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Shoppers Drug Mart launches virtual care service

Shoppers Drug Mart launches virtual care service

TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart, in partnership with technology platform Maple, has launched a virtual care service for patients to help relieve the current burden on the acute health care system, specifically emergency rooms and hospitals. Where virtual care is not funded by provincial governments, Shoppers will fund online physician consultations at no cost to

Chains do their part to ease coronavirus worries

Chains do their part to ease coronavirus worries

NEW YORK — National and regional pharmacy chains were doing what they could to ease the coronavirus fears of shoppers and employees as the contagion spread. Seattle-based Bartell Drugs shipped more over-the-counter products to stores early this month after experiencing high demand due to concerns related to COVID-19. Bartell’s has two stores in the suburb

Virus straining retail supply chain

Virus straining retail supply chain

NEW YORK — With more than 90,000 people across the globe infected with coronavirus, including here in the U.S., public health officials are now operating in “uncharted territory,” says the head of the World Health Organization. The latest figures show that deaths from the virus have occurred outside of mainland China, where the virus originated,

London Drugs debuts new Vancouver store

London Drugs debuts new Vancouver store

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Earlier this month, London Drugs hosted the grand opening of its new location at Vancouver House, marking the first retail store opening in the Beach District, the emerging waterfront neighborhood located at the base of the Granville Street Bridge. The 12,108-square-foot London Drugs store was designed to support the immediate needs of

CVS PBM ends out-of-pocket costs for diabetes drugs

CVS PBM ends out-of-pocket costs for diabetes drugs

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health unveiled a new solution that eliminates out-of-pocket costs associated with all diabetes prescription medications, including insulin, for members of the company’s pharmacy benefit manager. Offered through the CVS Caremark PBM, RxZERO enables employers and health plan sponsors to leverage formulary and plan design approaches to offer all categories of diabetes

MinuteClinic offering free heart health tests

MinuteClinic offering free heart health tests

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of its continued support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month, CVS Health has been offering no-cost Know Your Numbers heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, on selected Thursdays in February. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside selected

WBA expands technology partnership

WBA expands technology partnership

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have expanded their partnership with the launch of a new operating model for WBA’s IT run and operational services. The new model will enable WBA to accelerate its digitalization program to advance innovation for customers, drive organizational efficiencies  and further reduce its cost

Chains supporting expanded access to HIV drugs

Chains supporting expanded access to HIV drugs

WASHINGTON — Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid Corp. have donated dispensing services for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) new program expanding access to medication to prevent HIV. Beginning no later than March 30, as part of these donations, qualified patients can obtain medications for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at more than 21,000

Opioid lawsuit filed by chains

Opioid lawsuit filed by chains

NEW YORK — With the opioid crisis in the United States appearing to only worsen, many are looking not only for answers but for justice, as lawsuits are popping up across the nation. In Ohio, one of the states hit hardest by the epidemic, some major national drug store chains are suing physicians in two

NACDS to HHS: Pharmacies key to value-based care

NACDS to HHS: Pharmacies key to value-based care

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has taken the fight for pharmacy care to an intriguing and potentially highly consequential arena. A federal agency will decide whether pharmacies should be included in the definition of “value-based enterprise (VBE) participant,” and NACDS’ comments answer that question with an emphatic yes. In a

WBA honored as top innovator

WBA honored as top innovator

DEERFIELD, Ill. — During its 119-year history, a spirit of innovation has always been a part of Walgreens’ DNA — from the introduction of child-resistant prescription containers to the first drive-through pharmacy. Since the retailer merged with Alliance Boots in 2014, the evaluation and deployment of new ideas has accelerated even further, and the combined

Lewis Drug named Regional Chain of the Year

Lewis Drug named Regional Chain of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Since 1942, family-owned Lewis Drug has been providing shoppers in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota with quality prescription and over-the-counter drugs complemented by sophisticated and comprehensive front-end ­offerings. Through the years, despite challenges from big-box chains that have staked claims in Lewis territory — as well as the adversity the company

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