July 19, 2013

With major parts of the Affordable Care Act going into effect in 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new animated video to help people understand the healthcare system changes on the horizon.

July 18, 2013

CVS Caremark’s distribution center in Vero Beach, Fla., is leading the company’s effort to hire veterans and military spouses at its CVS/pharmacy stores, distribution centers and corporate offices nationwide.

July 18, 2013

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, has been in effect for a decade. In the last law column, we looked at how the HIPAA privacy rule has been enforced; in this column we provide some tips for avoiding HIPAA violations.

July 18, 2013

Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart, which recently announced plans to be acquired by Loblaw, saw a boost in second-quarter sales and earnings and, according to president and CEO Domenic Pilla, the company is “well-positioned heading into the back half of the year.”

July 18, 2013

The aging population, financial stress and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has forced the entire medical delivery system into a game of musical chairs. The music has started, and each component of the healthcare delivery system is aggressively looking to have a chair.

July 17, 2013

CVS Caremark announced its colleagues collected nearly 25,000 lbs. of trash from shorelines across the country in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, an organization that educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.

July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone magazine has sparked an uproar with its current issue, which features a cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Many are criticizing the publication for glamorizing a “terrorist” and the backlash is even evident at the retail level, as CVS/pharmacy has said it will not stock the issue of the magazine.

July 15, 2013

Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart announced on Monday a definitive agreement under which Loblaw will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart for C$12.4 billion in cash and stock.

July 15, 2013

Supermarket chain Wegmans took the time last week to issue a clarification following local news reports: It would not be ending healthcare benefits for its part-time employees. A story in the Buffalo News had a headline, "Wegmans cuts health benefits for part-time workers," that had been misconstrued.

It's no secret why Wegmans — which operates 81 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts — is included in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."

July 15, 2013

Everyone loves a dark horse — the come-from-behind winner that no one expects. We cheer for them, marvel at their tenacity, and hope for their victory over stronger, better-known competitors. "But why do dark horses win?" asks Mack Elevation Forum founder, Dan Mack.

July 12, 2013

A developer of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange software is expanding its payment network.

July 12, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the introduction of a resource kit — Take Charge of Rx Benefits in Your Community — to help preempt anti-patient drug benefit designs, such as those that require the use of mail-order facilities for prescription drugs.

July 12, 2013

Whole generations of Americans have no memory of a time when doctors routinely made house calls. But with the rapid acceleration of telehealth and telepharmacy technologies — and their increasing use by physicians and pharmacy providers — the virtual house call is bringing remotely delivered health services to thousands of patients where they live, work and shop.

July 12, 2013

Stephen LaFrance, former owner of USA Drug, passed away unexpectedly last month. LaFrance was 71.

July 12, 2013

Wegmans is not ending healthcare benefits for its part-time employees, the supermarket operator announced Thursday in response to a misconstrued headline in the Buffalo News.

July 11, 2013

Actavis and Warner Chilcott announced that they have each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with Actavis' pending acquisition of Warner Chilcott.

July 10, 2013

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing announced that BV Investment Partners has become ECRM’s majority shareholder, effective immediately. Greg Farrar was named ECRM's CEO.

July 10, 2013

CVS Caremark has partnered with Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program to support women veterans and military/veteran spouses as they navigate the civilian workplace.

July 10, 2013

McKesson ideaShare 2013 concluded with a bang, as healthcare and policy experts discussed the implementation of healthcare reform and the impact it will have on community pharmacy during a special Public Policy Forum session held on June 29, the final day of the conference.

July 10, 2013

Walgreens and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association launched a national campaign to educate consumers about the new healthcare reform law and provide them with key information on how to access coverage and understand other changes they may experience as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

July 9, 2013

Game mechanics — including points, badges and leader boards — may be a key to controlling rising healthcare costs, executives leading a recently completed pilot program by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reported on Tuesday.

July 9, 2013

The U.S. healthcare system has saved $25.5 billion over seven years from generic drugs launched under patent settlements between branded and generic drug manufacturers, according to a new study.

July 9, 2013

Prestige Brands Holdings announced its acquisition of Care Pharmaceuticals of Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia, a privately held marketer and distributor of over-the-counter healthcare brands for children and adults.

July 9, 2013

Sylk USA introduced its new Sylk personal lubricant, a water-based lubricant made from New Zealand kiwi vine extract.