March 24, 2016

Drug Channels on Thursday reflected on the recent web-weaving deals announced by Walgreens Boots Alliance, namely that the company increased its ownership stake in AmerisourceBergen to 15% and partnered with PBM OptumRx on 90-day fills. "As these deals illustrate, WBA is no itsy-bitsy channel participant," concluded Adam Fein, president Pembroke Consulting and CEO Drug Channels Institute. "It’s spinning a complicated network of silky connections throughout the healthcare system." (Drug Channels

March 24, 2016

Retailers prowling for growth potential in men’s grooming are directing their focus to skin care.

March 23, 2016

Fred’s has reported its Q4 and FY2015 earnings, as well as the news that board chairman Michael Hayes would be stepping down, to be replaced with longtime director Thomas Tashjian.

March 23, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - Market expansion into the Minneapolis market may be the next step for Meijer, The Grand Rapids Press reported last week, confirming that the grocer acquired 30 acres of land in a Twin City suburb. "I can confirm Meijer has purchased property in Brooklyn Park, Minn.," Frank Guglielmi, Meijer senior director communications, told The Grand Rapids Press. "However, it's very early in the process and we currently have no set timeline for entering the Minneapolis market." Meijer earlier this month announced a $400 million capital spending plan that would see nine new supercenters and 32 remodels. (The Grand Rapids Press)  
 
 
 
March 23, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS - Target has plans to launch a new digital health initiative next month both online and in 500 of its stores, MobiHealthNews reported last week. "Beyond knowing the stories will offer a new section for health devices, details on what, exactly, the launch will entail are scarce," the site reported. "One device that will be included is Quell, an FDA-cleared and smartphone-connected wearable for treating chronic pain from Waltham, Massachusetts-based Neurometrix. (MobiHealthNews

March 23, 2016

Walmart hired former Disney public affairs executive Brian Besanceney to serve as SVP and chief communications officer beginning April 1, The Holmes Report reported Monday.

March 22, 2016

According to the latest reports, only 3.1% of teens abused DXM in 2015, compared to 5.4% who reported abusing DXM in 2006. 

March 22, 2016

Anthem is claiming that the PBM Express Scripts charged Anthem with higher than competitive benchmark pricing on pharmaceutical products.

March 21, 2016

The company’s essential oils — which are gluten-free and plant-based, as well as cruelty-free — look to bring aromatherapy to consumers in packaging that looks to make essential oils and their uses accessible.

March 21, 2016

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that the 19 Martin’s Food Markets stores in the area will be either sold or closed as the completion of parent company Ahold’s merger with Delhaize Group. The Richmond-area stores are just some of the 83 stores the combined companies are looking to unload across the eastern and northeastern U.S. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

March 21, 2016

TheStreet is reporting that for years, Costco has been quietly reducing the number of its stores selling tobacco.

March 21, 2016

The Shopper Marketing Effie Awards honor work that showcases the best utilization of shopper insights that lead to effective engagements and activations with shoppers along their path to purchase.

March 18, 2016

CHPA bolstered its membership roster with five new members and eight new associate members. 

March 18, 2016

The CVS/pharmacy destroyed by fire during riots last year in Baltimore has re-opened earlier this month, the Association of Health Care Journalists reported Friday. The initial closure of the CVS/pharmacy highlighted the important role pharmacies play across inner-city communities. 

March 18, 2016

The Walgreens Flu Index on Thursday indicated that most of the nation is contending with relatively high levels of flu incidence for the week of March 13, with Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee topping the charts in states with flu activity.

March 18, 2016

Walgreens Boots Alliance also continues to hold warrants to purchase an additional 22.7 million shares of AmerisourceBergen common stock, which Walgreens Boots Alliance has the right to exercise beginning in March 2017.

March 17, 2016

On the first day of the 2016 NACDS RxIMPACT Day, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores recognized executives from Supervalu, Kinney Drugs and Rite Aid and a student from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy for their advocacy efforts.

March 17, 2016

An innovative makeup tool that has been featured on E! News, The Today Show and The Ellen Show is now available at Walmart.

March 17, 2016

OptumRx is UnitedHealth Group’s free-standing pharmacy care services business, managing more than one billion prescriptions annually.

March 17, 2016

As new blood cancer therapies come to market and patients are able to manage their disease with oral medications at home, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy pharmacists are well-positioned on the front lines.

March 16, 2016

DSN hosted its 17th annual Industry Issues Summit in December, bringing together a leading panel of executives for an in-depth discussion into how retailers and suppliers can drive more productive partnerships, unlock category growth and ultimately forge more meaningful connections between consumers and their brands.

March 16, 2016

In partnership with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CVS Health Foundation has committed $5 million in grants over five years to nonprofit organizations that are committed to educating young people about the dangers of tobacco.

March 16, 2016

Mary Ellen Adcock succeeds Marnette Perry, whose retirement was previously announced. Adcock currently serves as vice president of operations for Kroger's Columbus division.

March 16, 2016

With Roche’s Accu-Chek Connect application customers can connect compatible devices with their Walgreens Balance Rewards account and start earning points.