PHARMACY

Hornbacher’s opens inaugural pharmacy in Minnesota

BY Lesley Thulin

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Hornbacher’s opened its first in-store pharmacy at its new location in South Moorhead, Minn.’s Azool Shopping Center on Wednesday. The supermarket is the seventh Hornbacher’s in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and features an in-store bank and coffee shop.

“It’s an exciting day for the City of Moorhead,” Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams said. “Not only does this new store meet the growing need for a grocery store in this neighborhood, Hornbacher’s is a strong local company that consistently gives back to the community — making today a true win-win for the people of Moorhead.”

New pharmacy customers can earn up to $150 in free groceries by transferring or opening a new subscription.

The supermarket will hold a multi-week opening celebration.

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FDA launches new REMS website

BY Lesley Thulin

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The FDA has introduced a new website for Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies, called [email protected], to provide a standardized source of information about approved REMS.

The FDA implements REMS as a risk management plan for certain prescription drugs. Under Section 505-1 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the FDA can approve — and patients can access — certain drugs whose risks would otherwise outweigh their benefits.

The new [email protected] website aims to help users:

  • Conveniently access up-to-date and comprehensive REMS information.
  • Learn about, understand, and/or comply with REMS requirements.
  • More easily compare requirements across REMS, thereby minimizing the confusion associated
  • with complying with multiple REMS programs.

A webinar titled “Introducing the [email protected] Website” will be held on Tuesday. To register, click here

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CVS-Target deal to create 80 retail clinic locations

BY Lesley Thulin

NEW YORK — CVS will secure 80 retail clinic locations as part of the Target pharmacy acquisition announced on Monday, according to Kalorama Information.

Target will rebrand its nearly 80 medical clinic with CVS’s MinuteClinic banner. It will also build another 20 clinics in stores, expecting to operate 1,500 by 2017.

"This might be an underreported detail in a deal of this size, but we think it's significant," Kalorama Information Publisher Bruce Carlson said.

There are several benefits to CVS’s expansion into indirect revenue clinics.

“They [CVS] now get new locations without the build-out, they get a new venue for new clinics, and they have a chance to turn the Target clinic operation into a consistent national brand that consumers can identify," he said.

Carlson expects the clinics’ transparency of pricing and convenient locations to appeal to customers.

CVS will have access to more than half of the 1 billion-dollar retail clinic services market, outpacing Walgreens, The Little Clinic, RediClinic and other small providers.

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