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Advisers lift beauty to higher level at chain drug stores

One edge department stores traditionally have had in the beauty category is in-store cosmeticians who are authorities on makeup and fragrances, as well as skin care, hair care and nail care products. With the arrival of beauty advisers at chain drug and other mass retailers, that's no longer the case.

Safeway, Albertsons will merge

A group led by Cerberus Capital Management LP has agreed to buy Safeway Inc. in a deal valued at more than $9 billion.

Once again, some ACA provisions are pushed back

Basic health insurance policies may be kept two more years, the White House said this month.

Rite Aid, McKesson expand distribution pact

Rite Aid Corp. has signed an expanded distribution agreement with McKesson Corp. that will include both brand-name drugs and generic drugs.

Pharmacy groups weigh in on proposed Medicare Part D rule

Several provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed 2015 regulations for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are being supported by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and other retail pharmacy groups — particularly the CMS plan that would eliminate the preferred pharmacy network structure in favor of a preferred cost-sharing format.

Medi-Cal cuts hit pharmacies

Pharmacies throughout California are sharing the pain of receiving fewer dollars for filling certain prescriptions in the aftermath of last month’s implementation of 10% reimbursement reductions by Medi-Cal, the state’s health coverage program for low-income residents.

Walgreens at UCSF to eye new models

Walgreens has opened a unique store on the campus of the University of California at San Francisco in a joint effort between the drug chain, the university’s school of pharmacy and UCSF Medical Center.

Health Mart tour gets under way

Health Mart, a franchise of more than 3,200 independently owned pharmacies across the country, has kicked off its 2014 Healthy Living Tour of more than 130 communities.

Clinics still face some resistance

In-store health clinics are becoming increasingly popular with retailers and their customers, who see them as more convenient and less expensive than doctors’ offices. But not everyone is welcoming retail clinics' rising popularity.

CDMA Expo gives buyers, suppliers opportunity to interact

Front-end suppliers, buyers from regional drug chains and representatives from regional drug wholesalers were among those converging on the Tampa Convention Center recently for the 88th annual trade expo of the Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA).

CVS signs on with CommonWell Alliance

CVS Caremark Corp. is joining the CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit trade association of companies that is working to create better access to health care data.

Prescription Rx abuse bill wins strong industry support

Trade groups representing the nation’s chain drug stores, independent pharmacies and pharmaceutical distributors are lining up behind legislation introduced in the House of Representatives to target prescription drug abuse.

Samís Club names Badeen VP of health care

Sam’s Club has named David Badeen vice president of health care. He will be responsible for pharmacy, over-the-counter medications, and optical and hearing aid centers, as well as overseeing third-party contracting and pricing.

New pharmacy scholarship honors Civello

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has given the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy $50,000 to establish the Anthony N. Civello Pharmacy Scholarship.

Manitoba may require disclosure of dispensing fees

The Canadian province of Manitoba is considering requiring pharmacists to disclose their dispensing fees.

Osborn Drugs founder dies at age of 79

William Osborn, founder of Osborn Drugs, died here on February 16 after a brief illness. He was 79.