kirby Lester Robotics User Satisfaction study — including retail and outpatient pharmacies across the United States,

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