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July 25, 2014


Walgreens pharmacy president Crawford to retire

Kermit Crawford

Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Walgreen Co., plans to retire at the end of the year to pursue new opportunities.

Crawford, who has been with the company for over three decades, will retire on Dec. 31 and then take on the role of senior counselor to president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson.



Rite Aid appoints successor to retiring CFO

Rite Aid Corp. has named a new chief financial officer to succeed Frank Vitrano, who plans to retire next year.

Walmart names new U.S. chief

A change at the top of Walmart U.S. is under way. Walmart announced that Greg Foran has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of its domestic operations, succeeding Bill Simon, who will be leaving the company.

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.

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 to improve customers' health.

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Sandoz files for FDA approval via new biosimilar pathway

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted Sandoz's Biologics License Application for filgrastim, which was filed under the new biosimilar pathway created in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.

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

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