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July 24, 2014


Walgreens program incents healthy behavior change

A new initiative by Walgreen Co. leverages the drug chain's Balance Rewards loyalty program to spur behavior change that will improve customers' health.

Dubbed Balance Rewards for healthy choices, the effort incorporates behavior change training based on psychologist Dr. B.J. Fogg's methodology to incent the adoption of healthy habits and to reward those choices, helping participants modify behavior risk factors related to leading public health issues.



Georgia pharmacist tabbed for congressional run

State Sen. Buddy Carter, a Georgia community pharmacist, has won a runoff election to become the Republican nominee in the state's 1st Congressional District.

Former Kerr Drug executive joins Ateb

Mark Gregory, former senior vice president of pharmacy operations at Kerr Drug, has joined Ateb Inc. as vice president of health care solutions.

Debate heats up over 'any willing pharmacy' legislation

A study criticizing legislation supporting an "any willing pharmacy" policy for preferred networks in Medicare Part D drew a rebuke from the National Community Pharmacy Association.

Health Mart spotlights pharmacy solutions at annual meeting

Health Mart pharmacy owners gathered at McKesson ideaShare 2014 to get a look at new offerings to help their businesses as well as hear about recent investments in the drug store franchise.

McKesson ideaShare 2014 gets under way

McKesson Corp. is showcasing an array of clinical care and measurement tools to help community pharmacies improve their performance at ideaShare 2014.

Jean Coutu, Metro to buy SDM, Loblaw stores

In line with regulatory approval of its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., Loblaw Companies Ltd. plans to sell two Shoppers Drug Mart drug stores to Jean Coutu Group and two No Frills supermarkets to Metro Inc.

Former CVS/pharmacy chief Cosby joins Office Depot

Mark Cosby, former president of CVS/pharmacy, has been appointed North America president of Office Depot Inc.

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Camber appoints sales and marketing executives

Camber Pharmaceuticals has hired two new executives in key sales and marketing positions.

Kirby Lester KL1Plus brings trackable double-count

Kirby Lester announced that its KL1Plus medication dispensing device now includes streamlined functionality to perform a trackable double-count for any prescription coming out of a vial-filling robot.

Sanofi Pasteur starts shipment of seasonal flu vaccines

Sanofi Pasteur has released the first lots of its Fluzone influenza vaccine for the 2014-15 flu season to the Food and Drug Administration for distribution.

McKesson releases 'all new' Pharmaserv

McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation (MPS&A) is launching the largest software release for its Pharmaserv pharmacy management system in four years.

Campbell readies launch of more than 200 new products

Campbell Soup Co. plans to launch more than 200 new products in fiscal 2015 to meet consumers' changing tastes, preferences and needs.

Teva closes purchase of Labrys

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has completed its $200 million deal to acquire Labrys Biologics Inc., which focuses on treatments for migraine headaches

Sandoz acquires U.S. rights to market Anacor's Kerydin

Sandoz Inc. has entered an agreement with Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. to obtain exclusive rights to commercialize Kerydin topical solution (5%), a toenail fungal infection medication, in the United States.

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