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2018

Probiotics: Your secret weapon for cold and flu season

Probiotics: Your secret weapon for cold and flu season

For us, alerting our patients to new ways to boost immunity or rebound from illness quickly is one of the best parts of the job. Given last year’s notoriously bad flu season, now is the perfect time for doctors and pharmacists to give advice to patients who should be more receptive to our advice than

Diabetes increases risk for liver disease

Diabetes increases risk for liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an asymptomatic disease that affects about 100 million Americans. Being overweight, obese or diabetic are primary risk factors for NAFLD, an umbrella term describing those liver diseases that aren’t related to alcohol consumption. Whereas consumption of too much alcohol over a period of several years is known to damage

Walgreens extends reach with FedEx

Walgreens extends reach with FedEx

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Kroger Co. and Walgreens unveiled two major initiatives, building on the exploratory pilot the companies announced in October, combining America’s food and grocery authority with Walgreens’ global expertise in pharmacy, health and beauty. “We are redefining the customer experience in a variety of ways through Restock Kroger, including innovative partnerships like our

Walgreens expands Kroger pilot

Walgreens expands Kroger pilot

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Kroger Co. and Walgreens unveiled two major initiatives, building on the exploratory pilot the companies announced in October, combining America’s food and grocery authority with Walgreens’ global expertise in pharmacy, health and beauty. “We are redefining the customer experience in a variety of ways through Restock Kroger, including innovative partnerships like our

CVS Health completes Aetna acquisition

CVS Health completes Aetna acquisition

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Just after the Thanksgiving weekend, CVS Health announced that it has completed its acquisition of Aetna, establishing CVS Health as the nation’s premier health innovation company. “Today marks the start of a new day in health care and a transformative moment for our company and our industry,” declared CVS Health president and

Patient empowerment, pharmacy opportunity

Patient empowerment, pharmacy opportunity

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of seven articles by A.T. Kearney on the trends that are radically transforming the health care sector. The promise of consumer-driven health care is not new. Over the last 15 years, we have heard a great deal about the shift away from the traditional doctor-centric treatment

Good Idea Water takes a healthy approach to diabetes

Good Idea Water takes a healthy approach to diabetes

LARKSPUR, Calif. — Sweden-based Aventure AB with its U.S. subsidiary Good Idea Inc. have taken an entirely new approach to healthy eating. Good Idea’s flavored sparkling water contains a proprietary blend of five amino acids and chromium that is scientifically proven to reduce the post-meal blood glucose response by 25%, on average. The company’s goal

Fred’s to move HQ from Tennessee to Texas

Fred’s to move HQ from Tennessee to Texas

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. announced last month that it will soon be moving its corporate headquarters from Memphis to Dallas — a move that doesn’t come as a surprise. Fred’s, which is a general merchandise and pharmacy chain, recently listed job postings for a variety of positions, including director of human resources, corporate, digital marketing

CarePass pilot comes to Boston area

CarePass pilot comes to Boston area

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy announced last month that customers in the greater Boston area can enroll in CarePass, a new pilot membership rewards program offering additional benefits to the company’s popular ExtraCare Rewards Program. CarePass offers members a suite of in-store and online perks including free delivery on most medications and purchases, access to

Federal market ROI: Optimizing pharma investments

Federal market ROI: Optimizing pharma investments

The days of considering the federal segment a statutory liability with little value proposition to the overall commercial book of business are gone. The health systems managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) present tremendous direct revenue and indirect spillover opportunity. Federal payers are often cited as models for

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