March 17, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products.

March 14, 2014

Wellness empowerment. Even before Rite Aid’s big announcement last week, officially unveiling its newest program, the Rite Aid Health Alliance, those two words more or less reflected every major initiative happening at the company over the last few years: the Wellness stores; its Wellness+, Rite Aid’s health-based loyalty program; the Wellness Ambassadors in its stores… It’s always been about engaging patients in wellness, and empowering them to take steps to improve their health and well being. The Rite Aid Health Alliance takes that commitment down to the “atomic level of patient engagement,” Rite Aid chairman and CEO said last week, at a live event at one of its Buffalo stores.

Through the program, Rite Aid pharmacists together with a new patient care position in Rite Aid stores, the Care Coach, work directly with patients with chronic conditions and poly-chronic conditions to help them meet specific health improvement goals, as outlined by the patient’s physician. Care coaches, who are specially trained in behavior change to help patients address health issues related to lifestyle, work with patients to take their physicians’ recommendations and “break them down into sizeable, understandable milestones,” Jocelyn Konrad, VP healthcare initiatives for Rite Aid, told DSN. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance stores can “become an extension of the physician’s office,” she said. “It’s going to be a different experience for the patient. Whatever [they] need to understand and be motivated, we will work to provide it.”

March 10, 2014

Rite Aid introduced a new program, dubbed Rite Aid Health Alliance, which is a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers that provides comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions, and helps them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians.

March 6, 2014

Rite Aid on Thursday posted a 1.5% increase in same-store sales for the five weeks ended March 1.

February 18, 2014

McKesson and Rite Aid on Tuesday announced the signing of an expanded distribution agreement to include both brand and generic pharmaceuticals.

February 13, 2014

Rite Aid on Wednesday named the two winners of the 2013 Favorite Pharmacy Team Member contest — a pharmacy cashier from Cliffside Park, N.J., and a loyal customer of the company's store in Mansfield, Mass.

February 6, 2014

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, along with a coalition of healthcare industry stakeholders, on Wednesday issued a consensus statement regarding the collaborative steps that will be taken to help ensure the delivery of responsible and effective patient care as it relates to the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

February 5, 2014

Mark Panzer, president and CEO Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, will be leaving Pharmaca in pursuit of an opportunity at Sears Holding Company, DSN has learned.

February 5, 2014

Higi on Tuesday announced an agreement with Rite Aid to become the sole provider of health stations in stores nationwide.

January 30, 2014

Rite Aid's January same-store sales increased 1.8%, beating out an analyst projection of a 0.5% increase in overall comparable-store sales. Total drug store sales for the four weeks ended Jan. 25 increased 1.5% to $1.9 billion.

January 29, 2014

Tough comparisons against a robust flu season last year and the continued lackluster economy may put a chill in pharmacy comps for the month of January, wrote Credit Suisse research analyst Ed Kelly.

January 29, 2014

Rite Aid announced that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region.

January 24, 2014

Armada Health Care on Thursday added featured speaker Myrtle Potter to its card at the 2014 Specialty Pharmacy Summit and Expo to be held in Las Vegas May 5 to 9.

January 13, 2014

Finnish beauty brand Lumene is kicking off 2014 with a bang, the company said, as it revamps packaging, broadens its portfolio with new formulas and prepares to expand into Rite Aid stores.

January 13, 2014

Users of a medication-management app can now refill their prescriptions using an enhancement to it.

January 13, 2014

Rite Aid's philanthropic arm will donate water for areas of West Virginia affected by a recent chemical spill, the retail pharmacy chain said Saturday.

January 9, 2014

Rather than take vacation for Christmas and New Year’s, the editors of DSN worked to compile a list of the top 10 trends that will shake up the business in 2014.

January 8, 2014

A New York-based distribution, merchandising and analytics firm has hired a former executive from Rite Aid and Duane Reade.

January 6, 2014

Rite Aid is stepping up its flu shot promotions as flu activity increases.

January 6, 2014

InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that six health plans across Arizona and Texas will be providing over-the-counter benefits through Medagate, InComm's healthcare platform.

January 6, 2014

A professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has been named the first Rite Aid professor in community pharmacy, the school said.

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid is providing prescriptions at no upfront cost to customers who have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces, but have not received an ID number, the retail pharmacy chain said.

January 3, 2014

Rite Aid reported a 2.9% increase in same-store sales for the month of December, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

December 27, 2013

A national gay-rights organization has given Walgreens top marks for its practices related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.