October 15, 2013

The research firm IHS predicts that 1.8 million people will access health and wellness care via electronic and video links by 2017, and the Department of Health and Human Services showed its commitment to telehealth in September by donating $5.3 million to set it up in rural areas. Meanwhile, drug store chains like Rite Aid and Thrifty White have been making investments of their own. On Oct. 9, services provider MDLive announced that it appointed Travis Stork, co-host of the Emmy award-winning CBS series "The Doctors," to its medical advisory board. Stork recently took the time to talk to DSN about telehealth and what it means for pharmacy retailers.

August 5, 2013

As drug store chains like Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs — not to mention a few independents as well — go upscale, one of the noticeable changes they make is to the beauty department. But a key element, beauty futurist Jeanine Recckio told DSN, is "retailtainment." In other words, beauty should be fun, and as more pharmacy retailers understand that, the line that divides their beauty departments from those of specialty and department stores will become increasingly thin.

December 15, 2012

In an exclusive video store tour, Rite Aid COO Ken Martindale walks Drug Store News editor Rob Eder and the DSN.TV cameras through its newest Wellness store, which features several important new elements and a vastly updated look throughout the store.

June 19, 2017

See photos of the new Harrisburg, Pa., location, which features a one-of-a-kind in-store Hershey Sweet Shop that offers a variety of Hershey’s candy and specialty merchandise.

June 13, 2017

The new RediClinic.com offers a highly responsive online platform that allows one-click appointments from a mobile or desktop device.

June 12, 2017

In addition to increasing financing options, Fred's Pharmacy has entered an agreement with its lenders allowing the company to extend the outside commitment date to as late as Oct. 31.

June 9, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission is preparing "advice" to block the deal to merge Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid, according to a Investor's Business Daily report. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. "Shares of Rite Aid sank 14% to 3.03 in afternoon trading on the stock market [and] Walgreens dipped 0.3%. Rival CVS Health (CVS) edged up 0.5%," Investor's Business Daily reported. In addition, shares of Fred's Pharmacy, which has agreed to acquire as many as 1,200 divested Rite Aid locations as part of the deal, dropped 2.5% Friday. (Investor's Business Daily)

June 7, 2017

While the delay in merger approval has negatively impacted Rite Aid results, company officials acknowledged, the company is working toward improving performance.

May 31, 2017

Health Dialog’s Nurse Line provides guidance and information to help people make informed decisions about their medical care.

May 31, 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance is likely to litigate should the Federal Trade Commission sue to block its proposed merger of Rite Aid, Cowen analyst Charles Rhyee opined according to a StreetInsider.com report published Wednesday. Rite Aid's value "remains significant" Rhyee noted. "This leads us to believe if the FTC were to block, WBA would litigate to win Rite Aid," he said. A deadlocked FTC is also a possibility, according to Rhyee. "The FTC Chairman, Maureen Ohlhausen, who is likely more favorable to the transaction, could use the 1-1 vote as leverage to build consensus and arrive at a consent decree." (StreetInsider.com)

May 18, 2017

Coming from a diverse neighborhood gave her ‘street smarts,’ but Rite Aid’s head of pharmacy tells Drug Store News her most important leadership lessons came from two pillars of the Philadelphia community — her mom and dad.

May 17, 2017

Sales of artificial eyelashes packaged with adhesives rose 31% to $157 million, according to IRI data for multi-outlet retailers for the 52-week period ended March 19. Eyelash adhesives kicked in another $30 million and showed growth of 24%.

May 16, 2017

Continued Civil Information Demands from the Federal Trade Commission may be indicative that the agency plans to block the proposed merger, according to The New York Post sources.

May 9, 2017

The two companies have certified substantial compliance with the Federal Trade Commission — a move that will leave the chains free to merge if the FTC hasn’t issued a decision before July 7.

May 4, 2017

Four key customer-centric programs that are critical to Rite Aid include its immunization program, medication synchronization, a differentiated loyalty card offeing and a contemporary store format.

May 4, 2017

As part of its merger agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Rite Aid's agreement to sell 865  stores and certain specified assets to Fred's Pharmacy may expand to as many as 1,200 locations.

May 1, 2017

According to a report in TheStreet published Monday, CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer advised Walgreens shareholders to hold on to what they have, because no matter how the Rite Aid deal pans out, Walgreens will win. "If the deal's derailed by the FTC, I think we're going to get a truly monster buyback," Cramer said during an exclusive monthly conference call for members of his Action Alert Plus investment club. "If the deal is accepted, analysts can raise their numbers substantially. Those are good outcomes." (TheStreet)

May 1, 2017

Once implemented, the FTC will have 90 days to either clear the $9.7 billion deal, or sue to block it, reported the news outlet.

April 25, 2017

For its 2017 fiscal fourth quarter ended March 4, Rite Aid reported revenues of $8.5 billion and a net loss of $21.1 million. Its adjusted net loss came in at $3.2 million, which bested Wall Street estimates.

April 14, 2017

Several categories are heating things up in the beauty aisles, especially Korean beauty.

April 14, 2017

Rite Aid has converted almost half of its store base to the highly successful Wellness store format since 2012.

April 7, 2017

Fred’s has pledged to buy up to 1,200 stores should the Walgreens Boots Alliance-Rite Aid merger be approved the FTC.

April 5, 2017

In the coming weeks, Walgreens may certify compliance to accelerate the decision on the Rite Aid deal, the company's CEO reported.

April 5, 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance's retail pharmacy USA division realized second-quarter sales of $21.8 billion, an increase of 1.5% over the year-ago quarter.