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October 22, 2014


CVS working on tobacco-free pharmacy network

CVS Health is developing for its pharmacy benefits management clients a network of pharmacies that don't sell tobacco products.

The tobacco-free network would include national chain pharmacy retailers CVS/pharmacy and Target, which doesn't sell tobacco products, as well as regional and independent pharmacies that don't carry tobacco products, according to a CVS spokeswoman.



NCPA names Sherrer as new president

Georgia pharmacy owner John Sherrer has been elected president of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Pharmacy draws spotlight at CDC health forum

A public health forum by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) turned the spotlight on pharmacy and drew kudos from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Merchandising executive Pugh departs Walgreens

Bryan Pugh, who for the past year has held a key role at Walgreen Co. coordinating operations and merchandising functions, has left the company.

Health Mart showcases breadth of pharmacy solutions

Health Mart spotlighted its range of pharmacy and business solutions for independent pharmacies at the National Community Pharmacists Association's Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

CDMA sets date for annual trade expo

The Chain Drug Marketing Association plans to hold the 89th CDMA Trade Expo on Jan. 27 to 30 in Tampa, Fla.

Medicine Shoppe launches co-branding option for independents

Medicine Shoppe International and Medicap Pharmacies Inc. are offering new co-branded franchise opportunities for independent retail pharmacies.

Walgreens enables Apple Pay in stores

Walgreen Co. has started accepting the Apple Pay secure mobile payment service at Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores across the country.

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GoGargle! sore throat remedy grows retail distribution

O'Connor Companies LLC has expanded retail distribution for GoGargle!, an effervescent salt gargle designed to provide a more refreshing option to relieve dry, irritated throats.

Lay's announces 'next great potato chip flavor' winner

Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger flavored potato chips emerged as the winner of this year's Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest by Frito-Lay.

Purdue kicks off pharmacist awareness campaign for Butrans

Purdue Pharma is working with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to distribute a series of resources that address pharmacist knowledge gaps with Butrans, the drug company's Schedule III extended-release transdermal opioid pain medication.

General Mills wraps up Annie's acquisition

General Mills Inc. has closed its acquisition of natural food company Annie's Inc.

L'Oreal USA to acquire Carol's Daughter

L'Oreal USA has entered into an agreement to buy natural beauty products maker Carol's Daughter.

H.D. Smith names new VP of sales

Rob Meriweather has been promoted to vice president of sales at H.D. Smith.

AbbVie, Shire terminate merger deal

Drug makers AbbVie Inc. and Shire plc have canceled their proposed $54 billion merger agreement.

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