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CVS Health names Jon Roberts chief operating officer

CVS Health names Jon Roberts chief operating officer

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has named Jon Roberts to the new position of executive  vice president and chief operating officer. Roberts, who was president of the CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits management unit, will continue to report to CVS Health president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo. The company said that in his new position

Walgreens appoints Turner as chief information officer

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has promoted Steve Turner to vice president and chief information officer at Walgreens, effective April 1. He succeeds outgoing CIO Abhi Dhar, with whom he is working closely to transition ­responsibilities. Dhar is leaving to serve as cofounder and chief executive officer of a digital start-up based

Walmart enhances experience for pharmacy patients

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart plans to make the shopping experience faster and easier for its pharmacy customers with the addition of express lanes in its stores and a new feature in its mobile app. The Walmart mobile app’s “easy refill” feature will allow patients — after a simple, one-time setup — to quickly refill prescriptions,

Over 50 Walgreens pharmacies to target cancer care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — More than 50 Walgreens community specialty pharmacies have been designated as cancer-specialized locations, according to the company, which noted that those facilities are led by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with advanced cancer care training and knowledge, including medication management and patient support. Walgreens said that the cancer-specialized pharmacies help patients access to,

Use of Epic EHR expands at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has chosen the Epic electronic health record (EHR) system for its CVS Specialty care management programs. The transition to Epic will help integrate and improve clinical processes for CVS Specialty, including processes for CVS’ Accordant unit, which provides care management program services for patients with rare, chronic ­diseases. This move

Technology to facilitate Albertsons procurement

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. is partnering with RangeMe, an online platform for product discovery, to scale its retail buying efforts for the general merchandise and health and beauty categories across all of the company’s 19 banners. “This new technology directly benefits our customers and employees alike,” comments Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy,

Walgreens tabs Steve Turner as CIO

Walgreens tabs Steve Turner as CIO

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance has promoted Steve Turner to vice president and chief information officer at Walgreens. Turner, currently vice president for service delivery and infrastructure for Walgreens, is slated to start in the new post effective April 1, according to Walgreens. He succeeds outgoing CIO Abhi Dhar, with whom he is working closely

Retail CEOs talk with Trump

Retail CEOs talk with Trump

WASHINGTON — A group of retail executives, including Walgreens Boots Alliance executive chairman and chief executive officer Stefano Pessina, met with President Donald Trump earlier this month to discuss issues related to imports and changes to the tax code. The meeting was a scheduled event with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). “The retail industry

WBA, Rite Aid amend terms of merger deal

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. have extended the end date for their merger by six months, and have indicated a willingness to sell up to 1,200 Rite Aid stores to win Federal Trade Commission approval for the deal. Originally WBA said it was willing to divest up to

Senate confirms Tom Price as HHS secretary

WASHINGTON — Vowing to fix what he called a “broken health care system,” Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) was sworn in earlier this month as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retail pharmacy groups responded by welcoming Price to his new post as HHS secretary. “We congratulate Rep. Tom Price on

CVS offers low-cost EpiPen alternative

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is providing a low-cost alternative Mylan’s EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector for anaphylaxis. CVS has made Impax Laboratories’ epinephrine auto-injector available at all CVS Pharmacy drug stores at a cash price of $109.99 for a two-pack. That compares with a cash price of $649.99 for the branded EpiPen and $339.99 for the

HHS nominee Tom Price faces scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, faced tough questions from Democrats about ethical issues and policy priorities during his confirmation hearing. But at presstime it appeared that he would be approved as Secretary of the Department of Health and

Bartells redesigns weekly ad circular

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has revamped its weekly ad circular, switching from a broadsheet to a tabloid format, and using cleaner graphics and feature-oriented headings to make it easier for consumers to read and use. “We’ve completely redesigned the piece with the customer in mind,” says Bartells senior marketing manager Ryan Short. “The circular has

Rite Aid names chief HR officer

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has promoted Ken Black to senior vice president and chief human resources officer. He succeeds Dedra Castle, who is leaving the company for personal health reasons. “On behalf of the entire Rite Aid team, I thank Dedra for her many significant contributions to our company,” Rite Aid chairman