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NACDS praises passage of bill to prohibit “gag clauses”

NACDS praises passage of bill to prohibit “gag clauses”

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) praised the U.S. Senate’s passage last evening of the Patient Right to Know Prices Act (S. 2554). The bill would help patients in private plans save money on prescription drugs by ending so-called “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling patients they could save

NACDS applauds California e-prescribing Law

NACDS applauds California e-prescribing Law

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is applauding the enactment of an electronic prescribing bill (AB 2789) in California that will help to prevent opioid abuse. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation yesterday. Effective January 1, 2022, the bill will require healthcare practitioners authorized to issue prescriptions to have

Albertsons names Jim Donald CEO

Albertsons names Jim Donald CEO

BOISE, Idaho — Jim Donald has been named president and chief executive officer of Albertsons Cos., effective immediately. He had been president and chief operating officer. Robert Miller, currently the company’s chairman and CEO, will continue as chairman. Donald’s 47-year retail career began as a trainee in Florida with Publix Super Markets Inc. He joined

NACDS joins “Americans for Free Trade” coalition

NACDS joins “Americans for Free Trade” coalition

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced that the organization has joined Americans for Free Trade (AFT) – a coalition focused on averting the harmful consequences of the emerging trade war, including new U.S.-imposed tariffs and retaliatory actions by trading partners. AFT also will collaborate with Farmers for Free Trade,

Walgreens buys pharmacy files from Fred’s

Walgreens buys pharmacy files from Fred’s

DEERFIELD, Ill. and MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Walgreens and Fred’s announced today that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement, where Walgreens will acquire pharmacy patient prescription files and related pharmacy inventory of 185 Fred’s stores located across 10 Southeastern states. Under the terms of the agreement, the aggregate consideration to be paid by

Approval reportedly near for CVS-Aetna deal

Approval reportedly near for CVS-Aetna deal

WASHINGTON — CVS Health Corp.’s planned acquisition of Aetna Inc. is close to getting the official go-ahead from federal regulators, according to a report published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, which said the deal could receive formal antitrust approval from the U.S. Department of Justice within the next few weeks. That approval is expected to

CVS offering free wellness screenings across U.S.

CVS offering free wellness screenings across U.S.

WOONSOCKET, R.I — In its continuing commitment to improve access to affordable health care for all Americans, CVS Health  is kicking off its annual Project Health campaign at select CVS Pharmacy locations in 11 communities across the country this Thursday, September 6, with free health and wellness screenings. A total of 528 Project Health events will

MinuteClinic opens walk-in medical clinic in Tempe

MinuteClinic opens walk-in medical clinic in Tempe

WOONSOCKET, RI – A new MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic has opened inside the CVS Pharmacy store at 909 East Apache Boulevard in Tempe, Arizona, providing the community with convenient access to common health care services. The new clinic, located near Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, is open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. The

NACDS remains committed in changing times

NACDS remains committed in changing times

NACDS chairman of the board Mark Panzer, senior vice president, pharmacy, health and wellness of Albertsons Companies, described the value that NACDS members appreciate most. “In short, it’s about business community and intelligence, it’s about effective government advocacy, and it’s about powerful and practical information on policy,” Panzer explained. DENVER – The business program of

H-E-B receives award for political advocacy at TSE

H-E-B receives award for political advocacy at TSE

DENVER — H-E-B was honored for its political engagement during the Political Involvement Reception at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo on Saturday, August 25. NACDS past chairman Martin Otto, H-E-B’s chief operating officer, accepted the 2018 “Politically Engaged Pharmacy Award,” or PEP Award, on behalf of the company, in recognition of

NACDS makes case for pharmacy to Health Care Caucus

NACDS makes case for pharmacy to Health Care Caucus

ARLINGTON, Va — NACDS recently outlined a compelling case detailing pharmacy’s quantifiable and demonstrated value in a letter to the bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus. The Caucus was launched earlier this year to advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers. In the

CVS says better transparency helping cut Rx costs

CVS says better transparency helping cut Rx costs

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health released new data showing that the company’s real-time benefits program, powered by its proprietary engine, Script Intelligence, can save CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management (PBM) members between $120 to $130 per prescription fill. The company found that, when provided with access to member-specific pharmacy benefit and formulary information at the point-of-prescribing, prescribers are often

Anthem announces collaboration with Walmart

Anthem announces collaboration with Walmart

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Anthem, Inc. announced an arrangement with Walmart to advance the companies’ mutual goals of reducing healthcare costs and providing consumers with increased access to over-the counter (O-T-C) medicines and services that can improve their health. The Anthem-Walmart program, launching in January 2019, will enable consumers who are enrolled in Anthem’s affiliated Medicare Advantage

Marybeth Hays leaving Walmart

Marybeth Hays leaving Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Marybeth Hays, one of  Walmart’s highest-ranking female executives, will be leaving the company in January 2019.  Hays, who had served as executive vice president of consumables and health and wellness for just over a year, will leave the company early next year, according to an internal memo sent Friday from U.S. chief

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