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CVS to offer employees incentives to quit smoking

CVS to offer employees incentives to quit smoking

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Next month, CVS Health plans to launch an employee smoking cessation program that reflects the findings of new research and continues the company’s efforts to reduce tobacco use. According to a study by the CVS Health Research Institute and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs that offer financial incentives show higher

Pharmaca flourishes as omnichannel retailer

Pharmaca flourishes as omnichannel retailer

BOULDER, Colo. — With solid sales growth in its stores, an expanding e-commerce business and a successful loyalty program, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is well-positioned for continued success as it maintains its plans for steady expansion as an innovative omni­channel retailer in health and beauty. The 15-year-old pharmacy and natural health chain opened three new stores

Medicine Shoppe phases out tobacco products

Medicine Shoppe phases out tobacco products

DUBLIN, Ohio — Medicine Shoppe International has become the latest pharmacy retailer to drop tobacco products. The Cardinal Health Inc. pharmacy franchise said Monday that nearly all Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy franchisees have committed to not sell tobacco or tobacco-related products. Most Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy locations have been tobacco-free for some time, because selling

Rite Aid opens RediClinics in Seattle area

Rite Aid opens RediClinics in Seattle area

  CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has brought RediClinic into a new market with plans to open 11 retail clinics inside its stores in the greater Seattle area. Rite Aid said Wednesday that the new RediClinics will be operated under a joint venture with MultiCare Health System, a nonprofit health care group serving the Puget Sound region.

Care Pharmacies builds on strong year

Care Pharmacies builds on strong year

LINTHICUM, Md. — For Care Pharmacies, 2014 was a year of impressive top-line growth while the company continued to focus on infrastructure improvement with a number of technology initiatives. Sales for the year soared 26.6% to $463.3 million, driven largely by the entry into the market of hepatitis C drugs, says chief executive officer Michael

Rite Aid launches expanded rewards program

Rite Aid launches expanded rewards program

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has expanded its wellness+ loyalty program with the chainwide rollout of Plenti, the coalition rewards program that the drug chain joined earlier this year. Called wellness+ with Plenti, the free program is now open to current and new wellness+ members, who can sign up at any of Rite Aid’s

CVS Health gets 1Q boost from PBM

CVS Health gets 1Q boost from PBM

  WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Citing a strong performance by its pharmacy benefit management business, CVS Health posted a double-digit sales gain for the first quarter, with adjusted earnings topping Wall Street’s projections. CVS said Friday that net sales for the three months ended March 31 totaled $36.33 billion, up 11.1% from $32.69 billion a year earlier. Sales for CVS’ retail pharmacy business

April same-store sales gain at Rite Aid

April same-store sales gain at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. saw comparable-store sales rise in April despite a negative impact from the timing of this year’s Easter holiday. Rite Aid said Thursday that for the four weeks ended April 25, same-store sales grew 3% year over year, continuing the drug chain’s monthly comp-store sales gains in this calendar year. For March,

Bartell Drugs names Unmacht as new CEO

Bartell Drugs names Unmacht as new CEO

SEATTLE — Brian Unmacht has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, succeeding longtime CEO George Bartell as the head of the 125-year-old, family-owned drug chain. The Seattle drug chain said late Wednesday that Bartell, who has served as CEO for the past 25 years, will remain chairman. Also, Jean Bartell Barber will continue to serve

Wasson honored by NACDS with Fantle Award

Wasson honored by NACDS with Fantle Award

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former Walgreen Co. president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award, the chain drug industry’s top honor, from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores last night at the NACDS Annual Meeting. Also on Tuesday evening, NACDS presented David Heist, director of industry affairs

Edeker brings fresh perspective to NACDS

Edeker brings fresh perspective to NACDS

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Although Randy Edeker is a relative newcomer to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors, he has already had an impact on the organization, one that will increase significantly this week when he becomes NACDS chairman. Edeker, as chairman, president and chief executive officer of food/drug combination

Industry Outlook: Drug chains to get a lift

Industry Outlook: Drug chains to get a lift

NEW YORK — Drug chains are leveraging their strengths of accessibility and convenience as they extend their core prescription drug business further into the health care realm and diversify their front-end mix. Industry observers say many of the people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act will turn to chain drug stores for their scripts

Anderson has NACDS moving in right direction

Anderson has NACDS moving in right direction

ARLINGTON, Va. — An apt symbol for what Steve Anderson’s leadership has meant to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is certainly RxImpact Day. The annual event brings together pharmacy advocates in the nation’s capitol to meet with members of Congress and officials in the executive branch to help them better understand the essential