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December 11, 2013

Reimbursement cuts to California's state Medicaid program are the subject of a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Reimbursement cuts to California's state Medicaid program are the subject of a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco.

The Professional Pharmacy Alliance and the California Korean American Pharmacists Association filed suit against the California Department of Health Care Services in San Francisco Superior Court over an across-the-board 10% cut in 2011 to the reimbursement rates for most providers under the program, known as Medi-Cal.

December 6, 2013

Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, announced that it will offer its member pharmacies access to Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP.

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, a community franchise of more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, on Friday announced that it will offer its member pharmacies access to Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP, an online information management platform that makes pharmacy performance data available to health plans and community pharmacy organizations. 

December 6, 2013

Amazon's fresh food delivery service may be expanding to San Francisco, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Amazon's fresh food delivery service may be expanding to San Francisco, according to published reports.

All Things Digital, a Dow Jones-owned website that reports on technology news, reported on several sightings in San Francisco of AmazonFresh trucks, as well as a recent job posting.

According to the site, Amazon plans to announce the service's launch on Tuesday. Amazon began offering the service in Seattle and recently expanded it to Los Angeles. AmazonFresh allows users to shop online for produce, dairy products, dry goods and others.

December 5, 2013

McKesson announced that the company has launched the voluntary public takeover offer for the outstanding shares of Celesio through its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary Dragonfly in connection with the announcement on Oct. 24 of McKesson’s agreement to acquire Celesio.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Thursday announced that the company has launched the voluntary public takeover offer for the outstanding shares of Celesio through its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary Dragonfly in connection with the announcement on Oct. 24 of McKesson’s agreement to acquire Celesio.

December 3, 2013

McKesson will be introducing hospital and health systems pharmacy leaders to new ideas and emerging solutions for their top issues at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting 2013, which runs from Dec. 8 to 12.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson will be introducing hospital and health systems pharmacy leaders to new ideas and emerging solutions for their top issues at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting 2013, which runs from Dec. 8 to 12. Organized under the theme “Learn, Network, Solve,” McKesson booth #849 will host solution demonstrations and live interviews, and pharmacy consulting experts will be on hand for one-on-one discussions designed to help pharmacy leaders drive better business health, the wholesaler stated.

December 2, 2013

Amazon.com has set up a pop-up store within a San Francisco mall where it is selling Kindle tablets and e-readers, as well as branded covers and power adapters from vending machines, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal published Friday.

NEW YORK — Amazon.com has set up a pop-up store within a San Francisco mall where it is selling Kindle tablets and e-readers, as well as branded covers and power adapters from vending machines, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal published Friday. 

November 19, 2013

Some members of club retailer Costco can have their items delivered to their homes under a new partnership between the retailer and Google.

NEW YORK — Some members of club retailer Costco can have their items delivered to their homes under a new partnership between the retailer and Google, the Internet company said.

Google Shopping Express is partnering with Costco to offer the service to members in the San Francisco area. Customers can order items online or through their mobile devices.

The delivery service also has partnerships with such retailers as Target, Whole Foods Market and L'Occitane.

 

November 13, 2013

Target has expanded its Beauty Concierge program in three metropolitan areas across the country, the mass-merchandise retailer said Wednesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has expanded its Beauty Concierge program in three metropolitan areas across the country, the mass-merchandise retailer said Wednesday.

The company said it implemented the program at 95 stores in New York and New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas-Fort Worth. Stores are staffed with a beauty concierge, a specially trained, brand-agnostic assistant who answers customers' questions in the store and provides personalized, detailed and unbiased information about beauty and personal care products.

November 12, 2013

Walgreens recently presented research from two retrospective cohort studies exploring HIV and comorbid medication adherence at HIV-specialized pharmacies and the implications for HIV patients with serious mental illness.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens recently presented research from two retrospective cohort studies exploring HIV and comorbid medication adherence at HIV-specialized pharmacies and the implications for HIV patients with serious mental illness. The research, presented at the Cell-Lancet conference, "What Will it Take to Achieve an AIDS-free World?," in San Francisco Nov.

November 8, 2013

Fitbit in May released the Fitbit Flex, an activity-tracking wristband that syncs wirelessly on-the-go via Bluetooth 4.0 to select iOS and Android devices. Users can seamlessly make fitness and wellness a part of their everyday lifestyle and check their stats from anywhere.

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit in May released the Fitbit Flex, an activity-tracking wristband that syncs wirelessly on-the-go via Bluetooth 4.0 to select iOS and Android devices. Users can seamlessly make fitness and wellness a part of their everyday lifestyle and check their stats from anywhere.

November 8, 2013

Higi ‘scores’ with kiosks

Through its biometric screening kiosks, its smartphone application and its website, Higi encourages users to take a more holistic approach to their health. True wellness, its creators insist, springs not just from such physical metrics as blood pressure, glucose readings and body mass index, but from lifestyle choices and connections to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

November 6, 2013

McKesson's Health Mart on Wednesday announced the launch of its new Local Marketing Support program designed to make it easier for Health Mart owners to grow their business by attracting new patients and driving revenue.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson's Health Mart on Wednesday announced the launch of its new Local Marketing Support program, designed to make it easier for Health Mart owners to grow their business by attracting new patients and driving revenue. The Local Marketing Support program provides matching funds and comprehensive marketing tools and campaigns, letting Health Mart owners increase awareness of their stores and community care offerings.   

November 1, 2013

Almost 9-in-10 (88%) consumers will shop in stores this holiday season, compared to 75% who will shop online and 16% who will shop via mobile device.

San Francisco —  Almost 9-in-10 (88%) consumers will shop in stores this holiday season, compared to 75% who will shop online and 16% who will shop via mobile device. A new Harris Interactive survey co-sponsored by Aerohive Networks and Euclid also shows that physical retailers still need to address consumer concerns regarding in-store holiday shopping.

Specifically, consumers are most concerned about crowds (42%), lines (29%), and out-of-stock items (15%) affecting their in-store holiday shopping this year.

October 24, 2013

Beauty retailer Sephora has announced that former Sears Canada and Loblaws executive Calvin McDonald has been named president and CEO of Sephora Americas, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

SAN FRANCISCO and PARIS — Beauty retailer Sephora has announced that former Sears Canada and Loblaws executive Calvin McDonald has been named president and CEO of Sephora Americas, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

October 24, 2013

McKesson on Thursday reported $33 billion in revenues for the second quarter ended Sept. 30, up 11% compared to the year-ago period.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Thursday reported $33 billion in revenues for the second quarter ended Sept. 30, up 11% compared to the year-ago period. Second-quarter adjusted earnings per diluted share was $2.27, up 19%.

October 24, 2013

McKesson on Thursday confirmed its proposed acquisition of Celesio, a leading international wholesale and retail company and provider of logistics and services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, with an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Celesio for €23 per share (US$31.75 per share) and to launch parallel voluntary public tender offers for the remaining publicly traded shares and outstanding convertible bonds of Celesio.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Thursday confirmed its proposed acquisition of Celesio, a leading international wholesale and retail company and provider of logistics and services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, with an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Celesio for €23 per share (US$31.75 per share) and to launch parallel voluntary public tender offers for the remaining publicly traded shares and outstanding convertible bonds of Celesio.  

October 22, 2013

A pharmacy chain based in Minnesota is offering a new mobile app and web portal for its retail customers under a partnership with San Francisco-based Mscripts, the chain said Tuesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — A pharmacy chain based in Minnesota is offering a new mobile app and web portal for its retail customers under a partnership with San Francisco-based Mscripts, the chain said Tuesday.

Fairview Pharmacy Services, which runs about 30 retail pharmacies across the state and also specialty, compounding and mail-order facilities, said the new app would allow customers to scan and refill prescriptions, receive pickup and dosage reminders and locate stores and specials. Non-smartphone users will have a text-messaging option.

October 18, 2013

Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, earlier this week signed a definitive agreement to acquire McKesson Automation, a unit of McKesson Corp. that offers integrated pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals and health systems.

SAN FRANCISCO — Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, earlier this week signed a definitive agreement to acquire McKesson Automation, a unit of McKesson Corp. that offers integrated pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals and health systems. McKesson Corp. previously announced its intent to divest this division, which will operate under a new name after the transaction closes. 

The transaction is expected to close this quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions.

October 17, 2013

From Oct. 14 to Oct. 19, McKesson employees in more than 150 locations across the United States will participate in the 15th Community Days program, an annual company event.

SAN FRANCISCO — From Oct. 14 to Oct. 19, McKesson employees in more than 150 locations across the United States will participate in the 15th Community Days program, an annual company event. During Community Days, McKesson  employees will gather for large group volunteer projects benefiting the local communities where they live and work. 

This year, employees will help create more than 15,000 Comfort Kits, cancer care packages that will be distributed through Giving Comfort, a program of the McKesson Foundation.

October 16, 2013

Target is creating a new ranking system that evaluates personal care and cleaning products based on ingredient safety and disclosure of environmental effects, as well as asking the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to collaborate with it in developing a standard for cosmetic safety next year.

SAN FRANCISCO — Target is creating a new ranking system that evaluates personal care and cleaning products based on ingredient safety and disclosure of environmental effects, as well as asking the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to collaborate with it in developing a standard for cosmetic safety next year.

October 11, 2013

Del Monte Foods will sell its consumer products business to Del Monte Pacific Limited for $1.675 billion in order to focus on the pet products market, Del Monte Foods said.

SAN FRANCISCO — Del Monte Foods will sell its consumer products business to Del Monte Pacific Limited for $1.675 billion in order to focus on the pet products market, Del Monte Foods said.

October 8, 2013

With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mired in controversy, two of the nation’s largest retailers are backing an innovative Employers Centers of Excellence Network that will offer no-cost knee and hip-replacement surgeries at four highly regarded hospitals.

SAN FRANCISCO — With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mired in controversy, two of the nation’s largest retailers are backing an innovative Employers Centers of Excellence Network that will offer no-cost knee and hip-replacement surgeries at four highly regarded hospitals.

Walmart and Lowe’s issued a joint statement that they and other large employers had joined the Pacific Business Group on Health Negotiating Alliance (PBGH-NA) to launch the national Employer’s Centers of Excellence Network.

October 4, 2013

Beauty retailer Sephora has announced the launch of Sephora University Beauty Classes: a new program designed to help beauty-lovers of all ages and abilities master everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye.

SAN FRANCISCO — Beauty retailer Sephora has announced the launch of Sephora University Beauty Classes: a new program designed to help beauty-lovers of all ages and abilities master everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye.

Now available in more than 60 stores throughout the United States, these complimentary classes are the newest way in which Sephora is striving to further enhance the client experience.

October 2, 2013

Outcomes improve and there can be significant cost savings when infusion pharmacists monitor patients receiving home-based infusion services and intervene when dose adjustments are necessary, according to a Walgreens outcomes analysis study being presented Wednesday at IDWeek 2013 in San Francisco.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Outcomes improve, and there can be significant cost savings when infusion pharmacists monitor patients receiving home-based infusion services and intervene when dose adjustments are necessary, according to a Walgreens outcomes analysis study being presented Wednesday at IDWeek 2013 in San Francisco.

October 1, 2013

McKesson on Monday announced James Beer will join the company as EVP and CFO on Oct. 9. Beer will be responsible for overseeing all financial functions for McKesson and replaces Jeff Campbell, who left the company in June 2013 to become CFO of American Express Co.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Monday announced James Beer will join the company as EVP and CFO on Oct. 9. Beer will be responsible for overseeing all financial functions for McKesson and replaces Jeff Campbell, who left the company in June 2013 to become CFO of American Express Co. Beer will also join McKesson’s executive committee.