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MinuteClinic Video Visits now available in Montana

MinuteClinic Video Visits now available in Montana

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced this week that MinuteClinic, the medical clinic inside CVS Pharmacy, is now offering Video Visits for patients in the state of Montana. The service is available in 47 states and Washington, D.C. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in communities across the country, our MinuteClinic Video Visits are a convenient, affordable

Retail sales hit double-digit gains in March

Retail sales hit double-digit gains in March

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. retail sales grew by double-digits in March as the nation marked the one-year anniversary of the first lockdowns imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, U.S. retail sales excluding automotive and gasoline increased 26.3% year-over-year

Video Forum: Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid

Video Forum: Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid

Jocelyn Konrad, executive vice president and chief pharmacy officer at Rite Aid, tells this week’s Video Forum about the drug chain’s efforts to combat COVID-19, including robust testing and immunization programs. She also addresses lessons learned from the pandemic, Rite Aid’s innovative approach to health and wellness, and the future of retail pharmacy.

CVS exceeds 10 million COVID-19 vaccine mark

CVS exceeds 10 million COVID-19 vaccine mark

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced Thursday it had reached a milestone as the company has surpassed 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered through its participation in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The company is now administering vaccines in nearly 2,000 stores across 44 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington,

WBA’s Q2 earnings top forecast

WBA’s Q2 earnings top forecast

DEERFIELD, Ill. _  Walgreens Boots Alliance’s second quarter earnings easily beat analysts’ projections, as sales rose 4.6% to $32.8 billion. WBA posted adjusted earnings of $1.21 billion, or $1.40 per share, well ahead of Wall Street’s estimate of $1.11. The company elevated its full year guidance to mid-to-high single digit growth in constant currency adjusted

Walgreens expands financial services

Walgreens expands financial services

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens announced on Tuesday an agreement with InComm Payments to provide convenient and accessible financial services options for its customers. Together, the companies plan to launch a new bank account offering for its customers to be established at MetaBank with a Mastercard debit card that will serve Walgreens shoppers both in-store and

Video Forum: John Standley, Walgreens

Video Forum: John Standley, Walgreens

  John Standley, who joined Walgreens as president last August, talks about changes under way that will strengthen the drug chain’s position in pharmacy, health care and retailing. Among the subjects Standley addresses in this week’s Video Forum are Walgreens’ expanding partnership with VillageMD, the retailer’s revamped loyalty program, and its big investment in digital

Xavier Becerra confirmed as Biden’s health secretary

Xavier Becerra confirmed as Biden’s health secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden’s health secretary, filling a key position in the administration’s COVID-19 response and its major push to lower drug costs, expand insurance coverage, and eliminate racial disparities in medical care. The 50-49 vote makes the 63-year-old Becerra the first Latino

Lynch brings passion for health care to new role

Lynch brings passion for health care to new role

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — For Karen S. Lynch, health care is personal. On National Caregivers Day in late February, she shared some thoughts on LinkedIn about her aunt Millie, whom Lynch, when she was in her early 20s, looked after, and recalled the difficulties in navigating the complexities of the American health care system. “Ultimately, those

Video Forum: Eyad Farah, Health Mart

Video Forum: Eyad Farah, Health Mart

Health Mart president Eyad Farah tells this week’s Video Forum about the franchised drug chain’s efforts to help patients maintain their health and well-being through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Farah, who also heads Health Mart Atlas, McKesson Corp.’s pharmacy services administrative organization, addresses enlarging the scope of pharmacy practice, the transformative effect of digital

Ulta Beauty names Dave Kimbell CEO

Ulta Beauty names Dave Kimbell CEO

BOLINGBROOK, Ill.— Following a thorough succession planning process, Ulta Beauty announced the following leadership changes to drive continuity and continued momentum, all effective in June. Dave Kimbell, president, will succeed Mary Dillon as chief executive officer and will be nominated to stand for election to the company’s board of directors at the 2021 annual stockholders

CVS now offering COVID-19 vaccines in 29 states

CVS now offering COVID-19 vaccines in 29 states

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced Thursday that it has nearly doubled the number of states where select CVS Pharmacy locations are offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible populations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP). The company is now administering vaccines in nearly 1,200 stores across 29 states and Puerto Rico incuding: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut,

Albertsons surpasses 1 million COVID-19 vaccines administered

Albertsons surpasses 1 million COVID-19 vaccines administered

BOISE, Idaho – Albertsons Cos. announced that its pharmacies have now administered more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. “Our pharmacy teams across the country are working diligently in serving our communities during this national effort. We are deeply grateful to our federal partners and local jurisdictions in delivering this important milestone,” said Omer

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