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Issue 06-15-2015

Schreiber returns to Canada to lead Rexall Health

Schreiber returns to Canada to lead Rexall Health

EDMONTON, Alberta — Canada’s Rexall/Rexall Pharma Plus drug chain has a new chief executive officer and a new operating structure. Former Shoppers Drug Mart chief executive Jürgen Schreiber has been named CEO of Rexall Health, a newly formed banner under the Katz Group. Plans call for Schreiber, who joins the company from Edcon Group, South

CVS/pharmacy reaches out to Hispanics

CVS/pharmacy reaches out to Hispanics

MIAMI — Responding to one of the largest and most rapidly growing demographics in the United States, CVS/pharmacy has launched a “new shopping experience” aimed at the Hispanic community. The pharmacy chain has opened 12 CVS/pharmacy y mas (“and more”) stores in Miami. The CVS/pharmacy y mas stores — 11 remodeled CVS stores and one

Shoppers Drug Mart hones its loyalty program

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) is getting more personal with its loyalty program. The Canadian drug chain, part of Loblaw Cos., has enhanced its Shoppers Optimum loyalty program with a new platform designed to bring a personalized digital experience. The new offering is called “My Optimum. My Rewards.” It includes an enhanced SDM app

Walmart: ‘Our people make the difference’

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The spotlight was on Walmart’s workers, or associates, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting early this month here. Walmart president and chief executive officer Doug McMillon, speaking before a crowd of 14,000 at the Bud Walton arena, told associates that “you are our heros,” and said they would be the key to

Fruth to bring Rx to two FoodFair locations

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Shoppers who buy groceries from FoodFair will soon have more convenient access to picking up their prescriptions as well. A new partnership will bring Fruth Pharmacy inside two FoodFair locations — in Pomeroy, Ohio, in mid-June and Grayson, Ky., in mid-July. Announcing the deal in May, Forth Foods Inc., FoodFair’s parent

HHS’ myhealthfinder is featured by CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is making an online health tool developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) available via the CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic websites. Called myhealthfinder, the tool provides recommendations from government-recognized clinical experts for preventive care services — many available at MinuteClinic and CVS/pharmacy — based on patients’ age and

Theriault succeeded by Roberts at WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Anthony Roberts has taken the reins as senior vice president and global chief information officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Roberts, previously senior vice president and international CIO, was promoted to the position when Tim Theriault, executive vice president and global CIO, stepped down effective June 1 for personal reasons. Plans call

AmerisourceBergen to build three DCs

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — This summer, AmerisourceBergen Corp. plans to begin construction on three new distribution centers. The new facilities will be located in Olive Branch, Miss.; Shakopee, Minn.; and Newburgh, N.Y. AmerisourceBergen said building is expected take 18 to 24 months to complete. AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. (ABDC), the company’s drug distribution unit and largest

ACA generates headlines in a variety of contexts

WASHINGTON — Some 13% of people who enrolled in health insurance plans this year under the Affordable Care Act have lost coverage, many because they failed to pay their share of premiums, the Obama administration ­reported. The number of people on the rolls as of March 31 stood at 10.2 million, down from the 11.7

Giancamilli to serve as interim CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Former Katz Group head Andy Giancamilli has been named interim president and chief executive officer of 99 Cents Only Stores. Giancamilli, who was appointed chairman of the chain in April, replaced Stéphane Gonthier, who resigned. “In my role on the board over the past three years, and more recently as

Harvard Drug Group sold to Cardinal

DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Inc. plans to acquire pharmaceutical distributor The Harvard Drug Group (THDG) from private equity firm Court Square Capital Partners for $1.12 billion. Based in Livonia, Mich., THDG is a distributor of generic drugs, over-the-counter medicines and related products to retail, institutional and alternate care customers. THDG had revenue of about

NABP recognizes Rite Aid’s Podgurski

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Mike Podgurski, vice president of pharmacy services at Rite Aid Corp., has been named 2015 honorary president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The honor is awarded each year to an individual in recognition of his or her commitment to supporting the association’s mission and goals, which include

Dollar Tree is divesting 330 stores

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — As part of gaining regulatory approval for its acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc., Dollar Tree Inc. has agreed to sell 330 stores to private equity firm Sycamore Partners. The stores being sold — all Family Dollar locations — are slated to be operated under the Dollar Express banner by New York-based