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Congressman discusses vaccine rollout at Discount Drug Mart

Congressman discusses vaccine rollout at Discount Drug Mart

CONCORD, Ohio — The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it will be  increasing weekly shipments of COVID-19 vaccine doses to states, sending out 13.5 million this week, and doubling the amount going to retail pharmacies. Last week U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce visited the Discount Drug Mart store to learn about the retailer’s preparations to

CVS’ fourth quarter sales and earnings beat projections

CVS’ fourth quarter sales and earnings beat projections

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s fourth quarter sales and earnings easily beat Wall Street’s projections, as a rise in script counts lifted its results. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.30, bettering analysts’ forecast by 6 cents. Revenue for the period ended December 31 rose 4% from a year earlier to $69.55 billion, also topping predictions.

‘Partial fill’ concept endorsed by NACDS

‘Partial fill’ concept endorsed by NACDS

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) rulemaking that implements a 2016 law allowing for the partial filling of Schedule II controlled substances is a necessary step to help address the opioid abuse epidemic, yet changes are recommended to ensure success, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS submitted comments this

Liebmann sees road ahead for retailing ‘totally open’

Liebmann sees road ahead for retailing ‘totally open’

ARLINGTON, Va. — In a recent webinar sponsored by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Wendy Liebmann, chief executive officer and chief shopper at WSL Strategic Retail, discussed how shoppers have been, and are being, transformed by the pandemic and offered insights on how retailers are responding and need to respond to meet the

A long, but fruitful pharmacy journey

A long, but fruitful pharmacy  journey

GLENCOE, Ill. — This is a story about Edwin Levin, an 82-year-old native of Chicago’s northern suburbs. Levin, a registered pharmacist, has spent much of his life behind or in front of various prescription counters, dispensing prescriptions, offering advice and generally doing what the most accomplished people in his profession routinely do: advise and counsel

Brewer’s appointment lifts WBA’s expectations

Brewer’s appointment lifts WBA’s expectations

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Stefano Pessina is bullish about the future of Walgreens Boots Alliance in the wake of Rosalind Brewer’s appointment to succeed him as the company’s chief executive officer. A former CEO of Walmart’s Sam’s Club division and currently chief operating officer and group president at Starbucks Corp., Brewer will join WBA on March

AmerisourceBergen becoming strategic partner

AmerisourceBergen becoming strategic partner

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Two decades ago AmeriSource Health merged with Bergen Brunswig to form AmerisourceBergen, one of the nation’s premier pharmaceutical distributors. Today the company, now a $185 billion global diversified health care services provider, is working to forge closer ties with its biggest customers in a bid to improve patient care and drive business.

Rite Aid expands testing; joins federal vaccination effort

Rite Aid expands testing; joins federal vaccination effort

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is expanding no-charge COVID-19 self-swab testing to all drive-thrue locations, with 441 additional sites opening Friday, February 12, through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The new testing sites will increase Rite Aid’s capacity for COVID testing services in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho,

Coke introduces bottles made from 100% recycled material

Coke introduces bottles made from 100% recycled material

ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Company announced today in the United States the introduction of a new 13.2oz bottle made from 100% recycled plastic material (rPET). This new bottle will be available first in the company’s biggest and most iconic brand: Coca-Cola. In addition, the company announced today in the U.S. the transition to bottles made

Regional chains hailed at NACDS conference

Regional chains hailed at NACDS conference

ARLINGTON, Va. — Regional pharmacy operators are playing an outsize role in “restoring hope for individuals in communities throughout the country,” National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said today. “This industry, and this profession, has said for decades that pharmacies can do even more as health care destinations in enhancing

Customers have changed, and so must retail pharmacy

Customers have changed, and so must retail pharmacy

The COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly changed customer behavior, from how people pay to what they buy. But how has the pandemic specifically affected pharmacy customers? Kearney’s pharmacy customer survey from early fall 2020 reveals that COVID-era customers have new ways of shopping, evolving preferences for obtaining prescriptions and increased expectations of their pharmacies. As the

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