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CVS Pharmacy opens for business within Washington Target locations

BY Michael Johnsen
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health on Tuesday announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in Washington. 
 
"We're excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Washington," stated Hanley Wheeler, SVP retail field operations, for CVS Pharmacy. "Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients."   
 
In addition to the CVS Pharmacy locations in Target, CVS Pharmacy currently operates seven free-standing stores in Washington. With the addition of the 30 rebranded CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, the company is expanding its reach in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of pharmacy care services.
 
The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Washington will soon offer the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores. Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target.  Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016. Specialty Connect, a feature of CVS Specialty which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.
 
"As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible," Wheeler said.  
 
CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work, and the company has extended that commitment to Washington with a $50,000 donation to Seattle Children's Hospital.  The funding will be used to support the hospital's work to help the state's children on their path to better health and to increase access to vital pediatric health care services.
 
"Seattle Children's has a long history of working with communities to help create safer and healthier places to live," said Peter Drury, director, corporate and foundation relations, for Seattle Children's Hospital. "We're looking forward to launching a new strategic plan that continues to prioritize increasing access to quality health care for all children and teens. The community and donors like CVS Pharmacy are vital partners to ensuring we can care for every child who needs us. We are grateful for this generous donation that makes our work possible."
 
In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health's pharmacy footprint by approximately 20% and its clinic footprint by about 8% . 
 
CVS Health now has a presence in every state.
 
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Meijer brings drive-thru pharmacy to 2 new communities

BY Gina Acosta

SUSSEX, Wis. — Meijer opened two new supercenters in the Midwest on Tuesday, bringing local shoppers better access to a full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru window.

The company announced that it had opened a new supercenter in the Indianapolis area and in Sussex, Wis.

The stores are part of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which the retailer says will create 3,000 new jobs across its Grand Rapids, Mich.-based six-state foot print. The Sussex store, located off Highway K and 164, is the fifth Wisconsin Meijer store.

In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new Sussex and Indianapolis pharmacies will offer drive-thru pick up and the company's free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.

"We are excited to continue our growth in Wisconsin," Store Director Steve Talbert said. "We've worked hard to prepare for this grand opening, and we are ready to provide all of our new customers in and around Sussex a fantastic shopping experience."

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Mylanta returns to shelf with new formulas, products

BY Gina Acosta

WESTPORT, Conn. — Heartburn and stomach remedy Mylanta is hitting retail shelves nationwide once again, but this time with an improved taste, extra coating power and new products.

After leaving the U.S. market in 2010 due to supply issues, the brand has updated Mylanta Maximum Strength's classic lemon mint liquid antacid/anti-gas remedy to offer a smoother, creamier formulation, and is joined by the modern flavor of vanilla caramel – a decadent flavor that is new to the antacid category. 

Additionally, new Mylanta Tonight delivers a honey chamomile flavor to help soothe heartburn after dinner, while new Mylanta Gas Minis, an extra-strength anti-gas remedy in a unique and great-tasting mini tablet, are also being introduced.

"According to recent figures shared by the American College of Gastroenterology, a staggering 60 million American adults experience acid indigestion or heartburn at least once a month, while more than 15 million experience it daily," said Jamie Barickman, president of Infirst Healthcare, the makers of new Mylanta. "A trusted brand by consumers and doctors alike is back and improved to help today's heartburn sufferers."

Mylanta products deliver soothing, fast relief from the symptoms of acid indigestion or heartburn, and yet are gentle on the body, so they can be used more often than medicines that reduce stomach acid by altering the body's digestive system.

New Mylanta is being brought back to the marketplace by Infirst Healthcare, under license from McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. 
 

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