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Study: DIR fees, MACs are biggest concerns for rural pharmacists

Nearly 80% of respondents reported DIR fees as a very large magnitude challenge, with 83.3% reporting this as a very immediate challenge. Seventy-eight percent of respondents reported MACs not being updated quickly enough to reflect changes in wholesale drug costs as a very large magnitude challenge, with nearly 80% indicating it as a very immediate challenge. 

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CVS’ Merlo talks AHCA, opioid crisis on WBUR

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo was the guest on Boston’s WBUR radio station’s “Here & Now” Tuesday, speaking with host Jeremy Hobson about such topics as tax reform, Amazon’s potential entry into pharmacy and the ongoing question of what changes will come to health care as the Senate considers the American Health Care Act. “I think there are elements that make sense from the Republican plan, but clearly there are other elements the Republican plan does not deal with,” Merlo said. “I think there are many open questions that have yet to be answered” (WBUR)

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Albertsons grows digital team with 2 hires

Karl Varsanyi, Albertsons’ new group VP product management and user experience, and Ramiya Iyer, who was named group VP IT digital and marketing/merchandising, possess a collective 30 years of experience in digital leadership. 

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Report: Walgreens Boots Alliance communications chief to depart

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s SVP communications and international affairs Yves Romestan will be departing the company, according to a report in PRWeek. Laura Vergani, who will become VP international and divisional communications — moving up from her most recent role as VP international communications —will take on many of his responsibilities, the report said. (PRWeek)