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Issue 11-19-2012

Hurricane Sandy: Drug chains at their best in crisis

While chain drug stores across the Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast helped residents prepare for Superstorm Sandy by stocking extra emergency supplies, the retailers also stepped up to the plate after the storm hit to help in the recovery effort. Walgreen Co., for instance, donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross and was taking donations

CVS Caremark mobilizes to provide Sandy relief

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Community support has defined CVS Caremark Corp.’s response to the devastation of superstorm Hurricane Sandy, said Scott Baker, executive vice president of internal operations, real estate and supply chain. From the deployment of a mobile pharmacy in hard hit New Jersey to the relocation of generators from as far away as Texas

Retail Rx operators adjust to post-election landscape

NEW YORK — Chain drug retailers are awaiting the implications of President Barack Obama’s re-election for the looming fiscal cliff, while gearing up for the now certain rollout of the health care reform law. The law’s expansion of the rolls of people with health insurance by upwards of 32 million promises a significant increase in

Research: Prescription pricing a big concern for customers

NEW YORK — In this issue Chain Drug Review continues to present some of the major findings from the Pharmacy Satisfaction Pulse Survey conducted by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., this time examining the most important improvement opportunity revealed by the study: prescription drug pricing. The latest survey findings are based on 20-minute online interviews conducted

CVS strengthens retail field organization

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has unveiled new leadership assignments for its retail field organization. Senior vice president of operations Hanley Wheeler has assumed responsibility for the retailer’s western and southwestern markets while continuing to have responsibility for the midwestern and southeastern markets. Handling retail operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is Kevin Hourican, senior vice

Walgreens study sees benefits of 90-day prescriptions

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Medicaid patients across four therapeutic categories experienced better adherence with 90-day medication supplies compared to 30-day refills, according to a Walgreen Co. study. Those patients with the three-month supply also showed nominal wastage and more cost savings. The study, which was titled “Medication Days’ Supply, Adherence, Wastage, and Cost Among Chronic Patients

Walmart focuses on drug costs

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — At a time when seniors are weighing which Medicare Part D plan to enroll in for 2013, Humana Inc. and Walmart are making their offering more appealing, particularly for those with high blood pressure. Beginning in 2013, 10 hypertension drugs will be available for one cent each for members of the Humana

Nail HQ kiosks introduced by CVS/pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has launched what it calls Nail HQ. The in-store kiosks showcase the hottest nail care trends and product innovations and are being offered in more than 2,000 of the drug chain’s stores. “With nail care sales booming, it’s clear that customers are looking to CVS to find the latest innovation that

Walgreens connects with customers via new magazine

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has launched its own biannual glossy magazine. The first issue of "Happy And Healthy, Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens" debuted on November 4. The glossy, 28-page magazine is available in English and Spanish, with a separate version for Duane Reade customers. Besides being available in the company’s stores,

New London Drugs website debuts

RICHMOND, British Columbia — After 18 months of extensive planning and investment, London Drugs has debuted a new website and e-commerce store. Executives note that the new site features a variety of navigational improvements and two key differentiators. One of those differentiators, they explain, lets users order products online and pick them up at any

Kmart taps senior VP for food, drug

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Ryan Vero is joining Sears Holdings Corp., the parent company of Kmart, as senior vice president and president of grocery, drug and pharmacy. Vero most recently served as the executive vice president and chief merchandising/marketing officer at OfficeMax Inc. In his new role at Sears Holdings Vero will be responsible for

Ology added to PL assortment at Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has launched a new private label line featuring products free of harmful chemicals. The Ology line includes baby care and personal care products, as well as household cleaners, paper products and compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Consumer interest in products free of potentially harmful or carcinogenic chemicals is on the rise, and

Successful campaign for NACDS-PAC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores says the results of this year’s congressional elections bode well for community pharmacy. In a letter to the association’s chain members, NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson reports that 92% of the candidates considered to be pro-pharmacy or pro-business won their contests for

CACDS assesses challenges of evolving business model

TORONTO — Adding new services to an established business model, as community pharmacy is now in the process of accomplishing, is challenging but it can be done profitably, said Steve Wilton, vice president of pharmacy affairs at the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, at CACDS’ annual conference. Wilton used as examples of manufacturing companies