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Albertsons, Rite Aid unveil merger’s strategies and synergies

Albertsons, Rite Aid unveil merger’s strategies and synergies

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. and Rite Aid Corp. on Tuesday hosted a joint analyst event to discuss the strategic and financial benefits of the proposed merger transaction between the two companies. Announced in late February, the merger will join the nation’s second-largest supermarket operator with its third-largest drug chain. Overall, the company will generate

Rexall to shutter 40 stores

Rexall to shutter 40 stores

TORONTO — McKesson Canada’s  Rexall chain is closing 40 outlets in Ontario and Western Canada, nearly one-tenth of its total store base, according to a memo sent to company employees. The closings come about a year and a half after San Francisco-based McKesson Corp.  finalized the purchase of Rexall Health. They take place amid a challenging

CVS releases 11th annual CSR Report

CVS releases 11th annual CSR Report

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health  today released its 11th annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, detailing its latest efforts to shape the future of health care, reduce environmental impact and exemplify corporate leadership in fulfilling the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health. Among the company’s key CSR initiatives in 2017 were an

Atlanta again tops Red Nose Day fundraising

Atlanta again tops Red Nose Day fundraising

DEERFIELD, Ill. —  Atlanta is again the top market for Walgreens’ Red Nose Day fundraising activity. The retailer’s eight-week fundraising challenge features 10 U.S. markets – deemed Walgreens ‘Red Rally Markets’ for their integral role in helping to rally their communities to help end child poverty – going nose-to-nose to raise the most money for

Bayer raising colorectal cancer awareness

Bayer raising colorectal cancer awareness

WHIPPANY, N.J.— Bayer today announced another year of its partnership with patient advocacy organizations Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Fight Colorectal Cancer . Bayer and the alliance are undertaking the national Big Colon Tour  bringing a giant inflatable exhibit to 50 events nationwide to raise awareness throughout the year. Additionally, Bayer matched $1 for every #StrongArmSelfie

Panzer hails mentorship and collaboration

Panzer hails mentorship and collaboration

PALM BEACH, Fla. — In his first remarks as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Mark Panzer thanked those who have taught and collaborated with him throughout his 46-year retail career. He said that NACDS chain and associate members alike can rely on the same formula of “listen, learn and engage” to

NACDS names new officers, board members

NACDS names new officers, board members

PALM BEACH, Fla. –  The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has elected new officers, and executive committee and board  members for the coming year. The appointments were announced at the NACDS Annual Meeting. Mark Panzer, senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Albertsons Cos., was named chairman of NACDS. He succeeds Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating

CVS unveils kidney care, home dialysis initiative

CVS unveils kidney care, home dialysis initiative

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced a new initiative focused on early identification of kidney disease and home dialysis for individuals with chronic kidney disease. CVS explained that the program will introduce new home hemodialysis technology that should position the company as a “positive disruptor” in the field, with the potential to “help reshape and

NACDS Foundation sponsors March of Dimes Gourmet Gala

NACDS Foundation sponsors March of Dimes Gourmet Gala

ARLINGTON, Va. — During the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala in Washington Tuesday, April 17, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation returned as a Platinum Sponsor of the event. The Gourmet Gala makes possible research, education, advocacy and programs that “help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.” The Gourmet Gala

Atlanta is top Red Nose Day fundraiser

Atlanta is top Red Nose Day fundraiser

DEERFIELD, Ill. —  In support of the fourth annual Red Nose Day in the U.S., Walgreens today released the latest rankings for its Every One Counts Hometown Challenge, which shows Atlanta as the top market for overall Red Nose Day fundraising activity. The challenge features 10 U.S. markets – deemed Walgreens ‘Red Rally Markets’ for their

Wegmans and higi launch data-driven integration

Wegmans and higi launch data-driven integration

CHICAGO – Health screening kiosk supplier higi today announced an initiative with Wegmans Food Markets Inc. to allow the grocer’s customers and employees to link their health data directly to the chain’s pharmacy management system.The service, which uses McKesson’s EnterpriseRx, will enable Wegmans pharmacists to better help consumers understand their measurements, review health data trends, and connect with appropriate care. “Consumers

Study: Rx vaccines can save time, money

Study: Rx vaccines can save time, money

  SAN FRANCISCO — Patients could save time and money if federal law is reformed to allow pharmacists to administer all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended vaccines, a study released today by the Pacific Research Institute found. Click here to download a copy of the study. “Adult vaccines can improve people’s health, but our nation’s vaccine

Seema Verma, CMS administrator, to keynote PQA 2018 Annual Meeting

Seema Verma, CMS administrator, to keynote PQA 2018 Annual Meeting

BALTIMORE —  Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will provide the opening keynote for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s  2018 Annual Meeting at the Hilton Baltimore next month. Verma will speak e on Wednesday, May 16th at 3:30 pm and will highlight CMS’ efforts to advance quality, value-based care including the Patients Over Paperwork