Issue 08-13-2012

Walgreens settles differences with Express Scripts

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Express Scripts Inc. customers will again fill prescriptions at Walgreen Co. pharmacies. The two companies have announced an end to the contract dispute that has left Express Scripts plan members unable to get their scripts at Walgreens since January 1. Their multiyear agreement includes rates and terms under which Walgreens will participate

Lewis Drug reaches major milestone

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drugs, one of America’s most successfully innovative drug chains, is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The first Lewis drug store — the first self-service drug store to open its doors in the Upper Midwest — rang up its first sale in February 1942 in downtown Sioux Falls. Today, 32 drug stores

Thrifty White aims to raise Rx compliance

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — As community pharmacies across the country continue to search for ways to drive patient compliance, Thrifty White Pharmacy has introduced what it calls the HealthyPackRx. Executives explain that with HealthyPackRx maintenance medications are organized into individual packages labeled with the medication, date and time to be taken, making it easier for patients

McKesson plans to leverage its health care scope

LAS VEGAS — As one of the nation’s largest providers of health care services, McKesson Corp. stands at the nexus of health care delivery, an enviable vantage point from which to observe and help shape the rapid evolution of the way Americans access, receive and pay for care. Brian Tyler, a 15-year McKesson veteran who

Kerr names Gregory senior VP of operations

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug vice president of pharmacy and government affairs Mark Gregory has been promoted to senior vice president of store operations. In his new position Gregory and will oversee the company’s district operational teams. “Mark has extraordinary depth of intellect and experience in every facet of community pharmacy, from educational and legislative

Walgreens tabs new chairman

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has tapped former McDonald’s Inc. chief executive officer James Skinner to serve as its new nonexecutive chairman. Skinner, who has served on Walgreens’ board of directors since 2005, succeeds Alan McNally in that post. McNally served as the Walgreens board’s first lead director, beginning in January 2008. He later served

Some retailers line up against credit card settlement

NEW YORK — After credit card companies and some of the nation’s largest banks agreed to pay more than $7 billion to settle a price-fixing case dealing with swipe fees, the future of the deal was put in jeopardy when several retailers objected to the terms of the pact. The settlement must still be approved

NACDS backs legislation to level tax playing field

WASHINGTON — Trade associations representing thousands of retailers have thrown their support behind proposed federal legislation that would require online merchants and other remote sellers to collect sales tax. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association all say the Marketplace Fairness Act that was

Take Care Clinics start smartphone app test

CHICAGO — Walgreen Co. has launched a pilot program that will allow patients to make appointments at some of the retailer’s Take Care Clinics via their smartphones. The iTriage mobile application, available for iPhones and Android phones, is designed to help consumers identify symptoms, learn more about medical conditions and access a nationwide directory of

Duane Reade prepares to deploy electric trucks

NEW YORK — Duane Reade, which has purchased 14 electric trucks in a bid to reduce the air and noise pollution associated with store deliveries, is asking its customers where they should be deployed. The new electric vehicles will replace nearly 25% of the retailer’s truck fleet. To determine which stores should be among the

Rx technician’s job proves difficult to find

WATERBURY, Conn. — For most of her 62 years, Deborah Klein has lived a relatively comfortable life. She raised two children, held down a career and considered herself a productive member of society. But in 2005, her fortunes began to change. She was laid off from her $80,000-a-year job but managed to find a series

The top chain drug events of the summer

It’s been an interesting summer for chain drug retailing. Here, in no particular order, are the season’s most interesting events: • Walgreens merged — if that’s the appropriate word — with Alliance Boots by acquiring a 45% interest in the world’s leading drug retailer/wholesaler. The word “leading” needs to be explained here. It is not