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How chain drug store pharmacies rate with consumers

Customers rate chain drug pharmacies highly on their convenience, the interaction with their staffs and their performance in filling prescriptions, but their prescription pricing draws far fewer accolades.

Top 10 Chain Drug Retailers

The leading chain drug retailers upheld their position in the industry last year as ranked by key financial measures.

Outlook: Industry looks forward to potential new Rx business

This year, chain drug retailers will be busy preparing for what’s coming up next year.

Standley oversees impressive turnaround at Rite Aid

No one has been more closely involved in the revitalization of Rite Aid Corp. than John Standley.

Rite Aid records first yearly profit since 2007

After operating in the black for two consecutive quarters, Rite Aid Corp. rolled to its first full-year profit in six years.

Griffin puts NACDS in perspective

As the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ longest-serving board member, Lewis Drug chief executive officer Mark Griffin has seen a lot of change.

Beauty Boutique rebranded by Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drug Mart has taken its 10-year-old Beauty Boutique concept to another level.

Bigger role for pharmacy is envisioned in Canada

Canada’s pharmacy community can cut the country’s health care costs by up to $11 billion (Canadian) over three years by bringing more cost-effective care to more people, a new report says.

Respected independent passes torch to Fruth Pharmacy

Fruth Pharmacy will soon mark the opening of its second location in Ironton, Ohio, and its 27th store overall.

Walgreens adds dimension to Balance Rewards

Walgreen Co. has expanded the opportunities for members of its Balance Rewards customer loyalty program to earn points for healthy behavior.

Duane Reade offers mobile app via iTunes store

Duane Reade chain has launched its first mobile application for iOS devices.

Two execs move up at NACDS

National Association of Chain Drug Stores staff members Roy McGrath and Alex Adams have been promoted.

Take Care Clinics extend reach to chronic conditions

Walgreen Co. has expanded the scope of its Take Care Clinics to include handling such chronic diseases as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

CVS Caremark’s generics dispensing push pays off

CVS Caremark Corp.’s generics dispensing rate (GDR) reached 77.4% last year, reducing commercial clients’ traditional drug spending by 3.6%, the company’s annual “Insights” report found.

New weapon added to arsenal for fighting Rx abuse

The Cardinal Health Foundation and Ohio State University have launched a fourth tool kit, the latest version to help reduce prescription drug abuse on college campuses.

AmerisourceBergen to sell packaging unit

AmerisourceBergen Corp. has agreed to sell AndersonBrecon, its contract packaging business, to affiliates of an investor group led by Frazier Healthcare VI, LP for $308 million.