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2017

Industry does its part as another natural disaster hits

NEW YORK — Community pharmacy operators continue to respond to an unprecedented string of natural disasters across the United States. CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid Corp., Discount Drug Mart, Albertsons Cos., Kroger Co. and Walmart are among the community pharmacy operators contributing funds and other assistance. The Albertsons Cos. Foundation organized an in-store fund-raiser to

WBA launches YourGoodSkin line

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is launching YourGoodSkin, scientifically developed products to help prevent skin problems before they occur. The line will be available at selected Walgreens stores and on Walgreens.com in the U.S. and at Boots stores and on boots.com in the U.K. and ­Ireland. Cocreated with scientists, dermatologists and a community

CVS brings Tigi Cosmetics to 2,000 stores

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has continued its rollout of premium and niche beauty brands with the introduction this month of some 60 products from Tigi Cosmetics at 2,000 CVS drug stores and on the CVS.com website. In addition, Tigi’s assortment will get high-visibility placement on the retailer’s “trend wall,” an innovation introduced this year

Top vendor partners win recognition from Bartell

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs welcomed more than 150 guests at the company’s 28th annual Vendor Breakfast. Held earlier this month at the Seattle Aquarium, the Bartell Drugs Vendor Breakfast, which featured owners, high ranking executives, product representatives and others, was to thank the vendor and supplier community for its business and support. Bartell’s vendor partnerships

SilverScript outlines Medicare PDP options for next year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s SilverScript Insurance Co. announced its new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan options for 2018. Under the new plan, Medicare beneficiaries in the continental U.S. can choose from two SilverScript plans that offer a $0 deductible in 47 states on formulary drugs in all five drug tiers. Drug tiers indicate the level

Diplomat purchases software company

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. has acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting LLC. With the purchase, the specialty pharmacy also appointed 8th Day Software founder and chief executive officer Dave Loschinskey as Diplomat’s chief information officer. Loschinskey has served as CEO of 8th Day since launching the firm in 2013. The acquisition calls for

Extension of Tricare pilot sought

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have called on lawmakers to extend the Tricare Prescription Drug Acquisition Cost Parity Pilot Program. NACDS and NCPA have sent a letter to House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders urging them to support a one-year extension

NASP hails House action on retroactive Part D fees

NASP hails House action on retroactive Part D fees

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) has commended 54 members of the House of Representatives for urging federal agencies to eliminate retroactive Medicare Part D fees charged by big pharmacy benefit managers. The lawmakers sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Retail Rx gets out ahead of Amazon

Retail Rx gets out ahead of Amazon

Speculation about the possible entry of Amazon into the prescription drug business has been abundant in recent weeks. Financial analysts and journalists have generated a steady stream of reports about what is planned by the e-commerce powerhouse which, beginning with books 23 years ago, has succeeded in disrupting established business patterns in one merchandise category

Consumers@250: Future of chain drug retailing

Consumers@250: Future of chain drug retailing

The American economist Edgar Fiedler appropriately warned that “he who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.” Fiedler aside, chain drug retailers may want to consider a series of future commercial opportunities emerging from what — at least at times — might appear to be the disruptive chaos of today’s market.

NACDS to co-host public health workshop

NACDS to co-host public health workshop

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and American Public Health Association (APHA) are hosting a preconference workshop on pharmacy partnerships with public health agencies to foster better patient health outcomes. Titled “Building Health Department and Pharmacy Partnerships to Improve Community Health,” the free workshop

Crawford becomes president and COO at Rite Aid

Crawford becomes president and COO at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has landed a high-profile industry executive to help steer it through a transition phase into a much smaller company. Last week, former Walgreen Co. pharmacy chief Kermit Crawford joined Rite Aid as president and chief operating officer. Most recently at Walgreens, Crawford was a corporate executive vice president

CVS enhances store experience

CVS enhances store experience

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has debuted its largest store in New York City, a Times Square outlet that showcases the retailer’s new health and beauty focus. “We’re excited to bring our enhanced customer experience to Times Square, one of the world’s most vibrant and visited neighborhoods,” said Judy Sansone, senior vice president of front

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

Trump: Effort to repeal ACA is still alive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Obamacare would be repealed and replaced early next year, following the failure of the Senate’s latest effort to overturn the law. After the Senate pulled back from a vote on legislation that would have moved control of health insurance to the states, Trump said Republicans “have the votes” to

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