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NACDS brings timely message to the Hill

NACDS brings timely message to the Hill

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores mobilized an impressive array of pharmacy advocates earlier this month to inform, educate and motivate members of Congress and other federal officials about the need to support policies that enable members of the profession to serve patients effectively. The 424 pharmacy proponents — including key executives from many

NACDS campaigns to make things happen

NACDS campaigns to make things happen

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores was at the top of its game during the Regional Chain Conference in Palm Beach, Fla., earlier this month. Often overshadowed by the association’s larger events, this hidden gem provides attendees with an initial look at the objectives that NACDS and its members will pursue during the course

Assessing the high costs of health care

Assessing the high costs of health care

Everyone recognizes that the high cost of health care in the U.S. is a chronic problem, the fallout from which is hurting patients, constraining providers and preventing the nation from marshalling adequate resources to address other essential needs. As noted in this space earlier this month, the Affordable Care Act, the legislation that governs the

Merlo is Health Care Executive of the Year

Merlo is Health Care Executive of the Year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The combination of CVS Health and Aetna marks a new era in U.S. health care. Finalized in late November, the $69 billion deal paves the way for the combined company, whose expertise and assets touch nearly every aspect of patient care, to revolutionize health care delivery and, in the process, complete the

Donald maintains continuity at Albertsons

Donald maintains continuity at Albertsons

The appointment of Jim Donald to succeed Bob Miller as chief executive officer of Albertsons Cos. earlier this month symbolizes the company’s ability to maintain its equilibrium when confronted with adversity and find new ways forward. The food/drug combination store operators’ strategic plan, which was centered on a merger with Rite Aid, was upended in

In face of Amazon, Rx needs to stay course

In face of Amazon, Rx needs to stay course

Amazon’s long anticipated, much ballyhooed entry into the retail pharmacy sector has finally taken place. The e-commerce powerhouse in late June agreed to pay a billion dollars to purchase PillPack, which packages prescription medications in presorted doses, along with over-the-counter health care products and nutritional supplements, and delivers them directly to patients’ homes. Cofounded in

CVS-Aetna: an answer to a broken system

CVS-Aetna: an answer to a broken system

All indications are that CVS Health’s $77 billion acquisition of Aetna is on track to be finalized by the end of the year. The transaction has won the approval of shareholders at both companies, and the management team for the combined organization has been named, even as the government’s review of the deal has proceeded

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