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Neighbourhood Pharmacies fills two key posts

TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) announced two appointments this month — Sandra Hanna was named vice president of pharmacy affairs, and Aimee Sulliman was promoted to the role of senior vice president of public affairs. Hanna has over a decade of experience in community pharmacy as both a pharmacist and

Work requirements may come to Medicaid

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has issued guidance that opens the door to work requirements for Medicaid recipients, a major change in the 50-year-old program offering a safety net for Americans living in or near ­poverty. The White House touted the move for Medicaid work requirements as “making a positive and lasting difference” in the

Walgreens Connected Care Oncology gets tech patent

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has received a U.S. patent for new proprietary technology that its Walgreens community specialty pharmacists and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime’s specialty pharmacists will use to facilitate communication with and counseling of individuals prescribed oral oncology ­medicines. The technology will be applied through Walgreens Connected Care Oncology, a process that helps pharmacy customers

Griffith gets promotion at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has named Derek Griffith executive vice president of store operations. Griffith had been serving as senior vice president of operations in the retailer’s Northeast and Midwest regions. In his new position, Griffith will have oversight for all aspects of the company’s drug stores in more than 30 states

Walmart ‘moving with speed to win with customer’

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The growing convergence of its physical and digital assets has put Walmart in the retail sector’s sweet spot, according to company executives. “We have good momentum in the business, we’re executing our strategy and moving with speed to win with the customer, who is more connected than ever and embracing tools that

Walgreens gets help with Rx disposal effort

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Four prominent players in the health care sector are coming together to help combat opioid abuse by increasing the availability of Walgreens medication disposal kiosks. The goal is to collect 300 tons of unwanted medications over the next two years through kiosks at about 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide. Walgreens now has about

Industry does its part as another natural disaster hits

NEW YORK — Community pharmacy operators continue to respond to an unprecedented string of natural disasters across the United States. CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid Corp., Discount Drug Mart, Albertsons Cos., Kroger Co. and Walmart are among the community pharmacy operators contributing funds and other assistance. The Albertsons Cos. Foundation organized an in-store fund-raiser to

CVS brings Tigi Cosmetics to 2,000 stores

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has continued its rollout of premium and niche beauty brands with the introduction this month of some 60 products from Tigi Cosmetics at 2,000 CVS drug stores and on the CVS.com website. In addition, Tigi’s assortment will get high-visibility placement on the retailer’s “trend wall,” an innovation introduced this year

McKesson Canada fills Uniprix retail post

SAINT-LAURENT, Quebec — Alain Arel has been named president of Uniprix and Proxim, both of which are owned by McKesson Canada. The acquisition of 330-store Uniprix by McKesson Canada was completed this month. Proxim, with over 2,000 pharmacies, including more than 275 in Quebec, represents the largest network of independent pharmacist-owners in Canada. Arel will

CVS offers on-the-go convenience

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy is introducing vending machines stocked with 70 or so items curated for their particular locations — airports, hotels, office parks, college campuses — giving shoppers an opportunity to grab something quickly from a machine and keep going. “We are always looking for new ways to combine convenience and innovation to

Pharmaca slated to enter Chicago market

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is expanding beyond its western U.S. market area via an independent pharmacy acquisition that will bring it to the Windy City. Pharmaca has entered an agreement to buy Aaron’s Apothecary in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, the chain’s first location in the city. In addition, Pharmaca has boosted

Walmart to retool U.S. business

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart is rolling out a new consolidation plan, putting in place a structure that improves communication and execution, streamlines decision making and accelerates the pace of change at the nation’s largest retailer. The new hierarchy will consolidate Walmart’s U.S. business to four divisions from six, each managed by a senior vice president

Rite Aid Foundation KidCents drug disposal plan debuts

CAMP HILL, Pa. ­— The Rite Aid Foundation has introduced the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, aimed at preventing medication misuse and accidental poisoning among children and ­adolescents. The program provides law enforcement agencies with free medication disposal units that enable people to safely discard expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. At presstime, more

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