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2015

WBA-Rite Aid deal likely to draw scrutiny from regulators

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance may have to divest up to 400 of the Rite Aid stores it is acquiring to satisfy antitrust regulations, analysts said. WBA is not publicly speculating on how many units it will have to shutter, said chief executive officer Stefano Pessina. “We have analyzed things very carefully,” he said

House committee looks at MTM

House committee looks at MTM

WASHINGTON — Jesse McCullough, Rite Aid Corp.’s director of field clinical services, highlighted the role of medication therapy management (MTM) in improving the health of seniors in testimony to a House subcommittee. The Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce was reviewing a plan by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

After PBMs weigh in, Valeant drops Philidor

NEW YORK — After CVS Caremark and two other pharmacy benefit managers announced that they are terminating mail-order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services LLC from their networks, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it would also sever ties with Philidor. Philidor has been accused of bolstering sales of products made by the Canadian-based drug ­manufacturer Valeant. Joining CVS

Health care issues addressed in budget pact

WASHINGTON — The nation’s most prominent lobbying group for seniors is backing the 2016 federal budget deal reached in Congress. In a letter to Congress praising the deal, AARP’s chief executive officer, Jo Ann Jenkins, wrote, “Your efforts to reach across the aisle and together find sensible solutions to significant problems are appreciated and commended.”

Rite Aid expands Karst’s role

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Darren Karst has been promoted to the combined role of senior executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at Rite Aid Corp. Karst, who joined Rite Aid in August 2014 as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, is assuming the chief administrative officer responsibilities currently

Benzer opens its first Georgia store

TAMPA, Fla. — Moving ahead with its expansion plans, Benzer Pharmacy has opened its first store in Georgia. The new location, in Greensboro, offers compounding and specialty ­medications. “Whereas the national chain drug stores offer virtually everything from soup to nuts, Benzer Pharmacy, which is an independent retail chain store, is more of an apothecary

NACDS Foundation selects Fox News’ Kelly as speaker

ARLINGTON, Va. — Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly will headline the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Dinner on December 3 in New York City. The media personality anchors Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” — the second-ranking program in cable news by ­viewership. Now in its 17th year, the NACDS Foundation Dinner and

Fruth honored for role in fight against meth

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Lynne Fruth, president of Fruth Pharmacy, recently attended an event at the West Virginia State Capitol Building where she was honored for her company’s commitment to help prevent the sale of drugs used in the making of methamphetamine. Earlier this year, Fruth Pharmacy participated in the “Our Children, Our Future” Policy

Transformative changes the norm at Walgreens

Transformative changes the norm at Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. culminates sweeping change at Walgreens in the space of a little over three years. In linking its fortunes, starting in June 2012, to Alliance Boots GmbH and its dynamic leader, Stefano Pessina, the chain adopted a global outlook focusing simultaneously on scale and ­efficiency. Its merger

Rite Aid has come a long way

Rite Aid has come a long way

CAMP HILL, Pa. — It’s been an impressive journey for Rite Aid Corp. Not long ago, Rite Aid was a struggling drug chain, laden with debt and unable to keep pace with larger, fast-growing competitors. But today, under a firmer financial footing, the $26.5 billion company stands as a profitable, innovative industry leader, widening its

New public-private partnership taking aim at Rx abuse

WASHINGTON — President Obama highlighted the need to change prescribing practices for opioid medications, channel more resources for addiction treatment and facilitate access to naloxone, a drug that helps prevent overdose deaths. “More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do from motor vehicle crashes. The majority of those overdoses involve legal

Walgreens-Rite Aid deal changes game

Walgreens-Rite Aid deal changes game

The spectacular is becoming so commonplace that even the most astonishing events in chain drug retailing are assuming a ho-hum characteristic. Nothing new here, even if Walgreens has announced its intention to acquire Rite Aid. Put another way, America’s largest chain drug retailer is intent on combining its fortunes and its future with the country’s

Pessina motivates WBA to reach for more

Pessina motivates WBA to reach for more

Stefano Pessina is once again changing the face of community pharmacy. Three years after Alliance Boots, the global retail and distribution powerhouse he created, entered into a partnership with Walgreens, and less than a year after the two companies finalized their merger, Pessina has struck another deal that will reverberate throughout the U.S. health care