March 7, 2011

Few supermarkets make health and wellness as central to their business as Hy-Vee, a West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain.

In December 2010, the chain announced it would become one of a number of retailers — including Kroger and Safeway — to participate in Pharmacy Saver, a new program offered in collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, the country’s largest Medicare Part D insurer. The program was launched, in part, as a response to the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan, launched in late September 2010.

March 4, 2011

Walgreens’ winning of an award for its MTM services came right before it joined the Care Continuum Alliance — a group of more than 200 stakeholders that provide such services as wellness and prevention programs and management of chronic conditions — of which CVS Caremark already was a member.

March 3, 2011

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have expressed their support for H.R. 891, the Medication Therapy Management Benefits Act of 2011.

March 1, 2011

In connection with the previously announced $1.25 billion acquisition of the Medicare Part D business of Universal American by CVS Caremark, both companies have announced that the Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

February 1, 2011

Just when you thought the low end of the generic drug price spectrum couldn’t get any more commoditized, the $2 price point debuted with a big splash in September 2010.

January 7, 2011

The news that CVS Caremark has entered an agreement to acquire the Medicare Part D business of Universal American is important on several fronts: Not only will the deal more than double the size of CVS Caremark's Medicare Part D program, but the move also comes just as the first baby boomers turn 65.

January 3, 2011

CVS Caremark is more than doubling the size of its Medicare Part D program by acquiring the Medicare Part D business of Universal American for roughly $1.25 billion.

December 15, 2010

Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee will offer 366 commonly prescribed generic prescription drugs for as little as $2 to select Medicare beneficiaries through a program offered in collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, Hy-Vee said.

December 10, 2010

Most beneficiaries of the Medicare Part D program are unaware of new measures to close the so-called “donut hole” coverage gap, according to a recent poll.

December 9, 2010

The second-largest Medicare Part D plan sponsor in the country has named an independent pharmacy as its pharmacy of the year.

December 7, 2010

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — It’s the kind of low-price power play that gives smaller-scale independent pharmacy owners — and chain drug store operators too, for that matter — the willies. In what promises to be another potent and potentially market-altering exercise in massive scale and competitive clout, Walmart has linked up with insurance heavyweight Humana to launch what it says will be the lowest-cost prescription drug plan for seniors who rely on Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

December 7, 2010

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Could the economy and the bare-knuckles competition that now defines pharmacy retailing lower the price bar even further for widely used generic drugs? It’s already happening.

November 24, 2010

More than ever, seniors who rely on Medicare need to carefully evaluate the dizzying array of prescription drug plan choices available to them, as the 2011 enrollment period for Medicare Part D drug benefit program goes into high gear, independent pharmacy leaders declared Tuesday.

November 24, 2010

UnitedHealth Group will start a program next year that it said can reduce drug costs to as low as $2 per script, the company said Tuesday.

November 16, 2010

With the holiday season just around the corner, CVS/pharmacy is encouraging older adults and their...

November 15, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule shortening the traditional 30-day...

November 14, 2010

Humana and Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that Mary Lee Reinscheld became the first Medicare...

November 14, 2010

In an effort to help seniors navigate changes in Medicare Part D plans, Walgreens is...

November 9, 2010

Budget cuts in Washington state to its Medicaid programs have created a “perilous situation” for...

November 9, 2010

Rite Aid on Wednesday announced its pharmacists have been prepared to assist seniors during the...

November 4, 2010

Under the Affordable Care Act, the average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare is...

October 24, 2010

Some say it cheapens patient care and reduces quality. The nation’s fourth-biggest pharmacy retailer and...

October 18, 2010

October is American Pharmacists Month, and Kinney Drugs has spent it educating patients about the...

October 11, 2010

The Medicare prescription drug benefit continues to enjoy strong support among the country’s seniors, according...