NEW YORK — Walgreens has joined The Skin Cancer Foundation on the road this year in support of its Destination: Healthy Skin Program — a national effort to educate consumers about the importance of effective sun protection for skin cancer prevention, and the importance of early detection. “As people spend more time outside enjoying their
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.
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens this month announced it will train some of its pharmacists and other employees in understanding risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns as well as strategies for helping individuals in crisis and noncrisis situations. Walgreens said its participation in the Mental Health First Aid program will be
SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has begun delivering prescription medicines to three Seattle neighborhoods via a partnership with Nimble Pharmacy Inc., one of a growing number of companies offering delivery capabilities to independent brick-and-mortar pharmacies. “We want our customers to have the choice of delivery or in-store pick-up,” notes Billy Chow, vice president of pharmacy at
WASHINGTON — Pharmacy organizations have decried the government’s refusal to reform direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees in its new drug pricing rule. “We are disappointed and frustrated that this final rule fails to finalize pharmacy DIR reform as proposed, to the detriment of seniors and community pharmacies,” said a statement from the National Association
WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) awarded its Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award Monday to longtime industry leader Tim Hayes. The annual award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. consumer healthcare industry recognizing the outstanding work and contributions of individuals whose actions have created a lasting impact on the people and
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens this month launched Feel More Like You, a first-of-its-kind pharmacy, health and beauty service available at no cost to help people living with cancer manage the medical and physical changes associated with cancer treatment. The national launch at more than 3,000 Walgreens stores follows a successful 100-store pilot program that began
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has committed $25,000 to support relief efforts in communities affected by the tornadoes that recently swept through the Southeast United States. The foundation has made a donation to the Community Foundation of East Alabama, a regional organization focused on identifying community needs, solving regional issues and improving the
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has named a new chief information officer tasked with integrating its information technology and data with IT systems used by Aetna, which the company acquired last year. Roshan Navagamuwa, who over the past year served as interim CIO, was named executive vice president and CIO of the combined health industry
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) have praised a bipartisan Senate letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The letter thanked the secretary for concepts in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) proposed rule, Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ campaign-style approach to the issues crucial for pharmacy value and viability dominated this month’s opening session of the 2019 NACDS Regional Chain Conference. NACDS’ top-priority issue of direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform headlined the discussion of the association’s “Access Agenda” — which
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Last month Rite Aid Corp. announced that its board of directors has approved a reverse stock split of the company’s common stock. The reverse stock split is intended to enable Rite Aid to regain full compliance with the New York Stock Exchange listing rules. The split is subject to stockholder approval.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — To assist in combatting the national opioid epidemic, Hy-Vee Inc. has implemented a new controlled substance prescription policy. Since January 1, Hy-Vee pharmacies have not allowed a subsequent fill of a Schedule II controlled substance, or a refill of a Schedule III or Scheduled IV controlled substance more than 72
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has expanded the responsibilities of Judy Sansone, the chain’s senior vice president of front-store business and chief merchant. In addition, George Coleman has been promoted to senior vice president of merchandising, reporting to Sansone. He had been vice president of merchandising for consumer health care. Sansone’s team will be responsible