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Drug Channels

Pharmacy far from slam dunk for Amazon

Pharmacy far from slam dunk for Amazon

Amazon’s success as a pioneer of online retailing is unquestioned, and it continues to be a disruptor to brick-and-mortar retailers (most recently, grocery retailers). But the e-tail giant’s alternatives in the pharmacy space — which CNBC reported it has targeted — aren’t so clear cut, according to pharmacy supply chain expert Adam Fein. “I would

Rx battle heats up between CVS, Walgreens

Rx battle heats up between CVS, Walgreens

CVS Health’s scaled-back 2017 guidance, given in its third-quarter report this week, spotlights an intensifying competitive battle with rival Walgreens Boots Alliance. CVS reported that for fiscal 2017 it expects to lose over 40 million retail prescriptions due to marketplace changes, notably narrower retail pharmacy networks excluding CVS Pharmacy drug stores. The announcement sent CVS

McKesson-Walmart deal creates ‘intriguing alignment,’ expert says

McKesson-Walmart deal creates ‘intriguing alignment,’ expert says

The expanded distribution agreement between McKesson and Walmart not only brings McKesson a generic drug customer it had been pursuing, but it also “finalizes an intriguing industry channel alignment,” according to pharmacy supply chain expert Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting. In a posting Tuesday on his Drug Channels blog, Fein noted that Walmart was

PBM addition key for Rite Aid

PBM addition key for Rite Aid

Rite Aid’s acquisition of PBM EnvisionRx was seen by industry observers as a big plus for the drug chain. Fitch Ratings called the deal “a positive move as it will enable the company to expand its distribution channels by getting a foothold in the specialty and mail-order channels.” “The acquisition is supported by Rite Aid’s improved