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PASSING IT ON: Ben Giguere, left, founder of Gather LLC, on Atwells Avenue in Providence, shows Jairus Burdick how to make a drinking glass. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Glass blowing for masses

Growing up in New Hampshire and Vermont, Ben Giguere, founder of Gather LLC, a Providence glass blowing studio-cum-community center, drew inspiration for his future...
HOSPITALS have been closing at a rate of about 30 a year, according to the American Hospital Association. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. hospitals shut at 30-a-year pace, with no end in sight

NEW YORK - Industry merger and acquisition may be no savior as the pace of hospital closures, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas, seems poised to...

Rite Aid drops after failed merger narrows options for drugstore

NEW YORK - Rite Aid Corp. shares sank after the drugstore operator’s proposed merger with Albertsons Cos. was called off, leaving the company with...
CVS PHARMACY has agreed to pay $1.5 million for violations of the Controlled Substances Act in New York to resolve a federal investigation. Stores on Long Island had failed to report loss or stolen controlled substances in a timely manner. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS Pharmacy to pay $1.5M for violations of the Controlled Substances...

WOONSOCKET – CVS Pharmacy Inc., the subsidiary of CVS Health Corp., has agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve a federal investigation into certain...
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION announced that it is opposed to the CVS Aetna merger on the grounds that the deal would have anti-competitive effects on the health care industry, driving up patients' costs and reducing access to health care. CVS disagreed with the AMA's conclusions. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

AMA opposes CVS-Aetna merger

PROVIDENCE – The American Medical Association has concluded the merger between CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. would be detrimental to the health care...
CVS HEALTH CORP. ranked No. 7 on the Fortune 500 list based on 2017 revenue. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

4 R.I. companies make Fortune 500 list

PROVIDENCE – Four Rhode Island-based companies have made the Fortune 500, a list of the largest United States corporations based on 2017 revenue that...
MODERN CLASSIC: Pharmacist Christina Procaccianti, right, operates a modern version of a classic American drugstore. Green Line Apothecary is on Main Street in South Kingstown. Above, she talks with Laura Taylor of Exeter at the drop-off counter. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Where ice cream, soda still help medicine go down

Honoree | Christina Procaccianti, Green Line ApothecaryChristina Procaccianti’s independent apothecary and soda fountain in South Kingstown provides her clients with a package hard...

CVS to acquire specialty pharmacy from Fred’s Inc.

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EntrustRx, a subsidiary of Fred’s Inc., the company confirmed to PBN...
CVS HEALTH has entered into an agreement to acquire Fred's Inc. specialty pharmacy subsidiary EntrustRx. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

CVS to acquire specialty pharmacy from Fred’s Inc.

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EntrustRx, a subsidiary of Fred’s Inc., the company confirmed to PBN...
ALEX AZAR, secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a press briefing at the White House after an event on lowering drug prices with President Donald Trump. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump health secretary says drugmakers must help cut prices

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s top health official said the administration plans to turn up the heat on the pharmaceutical industry if it doesn’t...
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