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August 30, 2014


Fred's spurs transition to pharmacy-led model

Fred's Inc. is expediting its transformation into a convenience- and pharmacy-centric retailer amid intense competition in its core general merchandise market and a surge in pharmaceutical price inflation.

CEO Bruce Efird said the discount GM chain plans to close 60 underperforming stores without pharmacies while accelerating its plan to add pharmacies to more stores.



Shoppers Drug Mart debuts another beautyBOUTIQUE

Shoppers Drug Mart has opened its fourth enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE, located at Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Alaska health department, Walgreens take aim at pertussis

In Alaska, an uptick in the incidence of whooping cough has led the state's health department to partner with Walgreen Co. on a voucher program for Tdap vaccinations.

CVS to seniors: It's vaccination checkup time

September has been proclaimed as "Senior Vaccination Month" by CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic.

Walgreens deploys cloud-based EHR platform

Walgreen Co. is giving pharmacy staff a holistic view of patient health information via a central, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) system from Greenway Health.

CVS Caremark affiliates with MedStar Health

CVS Caremark Corp. has formed a clinical affiliation with MedStar Health, a 10-hospital health care system in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

Total Store Expo Product Showcase winners announced

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named the winners of the Product Showcase at the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo.

SDM report touts benefits of medication reviews

Shoppers Drug Mart is urging the leaders of Canada's provinces and territories to weigh the value of pharmacist medication reviews as they assess health reform.

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Energizer unveils exec teams following household, personal care split

Energizer Holdings Inc. has announced the expected executive leadership teams of the Personal Care and Household Products businesses following the planned separation of Energizer next summer., expected to occur by July 1, 2015.

CCA divests Mega-T weight-loss brand

CCA Industries Inc. has sold its weight-loss business, marketed under the Mega-T brand, to a group formed by Casla Partners Capital Fund I, LP.

GMDC reschedules 2015 marketing conferences

The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has announced new dates for its 2015 General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conferences.

H.D. Smith honors top trading partners

Pharmaceutical distributor H.D. Smith has announced the winners of its annual Trading Partners of the Year award.

IRI appoints executive VP, general counsel

Susan Bennett has joined Information Resources Inc. (IRI) as executive vice president and general counsel.

A&D Medical, Salutron partner on 'connected health'

Health diagnostics providers A&D Medical and Salutron have teamed up to provide a better connected health experience.

New CEO takes the reins at Apotex

Jeremy Desai has taken the helm of Apotex Inc. as president and chief executive officer.

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