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HHS to eye the pricing of generics

HHS to eye the pricing of generics

WASHINGTON — The federal government is looking into the effect of generic drug price increases on Medicaid. The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will compare generic price increases between 2005 and 2014 to the inflation rate. The probe comes in response to questions raised about generics

Former Duane Reade CEO joins WBA board of directors

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Former Duane Reade chief executive officer John Lederer has been named to the board of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA). Lederer has been president and CEO of US Foods since September 2010, leading a comprehensive brand transformation. He also led a major transformation at Duane Reade, overseeing the creation of a new

L’Oréal forms Multi-Cultural Beauty division

NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA has formed the Multi-Cultural Beauty division to encompass Dark & Lovely, Optimum Salon Haircare, SoftSheen-Carson Professional, Magic Shave and newly acquired Carol’s Daughter. The goal of the MCB division is to fulfill the needs of the underserved multicultural beauty consumer. “Multicultural consumers are very passionate about beauty products, yet when

Ritzman adds specialty Rx capabilities to arsenal

Ritzman adds specialty Rx capabilities to arsenal

WADSWORTH, Ohio — With the launch of specialty pharmacy services, Ritzman Pharmacies had one of its most successful years in 2014. “We are able to care for patients within the communities we serve that have their specialty medication needs, and able to help some of them financially to offset their out-of-pocket costs,” says chief executive

McKesson Canada bolsters pharmacy banners

McKesson Canada bolsters pharmacy banners

MONTREAL — McKesson Canada pharmacies are forging ahead under the leadership of new senior vice president of retail banner management services Richard Brennan. This year Brennan was named to head the company’s growing pharmacy banner business, including Guardian, I.D.A., Medicine Shoppe Canada, Proxim and the newly acquired Remedy’sRx. He reports to McKesson Canada president Alain

Discount Drug Mart stays on growth path

Discount Drug Mart stays on growth path

MEDINA, Ohio — Discount Drug Mart marked its third consecutive year of improvement in 2014, as sales climbed 6.5% to some $621 million. The 72-store Ohio drug chain saw front-end dollar volume rise 3.5%, yet the big gain came in pharmacy, where sales jumped 7.2%. Home health care recorded a 4.5% advance, propelled by the

NACDS raises profile of Rx on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — More than 350 pharmacy advocates from 44 states met with members of Congress during the seventh annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill late last month. Advocates had more than 450 meetings with legislators, including 95% of the members who serve on congressional committees with jurisdiction on health

Supreme Court revisits the Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court revisits the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — The fate of the Affordable Care Act rests with the Supreme Court. The court this month heard arguments in a case that the Obama administration says could gut the law. It will decide whether some 7 million low- and middle-income people in about three-dozen states will continue to receive subsidies under the law

Fruth pharmacist goes above, beyond

Fruth pharmacist goes above, beyond

RIPLEY, W.Va. — Zack Tennant has brought health care delivery by pharmacists to another level. The 30-year-old Tennant, who has worked at the Fruth Pharmacy store here for about six years, traveled to the Ohio State University cancer center last year to donate bone marrow. He had to get drug injections in the weeks beforehand

CVS Health makes flurry of executive promotions

CVS Health makes flurry of executive promotions

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has made a series of promotions, led by the appointment of Josh Flum as executive vice president of pharmacy services. The company announced the organizational changes on Wednesday. Flum previously served as senior vice president of retail pharmacy. In addition to overseeing retail pharmacy operations, pharmacy professional services, and payer relations,

Regional Chain Conference: NACDS cites value of partnerships

Regional Chain Conference: NACDS cites value of partnerships

NAPLES, Fla. — The value of business-to-business partnerships was emphasized at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Conference here earlier this month. Even as their pharmacists deliver immunizations, medication therapy management and counseling, small chains can partner with other retailers and suppliers to improve care and services, Tim Weber, vice president of

In its 125th year, Bartell Drugs keeps community focus

In its 125th year, Bartell Drugs keeps community focus

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is 125 going on 30. A largely new management team is reinvigorating the drug chain’s merchandising, marketing and operations, all the while reinforcing its 19th century roots in greater Seattle. “We have a somewhat different point of view than the major chains,” says chairman and chief executive officer George D. Bartell,