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Today’s guest post comes from Jim Sheninger, Pharmacy Strategy Officer at GoodRx. Jim describes GoodRx’s emerging pharmacy contracting strategies. In addition to working through pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), GoodRx now also contracts directly with Walgreens, CVS, and other national and regional pharmacies. These direct agreements are based on acqusition cost, which helps pharmacies stabilize gross […]
  1. Channel: Drug
It’s rare that sales tax issues make the news, and when they do, it’s generally not great for the seller. Earlier this year, things held to form when media in Massachusetts reported a sales tax calculation error on the Walgreens ecommerce website. The facts as reported support the notion of an honest mistake by the […]
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CHICAGO — VillageMD announced that Jim Murray has joined the organization as its president & chief operating officer (COO) effective April 1. In this role, Murray will lead operations across the entire VillageMD enterprise, including for its three key business units, Village Medical, Summit Health and CityMD. VillageMD is one of the largest providers of […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Rite Aid has made Opill, the first daily oral contraceptive that’s been FDA-approved for purchase without a prescription, available chainwide. The progestin-only birth control pill has been designated safe and effective when used as directed to help prevent pregnancy. The pills are available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 for a one-month supply and […]
  1. Channel: Drug
This week, I’m rerunning some popular posts while I prepare for Friday’s live video webinar: Drug Channel Implications of the Inflation Reduction Act. For more on acquisition cost reimbursement for pharmacies, see Sections 8.4. and 12.3.4. of our new 2024 Economic Report on U.S. Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Click here to see the original […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Target’s announcement earlier this month that it was launching a paid membership plan almost felt like a foregone conclusion. Amazon’s Prime membership has been paying dividends for the company for decades, and after Walmart followed suit with Walmart+ in 2020, it was only a matter of time before Target entered the mix. With the addition […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Walgreens will integrate jewelry, hair accessories, cosmetics and seasonal pieces from Claire’s into the assortment of more than 4,400 stores by the end of this month. Each participating location will have dedicated displays merchandised by Claire’s in their seasonal sections. “As a one-stop destination for everyday needs, Walgreens services millions of people every day,” said […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
CVS and Walgreen said last Friday that they have received certification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to being dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone later this month. The drug chains say that they will begin making it available in stores in just a handful states.  Neither CVS nor Walgreen will make mifepristone available […]
  1. Channel: Drug
NEW YORK — CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Friday they will begin to offer the abortion pill mifepristone in select states starting this month. The drug-store chains will offer the medication by prescription only at their pharmacies in states where’s it’s legally allowed. The news was first reported by the New […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Washington Post has a piece about Amazon’s efforts “to consolidate its telehealth, pharmacy and primary-care services following its $3 billion acquisition of One Medical in 2022. Earlier this month, Amazon laid off hundreds of employees across Amazon Pharmacy and One Medical and announced a corporate restructuring. Current and former employees say the move reignited […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens says it is the first community pharmacy to accept a broad array of Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits online. Eligible members can now shop from a catalog of approximately 1,700 Shop Eligible Products via Walgreens.com and the Walgreens app. Consumers have been able to shop using their Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits in […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named Lanesha Minnix the company’s executive vice president (EVP) and global chief legal officer. Minnix, most recently EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary for Ecolab, Inc., will assume her new role with WBA on April 15. Lanesha Minnix Minnix, who will report to WBA CEO Tim Wentworth […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
In a sign of its enormous role in both the U.S. and world economies, Amazon will join the exclusive “club” of 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), replacing Walgreens Boots Alliance. Additionally, Uber has been added to the Dow Jones Transportation Average, driving out JetBlue Airways. Both changes will be […]
  1. Channel: Drug
The Boston Globe has a piece about “CVS rage,” which it characterizes this way: “CVS, how do we hate thee? Let us count the ways: “We dread thine long pharmacy lines, that sometimes end in frustration, with a stressed-looking employee rooting around aimlessly for a bag with your name on it, or informing you that […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) CEO Tim Wentworth has made three new executive appointments that reaffirm the company’s focus on health services and retail pharmacy. “Today’s announcement solidifies the leadership team that will carry WBA into its future as we look to expand our reach beyond neighborhood pharmacies into the fastest-growing areas of healthcare,” Wentworth said […]
  1. Department: HBC
DEERFIELD, Ill. – As a trusted, convenient local health care destination that millions of Americans rely on every day, Walgreens is expanding its long-standing relationships with colleges of pharmacy through the formation of the Walgreens Deans Advisory Council to enhance the pharmacy profession and better support pharmacists as they provide valuable care to their local […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Reacting to Amazon’s plan to create a pay tier for its Alexa smart speaker system, one MNB reader wrote: Our main household use for Alexa is to control lights, heat, and A/C.  If they start charging for it, we will stop using it.  There are many other platforms available for home control that do not […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Boston Globe the other day had a really interesting story about how CVS’s ambitions to become a healthcare powerhouse have gone largely unrealized. “CVS’s vision for now remains largely aspirational,” the Globe writes.  “The company faces challenges — some born of its own success — with no easy solutions.” The Globe writes that “the […]
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