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Issue 02-16-2015

With RediClinic openings, Rite Aid marks next step in its evolution

With RediClinic openings, Rite Aid marks next step in its evolution

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp.’s retail health care strategy took a big step forward with the official opening of RediClinic health clinics in two dozen of its stores. Ken Martindale, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid; Robert Thompson, the drug chain’s executive vice president of pharmacy; and RediClinic chief executive officer

Regional Chain Conference: NACDS cites value of partnerships

Regional Chain Conference: NACDS cites value of partnerships

NAPLES, Fla. — The value of business-to-business partnerships was emphasized at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Conference here earlier this month. Even as their pharmacists deliver immunizations, medication therapy management and counseling, small chains can partner with other retailers and suppliers to improve care and services, Tim Weber, vice president of

Pharmacist provider status bills introduced

WASHINGTON — The effort to formally designate pharmacists as health care providers in certain instances received a major push at the end of January when federal legislation addressing this issue was introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores called the bills “commonsense legislation” and immediately

Hamburg to step down as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will step aside next month after nearly six years at the helm of the agency overseeing many of the nation’s most contentious public policy issues and products representing about 20% of every dollar spent by ­consumers. Hamburg, 59, said her decision to step

Duval appointed Uniprix CEO

MONTREAL — Quebec drug chain Uniprix Group has named Philippe Duval president and chief executive officer. Duval succeeds longtime Uniprix CEO François Castonguay, who had announced in late August that he would be stepping down for health reasons. His departure was effective January 31. Before joining the Uniprix Group, Duval was general manager of the

In its 125th year, Bartell Drugs keeps community focus

In its 125th year, Bartell Drugs keeps community focus

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is 125 going on 30. A largely new management team is reinvigorating the drug chain’s merchandising, marketing and operations, all the while reinforcing its 19th century roots in greater Seattle. “We have a somewhat different point of view than the major chains,” says chairman and chief executive officer George D. Bartell,

Generics drugs loom larger than ever in health care

Generics drugs loom larger than ever in health care

NEW YORK — As the nation becomes more focused on affordable health care, generic drug companies are carving out a larger share of the U.S. market for prescription drugs. Perhaps the most significant sign of this continuing shift to generic drug utilization shows up in the market share data for actual prescriptions dispensed, brands compared

WBA taps two Alliance Boots execs

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Two Alliance Boots executives were promoted in recent weeks to new positions with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA). George Fairweather, formerly group finance director at Alliance Boots, was named WBA executive vice president and global chief financial officer. And Marco Pagni, who was Alliance Boots’ group legal counsel and chief administrative officer,

AmerisourceBergen gives Mauch key role

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Corp. has promoted Robert Mauch to executive vice president and president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., the division that distributes pharmaceuticals and offers pharmacy management services. Mauch, 48, had been working as the company’s chief operating officer. He began his new duties on February 4, succeeding David Neu, who accepted the

Walgreens rolls out exclusive cosmetics line

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is expanding its selection of premium color cosmetics in a deal with Maesa that will include the launch of CIRCA, an exclusive line of professional color cosmetics. The actress Eva Mendes is working with both companies to “help craft the marriage of classic Hollywood style and market-leading formulations,” which will make

CVS traces impact of momentous decision on tobacco

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health marked the one-year anniversary of its decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores by releasing data about the impact of its efforts to help Americans stop ­smoking. The company says that its messages about the importance of quitting smoking are reaching millions of Americans. And for customers who take

Four chains face questions about PL supplements

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has ordered four retail chains to halt sales of store-brand herbal supplements after tests showed that the products typically don’t contain the ingredients advertised and in many cases were contaminated with unlisted ingredients. “This investigation makes one thing abundantly clear: The old adage ‘buyer beware’ may

GOP makes bid to replace ACA

WASHINGTON — Three Republican lawmakers have proposed an alternative to the Affordable Care Act that would stop the expansion of Medicaid and reduce subsidies for middle-income people to buy ­insurance. The plan would give states more power to list “essential health benefits” of insurance. Coverage for maternity care would no longer be mandated. The proposal was

Discount Drug Mart founder dies

MEDINA, Ohio — Parviz Boodjeh, the founder of Discount Drug Mart, died last month. He was 87. Boodjeh opened his first store in 1969 in Elyria, Ohio. The unit was a forerunner of the chain’s current stores, which carry an extensive selection of general merchandise and consumables. Boodjeh was a pharmacist, and until a decade ago,