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Issue 08-19-2013

Rx chains start to gear up for ACA educational push

NEW YORK — Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. are conducting outreach campaigns to educate consumers about health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. CVS Caremark’s effort will include in-store events, brochure displays and online information at www.cvs.com/insurance. Walgreens is engaged in a national initiative with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

Obama team is focused on health care reform

WASHINGTON — The clock is ticking on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with less than two months to go until the October 1 deadline for state health insurance exchanges to be open for ­business. With the Obama presidency riding in part on the law’s outcome, the White House has established a team to

Flum guides retail pharmacy at CVS Caremark

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — No one in 1997 would have predicted that Josh Flum would become one of the most important pharmacy executives in the country. That year he graduated from Yale Law School and started on a journey that took him from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he served as

Take Care Clinics renamed by Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Healthcare Clinic is the new name for Walgreen Co.’s in-store clinics, replacing the Take Care Clinic name that has stood since the brand’s inception in 2004. A national rebranding for the chain’s more than 370 clinics is expected to be complete by the end of the month. Besides the changes that are

NEHI offers ideas on how to increase adherence

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NEHI has issued a report highlighting what it terms six “priorities for action” to improve patient medication adherence. The report underlines the importance of increasing awareness of medication therapy management (MTM). The NEHI report follows closely on the heels of efforts by pharmacy advocates, including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Rite Aid campaign touts wellness65+

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has kicked off a marketing campaign for its new loyalty program catering to customers age 65 and older. Based on the wellness+ program Rite Aid introduced in 2010, the new initiative is called wellness65+ and offers benefits that include expanded access to the chain’s pharmacists as well a

Pharmaca adds Natural Beauty Bars

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc. has expanded its Natural Beauty Bar services concept to five additional stores. The services, launched last year at Pharmaca’s store in Pacific Palisades, Calif., are now also available in the chain’s outlets in Brentwood, Menlo Park, Novato and Oakland, Calif., as well as in Portland, Ore. The Natural

ESI teaming up with Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Express Scripts Inc. (ESI) and Walgreen Co. have launched Smart90 Walgreens, a new option for ESI clients seeking 90-day prescriptions for patients with chronic diseases. Under the new option, health plan sponsors who choose to include Walgreens as part of the Smart90 program in their pharmacy benefits will provide plan members with

CACDS will work with provincial premiers

TORONTO — Community pharmacy advocates in Canada have thrown their support behind the most recent effort by the country’s provincial governments to manage health care costs while ensuring access to high-quality care. “CACDS [the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores]looks forward to ongoing work with Canada’s premiers as they consider key initiatives that can strengthen

Primary object of mergers is change

Loblaw Cos.’ pending acquisition of Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart drug chain is but the latest example of a global chain drug store business that continues to pursue realignment, if not ­consolidation. At first glance, the Loblaws-Shoppers tie-up makes little sense. Clearly, these are two separate businesses. They operate differently, cater to a different customer base,

Uncertainty threatens health care reform rollout

The run-up to the launch of the centerpiece of the nation’s health care reform plan isn’t going smoothly. In 44 days people currently without insurance will start to seek information about the new options available to them under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, which was intended to bring 30 million

Retailers should appeal to all the senses

Offering fast-moving consumer goods such as cold beverages, magazines, candy, gum and mints at checkout is the tried-and-true formula for ensuring quick turns on low-margin items with high consumer demand. Chain drug stores have traditionally offered a predictable and low-maintenance assortment of merchandise that reliably has done its job: attract shoppers’ attention and contribute penny

Expertise in skin care is one way to build shopper loyalty

Unlike traditional skin care products, which are typically used for moisturizing, medicated skin care products provide relief from such conditions as acne, eczema, rashes and itching, rosacea, warts, and psoriasis. These products can be found across the store in multiple categories, or in a special medicated skin care section or end-cap display. Companies that specialize