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Issue 09-26-2016

Brindley: Walgreens is reinventing beauty

Brindley: Walgreens is reinventing beauty

VERNON HILLS, Ill. — Walgreens’ vision to recreate the beauty shopping experience is becoming a reality at many of its stores. Aiming to be the destination of choice for today’s beauty care consumers, the drug chain will bring its “Beauty Differentiation” concept to about 1,800 stores by end of calendar 2016. The plan is three-pronged:

Trump, Clinton part ways on health care policy

Trump, Clinton part ways on health care policy

NEW YORK — With the 2016 presidential election drawing near, health care has emerged as a policy area in which the two major candidates’ differences are strikingly clear. A useful starting point might be their respective approaches to prescription drug pricing. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, created a sensation in January when he advocated allowing

EnvisionRx, Walgreens team up on 90-day scripts

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and EnvisionRx are launching a prescription drug program that is designed to give patients with chronic conditions more flexibility in getting their maintenance medications. Called Rx90, the program allows patients to fill 90-day prescriptions at any of the nearly 8,200 Walgreens pharmacies nationwide for the same price they would pay for

Time of testing for Affordable Care Act looms

Time of testing for Affordable Care Act looms

WASHINGTON — The upcoming enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act will be pivotal, as hikes in premiums, withdrawals by insurance companies and sign-ups that fell short of targets have combined to call the law’s sustainability into question. Federal officials say the problems is surmountable and are driving to bolster the statute before President Obama

NACDS tabs senior VP of government affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Thomas O’Donnell to senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. O’Donnell reports to NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson. O’Donnell has been with NACDS since mid-2012, when he was hired for the position of vice president for federal government

WBA provides update on Rite Aid acquisition

WBA provides update on Rite Aid acquisition

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has upped the number of stores that it expects to divest to gain government clearance for its $17.2 billion purchase of Rite Aid Corp. WBA said this month that between 500 and 1,000 Walgreens and/or Rite Aid stores will probably have to be divested to win Federal

Barra, Foulkes on most powerful women list

NEW YORK — CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. co-chief operating officer Ornella Barra were among those recognized by Fortune magazine as the “Most Powerful Women” in business for 2016. Foulkes, who is also executive vice president of CVS Health, was ranked 12th on the list of 51 women in the

Canadians express confidence in retail pharmacy

TORONTO — Canadians’ general impression of pharmacy is at a two-year high, according to a Nanos Research survey performed on behalf of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. Three-quarters of Canadians hold views of pharmacy that are positive or somewhat positive, according to the survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted between May 27 and June 1.

Opening increases Bartell’s store count to 65

SEATTLE — Family-owned Bartell Drug Co. unveiled its newest location in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) this month, showcasing new features for convenience and quality products. Located at the intersection of Fourth and Jackson Streets near one of the region’s major public transportation hubs, the 11,656-square-foot store is the chain’s 65th location and is being considered

CVS med sync initiative eliminates barriers

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its ScriptSync medication synchronization program. The pharmacy service that enables patients who regularly take multiple medications to pick up eligible maintenance prescriptions in a monthly visit to a CVS Pharmacy store. More than a million customers have been enrolled in ScriptSync, and preliminary results

Report tracks in-store clinic surge

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The number of retail health clinics in the United States has increased by 38% to 2,215 since 2011, mostly as a result of expansion of the concept by major drug store chains, according to a new report from Kalorama ­Information. The report forecasts that the concept’s financial success and the growing acceptance

SDM supports women’s health

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) and its associate owners on September 10 kicked off the 15th annual Growing Women’s Health campaign, a monthlong effort to support women’s health. The retailer is collecting donations from customers, with the goal of gathering $3.3 million for local women’s health charities. “The Growing Women’s Health campaign has been

Lack of debate about health care troubling

Lack of debate about health care troubling

One of the more surprising aspects of the sad spectacle leading up to the election of a new president and new Congress in November is the lack of serious, sustained debate about health care. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, the nation embarked