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August 23, 2014


Snapshot: The 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores kicks off the 2014 Total Store Expo this weekend in Boston, where attendees can look forward to a robust lineup of speakers, programs, events, tools and exhibits.

Running Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Expo is aimed at enabling retailers, suppliers and other business partners to innovate across departments and functions to enhance the total store experience, NACDS noted.



Rexall bullish on pharmacists' health care potential

Rexall Pharma Plus was quick off the mark in training its entire professional staff to deliver vaccinations before last winter’s flu season arrived. By the early fall of 2013 most Canadian provinces had passed the legislation that enabled pharmacists to perform that function. In Ontario alone, Rexall pharmacists vaccinated some 160,000 patients. William Chung, senior vice president of pharmacy, regards the effort the company made as a keen investment.

Costco cultivates loyal base of Rx customers

The objective of most operators of retail pharmacies is to locate a store at a busy intersection, to include a drive-through window and to offer at least a limited number of Sunday hours. But Costco Wholesale Corp. takes a different approach in addressing the pharmacy customer.

Albertsons 'wellness pharmacists' part of patients' health care team

Albertsons LLC offers a full menu of health and wellness services designed to help its patients prevent or manage common chronic medical conditions, explains Daniel Salemi, president of pharmacy operations.

Aurora enlists specialty pharmacy platform from Armada

Aurora Health Care is partnering with Armada Health Care to provide a range of specialty pharmacy offerings to its patients.

Uniprix readies pharmacists for bigger role

Uniprix Inc. is anxiously awaiting some regulatory maneuvers to play out in Quebec that will enable the 387-store drug chain to broaden the scope of its pharmacists' practice.

Delhaize America extends pharmacy services beyond Rx

For Delhaize America, which operates pharmacies under the Food Lion and Hannaford supermarket banners, customer service is a key priority.

Health Mart promotes pharmacist intervention

A major Star Ratings focus in Medicare Part D, medication adherence is an area in which community pharmacies and pharmacists are uniquely positioned to excel because of their strong clinical expertise and personal patient relationships, according to Health Mart president Steve Courtman.

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BioPosture aims at chain drug channel

BioPosture Inc. is known for its high-quality mattresses and pillows that provide both health and comfort benefits. The company has long marketed its products through health care providers but recently decided to target the chain drug distribution channel as well. When it did so, the company also pioneered an imaginative business model to go with its unique product.

Mylan releases Klor-Con generic

Mylan Inc. has launched potassium chloride extended-release tablets 8 mEq (600 mg) and 10 mEq (750 mg), a medication for people with hypokalemia, or a low potassium level.

Kraft Foods enters licensing pact with Keurig

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. have unveiled a multiyear licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreement to make Kraft's branded coffees available in Keurig portion pack formats compatible with Keurig consumer and commercial brewing systems in the United States.

Pleio adds to retail pharmacy adherence services

Medication adherence specialist Pleio Inc. has added pharmacy-focused GoodStart patient support programs to boost PDC (proportion of days covered) scores and customer loyalty.

Sigma-Tau rolls out shelf card for refrigerated probiotic

Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals Inc. is introducing shelf cards for its VSL#3 line of live bacterial probiotics.

MeadWestvaco software establishes 'pharmacy home'

MeadWestvaco Corp. has announced the commercial availability of the Avive Multimed pharmacy system, designed to yield benefits for health care providers, their patients and payers.

RevitaDERM Psoriasis Treatment hits shelves at CVS

Blaine Labs Inc. has gained distribution of its RevitaDERM Psoriasis Treatment at CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.

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