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McKesson ideaShare 2015 kicks off

McKesson ideaShare 2015 kicks off

SAN DIEGO — McKesson Corp.’s ideaShare 2015 is underway this week at the San Diego Convention Center. The event, which runs through Saturday, provides an interactive forum for independent pharmacists from across the country to share ideas for growing their businesses, according to McKesson, which says that the annual event provides attendees with access to

Supreme Court upholds health insurance subsidies

Supreme Court upholds health insurance subsidies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies for health insurance, giving the law its second big win in three years. The justices ruled 6-3 that the subsidies being received by 8.7 million people to make coverage affordable were not voided by the statute’s wording. Chief Justice John Roberts again

Ahold, Delhaize plan to merge

Ahold, Delhaize plan to merge

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, and ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — International food retailers Delhaize Group and Koninklijke Ahold N.V. plan to merge, forming a new company called Ahold Delhaize. The companies said Wednesday that the agreement, being enacted through a merger of equals of Delhaize into Ahold, will create a food retailing giant with more than 6,500

CVS Health hires chief marketing officer

CVS Health hires chief marketing officer

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Norman de Greve has been named as chief marketing officer at CVS Health. CVS said Tuesday that de Greve, president of the Boston and Detroit offices of marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi, is slated to start in the new post on July 15. In the role, de Greve will oversee marketing strategy

Rite Aid enhances Rx service with OneTripRefills

Rite Aid enhances Rx service with OneTripRefills

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is continuing to enhance its appeal as a retail health care destination, most recently through the introduction of the OneTripRefills medication synchronization service. Launched during the drug chain’s fiscal first quarter, OneTripRefills enables patients who enroll to receive all of their monthly maintenance medications in a single trip to

PBM deal costs impact Rite Aid 1Q earnings

PBM deal costs impact Rite Aid 1Q earnings

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. saw sales edge up and earnings decline for its fiscal 2016 first quarter, and the company for the first time gave full-year guidance that includes its pending acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager EnvisionRx. Rite Aid said Thursday that for the first quarter ended May 30, net income totaled

CVS/pharmacy premieres new front-end strategy

CVS/pharmacy premieres new front-end strategy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is rolling out enhanced front-end presentations and offerings — focused on health, beauty and consumables — at select CVS/pharmacy stores, starting with 150 high-volume urban locations across the country. CVS outlined the strategy Wednesday in a Manhattan store tour and a media advisory with top retail executives, including Helena Foulkes,

CVS/pharmacy y más stores: A look inside

CVS/pharmacy y más stores: A look inside

In South Florida, CVS/pharmacy is providing a localized shopping experience with CVS/pharmacy y más, a new store concept catering to Hispanic customers. The CVS/pharmacy y más stores — of which there are now 12 — feature bilingual signage and staff and more than 1,500 Latino products, including more competitive pricing on hundreds of products as

Target CEO: CVS deal represents ‘significant shift’

Target CEO: CVS deal represents ‘significant shift’

MINNEAPOLIS — With CVS Health running Target Corp.’s pharmacies and clinics, the discount chain will be better able to focus on providing wellness products and services throughout its stores, according to Target chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell. “This exciting partnership represents a significant shift in our business model and will have notable benefits

CVS Health to buy Target’s pharmacy business

CVS Health to buy Target’s pharmacy business

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health plans to acquire Target Corp.’s U.S. pharmacy and retail health clinics businesses for about $1.9 billion. CVS said Monday that it will buy more than 1,660 Target pharmacies across 47 states and operate them through a store-within-a-store format and that every new Target store that offers pharmacy services will include

Walgreens program promotes healthier behaviors

Walgreens program promotes healthier behaviors

DEERFIELD, Ill. — A new white paper from Walgreens finds that its Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc) loyalty program is encouraging healthier behaviors by members, including weight loss and improved medication adherence by those with hypertension and/or diabetes. The drug chain said Thursday that the white paper data, from a series of related Walgreens

Walgreens ramps up telehealth services

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens plans to expand telehealth services access via its mobile app and website to 25 states by the end of this year. The drug chain said Wednesday that as part of the effort, Walgreens mobile app users in Colorado, Illinois and Washington can now access telehealth services, provided through its partnership with

Walgreens debuts app for Apple Watch

Walgreens debuts app for Apple Watch

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has launched its Apple Watch app, designed to help people better adhere to their prescription medications. Also on Monday, the drug chain announced that its Balance Rewards loyalty program will integrate with Apple Pay, Apple’s secure mobile payment system. The Walgreens App for Apple Watch aims to assist patients in managing

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