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Issue 08-24-2015

Martindale appointed CEO of stores at Rite Aid

Martindale appointed CEO of stores at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Reflecting Rite Aid Corp.’s expanded organization and breadth of health care services, Ken Martindale has been promoted to a new position, chief executive officer of Rite Aid Stores. At the time of the promotion he was president and chief operating officer. He retains the role of president and continues to report

Rite Aid strengthens top management team

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In addition to Ken Martindale’s promotion to the newly created position of chief executive officer of Rite Aid Stores, Rite Aid Corp. has made three senior executive appointments. Jocelyn Konrad has been promoted to executive vice president of pharmacy, David Abelman has been promoted to the new position of executive vice

ScriptSync introduced at CVS

ScriptSync introduced at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is launching a new pharmacy service, ScriptSync, enabling patients with multiple medications to pick up eligible maintenance prescriptions in a monthly visit to a CVS/pharmacy store. Patients or caregivers can manage ScriptSync prescriptions with what the company calls innovative online support tools. By aligning prescription fill schedules for customers, CVS

SDM Beauty Boutique stakes claim online

SDM Beauty Boutique stakes claim online

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) has launched a Beauty Boutique e-commerce website, allowing customers to #BRINGBEAUTYHOME with the click of a button. The new BeautyBoutique.ca site gives customers the opportunity to view thousands of prestige beauty products for online purchase — and to collect Optimum points with each purchase. Site users can shop for

Barra steps down as Target exec VP

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. executive vice president of merchandising Jose Barra, whose areas of responsibility included the retailer’s pharmacy business, is leaving the company. His departure is the latest in a series of executive changes at Target under chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell. Barra was promoted to executive vice president of merchandising last

Ryan picked to oversee Walmart Care Clinics

Ryan picked to oversee Walmart Care Clinics

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has hired veteran retail clinic executive Sandra Ryan to head its fledgling Care Clinic business, which was launched in April 2014 and now operates 17 clinics in three states. The appointment of Ryan to the new position of vice president of Walmart Care Clinics suggests that Walmart intends to aggressively roll

Frestedt is promoted at Bartell

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs this month announced the promotion of Steven Frestedt to vice president of marketing. Frestedt had been the company’s marketing director. He also spent 20 years with advertising agencies in Seattle and Los ­Angeles. “Steve brings great experience to the role and is committed to our marketing effectiveness by using an evolving

Walgreens Boots Alliance names accounting chief

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) announced that it has named Kimberly Scardino as its new senior vice president, global controller and chief accounting ­officer, effective August 3. Scardino joined WBA from American Express Co., where she most recently served as senior vice president and business advisory controller. She reports to George Fairweather,

CVS researchers re-examine cholesterol treatments

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health Research Institute experts have urged cardiologists to consider changing their treatment guidelines for patients with high cholesterol as a new class of high-cost medications arrives on the market. A commentary published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association on August 10 argued that the new cholesterol-lowering drugs, known

With ACA in place, number of uninsured falls by a third

With ACA in place, number of uninsured falls by a third

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Americans without health insurance by 15.8 million, or one-third, since 2013, new government data shows. In the first quarter of this year there were 29 million uninsured people, the National Center for Health Statistics said this month. The share of the population without insurance

Switches will continue to be pacesetters in O-T-C arena

Switches will continue to be pacesetters in O-T-C arena

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Growth of the U.S. over-the-counter medications market has been primarily driven by prescription-to-OTC switches And that expansion is likely to continue. Due to an increasingly favorable regulatory environment, Kline & Co., a consulting and research firm, forecasts robust prescription-to-OTC switch activity over the next five years with several new OTC categories emerging

Mobile payments get easier at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. announced that all of the company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will accept mobile payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The drug chain began accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet payments as of August 15. Rite Aid said it also will accept Google’s forthcoming Android Pay when that

Two big chains kick off flu shot season

NEW YORK — Walgreens and Rite Aid have launched their annual flu shot campaigns, providing a range of vaccine options and making it easy to visit the pharmacy and get vaccinated. This season, Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York City will offer a trivalent flu vaccine, a needle-free

Medicine Shoppe selects franchisee of year

LAS VEGAS — John Balch was named 2015 Medicine Shoppe Franchisee of the Year during Cardinal Health Inc.’s annual Retail Business Conference (RBC). Balch, based in Cumberland, Md., was recognized for his patient-oriented service and ability to meet the unique needs of the diverse communities his pharmacies serve. The award honors a pharmacy that serves