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2019

Banana Boat adds to sun care line up

Banana Boat adds to sun care line up

SHELTON, Conn. — One of the key factors powering the sun care products market is the growing multifunctionality of almost such products as well as the number of formats they are available in. Christina Saikus, senior brand manager for Banana Boat at Edgewell Personal Care says sunscreens are being offered in a variety of formats,

How to shield Rx from the opioid crisis fallout

How to shield Rx from the opioid crisis fallout

Chain drug retailing has thus far largely escaped the repercussions of the opioid epidemic, an ongoing tragedy which has seen so many people become addicted to pharmaceutical products that, when taken as prescribed and properly managed, can bring needed relief to patients with serious illnesses or injuries. Several of America’s most prominent pharmaceutical houses have

SDM pairs up with Instacart

SDM pairs up  with Instacart

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) is making shopping more convenient with the launch of home delivery services in partnership with Instacart. Customers across Ontario now have access to same-day delivery of groceries, everyday essentials and over-the-counter medications from approximately 60 SDM stores in the ­province. “For decades, Shoppers Drug Mart has been a destination

CVS plans 1,500 HealthHUBs

CVS plans 1,500 HealthHUBs

  WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The executive team of CVS Health outlined a series of transformation initiatives at its 2019 Investor Day event last month, showing how the company plans to accelerate enterprise growth, simplify a consumer health system that is confusing and inconvenient, and position the company for long-term growth and increased shareholder value. The

Groups unite in call for DIR fee reform

Groups unite in call for DIR fee reform

WASHINGTON — Advocates of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform are intensifying pressure on the White House to reverse the May rule that left the existing drug pricing system intact. In a letter sent early last month to President Trump, organizations representing a broad range of pharmacies and pharmacists said action by the administration,

Pharmacists’ Life-Changing Role in Diabetes

Pharmacy accounts for the vast majority of chain drug store sales, and diabetes care is among the larger contributors to pharmacy volume. But the category is not without challenges. Most recently, insulin price inflation has raised a barrier to the purchase of — and adherence to — this life-saving prescription. The issue led Democratic and

The fight over DIR reform goes on

The fight over DIR reform goes on

The community pharmacy profession was blindsided by the Trump administration last month when the Department of Health and Human Services issued the final rule that will govern the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage programs in 2020. In a radical departure from the proposed rule released earlier in the year, the eventual regulation offered no

Hy-Vee reopens acquired Weber & Judd stores

Hy-Vee reopens acquired Weber & Judd stores

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. in April reopened the 10 pharmacies it acquired in February from Weber & Judd, marking the end of that company’s 157-year history of dispensing drugs to customers in and around Rochester, Minn. Nine of the locations were rechristened Hy-Vee HealthMarket Rx; the 10th is now called Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

Pharmacy closures put heart patients at risk

Pharmacy closures put heart patients at risk

CHICAGO — Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications — like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants — that have known cardiovascular and survival benefits. The researchers, led by UIC’s Dima Qato, reported that declines in adherence — including the complete discontinuation of

The prevalence of “Do It Yourself” health care

The prevalence of “Do It Yourself” health care

At the same time mindsets have shifted toward taking care of one’s personal health and wellness, the natural space has expanded and a variety of purported “better for you” and “free from” products have emerged in food, health, beauty, wellness and other lifestyle categories. As this trend toward self-care becomes a focus of more consumers,

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