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August 21, 2014


Analysis: Walgreens, Alliance Boots back on track

While Walgreen Co. disappointed many in the investment community by eschewing an inversion, the decision put an end to what had become a distracting sideshow for its partnership with Alliance Boots, with a growing chorus of elected officials and pundits criticizing the company for contemplating the move.

Now the focus can shift back to where it belongs — the creation of an international health and wellness powerhouse.



Walgreens: Better to get flu shot early

Walgreen Co. is urging consumers to get vaccinated early as it begins its yearly flu shot campaign.

CVS subsidiary Accordant earns disease management accreditation

CVS Caremark Corp.'s Accordant Health Services division has received full NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management accreditation for programs supporting a range of chronic conditions and diseases.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy TV campaign to spotlight patients

Good Neighbor Pharmacy is calling on customers to "share their story" for a chance to appear in its upcoming national television advertising campaign.

Kroger wraps up acquisition of Vitacost.com

Kroger Co. has closed its acquisition of Vitacost.com Inc., an online seller of vitamins, dietary supplements and wellness products.

Bartell Drugs launches flu vaccine program

Bartell Drugs has gotten its annual seasonal flu vaccine program under way, offering vaccinations at its 63 Seattle-area drug stores as well as via an off-site flu clinic program serving area businesses and retirement communities.

Dollar General makes offer to buy Family Dollar

Dollar General Corp. has made a bid to acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.95 billion, topping Dollar Tree Inc.’s $8.5 billion offer for the deep discount retailer.

CVS consumer survey sheds light on flu vaccinations

In launching its annual flu shot initiative, CVS/pharmacy released findings from a new survey showing that three in five U.S. adults, or 61%, are unaware of the importance of the high-dose flu vaccine in preventing flu for adults 65 years and older.

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DripDrop lands distribution at Walgreens

DripDrop, which describes itself as a "great-tasting," medical-grade hydration solution, is now being sold at Walgreens drug stores nationwide and on Walgreens.com.

NBTY tabs former Coca-Cola exec as CEO

Vitamins and nutritional supplements maker NBTY Inc. has hired Steven Cahillane as chief executive officer.

Mars names global chocolate chief

Jean-Christophe Flatin has been appointed as president of global chocolate at Mars Inc.

IZ-ON Media becomes ad rep for higi health kiosk network

Digital media company IZ-ON Media has entered a multiyear agreement with higi, a provider of in-store health screening kiosks, to serve as the advertising sales representative.

Nielsen names global, North America presidents

Nielsen has appointed John Lewis as global president and Karen Fichuk as president for North America.

Coca-Cola, Monster Beverage form strategic partnership

The Coca-Cola Co. and Monster Beverage Corp. have entered an agreement for a long-term strategic partnership that aims to spur growth for both companies in the global energy drink market.

Newell Rubbermaid CFO to resign

Doug Martin, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., is leaving the company to take the same post at Spectrum Brands Holdings.

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