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February 01, 2015


Uniprix Group names successor to CEO Castonguay

Philippe Duval

Philippe Duval has been named president and chief executive officer of Uniprix Group, taking the reins from longtime CEO François Castonguay.

Duval is set to assume the post in early February.

Castonguay had announced in late August that he would be stepping down from the Quebec drug chain in early 2015 after 20 years as head of the company.



Albertsons, Safeway wrap up merger deal

AB Acquisition LLC, the parent of Albertsons, has completed its acquisition of Safeway Inc., a $9 billion-plus deal unveiled last year.

Fruth Pharmacy enlists Rx tech partner for new central-fill site

Fruth Pharmacy has tabbed pharmacy automation provider Innovation as the systems integrator for a new central-fill site.

Senate introduces provider status bill

The U.S. Senate has launched companion legislation that would formally designate pharmacists as health care providers.

Retailers prompted to prepare for coupon format shift

The Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC) is alerting retailers to be ready for the retirement of UPC Prefix 5 barcodes from manufacturer coupons as manufacturers shift to exclusively to the GS1 DataBar format.

Weis Markets names pharmacy director

Rick Bhandari has joined Weis Markets as director of pharmacy operations.

January same-store sales climb at Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. started the 2015 calendar year on the upside as same-store sales rose in January.

NACDS, NCPA hail new provider status legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association have endorse new legislation that would recognize pharmacists as health care providers and expand their scope of practice.

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Markwins to purchase Bonne Bell, Lip Smacker

Markwins International plans to acquire beauty care brands Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker from Aspire Brands.

Clio unveils mumsie maternal skin care line

Clio has introduced mumsie, a new line of natural and organic skin care products for pregnant women.

Mylan shareholders OK Abbott deal, reorganization in Netherlands

Mylan Inc. shareholders have approved the company's deal to acquire Abbott's non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business.

Campbell forms new business units in reorganization

Campbell Soup Co. is reorganizing its business operations in a move that includes the appointment of presidents for newly formed business units.

Hershey expands in snacks with KRAVE jerky acquisition

The Hershey Co. plans to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods Inc., the maker of the KRAVE jerky brand natural jerky snacks.

Dr Teal's Epsom salt packaging adds Velcro closure

Velcro Industries announced that bath care brand Dr Teal's has integrated the Velcro Press-Lok closure into the packaging of its Epsom salt bath soaking products.

Teva gets green light for generic Nexium

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has gained Food and Drug Administration approval to market esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules, a treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in the United States.

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