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David Salazar

Managing Editor

David Salazar is the managing editor of Drug Store News. 


March 2020

DSN managing editor David Salazar discusses how Rite Aid is standing by its customers by standing by associates, and how the industry can lead in that area.
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January 2021

Lore, whose was acquired for $3.3 billion by Walmart in 2016, has been with the retailer for the past four years, building out its e-commerce capabilities. 

The bundle includes Immune Boost Drops in a single CBD concentration, as well as Immune Boost Gummies, which are available in three CBD concentrations.

Walgreens Boots Alliance CFO James Kehoe outlined the forthcoming venture as part of his and co-COO Alex Gourlay's participation in the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

Barry Ritz, chief scientific officer and vice president of professional research and development at Atrium Innovations, is the organization's new chairman, holding the position until 2022.

Walgreens is launching credit cards and prepaid debit cards in partnership with Synchrony and Mastercard.

ECRM will be hosting a webinar featuring four private label experts who are collectively billed as the Global Masters of Private Brands. 

Walgreens Boots Alliance said its investment in iA was meant to support the company's expansion and help develop automation solutions that would benefit the entire pharmacy industry.

The retailer’s HomeValet service, currently being tested by consumers in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark., allows Walmart to deliver orders directly to customers’ homes via temperature-controlled, powered smart boxes.

Find out which five products from December stood out to Hamacher Resource Group’s new product team.

As the companies prepare to build hundreds of Village Medical at Walgreens co-branded clinics, Walgreens Boots Alliance is speeding up its $1 billion investment in VillageMD

The “4 Things to Know” series features CRN experts offering concise explanations of topics that are central to the supplement industry. 

Though WBA swung to a loss for the quarter, solid revenue growth from Walgreens and progress on its strategic priorities buoyed the company in Q1.

The company is selling Alliance Healthcare to AmerisourceBergen for $6.5 billion in a cash-and-stock transaction comprised of $6.3 billion in cash and 2 million shares of AmerisourceBergen common stock. 

The Council for Responsible Nutrition added Kendall Riley as its senior director of communications in December.

December 2020

Amphastar's generic is a synthetic peptide product that the FDA has deemed to be bioequivalent and thus therapeutically equivalent to Eli Lilly’s Glucagon Emergency Kit for Low Blood Sugar. 

The nearly 100 recipients were administered Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Hy-Vee said that it would return in 28 days to administer the second dose. 

Marvin Richardson, CEO of iA — formerly Innovation Associates — spoke with DSN about the company's rebrand and what it means for the industry.      

The company's seasonal innovations include new products from such brands as Reese’s, Ice Breakers and the flagship Hershey’s chocolate brand. 

The Austin, Texas-based brand has added three products — Milkflow + Electrolytes Drink Mixes, Milkflow Fenugreek-Free Capsules and Milkflow Fenugreek Free Drink Mix. 

Target is selling a high-end skincare and beauty retailer it acquired in 2013 to a fast-growing U.K. e-commerce company. 

Giant Food pharmacies near the nation’s capital have begun offering healthcare workers who work in senior group-home settings an initial supply of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at its stores.

Kroger Health said that it would be administering its first vaccine doses to healthcare workers in Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska in partnership with the state's government.

Target is offering same-day pickup and delivery of packages through Christmas Eve by using its host of omnichannel capabilities.

The company said it would be opening 99 additional drive-thru sites offering no-charge COVID-19 tests on Dec. 22, which will bring its total testing footprint to 400 sites.

Walgreens, in partnership with LabCorp, is offering the Pixel by LabCorp At-Home COVID-19 Collection Kit via Walgreens Find Care.

Walgreens has kicked off its push to administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to the residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

The founders of Urban Hydration recently held a virtual event that celebrated its partnerships with retailers and with its philanthropic partner, WaterisLife.

The Camp Hill, Pa.-based retailer reported revenue of $6.12 billion, up 12% year over year, with net income of $4.3 million,\ compared with $52.3 million a year ago.

As demand for natural and homeopathic medications rapidly increases, Hyland’s has positioned itself at the forefront of many of these segments.

Walmart is moving forward with an autonomous vehicle pilot that moves groceries between stores.

In her 15 months with the company, Rite Aid‘s chief executive, Heyward Donigan has approached overhauling Rite Aid’s go-to-market approach with fearlessness and conviction that she’s doing exactly what needs to be done to right the ship. 

Walgreens is taking a look at a day in the life of two of its pharmacy executives to shine a light on the work taking place behind the scenes to enable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The test includes a sterile nasal swab, a dropper, processing fluid, and a Bluetooth-connected analyzer, and works with a free smartphone app that offers instructions and displays the test result.

With fall in full swing, CPG companies introduced 115 new products in November, as measured by Hamacher Resource Group, which found five products that stood out from the rest.

Abbott's latest initiative under its Pedialyte brand is four new products that offer immune support, a sports-focused product, an organic offering and hydration water with zero sugar.

Melissa Cromer, Asterra Labs vice president of sales and marketing, spoke to Drug Store News about what the future holds for the company and the CBD category.

The Ohio Department of Health has chosen Cardinal Health’s OptiFreight Logistics to provide same-day delivery services of any vaccine doses the state receives for in-state distribution to Ohio’s 350 vaccine locations and 88 counties.

With emergency use authorization granted, the companies began shipping vaccines Sunday as leading retailers — and pharmacists as a whole — stand ready to administer the vaccine.

Rite Aid, DSN's 2020 Pharmacy Innovator of the Year, has made immunizations a cornerstone of its pharmacy approach. From flu shots to forthcoming COVID-19 vaccines, read how the company is positioning its pharmacists as a resource.

With new leadership and an overhauled go-to-market strategy, Rite Aid is moving forward with purpose — earning it the title of DSN's 2020 Pharmacy Innovator of the year.

DSN talks to Conduit Brands president and founding partner Matt Poli about how the new company and how its team works collaboratively to grow clients' brands.

Walgreens executives outlined the retailer’s plans for getting an approved COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable patients once it receives emergency use authorization.

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo took to CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to outline the company’s plans for administering COVID-19 vaccines.

Walgreens is rolling out its Walgreens Flu Index, tracking flu activity in areas across the country — just in time for National Influenza Vaccination Week.

GNC has added an at-home COVID-19 test to its offerings.

This year’s collective giving from Rite Aid customers and the Rite Aid Foundation brings the chain’s 25-year total support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to more than $102 million.

ADM Protexin's Bio-Kult probiotic brand is introducing Bio-Kult Boosted and Bio-Kult S. Boulardii.

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Walgreens Boots Alliance's executive vice president and global chief human resources officer will be retiring, with Pamela Puryear set to be her successor, effective Jan. 18. 

The retail giant will pay out more than $700 million in additional cash bonuses to the 1.5 million full- and part-time employees working in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.

The brand’s Pro Remedy line offers color care products that are designed to help nourish hair that has been damaged by processes using hair colorant, bleach and heat. 

The GoHeat Cordless heating padis designed to help relieve pain and treat sore muscles at home or on the go, with the ability to heat up in as little as 30 seconds. 

WIth pandemic numbers spiking, CEO Rodney McMullen told the analysts that Kroger’s supply chain “remains strong and healthy and we are replenishing our stores daily so that the supplies and products our customers need are readily available.”

Walgreens Advertising Group, or Wag, is a full-service, personalization-driven advertising offering based on the retailer’s customer insights and first-party data.

GNC has teamed up with TV personality and sports reporter Jay Glazer on an exclusive line of products inspired by Glazer’s gym business. The “Unbreakable Performance Fueled by GNC” products are a range of own-brand supplements that take the name o

The 22nd DSN Industry Issues Summit closed out on Thursday with a hard-hitting panel discussion about what successful retailer-supplier partnerships look like in the midst of a pandemic. 

Coty has named Stefano Curti chief brands officer for consumer beauty and promoted Alexis Vaganay to the role of chief commercial officer for consumer beauty.

The third day of Drug Store News’ 22nd Industry Issues Summit kept the event’s momentum going with a panel on “Great Expectations: How Retail Pharmacy is Executing Patient Care.” 

The planned locations — the first of which will open in Phoenix on Dec. 14 — mark the companies’ opening salvo in their plan to open between 500 and 700 Village Medical at Walgreens clinics in some 30 markets over the coming five years.

The first products to launch from this collaboration are the High & Bye Refining Oil and High & Bye Clearing Gel, which include Lygos-CBG, meant to help target blemish-prone skin. 

The department store retailer and Sephora announced a long-term partnership that will see the beauty giant open hundreds of in-store shops inside Kohl’s stores.

Members of Walmart’s paid membership program no longer have to spend $35 to get free shipping on non-grocery items.

Berry will be featured in Finishing Touch Flawless’ new multimedia campaign, which will span television, print, digital and social media. 

Rite Aid has appointed Texanna Reeves as its vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Cheryl Pegus, formerly president of consumer health solutions and chief medical officer at Cambia Health Solutions, is joining Walmart as executive vice president of health and wellness, effective Dec. 21.

As part of DSN's 22nd Industry Issues Summit, Mack Elevation founder Dan Mack will moderate a panel on Dec. 3 about “Building Strategic Supplier and Retailer Partnerships,” marking his 10th year moderating.

Church & Dwight said it had completed its $530 million acquisition of Matrixx Initiatives, owner of cough-cold shortening brand Zicam.

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