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Pharmacy Outlook 2011: Health care system in flux

As health care reform gets deeper into the implementation phase, pharmacy advocates have mixed feelings about how the new dynamics will impact community pharmacies and the companies that supply them.

Kerr pharmacy management team honored

Because of a dedication to health care that is unmatched by almost any other retailer in North America, the pharmacy management team at Kerr Drug has been chosen by the editors of Chain Drug Review as the collective recipients of this year’s Chain Drug Pharmacy Executives of the Year award for 2010.

2011 Retail Forecast: Drug chains ready for change

With 2011 now here, chain drug retailers across North America are encountering many of the same challenges that they did a year ago.

Super-Pharm recognized as best global drug chain

Super-Pharm, Israel’s largest, and the world’s most internationally focused, drug chain, is Chain Drug Review’s Global Chain Drug Retailer of the Year for 2010.

Merchant of the Year is Pharmaca's Panzer

Mark Panzer, president and chief executive officer of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, has been named Chain Drug Review’s Merchant of the Year for 2010.

Walgreens, DR execs are Retailers of the Year

One man was integral to possibly the most dramatic two-year transformation in the history of chain drug retailing. The second grasped its import early on and helped find a way to turn it to his company’s advantage. The third is making sure its benefits endure.

Late surge lifts chain drug holiday sales

A last-minute shopping surge turned a disappointing holiday selling season into an acceptable one for America’s chain drug retailers, as customers crowded into the nation’s chain drug stores during the three days before Christmas to buy many of the holiday items they had repeatedly deferred or postponed.

CVS eyes options following Mullany ruling

It appears unlikely that Hank Mullany will join CVS/pharmacy.

Cardinal, Walgreens extends distribution deal

Cardinal Health Inc. has announced the early renewal of its distribution agreement with Walgreen Co. to supply pharmaceuticals to its more than 7,600 retail pharmacies across the country.

Medicaid cuts weighed by Washington state

Adults receiving prescription coverage under Washington state’s Medicaid program could lose that benefit if lawmakers do not find a way to trim the state’s budget shortfall when they reconvene later this month.

Walgreens, HHS target flu

Walgreen Co. and the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) have joined forces to provide flu vaccinations to hundreds of thousands of people who may not otherwise be able to afford them.

Lewis Drugs breaks mold of ‘cookie-cutter drug stores’

Lewis Drugs has debuted its “store of the future” here, a 40,000-square-foot unit with an upscale decor, diverse consumables and general merchandise, and even a climate-controlled Four Seasons garden wing with a retractable roof.

Courts divided over constitutionality of health reform law

Last month’s ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that part of the health care reform law is unconstitutional and hints from another judge in Florida that he may issue a similar decision have set the stage for a long legal battle.

Pharmasave’s Paish: Rx needs to stand up

A relative newcomer to the community pharmacy world has challenged the industry to take a different tack in addressing the issues confronting it.

More chains join UnitedHealthcare Rx network

The UnitedHealthcare segment of United­Health Group has added five retail chains to its program that provides Medicare Part D beneficiaries enrolled in the company’s plan with savings on the prescriptions they fill at the chains’ pharmacies.

Tyler to lead McKesson Pharmaceutical unit

McKesson Corp. has appointed Brian Tyler as president of its McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical unit.