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issue 01-21-2019

An introduction to the coming cannabis ‘gold rush’

An introduction to the coming cannabis ‘gold rush’

Editor’s note: This is Part I of an article that ran in the 1/21/19 issue of CDR. As legal cannabis-based products continue to find their way to market, promising to redefine entire categories from health, beauty and wellness to food and beverage in their wake, most chain drug retailers are scrambling to calculate the impact

WBA reaping rewards of partnerships

WBA reaping rewards of partnerships

SAN FRANCISCO — During a fireside chat at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference here earlier this month, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) co-chief operating officer Alex Gourlay spoke to the number of partnerships the company has brought to the marketplace as well as the future of health care. WBA has always viewed vertical integration positively,

CVS buys up Ritzman Pharmacies

CVS buys up Ritzman Pharmacies

MEDINA, Ohio — CVS Health has acquired Ritzman Pharmacies and has plans to close almost all of its 20 Ohio stores and transfer the prescription files. Terms were not disclosed. Ritzman’s units in Akron and Berlin will be rebranded CVS Pharmacy. The Ritzman locations in Rittman, Shreve, Sugarcreek, Wooster-Milltown, Medina-River Styx, Millersburg, Barberton, Wadsworth, Norton,

SDM’s new cannabis platform

SDM’s new cannabis platform

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) recently launched its online platform for the sale of medical cannabis, providing patients with a single, trusted source for all their cannabis therapy needs. The launch brings together Canada’s current e-commerce model for medical cannabis with the expert advice and counsel from trusted health care ­professionals. “As trusted medication

Tracking inventory in ever-changing industries

Tracking inventory in ever-changing industries

CHICAGO — In recent years, a transforming economy and disruptive technology have converged to change the landscape of the consumer packaged goods industry. Today’s shoppers are far more sophisticated and demanding than ever, expecting a best in-store experience that includes having the shelves stocked properly so that the shoppers find the products they are looking

Assessing the high costs of health care

Assessing the high costs of health care

Everyone recognizes that the high cost of health care in the U.S. is a chronic problem, the fallout from which is hurting patients, constraining providers and preventing the nation from marshalling adequate resources to address other essential needs. As noted in this space earlier this month, the Affordable Care Act, the legislation that governs the