OPERATIONS

Report: Costco cooperates with DEA

BY Dan Berthiaume

Issaquah, Wash. – Costco Wholesale Corporation is reportedly cooperating with the U.S, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an ongoing investigation of prescriptions for controlled substances. According to Reuters, the DEA served Costco with warrants and subpoenas related to the investigation.

Costco announced its cooperation in an SEC filing and has made no other public comment. The DEA has been investigating pharmacy chains and distributors across the country in regard to prescription drug misuse and abuse.

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CVS opens MinuteClinics in Southeastern North Carolina

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – The first MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic in coastal Southeastern North Carolina has opened inside a CVS/pharmacy store in Wilmington. Additional clinics in Carolina Beach and Leland are expected to open in late October.

The Wilmington clinic is MinuteClinic’s 54th in North Carolina. The clinics are open seven days a week. No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted.

"Since the first store-based clinic opened in North Carolina in 2005, MinuteClinic has helped to expand patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care at CVS/pharmacy locations near where residents live and work," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and senior VP/ associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark Corporation.

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Pro-Sent Mobile releases new chat app for fashion & style

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fremont, Calif. – ProSent Mobile is unveiling StyleChat, the company’s new visual-chat mobile app for fashion and style. StyleChat enables consumers to come together from anywhere to find fashion items, including online, in-store, or an existing closet, create looks on the digital style board, style collections, and visually chat with friends.

Friends can collaborate by adding items from their style board to complete looks. In addition, a shopper can snap pictures of items or mirror pics wearing different outfits, then compare the looks side by side and chat with friends for instant feedback. The items are automatically stored in the shopper’s Wish List Collection with a geo tag indicating the store name and address for reference. The app uses augmented reality, computer vision, image processing and geo tagging technologies.

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