Dept. Pharmacy

  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is supporting storm relief efforts in communities across Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona, with $1 million in donations announced on Monday. The donations include $500,000 each to the Florida Disaster Fund and the American Red Cross Hurricane Fund. The American Red Cross donation goes […]
  1. Department: HBC
Business Insider reports that Rite Aid “is struggling against increased theft at its New York City stores that executives say cost the pharmacy chain $5 million in losses during its most recent quarter … In a call with investors Thursday, executives said the company is testing new security efforts to prevent theft in high-crime areas. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 3, 2022 — Walmart invites communities to get healthy ahead of peak flu season at Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., where customers can receive affordable immunizations like flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV and more at pharmacies nationwide. COVID-19 bivalent boosters will also be available with […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Walgreens is setting up a network of prescription drug fulfillment centers to serve customers at local stores. The fulfillment centers make use of robots to fill prescriptions more quickly than human pharmacists. “This frees up the capacity of our most skilled professionals,” said Rina Shah, group vice president of pharmacy operations and services at Walgreens. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The CPG Guys, PVSB and Sri are joined in this episode by Rachel Marler, Chief Customer Officer of Haleon, the newly rebranded spinoff from GSK Consumer Healthcare.  Haleon plc is a British multinational consumer healthcare company. It is the largest consumer healthcare business in the world, with brands including Sensodyne toothpaste, Panadol and Advil painkillers […]
  1. Department: HBC
PHILADELPHIA – Rite Aid had mixed second quarter results, reporting sales that beat analysts’ forecast but posting a wider than expected loss. The company ‘s $5.9 billion in revenue topped Wall Street’s prediction of $5.77 billion. But its adjusted 63 cents per share loss was worse than the anticipated 55 cents per share. For fiscal […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
A high percentage of pharmacists and pharmacy techs have suffered from burnout since the pandemic hit the U.S. in 2020. The recent release of new COVID-19 boosters and this year’s flu shot have increased traffic to retail pharmacies, putting further pressure on staff at those locations.
  1. Channel: Drug
Walgreens had to reduce hours of operations for two pharmacies in Cambridge, MA, as a result of not having enough staff on hand. “In communities impacted by staffing shortages, we adjust hours of operation with the goal of creating minimal disruption for customers and patients. In such instances, we will direct customers to other nearby […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Howard Hacker will be joining the Walmart on October 17 as the new vice president of health and wellness compliance, the company said Tuesday. Hacker will report to Matt Miner, Global Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. “Howard Hacker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and will be responsible […]
  1. Channel: Drug
NEW YORK — Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) said it is joining with CVS Pharmacy as the exclusive retail partner of the FARE Teal Pumpkin Project 2022. This program is a yearly effort to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the one in 13 children in the U.S. living with food allergies and […]
  1. Associates & Employees
At Walmart, we get to play a special part in helping millions of families across the country bring the holidays to life. From all the hottest gifts to holiday meals and decorations, for many families, the holidays begin at Walmart.To help busy families focus on what matters most this season, we’ll be welcoming approximately 40,000 […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The battle for control of the specialty patient continues. In 2022, specialty pharmacies—via white, brown, and clear bagging—now constitute a meaningful share of the distribution channels for provider-administered oncology drugs. However, buy-and-bill appears to have rebounded substantially at hospitals. As I explain below, this resurgence likely reflects the success of vertically-integrated hospital/specialty pharmacy/physician mega-systems against […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced on Tuesday a new leadership structure for its U.S. business segment with Walgreens president John Standley leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. The new segment will now be organized under two leaders: Pharmacy led by Lee Cooper, and Retail led by Tracey Brown, president, Walgreens Retail […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CNBC reports that TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen, the co-founders of prescription drug startup PillPack who sold the company to Amazon for $750 million four years ago, will lave the company at the end of the month. The story notes that “after the acquisition, Parker and Cohen helped steer the launch of Amazon Pharmacy, the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  ARLINGTON, Va. — Join NACDS president & CEO Steve Anderson and national political analyst Charlie Cook in an exciting virtual NACDS RxIMPACT Votes event to learn more about the 2022 elections and what that might mean for the future of pharmacy. Register to attend this virtual event taking place at 1:00pm ET on September […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA – Rite Aid will offer Family Immunization Days at select stores, including Bartell Drugs in the Pacific Northwest, providing families opportunities to walk in and get the vaccinations they need to protect themselves against COVID-19, the flu and other diseases. Rite Aid Family Immunization Days take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
By now, you have already read innumerable articles explaining what’s in the new Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA; P.L. 117-169). Today, I want to highlight three significant—and presumably unintended—drug channel consequences from the hastily-passed IRA legislation. These include disruption to the now-booming biosimilar market, the prospects of physician/hospital vertical integration that will raise commercial […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BOSTON — Retailers and suppliers who returned to this year’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo late last month heard an encouraging message about their industry and its growing role at the center of America’s health care and wellness future. NACDS chair Brian Nightengale, who is also president of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two Ohio counties have been awarded $650 million in damages in a lawsuit against CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way the pharmacy chains distributed pain medications significantly harmed the communities. The August 17 ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns monetary damages against the chains for their roles […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
In a world where patients are becoming less and less willing to travel, many clinical trials struggle to find a suitable model for delivering their services. One solution has been to partner with local pharmacies and retailers. These businesses have been able to connect with patients in new ways, but they also have the added […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid announced on Monday that Steve Bixler, vice president of financial accounting, will become the new chief accounting officer effective Jan. 13, 2023, following the retirement of Brian Hoover who has served in the role for the last three years during his 27 years with Rite Aid. Bixler will report to chief financial […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
BOISE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Albertsons Companies today announced investments in technology, vaccine inventory and patient services to increase immunization access and personalized care at more than 1,700 pharmacy locations. Pharmacy teams across Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs and more, are now administering flu vaccines, as well […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
CVS Health has emerged victorious in what was reportedly a heated bidding war for Signify Health. The pharmacy chain beat out other rumored bidders including Amazon and UnitedHealthcare to acquire the healthcare platform in a deal valued at approximately $8 billion. “Signify Health will play a critical role in advancing our healthcare services strategy and gives […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
CVS Health has reached a deal to acquire in-home healthcare company Signify Health for about $8 billion, reports CNBC. CVS said it will pay $30.50 a share in cash for Signify, an acquisition that would enable the pharmacy chain to offer care to more customers in their homes. Signify offers patient care through virtual and in-person […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Walmart is helping fight the opioid crisis. We are proud of our pharmacists, who help patients understand the risks about opioid prescriptions. And our pharmacists have refused to fill hundreds of thousands of opioid prescriptions they thought could be problematic. On top of that, Walmart has blocked thousands of questionable doctors from having their opioid […]

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