Wendy future of retail top

Issue 07-08-2013

Martindale becomes Rite Aid president

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Ken Martindale, who has been a proponent of change and innovation at Rite Aid Corp., has been named the company’s president. The 53-year-old Martindale had been senior executive vice president and, since 2010, chief operating officer, a post he retains. He continues to report to Rite Aid chairman and chief executive

Educational campaign on ACA gets under way

WASHINGTON — Seeking to educate Americans about the upcoming health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration has relaunched a website and opened a 24-hour call center. The tools are designed to help people understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the

In-store clinics will see surge in demand

NEW YORK — Demand from newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will double the number of retail clinics in the next three years, management consulting firm Accenture has projected. Walk-in clinics will drive $800 million in annual cost savings by 2015 and add capacity for 10.8 million patient visits per year, compared

Rite Aid unveils wellness65+

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has extended its wellness+ customer loyalty program with the launch of wellness65+. “Attracting new senior customers represents a key growth opportunity for Rite Aid because seniors tend to be our best pharmacy patients,” president and chief operating officer Ken Martindale says. “Growing its senior patient base gives Rite Aid

CVS/pharmacy upgrades Gold Emblem brand

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As it continues to revamp its Gold Emblem line of store brand food, CVS/pharmacy has launched Gold Emblem Select, an assortment of what the company is calling “items that celebrate the exceptional in everyday food, beverage and snack products.” The first item in the new line is coffee, with three premium ground

Nicholson promoted by NACDS

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named Kevin Nicholson to the newly created position of vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs. Executives say the new post expands Nicholson’s responsibilities in policy leadership, federal regulatory advocacy and staff management. “Throughout his 12 years of service at NACDS, Kevin’s rock-solid

Kerr targets diabetes patients

RALEIGH, N.C. — Continuing to leverage the “Healthy Relationship” brand that Kerr Drug has been building on for several years, the retailer is focusing on the diabetes customer. The North Carolina drug chain’s new “Take Control of Your Diabetes” effort includes planograms, print ads, social media messaging, education programs, in-store point of purchase and physician

Walgreens reaches settlement with DEA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. agreed last month to pay $80 million in fines to end a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into allegations that it allowed millions of doses of controlled substances, including the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone, to reach the black market. The settlement is the largest civil penalty that has ever been paid

Fruth introduces mobile Rx app

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Fruth Pharmacy has begun offering a mobile application that executives say makes it easier for customers to manage their health and prescription needs. The app enables customers to refill prescriptions and receive pickup and dosage reminders through their smartphones. “A mobile pharmacy solution demonstrates Fruth Pharmacy’s dedication to delivering solutions that

High court weighs in on Rx

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court jolted the pharmaceutical industry with its ruling last month that antitrust regulators should be able to challenge arrangements that allow rival drug makers to delay the sale of a generic drug. Under such strategies, known as “reverse payments” or “pay for delay,” brand name drug makers facing a patent challenge

Walgreens adds No7 Men line

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As Walgreen Co. brings Alliance Boots’ No7 skin care line to more stores, it has rolled out No7 Men items to all Walgreens and Duane Reade outlets. Part of Great Britain’s top-selling skin care brand, No7 is one of the first lines to find its way onto Walgreens shelves after the companies

HealthSpot aims to take telehealth to next level

DUBLIN, Ohio — A walk-in ­kiosk is being billed as a step forward in telehealth. The HealthSpot Station, introduced at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, is a cutting-edge telehealth system that provides high-quality medical diagnostic technology to patients anytime, anywhere, say executives at its creator, HealthSpot Inc. “We