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March 20, 2014

Mallinckrodt, a specialty pharmaceuticals company, announced the completion of its acquisition of Cadence Pharmaceuticals for approximately $1.4 billion.

DUBLIN — Mallinckrodt, a specialty pharmaceuticals company, announced the completion of its acquisition of Cadence Pharmaceuticals for approximately $1.4 billion.

March 17, 2014

Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall celebrated on Friday the opening of its newest drug store at Northgate Centre.

EDMONTON, Alberta — Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall celebrated on Friday the opening of its newest drug store at Northgate Centre.

Attending the grand opening celebration was Paul Chidley, divisional VP of Rexall, Tony Caterina, councillor for the City of Edmonton, and Janice Sarich, MLA for Edmonton-Decore, as well as employees and members of the community. This marks the 24th Rexall location in the city of Edmonton.

March 14, 2014

McKesson Specialty Health has announced that its Reimbursement, Access and Safety Services Solution Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., was certified as a Center of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year by BenchmarkPortal.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — McKesson Specialty Health has announced that its Reimbursement, Access and Safety Services Solution Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., was certified as a Center of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year by BenchmarkPortal.

Out of thousands of call centers and all industry segments in North America, the McKesson Specialty Health Solution Center was recognized as a top 100 call center and as a top 10 center in the large-size category for 2013.

March 13, 2014

Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division on Wednesday launched eight flea and tick treatments and control solutions, which are to be sold at pet specialty retail stores. The announcement was made at Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's largest annual trade show.

Four of the new products — Advantage Treatment Spray for dogs, Advantage Treatment Spray for cats, Advantage Treatment Shampoo for dogs and Advantage Treatment Shampoo for cats — aim to give pet owners an array of options for pest treatment.

March 12, 2014

The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to pass legislation that would require online and remote sellers to collect state and local sales taxes, telling a House committee that lawmakers should level the playing field between local retailers and out-of-state competitors.

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to pass legislation that would require online and remote sellers to collect state and local sales taxes, telling a House committee that lawmakers should level the playing field between local retailers and out-of-state competitors. David French, SVP of the NRF, told the House Judiciary Committee in a letter that legislation is needed to end the sales tax disparity.

March 7, 2014

As part of a realignment to "focus on wellness plans for major employers," SoloHealth founder Bart Foster has stepped down as CEO of the company to assume a new role as chief strategy officer, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle published Thursday.

DULUTH, Ga. — As part of a realignment to "focus on wellness plans for major employers," SoloHealth founder Bart Foster has stepped down as CEO of the company to assume a new role as chief strategy officer, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle published Thursday. 

Chairman Larry Gerdes will assume the role of CEO. The move will capitalize on the strengths of Foster — sales and strategy — Gerdes told the Chronicle

March 6, 2014

The administration is seeking $4.7 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, representing a 6.8% increase, according to a report published Tuesday by the Washington Post.

WASHINGTON — The administration is seeking $4.7 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, representing a 6.8% increase, according to a report published Tuesday by the Washington Post

According to the report, the budget includes $25 million to register and inspect large-scale compounding pharmacies.

March 5, 2014

Kroger on Wednesday lowered prices on thousands of food and household items and renewed an emphasis on shopping experience, fuel discounts, local products and community relations in the Dallas market, the retailer announced.

DALLAS — Kroger on Wednesday lowered prices on thousands of food and household items and renewed an emphasis on shopping experience, fuel discounts, local products and community relations in the Dallas market, the retailer announced. Within the next two years, Kroger will build six new stores and expand three locations, along with opening multiple fuel centers and remodeling existing properties in the North Texas area. 

March 3, 2014

Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners has entered an agreement to acquire from Hellman & Friedman majority control of Catalina, a provider of personalized digital media solutions for the CPG industry.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners has entered an agreement to acquire from Hellman & Friedman majority control of Catalina, a provider of personalized digital media solutions for the CPG industry. Hellman & Friedman remains a significant investor.    

February 28, 2014

4imprint on Friday posted a blue paper on gaming called "Using Gamification to Improve Engagement."

MANCHESTER, England — 4imprint on Friday posted a blue paper on gaming called "Using Gamification to Improve Engagement." 

The popularity of gamification as a business strategy continues, noted the promotional products retailer. With organizations continuously striving to find new ways to engage and capture the imagination of both their customers and employees, gamification is providing answers.

February 28, 2014

Verizon’s Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage patients’ health in between doctor visits, recently received Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance to run on the iOS mobile operating system, Verizon announced Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Verizon’s Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage patients’ health in between doctor visits, recently received Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance to run on the iOS mobile operating system, Verizon announced Tuesday. 

Patients and clinicians now will be able to access Verizon’s solution on their iPhones and can use their iPads to access the Converged Health Management portal.

February 27, 2014

Kroger on Thursday announced that its total active work force has grown by more than 7,000 during fiscal year 2013.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday announced that its total active work force has grown by more than 7,000 during fiscal year 2013. Approximately 90% of the new jobs are in the company's supermarket divisions.

February 26, 2014

In celebration of its centennial, Tastykake is releasing new, limited-edition Birthday Kake cupcakes.

PHILADELPHIA — In celebration of its centennial, Tastykake is releasing new, limited-edition Birthday Kake cupcakes, which combines confetti cake with chocolate-flavored icing and colorful sprinkles. The cakes are available in 12-count packs and hit store shelves on Feb. 25.

February 25, 2014

Grocer Hy-Vee, which operates 235 stores in eight states, is planning a major expansion of its Minnesota operations into the Twin Cities market.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Grocer Hy-Vee, which operates 235 stores in eight states, is planning a major expansion of its Minnesota operations into the Twin Cities market.

The proposed expansion would add several new stores to the Twin Cities market per year, over the next several years. Each store opened will be approximately 90,000-square foot, with an investment of approximately $14 million to $16 million, creating anywhere from 400 to 550 new jobs.

February 24, 2014

Regional player Lewis Drug has acquired Throndset pharmacies in Jackson and Lakefield, Minn., according to a local news report.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Regional player Lewis Drug has acquired Throndset pharmacies in Jackson and Lakefield, Minn., according to a local news report.

The transaction is expected to take effect April 7 and, according to the Lakefield Standard, Lewis Drug will retain all of the employees.

 

February 20, 2014

Hamacher Resource Group, a research, marketing, and category management firm, has promoted Tom Boyer to director of national accounts; Angela Pinkstaff to director of business development; and Beth Maas to human resources coordinator.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group, a research, marketing, and category management firm, has promoted Tom Boyer to director of national accounts; Angela Pinkstaff to director of business development; and Beth Maas to human resources coordinator.

Boyer and Pinkstaff will be responsible for managing existing client relationships and establishing new ones, and Maas will organize the company’s human resources.

February 20, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Carol Kelly has joined the Society for Women’s Health Research board of directors.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Carol Kelly has joined the Society for Women’s Health Research board of directors.

Kelly is an expert in healthcare policy with a distinguished career in senior government positions, corporate leadership roles and as a senior executive in several healthcare associations. Her three-year term begins April 2.

February 20, 2014

How retail pharmacies invest in technology and harness the flood of patient and drug utilization data it generates will determine, in large part, the future of the profession and its relevance to a fast-changing health system seeking new cost-saving solutions and more effective approaches to patient care and disease prevention.

Where is pharmacy technology headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

February 20, 2014

The majority of consumer packaged goods companies are failing to place analytics at the heart of their decision-making process, limiting their ability to improve the customer experience and gain business advantage, according to the findings of an Accenture study.

NEW YORK — The majority of consumer packaged goods companies are failing to place analytics at the heart of their decision-making process, limiting their ability to improve the customer experience and gain business advantage, according to the findings of an Accenture study.

Accenture's analysis also suggests that, in many cases, the problem is compounded by fragmented investment in narrow programs that are not well-coordinated and fully optimized.


February 19, 2014

Walgreens and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care have announced that all of the more than 50 primary care worksite health centers managed by Take Care Employer Solutions Group, a division of Walgreens that provides workplace health solutions, have received medical home accreditation.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care have announced that all of the more than 50 primary care worksite health centers managed by Take Care Employer Solutions Group, a division of Walgreens that provides workplace health solutions, have received medical home accreditation.

February 19, 2014

Legislation recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., which is intended to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by fostering greater collaboration among stakeholders and implementing new safeguards, has received the endorsement of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Legislation recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., which is intended to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by fostering greater collaboration among stakeholders and implementing new safeguards, has received the endorsement of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

February 18, 2014

Hy-Vee announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Amber Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy solutions provider based in Omaha, Neb.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee on Monday announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Amber Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy solutions provider based in Omaha, Neb. Hy-Vee and Amber Pharmacy have been partners in Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions since 2010. This acquisition allows Hy-Vee to expand its current specialty pharmacy business, providing customers with increased specialty options, access and affordability.

February 18, 2014

Where is pharmacy automation headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

Where is pharmacy automation headed, and how will it be put to use by pharmacists and the companies that employ them?

February 13, 2014

Acosta Sales & Marketing, a sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, has signed an agreement to acquire Anderson Daymon Worldwide, the agency that exclusively serves Costco Wholesale.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Acosta Sales & Marketing, a sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, has signed an agreement to acquire Anderson Daymon Worldwide, the sales and marketing agency that exclusively serves Costco Wholesale.

February 13, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation announced on Thursday that William Ellis is the recipient of the 2014 APhA Foundation Jacob W. Miller Award.

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation announced on Thursday that William Ellis is the recipient of the 2014 APhA Foundation Jacob W. Miller Award.

He was selected in recognition of his leadership and outstanding service as the first full-time executive director of the APhA Foundation from 1997 until 2010, the APhA stated.