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Kroger is selling its specialty pharmacy business

Kroger is selling its specialty pharmacy business

CINCINNATI—Kroger Co. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its specialty pharmacy business to CarelonRx, a subsidiary of Elevance Health. “Kroger Specialty Pharmacy has been part of our company since 2012, and we want to thank our management team and associates for their enduring commitment to their patients,” Kroger Health president Colleen Lindholz said.

Failure to enact PBM reforms would be “wasted opportunity”

Failure to enact PBM reforms would be “wasted opportunity”

WASHINGTON, DC – “Congress is dangerously close to proving wrong the notion that it’s never too late to do the right thing,” according to a statement issued today by The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, FMI – The Food Industry Association, the National Grocers Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy,

Congress urged to move on PBM reform

Congress urged to move on PBM reform

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, FMI – The Food Industry Association, the National Grocers Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations contend that PBM Reforms in Medicare and Medicaid must be a priority as Congress nears a government-funding endgame. “As the

NACDS’ Anderson to speak at HHS Food Is Medicine Summit

NACDS’ Anderson to speak at HHS Food Is Medicine Summit

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is set to hold its first-ever Food is Medicine Summit on Wednesday, January 31, with NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson as one of the scheduled speakers. The full-day event will convene policymakers, advocates, researchers, and stakeholders to discuss the importance of food

CVS report looks at community pharmacy’s future

CVS report looks at community pharmacy’s future

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has released The Rx Report: The future of community pharmacy opens doors to healthier communities, which outlines the evolution of consumers’ expectations of community pharmacy and how local pharmacies continue to add value to the health care system, especially for vulnerable populations, to help close gaps in care. The report also

NACDS works with high school on pharmacy tech program

NACDS works with high school on pharmacy tech program

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS remains committed to cultivating meaningful community partnerships that strengthen the pipeline for diverse, skilled professionals to enter the pharmacy workforce — and to helping shape the future for licensed pharmacy technicians in the community pharmacy space. On Wednesday, October 18, as part of this longstanding commitment, NACDS pharmacist team members Lauren Lyles-Stolz,

Walmart program expands pharmacists’ role

Walmart program expands pharmacists’ role

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart pharmacists will be testing and treating people for common illnesses under a new “Testing and Treatment” program being rolled out in a dozen states, the company said. The program lets pharmacists treat customers for flu, COVID-19, strep throat and other conditions and then offer in-store treatment options. “At Walmart, we think

NACDS implores North Carolina Senate to advance PBM bill

NACDS implores North Carolina Senate to advance PBM bill

RALEIGH, N.C. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is calling on North Carolina lawmakers to continue to stand up for North Carolinians in the face of “pharmaceutical benefit manipulation” in all its forms. A newly released PBM reform “explainer video” — with customized content unique to North Carolina — applauds the state government

Walmart raising pay for pharmacists, opticians

Walmart raising pay for pharmacists, opticians

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart today announced that it is raising pay for approximately 3,700 pharmacists and 4,000 opticians while also rolling out a new pathway for opticians to grow their careers with industry-recognized training that’s 100% paid for by the company. Walmart pharmacists will now be paid more than $140,000, not including bonuses and incentives,

NACDS to CMS: Finish the job of DIR fee reform

NACDS to CMS: Finish the job of DIR fee reform

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is reminding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the 107,400% growth in “DIR fees” over one decade’s time continues to jeopardize seniors and the pharmacies that serve them. In formal comments on CMS’ proposed Medicare rule for 2024, NACDS noted that a rule finalized in

Rite Aid, Google Cloud team to modernize Rx operations

Rite Aid, Google Cloud team to modernize Rx operations

PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid and Google Cloud are entering a multi-year technology partnership to help Rite Aid realize its vision of a modern pharmacy, the companies said on Tuesday. Google Cloud technologies will provide Rite Aid with better insights, increased agility and improved customer experiences, the companies added. Modernized applications for personalized digital experiences will