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Issue 05-19-2014

NACDS eyes ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ for pharmacy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The chain drug industry is at a critical juncture, with historic change in health care delivery placing unprecedented demands on the business while presenting enormous growth opportunities. That was the message last month of new National Association of Chain Drug Stores chairman John Standley, who is also president and chief executive officer

Health care reform advances, but questions remain

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is basking in what it sees as success with the initial implementation stage of the Affordable Care Act but remains mindful that challenges await the government’s health care reform efforts as they continue to evolve. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores was among stakeholders and celebrity ACA supporters invited

Alliance Boots enlarges territory

LONDON — Alliance Boots GmbH, the pharmaceutical retailer and wholesaler partly owned by Walgreen Co., has taken its first step into Latin America with a deal to acquire 1,400 drug stores in Mexico and Chile. Boots agreed to purchase the retail pharmacy business of Grupo Casa Saba S.A.B., one of Mexico’s largest pharmaceutical distributors, in

Steinhafel steps down as Target CEO

MINNEAPOLIS — The major data breach that hit Target Corp. during the holiday shopping season has cost company chairman, president and chief executive officer Gregg Steinhafel his job. Target’s board of directors announced on May 5 that the directors and Steinhafel “have decided that now is the right time for new leadership at Target.” Chief

CVS seeks URAC community pharmacy seal

WASHINGTON — CVS/pharmacy is the first organization applicant to seek community pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a group recognized as a leader in promoting health care quality. URAC recently announced the launch of its new accreditation program for community pharmacy. “We are pleased to be the first retail pharmacy seeking URAC’s new community pharmacy accreditation,” said

Rite Aid picks Lynch to oversee technology

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Matt Lynch, an information technology executive with nearly 30 years’ experience, is joining Rite Aid Corp. as senior vice president and chief information officer. He will be responsible for all aspects of the drug chain’s technology and information operations, including computer systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security. He will also

Members of Congress ask HHS for Medicaid transition period

ARLINGTON, Va. — Forty-nine members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter to the head of the Department of Health and Human Services urging adoption of a one-year transition period for states to implement the July 2014 average manufacturer price (AMP)-based federal upper ­limits (FULs) for Medicaid prescription drug reimbursement. The National Association

CVS offers ‘Bill Pay’ service for health insurance

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is launching what it describes as a first-of-its-kind service to help customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums. Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy gives members of participating health plans the opportunity to bring their insurance bills to any of the drug chain’s 7,600 stores to pay their premiums at no additional cost.

Walgreens ups travel services

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has begun offering expanded travel health services, including immunizations and consultations, to support nearly 60 million annual trips abroad by Americans. Appointments are now available with Walgreens pharmacists specially trained in travel health, who can advise patients traveling abroad on required or recommended immunizations, prescription refills and over-the-counter medications, as well

Kmart taps Diplomat for specialty Rx

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart Pharmacy is working with Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy to give customers and loyalty program Shop Your Way members greater access to a wider range of medications. The move means Kmart, which has more than 800 pharmacies across the country, will be offering a new level of service and convenience to meet

Civello honored for contributions to industry

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Recognized for his nearly five decades of service to pharmacy and the chain drug store industry, former Kerr Drug president and chief executive officer Tony Civello received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting. The award was established by NACDS in 1989

NACDS Annual Meeting is all about people

Gone are the days when significant events either triggered or highlighted a chain drug industry gathering. The occasional acquisition, the random executive promotion, an excursion into a new market, a new format experiment — these are largely relics of another age. Rather, today’s industry gatherings turn on people, not on events. Drawing the right crowd

Pessina relentless in pursuit of global vision

Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, earlier this month demonstrated the dynamism that has made him one of the world’s most accomplished businessmen, forging a deal that will take his company into the burgeoning Latin American marketplace.  The agreement to purchase Farmacias Benavides, which operates some 1,000 stores in Mexico, and Farmacias Ahumada, which

Personalized medicine and the future of pharmacy

Personalized medicine is broadly defined as the individual customization of health care — medical decisions, practices or treatment. For the community pharmacy industry, the impact of this trend is an over-the-horizon disruptor that will impact, among other things, the work flow in the retail pharmacy, the expectations of the pharmacists and the industry operating model.