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Cancer mortality continues to decline

Cancer mortality continues to decline

WASHINGTON — The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that, for all cancer sites combined, cancer death rates continued to decline in men, women, and children in the United States from 1999 to 2016. Overall cancer incidence rates, or rates of new cancers, decreased in men from 2008 to

Pharmacy retailers support National Check Your Meds Day

Pharmacy retailers support National Check Your Meds Day

YONKERS, N.Y. — CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Albertsons, Costco, Target and Sam’s Club are among the chains participating in National Check Your Meds Day, an initiative of Consumer Reports and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Consumer Reports said Wednesday that with Americans regularly taking more pills than ever, consumers are being asked to

Scott Gottlieb takes reins as FDA commissioner

Scott Gottlieb takes reins as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been sworn in as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb, nominated as FDA commissioner by President Donald Trump in March, took the helm as the FDA’s 23rd commissioner on Thursday after being confirmed by a vote of 57-42 in the Senate late Tuesday. He takes

Senate confirms Tom Price as HHS secretary

WASHINGTON — Vowing to fix what he called a “broken health care system,” Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) was sworn in earlier this month as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retail pharmacy groups responded by welcoming Price to his new post as HHS secretary. “We congratulate Rep. Tom Price on

NACDS welcomes Trump’s HHS, CMS nominees

NACDS welcomes Trump’s HHS, CMS nominees

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said it’s ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Trump on Tuesday named U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) as HHS secretary and Seema

Walgreens, HHS offer vouchers for free flu shots

Walgreens, HHS offer vouchers for free flu shots

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Again this year, Walgreens is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide more than $10 million of free flu shot vouchers for the upcoming flu season. The drug chain and HHS are distributing the vouchers via a range of outreach efforts, local events, and community and

HHS’ Burwell asks pharmacies to help spur ACA enrollment

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped at an H-E-B grocery store here, where she drew attention to the December 15 enrollment deadline for consumers who wanted their health insurance plans to become active on ­January 1. Although open enrollment for 2016 health insurance plans continued through

NCPA, HHS team up to drive enrollment

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is working with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help spur enrollment in health insurance plans. In a welcome video aired Monday at the 2015 NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell unveiled a partnership with NCPA in which community

Walgreens, HHS partner in flu shot voucher program

Walgreens, HHS partner in flu shot voucher program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To help improve immunization rates among uninsured and underinsured Americans, Walgreens is providing up to $15 million of free flu shot vouchers through its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Walgreens said each voucher is good for one flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy in the United

CVS, HHS team up to promote online health tool

CVS, HHS team up to promote online health tool

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promote myhealthfinder, an online health tool. CVS said Tuesday that it’s the first national partner to work with HHS to take advantage of the department’s technology-based tools, developed by its Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

HHS public policy expert joins NACDS

HHS public policy expert joins NACDS

ARLINGTON, Va. — Deepti Loharikar has joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as director of federal and state public policy. NACDS said late Wednesday that Loharikar comes to association from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she oversaw the development and implementation of long-term strategies for the consumer-oriented and operated plan (CO-OP) insurance program. At NACDS,