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2018

Rite Aid starts to revamp merchandising team

Rite Aid starts to revamp merchandising team

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is making changes to its category management team as it proceeds with an asset sale in which more than 40% of its drug stores will be transferred to Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). The Rite Aid category management staff changes are under way, a company spokeswoman confirmed but declined

NACDS weighs in on burdens associated with DIR fees

ARLINGTON, Va. — The “untenable” procedures around direct and indirect remuneration fees (DIR fees) can be righted with measures reducing costs for beneficiaries and the government, while promoting a more quality-driven health care system, says the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. NACDS expressed that message in comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Trump makes cutting high drug prices a priority

Trump makes cutting high drug prices a priority

WASHINGTON — In his first State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to reduce prescription drug prices, days after a former big pharma executive was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Trump had stunned the pharmaceutical industry during his 2016 campaign by declaring that drug manufacturers were “getting

New brand identity is adopted by Genoa

TUKWILA, Wash. — Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, announced an organizational rebranding as well as a name change to Genoa Healthcare. The comprehensive effort elevates the focus on the variety of services the organization provides for helping individuals living with behavioral health and other complex, chronic conditions. In addition to a new name, the Genoa

NACDS Annual Meeting takes shape

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has slated two top speakers for its Sunday Business Program at the 2018 NACDS Annual Meeting, which will be held April 21 to April 24 in Palm Beach, Fla. — Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Peggy Noonan and author and management educator Jim Collins. Noonan’s writing for

Sam’s Club names health care exec

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club has tapped Sean Jackson to succeed Jill Turner-Mitchael as senior vice president for consumables and health and wellness. Jackson, who joined Sam’s Club in 2009 from Linens ’n Things, most recently served as vice president for home. He began his career at May Department Stores. Turner-Mitchael retired effective January 31.

Work requirements may come to Medicaid

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has issued guidance that opens the door to work requirements for Medicaid recipients, a major change in the 50-year-old program offering a safety net for Americans living in or near ­poverty. The White House touted the move for Medicaid work requirements as “making a positive and lasting difference” in the

Morris is taking on a bigger role at Albertsons

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. president and chief operating officer Wayne Denningham plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Denningham was with the company more than 40 years, having started working as a clerk as a teenager. The company has named Susan Morris executive vice president and chief operations officer, overseeing

Walgreens Connected Care Oncology gets tech patent

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has received a U.S. patent for new proprietary technology that its Walgreens community specialty pharmacists and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime’s specialty pharmacists will use to facilitate communication with and counseling of individuals prescribed oral oncology ­medicines. The technology will be applied through Walgreens Connected Care Oncology, a process that helps pharmacy customers

Communications team strengthened at WBA

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named Gulden Mesara-Dogan vice president of communications USA. In her new role at WBA, Mesara-Dogan will oversee a number of communications areas serving the enterprise and U.S. businesses and operations. These include the Walgreens communications division, Walgreens external communications, and the WBA internal communications and corporate events

Publix pharmacies introduce Next Best Thing to Free

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. is offering a new prescription drug program called Next Best Thing to Free, by which it will sell 29 common generic medications for $7.50 for a three-month supply. Regardless of insurance coverage, Publix Pharmacy will dispense selected medications for the same out-of-pocket cost to help individuals get the

Former CVS exec Cheryl Mahoney passes

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Longtime CVS merchandising and beauty executive Cheryl Mahoney recently passed away after a long illness. Mahoney was with the company for more than 40 years, most recently serving as vice president of retail merchandising and promotion and business development at CVS Health. “Cheryl Mahoney was part of the CVS family for over

Beauty innovation only the start at CVS

Beauty innovation only the start at CVS

The announcement by CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes at last month’s National Retail Federation Big Show that the retailer will adopt standards that bring a new level of transparency to the images used to promote its beauty business caused a stir in the category and triggered a long overdue discussion about the impact of such

Crowdsourced network design transforms logistics

Crowdsourced network design transforms logistics

A perfect storm is brewing for drug retailers’ supply chain managers, third-party logistics suppliers (3PLs) and the carriers they work with. After U.S. logistics costs declined 1.5% in 2016, the first half of 2017 was flat due to lingering overcapacity and rate pressures that had shippers asking for — and still getting — rate reductions.