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Issue 12-08-2014

Once again, CVS succeeds in reinventing itself

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Throughout the course of its history, CVS Health has demonstrated the ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace. Larry Merlo introduces CVS Health as the company’s new corporate identity. The company made the transition from a retailer of health and beauty aids to a full-line community pharmacy shortly after it was

Walgreens’ new chief merchant bolsters retail leadership

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co., looking to add top-level merchandising experience as it prepares for the upcoming merger with Alliance Boots GmbH, has named Linda Filler as president of retail products and chief merchandising officer. She begins the new role January 1. Linda Filler Filler most recently was president of the North American division of

ACA makes gains in health insurance enrollment

WASHINGTON — More than 1 million people applied for health insurance in the first week of the new open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, and nearly half chose plans. The numbers marked a strong relaunch for the government’s online insurance exchange after last year’s botched debut. The 462,000 people who selected plans were

Walmart reshuffles merchandising team

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has recast its merchandising team following the departure of Duncan Mac Naughton. Mac Naughton, who had been chief merchandising officer, left the company to pursue new ­opportunities. “Duncan’s departure has allowed me to relook at our merchandising structure and the incredible talent within the team,” Greg Foran, chief executive officer of

Rite Aid expands health executives’ roles

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has expanded the responsibilities of RediClinic chief executive officer Web Golinkin, giving him the additional role of CEO at its Health Dialog Services Corp. unit. At the same time, group vice president of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services Karen Staniforth was promoted to chief operating officer at Health

Walgreens, Ulta executives talk beauty strategy

NEW YORK — Expanding customer loyalty to build beauty transactions is a goal for both Walgreen Co. and Ulta, according to executives for the retailers who spoke recently at Cosmetic Executive Women Newsmaker Forum. Ulta chief executive officer Mary Dillon joined Sona Chawla, Walgreens’ president of digital and chief marketing officer, for a discussion moderated

Cardinal offers pharmacies more diabetes tools

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Inc. has enhanced its Diabetes Specialized Care Center with new education and training tools for pharmacists to help patients understand the disease better and manage their overall health better. Every 19 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, adding up to more than 32,000 people a week,

Target pilots new model for clinics

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is testing a new in-store clinic model in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente. The companies have launched four Target Clinics in Southern California offering services typically unavailable in retail clinics. Expanded services include pediatric, adolescent and well-woman care, family planning, and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Rexall’s Scorpiniti joins natural food retailer

FLETCHER, N.C. — Former Rexall Pharma Plus chief executive officer Frank Scorpiniti has taken the helm at the Earth Fare natural food retailer. Scorpiniti, a chain drug industry veteran who resigned from Rexall this fall, has been CEO of Earth Fare since October. Based here in Fletcher, outside Asheville in western North Carolina, Earth Fare

CVS Health plans digital innovation lab in Boston

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — With an eye on boosting its effort to develop an integrated pharmacy experience, CVS Health has signed a lease for office space in Boston that will be home to its new Digital Innovation Lab. The 15,130-square-foot tech center will serve as “a vital hub for the rapidly growing CVS Health Digital team.”

Court clears way for McKesson to integrate with Celesio

STUTTGART, Germany — A German court has given the green light to McKesson Corp. and Celesio AG to operate as an integrated company. The Stuttgart Higher Regional Court’s approval of the registration of the domination and profit and loss transfer agreement between the companies marks a milestone in McKesson’s acquisition of Celesio, first announced in

Walgreens operations veteran Foley retires

DEERFIELD, Ill. — John Foley, who in his most recent position served as corporate vice president for eastern operations at Walgreen Co., has retired after a 29-year career with the ­company. Under his leadership, Denver pharmacists were the first to immunize for Walgreens, a key step in the chain’s development of broad immunization services. Since

NACDS: Republican wave extends to state level

ARLINGTON, Va. — The November midterm elections, which resulted in Republicans taking control of the Senate, also saw “significant Republican gains in state legislatures,” according to an analysis of the results by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Three state legislatures and four governorships swung to Republican control following the election. With victories in