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Walgreens Is Closing a 'Significant' Number of Stores

'We are at a point where the current pharmacy model is not sustainable'

(Newser) - Walgreens' stock plunged more than 20% in trading Thursday morning after the company reported disappointing earnings and slashed its profit outlook. The drugstore chain said it plans to cut a "significant" number of its more than 8,600 stores in the US, CNN reports. Walgreens has already closed more...

This Police Chase Definitely Wasn't Typical
This Police Chase
Definitely Wasn't Typical

This Police Chase Definitely Wasn't Typical

Cops on horses galloped after shoplifting suspect in Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Newser) - "It's not a common sight" is the understatement of the day, used by KRQE to describe a police chase that took place in New Mexico. That's because the chase in question involved a group of cops on horses trying to corral a suspected shoplifter in the streets...

Mifepristone to Be Available at CVS, Walgreens Stores

Biden calls the change a milestone

(Newser) - The abortion pill mifepristone will become available with a prescription at CVS and Walgreens stores in certain states this month, the companies said Friday. The pharmacy chains, the largest in the nation, have received certification to dispense the medication under FDA guidelines issued last year, the New York Times reports....

Pharmacists Begin Walkout
Pharmacists Begin Walkout

Pharmacists Begin Walkout

Walgreens staffs say working conditions put customers at risk

(Newser) - A national walkout of pharmacy staff members who say their chain's working conditions imperil the safety of customers and employees began Monday. CNN reported that some Walgreens stores in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, and Oregon had shut their pharmacies, while social media posts reported closures elsewhere. Other stores in the...

California Dishes Out Consequences to Walgreens

State will not renew $54M contract with pharmacy chain over abortion pill issue

(Newser) - Those consequences California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised have begun: The state will not renew a $54 million contract with Walgreens after the pharmacy chain decided to stop selling abortion pills by mail in 21 states. Newsom ordered state officials to withdraw the planned renewal of the contract for specialty...

Drug Chains Restrict Purchase of Children's Meds

Demand as respiratory illnesses thrive forces CVS, Walgreens to limit amount customers can buy

(Newser) - Parents on the hunt for medication for their sick kids may not be able to immediately find what they need on drugstore shelves, thanks to a spike in various respiratory illnesses and, therefore, higher demand for those meds. CNN reports that the CVS and Walgreens chains have placed limits on...

Walgreens Cuts Deal to Deliver Paxlovid to Homes

Uber, DoorDash partner with chain, greatly expanding access for COVID-19 patients

(Newser) - Walgreens announced Thursday that it has partnered with DoorDash and Uber to have Paxlovid, the oral antiviral therapy for COVID-19, delivered to homes. The company said that the new service will make the drug available to 92% of Americans, ABC News reports, and that its goal is to reach "...

Another Big Pharma Chain Is About to Fork Over Billions

Walmart agrees to $3.1B settlement with states, tribes regarding opioid crisis

(Newser) - Walmart has joined two other big pharmacy chains in opening its wallet wide to help fix the opioid epidemic that many say they helped cause. The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart has agreed to fork over $3.1 billion to settle lawsuits from multiple states, municipalities, and Native American...

Pharmacy Chains Ordered to Pay Ohio Counties $650M

They lost a landmark opioids case last year

(Newser) - A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities and created a public nuisance. US District Judge Dan...

SF City Attorney: 'Walgreens Filled Our Streets With Opioids'

Judge rules that chain can be held responsible for contributing to crisis

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing highly addictive drugs for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law. San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said the pharmacy...

Walgreens Worker Refuses to Sell Condoms

Minnesota man says his wife was told it was because of employee's faith

(Newser) - A Minnesota man says his wife had a strange—and embarrassing—experience at a Walgreens earlier this month when she tried to buy condoms because she had left her birth control pills at home. Nathan Pentz tweeted that when his wife, Jess, was at the checkout of the Hayward store,...

Walgreens Worker Allegedly Killed Teen in Break Room

Victim Riley Whitelaw, 17, complained about co-worker Joshua Johnson for a year

(Newser) - A teenage Walgreens employee who reported her co-worker to her boss for making her feel uncomfortable was allegedly killed by that same co-worker in the store's break room. A manager at the store in Colorado Springs called 911 just before 7pm Saturday, saying he'd found a body in...

Stores Now Able to Up Prices of at-Home COVID Tests

3-month White House agreement with Walgreens, Kroger, Amazon has expired

(Newser) - It's pretty impossible to find an at-home COVID test in many places. More expensive, too. A three-month agreement the Biden administration made with Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger to sell at-home COVID tests at cost—$14, reports the Wall Street Journal —expired last month. "This is ... up to...

Counties Win 'Landmark Victory' Against Pharmacy Chains

Federal jury found chains responsible for role in opioid crisis

(Newser) - CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for US city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. Lake and...

2 Young Kids, Parents Given COVID-19 Vaccine by Mistake
2 Young Kids, Parents Given
COVID-19 Vaccine by Mistake
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2 Young Kids, Parents Given COVID-19 Vaccine by Mistake

4-year-old said to be experiencing high blood pressure, rapid heart rate

(Newser) - A family of four from Indiana, including two young kids, says they went to their local Walgreens to get the flu shot but instead received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Evansville family—two adults and two children ages 4 and 5—say they left the Walgreens thinking they'd received the...

Walgreens Says Shoplifting Has Forced It to Close SF Stores

5 more outlets in city will close next month

(Newser) - Walgreens says it's closing five more of its stores in San Francisco because of "organized retail crime," bringing the number of closures in recent years to 22—almost a third of its stores in the city. The chain says its San Francisco stores have been targeted by...

Pharmacy Chains Responsible for 70% of Wasted Vaccines

CVS and Walgreens reported some struggle with getting shots in arms

(Newser) - Of the 182,874 doses of COVID vaccine wasted in the US as of late March, 128,500 were the responsibility of CVS and Walgreens. A report from Kaiser Health News says almost 50% of the doses reported to the CDC as wasted were supposed to be distributed CVS, and...

Walmart, CVS End 'Out of Step' Practice

Drugstore chains will no longer lock up beauty products for people of color

(Newser) - Companies and brands are now making extra efforts to get rid of discriminatory policies after the killing of George Floyd , and drugstore chains are following in Walmart's footsteps in terms of one merchandise segment. Earlier this week, the retailer announced it would be taking hair and beauty products made...

Lawsuit: Drug Firms Acted Like a Cartel. Now, a $260M Deal

Ohio's Summit, Cuyahoga counties to be paid by 4 major companies for their role in opioid epidemic

(Newser) - Two counties in Ohio could have pulled in $8 billion if they'd won their legal battle in court against Big Pharma. Instead, in an 11th-hour deal, they've settled for $260 million against three major distributors and a manufacturer for their role in the opioid epidemic, the Wall Street ...

Chains Pull Zantac After FDA Finding

FDA is looking into presence of likely carcinogen

(Newser) - Walgreens and CVS have decided to stop selling Zantac in their stores, two weeks after the FDA said it found low levels of a likely carcinogen in some of the heartburn pills. The drugstore chains said the suspension of sales, which also applies to generics, will be in effect while...

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