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Drug, mass retail execs make ’50 Most Powerful Women’ list

NEW YORK — Executives from Walmart, Sam’s Club, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Family Dollar Stores made Black Enterprise magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” list. Featured on the publication’s February 2015 cover, the list was culled from thousands of candidates across industries — including the finance, pharmaceutical and retail sectors — and the

WBA taps two Alliance Boots execs

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Two Alliance Boots executives were promoted in recent weeks to new positions with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA). George Fairweather, formerly group finance director at Alliance Boots, was named WBA executive vice president and global chief financial officer. And Marco Pagni, who was Alliance Boots’ group legal counsel and chief administrative officer,

Rx chains help keep ACA focused on consumers

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Highlighting the Obama administration’s partnerships with drug chains to boost health plan enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell last month toured a CVS/pharmacy store here. Burwell’s visit also was intended to urge people to sign up for health insurance by the February 15 deadline in the current open enrollment period

Barra joins AmerisourceBergen board

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Ornella Barra, executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), has been elected to the board of directors at AmerisourceBergen Corp. Barra, who also serves as president and chief executive officer of global wholesale and international retail, fills the vacancy created by Greg Wasson’s resignation from the board on January 9.

Already, 2015 is shaping up as an eventful year

The new year is just over a month old and already the chain drug industry has seen its fair share of noteworthy events. Walgreens Boots Alliance had a coming out party, opening trading at NASDAQ and unveiling its new corporate logo; Brian Unmacht became the first person outside the Bartell family to serve as president

Walgreens Boots Alliance makes formal debut

Walgreens Boots Alliance makes formal debut

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s (WBA’s) top executives marked the close of a busy first week as a new company by ringing the opening bell January 9 at the Nasdaq Stock Market, where the company now trades under the “WBA” ticker symbol. Moments later, in an interview with financial network CNBC, executive vice chairman

ACA enrollment off to a good start

WASHINGTON — Nearly 6.5 million consumers selected a health insurance plan or were automatically reenrolled under the Affordable Care Act in November and December. And 87% of people who selected 2015 plans through HealthCare.gov in the first month of open enrollment are getting subsidies to lower premiums, the government reported. “We’re pleased that nationwide, millions of

Retail pharmacy on cutting edge in health care

In the not-too-distant past community pharmacy was correctly perceived as a conservative business whose members were intent on operating within a well-defined set of parameters and not rocking the boat. A generation ago it wasn’t uncommon to hear members of the profession joke about what they did as “lick, stick and pour.” The industry as

It’s a new identity for Walgreens

It’s a new identity for Walgreens

Possibly lost in the fanfare surrounding the formal debut of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and its new home on the Nasdaq stock exchange, is the company’s new logo. Jim Skinner, executive chairman of WBA (the new stock symbol, by the way), told CNBC in the wake of the Nasdaq launch event in Manhattan that the company’s globe-shape logo

Walgreens, Alliance Boots close merger

Walgreens, Alliance Boots close merger

DEERFIELD, Ill. – As expected, Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots GmbH have finalized the second step of their two-part merger agreement following Walgreens shareholders’ approval earlier this week. Coming just before the new year, the completion of the deal announced in 2012 reorganizes Walgreens into a subsidiary of a new holding company, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Wasson decides to retire from Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The New Year ushered in the beginning of a new era at Walgreen Co., which is scheduled to complete the second and final step of its merger with Alliance Boots GmbH in the first quarter. And this new era for Walgreens Boots Alliance will get under way without the presence of longtime

A look at the events that shaped 2014

Which events were most significant for chain drug retailing in 2014? As usual, that is not an easy question to answer. In many ways, 2014 was a remarkable year for the chain drug industry, one in which the character of the business was changed, probably irrevocably. The industry assumed a global character for perhaps the

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