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2018

SDM gears up to sell medical marijuana

TORONTO — Canada’s largest retail pharmacy, Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), is set to become a licensed dispenser of medical marijuana, pending approval from Health Canada, the Canadian government’s department of public health. In anticipation of that approval, medical marijuana producer MedReleaf recently said it has signed an agreement with SDM to become a medical cannabis

Arbor Drugs’ Eugene Applebaum dies at age 81

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Eugene Applebaum, who built his Dearborn, Mich., pharmacy into a major regional drug store chain called Arbor Drugs, passed away last month in his home at the age of 81. Applebaum made a name for himself as an entrepreneur, growing the Arbor Drugs chain from a single store, Civic Drugs, opened

Big events of 2017 that will shape the future

Big events of 2017 that will shape the future

A case could be made that for pharmacy operators passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act late last month was the biggest story of 2017. Championed by the Republican leadership in Congress and President Trump, the $1.5 trillion measure will provide substantial, permanent tax relief for businesses — the corporate tax rate was cut

How to make health care more efficient, effective

How to make health care more efficient, effective

The U.S. health care system does not work well for patients or providers. We now pay twice as much as other developed countries for health care, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects Americans will spend $1 out of every $5 on health care by 2025. Our country does not get much

Supplement OWL ‘raises the bar’ for category

WASHINGTON — The Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) — a dietary supplement product registry developed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and launched in spring 2017 — is an industrywide self-regulatory initiative that aims to create a more complete picture of the dietary supplement market for regulators, retailers and the industry. The registry is

CVS-Aetna augurs new health care experience

CVS-Aetna augurs new health care experience

The pending $69 billion acquisition of Aetna by CVS could yield valuable lessons for others in the health care and drugstore sectors as they seek to forge stronger ties to consumers. What interests us here is the potential for the CVS-Aetna merger to create new, meaningfully differentiated brand experiences for consumers. CVS has nearly 10,000

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