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Kroger and Walgreens form purchasing group

Kroger and Walgreens form purchasing group

CINCINNATI — Building on a unique collaboration that first brought together Kroger Co.’s food and grocery experience with Walgreens’ expertise in health and beauty, the companies have formed a new group purchasing organization (GPO) aimed at delivering purchasing efficiencies, lower costs and combined resources to help drive further innovation. The new joint venture will be

Pharmacy coalition applauds drug pricing act

Pharmacy coalition applauds drug pricing act

WASHINGTON — A coalition of national pharmacy groups on Tuesday applauded the latest version of the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, released Friday by the Senate Finance Committee, which they say addresses backdoor clawback fees charged by large pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that are shuttering pharmacies and costing patients more at the pharmacy counter.

Walgreens, Neil Patrick Harris tackle the holidays

Walgreens, Neil Patrick Harris tackle the holidays

  DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is getting real this holiday season with the help of celebrity couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. The duo has teamed up with Walgreens for a new social media campaign that embraces what it really takes to get through those unexpected and stressful holiday moments. The digital content series,

CVS reports successful first year of Aetna integration

CVS reports successful first year of Aetna integration

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced Thursday it has successfully completed the first year of combined operations following the acquisition of Aetna in late 2018. The combined company has met or exceeded its first-year integration goals while introducing new, consumer-focused offerings as a result of its unmatched capabilities. CVS Health remains on track to meet

SDM expands medical cannabis online platform

SDM expands medical cannabis online platform

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has expanded its online platform for the sale of medical cannabis to include Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The service breaks down existing barriers for patients by providing convenient access to a broader range of options through a single source,

Shoppers Drug Mart and SilverCloud Health team

Shoppers Drug Mart and SilverCloud Health team

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart announced a partnership with SilverCloud Health, a global leader in digital mental health solutions. The partnership will enable Canadian employers to include SilverCloud Health’s award-winning, clinically proven digital mental health platform for cognitive behavioral  therapy (CBT) as part of their health benefit plans, for use by employees with mental health

Walgreens to open Medicare Service Centers

Walgreens to open Medicare Service Centers

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will open 14 UnitedHealthcare Medicare services centers in stores in five metropolitan areas as part of a multiyear agreement. “We are expanding access to UnitedHealthcare Medicare resources to better serve our members, providing them with all the valuable benefits they have come to expect from their UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans plus

Walgreens teams with United Nations Foundation

Walgreens teams with United Nations Foundation

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign announced Tuesday that the Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program has helped provide 50 million life-saving vaccines to children around the world since its inception in 2013. Walgreens said it hopes to provide 50 million additional vaccines by 2023. Through the Get

Substance use disorder needs pharmacists’ help, NACDS says

Substance use disorder needs pharmacists’ help, NACDS says

ARLINGTON, Va.– Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment could benefit from pharmacists’ accessibility and expertise, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) wrote in detailed letters to 15 Medicaid program directors. NACDS also called for action on policy recommendations designed to help prevent opioid abuse and addiction, while caring for those in pain. NACDS made

Rite Aid Foundation donates to wildfire relief

Rite Aid Foundation donates to wildfire relief

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation announced Monday that a $75,000 donation will be distributed to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region to support wildfire relief efforts. “The devastating and destructive fires that have wreaked havoc in California during the past few weeks have

CVS Health beats Q3 earnings forecast

CVS Health beats Q3 earnings forecast

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health turned in another impressive showing  in the third quarter of 2019, as both adjusted earnings and revenues exceeded analysts’ estimates. Based on the solid performance, the company raised its full-year guidance on adjusted earnings. “Our third-quarter results build on the positive momentum we have seen across the company since the

Walgreens offers faster access to CGM devices

Walgreens offers faster access to CGM devices

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is launching a new billing solution to allow Medicare patients who use the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System to fill their prescription at any of its more than 9,200 U.S. retail pharmacy locations. Walgreens is now the largest retail pharmacy chain providing nationwide distribution for Dexcom CGM. Currently, prescriptions

Walgreens names Patrick McLean senior VP and CMO

Walgreens names Patrick McLean senior VP and CMO

DEERFIELD, Ill.  – Walgreens announced Friday that Patrick McLean as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO). In his role as CMO, McLean will be responsible for the vision, strategic direction and performance of all Walgreens marketing activities. These responsibilities include: marketing collaboration, design and execution of the iconic Walgreens brand, development of the

CVS opening standalone locations in Oregon

CVS opening standalone locations in Oregon

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy celebrated the grand opening of its first-ever standalone store in Oregon with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week. The new store at 105 NW 13th Ave in Portland, OR, is the first of three retail locations to open in the Greater Portlandmarket in 2019, with one more store opening in

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