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Pharmacy benefit wars

BY DSN STAFF

Radio Health Journal’s Reed Pence talks with DSN editor in chief Rob Eder; Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford; Express Scripts senior director of public affairs Brian Henry; and former Walgreens pharmacy customer Virginia Greathouse about the causes and impact of the Walgreens-ESI dispute.

Millions of pharmacy customers have had to move prescriptions from Walgreens to other pharmacies after its contract ran out with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts on Jan. 1. The situation is unprecedented in the United States, but some experts believe it’s only the first battle in a cost-based conflict between benefit managers and retail pharmacies.

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First Databank launches rebranding effort

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Clinical drug information provider First Databank is rebranding itself, the company said Monday.

FDB said the rebranding initiative was designed to focus attention on the role of integrated drug knowledge in healthcare information technology. The initiative will include a new logo and corporate identity program and revamped website, as well as changes to its drug database, the National Drug Data File and FDB MedKnowledge, and a new blog.

"The healthcare environment, including how medications are ordered, dispensed and administered, has evolved and so have we," FDB president and CEO Greg Dorn said. "Today, we are looking at medication decision-making in a whole new way — driven by a crystal-clear understanding that technology must work, first and foremost, to serve the needs of the clinician. We live in an era where insights and innovation, propelled by collaboration in healthcare delivery, will make an enormous difference in the lives of patients."

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Energizer to roll out flameless wax candles collection

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Energizer has teamed up with Liown Electronics for its latest line of flameless wax candles.

Made with real wax and featuring advanced LED technology, Energizer said the candles offer the same benefits of a traditional flamed candle without the worry of open flames. The collection will include a broad range of colors and scents, traditional size pillars, as well as votives and a full assortment of seasonal options.

"People love the wonderful scents and ambiance candles create, but often are worried about the safety of an open flame," Energizer’s general manager of strategic ventures Anne Bannister said. "These candles are perfect for families with children and pets or those that worry about forgetting to blow out their candles. We expect a great response from retailers and consumers to our new LED flameless wax candles that are both safe and beautiful, and deliver the quality they’ve come to expect from the Energizer brand."

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