Report: Walgreens mulling sale of its pharmacy benefit management division
New York City Walgreens is looking to sell its pharmacy-benefits management business and has hired an adviser to run an auction, Bloomberg reported.
WHI and its mail-order pharmacy component generate in excess of $1 billion in annual revenues and fill or process more than 100 million prescriptions, and Bloomberg cited sources who estimated a sale of the PBM could fetch $500 million to $1 billion, depending on what assets are included in the deal.
Among the PBMs that have expressed interest in WHI, according to Bloomberg, are the industry’s top three players: CVS Caremark, Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts.
Sears store takes second place in EPA contest
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears Holdings announced that the Sears store in Glen Burnie, Md., won second place in the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first-ever National Building Competition. The competition challenged teams from fourteen buildings across the country to measure their energy use and work off the waste with help from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
According to Sears Holdings, the Glen Burnie store achieved 31.7% reduction in energy use, $45,612 savings on its energy bills and reduced its carbon footprint by more than 272 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
“We are extremely proud of the Glen Burnie team, but this is just one example of our many sustainability initiatives,” said Bruce Johnson, interim president and CEO. He added, “Sears Holdings is committed to continuing to explore new ways to conserve natural resources and reduce waste while also saving money. We are proud of the strides we’re making and our efforts toward becoming a green company.”
Survey: DROID, iPad among hot holiday gadgets
LOS ANGELES According to a new PriceGrabber survey the Motorola DROID smartphone, Apple iPad and Xbox 360 will be among the most sought-after gadgets this holiday season.
“Shoppers have become very smart over the past few years, forcing intense rivalry among popular manufacturers. This year, we expect to see an uptick in product wars and especially fierce competition around new product releases in the categories of mobile phones, tablets, DSLR cameras and 3-D televisions,” stated Laura Conrad, president of PriceGrabber. “We expect all of the products on the PriceGrabber top products list to succeed in winning the consumer dollar during the 2010 holiday shopping season.”
Other hot gadgets for 2010, according to PriceGrabber include the Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera, the Samsung 55-inch 3-D LED television and the Apple TV.