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Issue 01-06-2014

Greater access to Rx immunization services sought

TORONTO — More Canadians could be vaccinated for flu if pharmacists in all provinces were permitted to immunize, a recently isued Shoppers Drug Mart report concludes. The study, “The Sustainable Solutions Report: A Focus on Immunizations,” indicates that enabling pharmacists to administer flu vaccines would raise immunization rates nationwide by an estimated 1% to 3%.

Giant Eagle acquires specialty Rx operator

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle Inc. has added to its health and wellness offerings with the acquisition of Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy, enabling the food and drug retailer to provide enhanced services to hepatitis C and organ transplant patients and providers. “We are excited to be able to improve our ability to help patients manage hepatitis C

Sav-Mor/Sav-On will roll out health care kiosks

NOVI, Mich. — Sav-Mor/Sav-On Pharmacies plans to deploy PharmaSmart International Inc.’s biometric screening kiosk and health information technology solution in all of its stores. PharmaSmart, based in Rochester, N.Y., said that Sav-On Drugs, a 19-store chain in southeastern Michigan, plans to roll out the PharmaSmart blood pressure and pulse kiosk, integrated data management solution and

Many retailers unhappy with credit card fee deal

NEW YORK — A federal judge last month approved an estimated $5.7 billion class-action settlement between retailers and two major credit card companies. The approval came despite thousands of retailers complaining that the agreement on the fees the credit companies charged was inadequate. The credit card fee settlement, believed to be the largest in a

Marketing of CVS’ SilverScript PDP resumes

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Federal regulators have lifted sanctions imposed against CVS Caremark Corp.’s SilverScript Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ action has allowed the company to resume marketing of SilverScript products and begin enrolling ­beneficiaries. “We have worked hard to implement improvements to address the enrollment processing

Walgreens, CDC collaborate on model for HIV patient care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and evaluate a model of HIV patient-centered care through a national project aimed at advancing clinical integration and medication therapy ­management. The company is leveraging the expertise of its more than 700 HIV-specialized pharmacies and specially trained

Navarro implements EZ Meds

MEDLEY, Fla. — Navarro Discount Pharmacy has introduced the EZ Meds medicine packaging system that organizes a patient’s prescription medications into individual packets with labels and complete instructions. The company is the first pharmacy chain in South Florida to offer the compliance packaging ­innovation. “Lack of medication adherence has serious health implications and is the

Jean Coutu deploys new retail management system

LONGUEUIL, Quebec — Jean Coutu Group is implementing the Microsoft Dynamics for Retail workforce management solution to run its entire retail operations, from its headquarters to point-of-sale devices. Dynamics is to be deployed, in phases, to more than 400 stores, 3,000 POS systems and 11,500 devices. The solution provider, UXC Eclipse of Calgary and New

Weber is appointed VP at Fruth

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Tim Weber has been promoted to vice president at Fruth Pharmacy. Previously director of pharmacy administration and procurement, Weber will lead the e-pharmacy division in his new role. Weber has held previous pharmacy positions at Eckerd Drug Co. and Sears Holdings/Kmart Corp. He joined Fruth about three years ago. “One of

In Maryland, Walgreens offers daily health tests

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. is offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland. Each of the daily health tests includes a free blood pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.­ “Providing convenient, affordable access to health testing services is an important part of

Outstanding performers receive their due

The first issue of Chain Drug Review of the new year has been reserved traditionally for the announcement of the publication’s outstanding retail performers of the previous 12 months. This issue is no ­exception. As background to the awards indicated in this issue, it needs to be noted that, in chain drug retailing, the period

Drug chains’ agenda for 2014 already crowded

While a number of unforeseen events will undoubtedly play a role in shaping the chain drug industry during the course of the new year, several developments that had their origin in 2013 or before will continue to exert a strong influence on the trade class’ evolution. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed

Chain drug stores can flourish in omnichannel world

As if the obvious needed to be stated, the period of slow, evolutionary change in the retailing environment for drug, food and convenience items is long over. The arrival of pure-play e-commerce companies to food, drug and beauty retailing marked the end of evolutionary and the beginning of truly explosive revolutionary change. The battlefield is

For medicine and health care, a time of transition

2014 begins as a period of transition and evolution in medicine and health care. Patients, providers, academic researchers, biopharmaceutical researchers and all health care stakeholders across America are confronting evolving environments and learning new rules of the road. John Castellani From the workings of new state-based health insurance exchanges to funding challenges for basic research