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November 27, 2014


Walgreens shareholders to vote on Boots transaction

Walgreen Co. has scheduled a special meeting of shareholders to vote on the second part of its transaction to acquire the rest of Alliance Boots GmbH.

Also at the special meeting, Walgreens shareholders will be asked to vote on a reorganization to establish Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. as the new public holding company for the combined enterprise.



Report: Walmart's chief merchant to leave

Walmart chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton plans to leave the company, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Drug chains make list of socially savvy retailers

Walgreens, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid and Good Neighbor Pharmacy are among the top 50 retailers in terms of social media influence according to a list created by Lithium Technologies, a provider of software to help companies connect with their customers.

NACDS part of coalition seeking cybersecurity legislation

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores participated in a coalition of retail groups calling on Congress to develop legislation for prompt notification of sensitive data breaches.

Health Mart 'town hall' events to focus on Star Ratings

Health Mart plans to host its second series of town hall meetings, “Pharmacy Quality Measures: Action Steps for Improvement,” in 108 cities nationwide through early 2015.

Consumers upbeat as holiday season approaches

With the nation’s economy growing at a solid pace and gasoline prices declining, there is growing sentiment among economists that consumer spending is going to pick up momentum.

Rite Aid ups ante in health care arena

A flurry of moves this month by Rite Aid Corp. further its growth as a retail health care company.

Veteran Walgreens operations VP to retire

John Foley, corporate vice president for eastern operations at Walgreen Co., is retiring after a 29-year career at the company.

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Jelly Belly unveils Draft Beer Jelly Bean Bottles

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has introduced Draft Beer Jelly Bean Bottles in their own point-of-purchase display.

Endo acquires rights to Natesto testosterone nasal gel

Endo International plc has purchased the rights to Natesto testosterone nasal gel from Trimel BioPharma SRL, a subsidiary of Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Bayer Consumer Care's Heist to retire

David Heist, director of industry affairs and customer relations at Bayer Consumer Care, has announced his retirement.

Perrigo releases Protopic authorized generic

Perrigo Co. plc has launched an authorized generic version of Protopic Ointment 0.1% and 0.03%.

McKesson to distribute generics to Omnicare

McKesson Corp. and Omnicare Inc. have expanded their distribution pact to include the sourcing and distribution of branded, specialty and generic pharmaceuticals.

Cardinal, Henry Schein to merge physician office businesses

Cardinal Health Inc. has entered a long-term agreement in which it will consolidate its physician office commercial organization into the medical group of health care supplier Henry Schein Inc.

Purdue to roll out abuse-deterrent hydrocodone product

Purdue Pharma L.P. has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release tablets CII,  an opioid pain reliever.

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