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2019

Making health care work better for patients

Making health care work better for patients

Editor’s note: This was part of CDR’s 2019 Pharmacy Outlook in the January 7 issue. Pharmacists are medication experts. Every day, they get to see the remarkable difference innovative treatments can make in their customers’ lives. But like America’s biopharmaceutical companies, they also know those innovative medicines aren’t nearly as meaningful if they are too

Value-based contracts provide promise and potential

Value-based contracts provide promise and potential

There has been significant focus and attention paid to the issue of drug prices in the last few years. As Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting Inc. and chief executive officer of Drug Channels Institute, has said, “Drugs are 12% of the costs, but 90% of the ­conversation.” Fortunately, the spirited national conversation about drug

Bartell’s stands apart among regional chains

Bartell’s stands apart among regional chains

SEATTLE — Founded in 1890, Bartell Drugs has maintained a leading position in the greater Seattle market by staying close to local consumers and continually developing new ways of addressing their changing needs. “My grandfather instilled in us the value of customer service,” says George Bartell, chairman of the 68-store retailer. “Serving the customer is

Chain Drug Review names Hartsig top merchant

Chain Drug Review names Hartsig top merchant

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is continuing to transform its retail business, and one of the principal architects of the transformation is senior vice president and chief merchandising officer Joe Hartsig. In recognition of his contribution, the editors of Chain Drug Review have named Hartsig its 2018 Merchant of the Year. Hartsig, who joined Walgreens in

WBA tabs three global executives

WBA tabs three global executives

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) recently announced three global leadership appointments. Vineet Mehra will be joining WBA as global chief marketing officer. He will be based at corporate headquarters here and will report to WBA co-chief operating officers Ornella Barra and Alex Gourlay. As global CMO, Mehra will be responsible for the visioning,

Walgreens and Verily boost chronic care

Walgreens and Verily boost chronic care

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Verily, an Alphabet company, will be collaborating on multiple projects under a broad agreement aimed at improving health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, while also lowering the cost of care. Walgreens will be a first-choice retail pharmacy development and commercialization partner to Verily, and the organizations

Merlo is Health Care Executive of the Year

Merlo is Health Care Executive of the Year

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The combination of CVS Health and Aetna marks a new era in U.S. health care. Finalized in late November, the $69 billion deal paves the way for the combined company, whose expertise and assets touch nearly every aspect of patient care, to revolutionize health care delivery and, in the process, complete the