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Walgreens answers HHS call for innovation

Companies dealing with health care data should intensify efforts and “move from a crawl to a sprint” to help improve the nation’s health outcomes and reduce costs, says Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Walgreen Co. is among health care companies helping to facilitate that process.

Walmart unveils small format

Challenging the domain of drug chains, Walmart has debuted the first three of its new small-format stores.

Canning steps down at Health Mart

Tim Canning, who as president of Health Mart is credited with playing a leading role in advancing the success of McKesson Corp.’s retail independent pharmacy business, is joining Omnicare Inc. as chief marketing officer.

CVS Caremark gets major PBM contract

CVS Caremark Corp. has been awarded a three-year contract to provide integrated pharmacy benefit services for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program (FEP).

Swipe fee vote a win for retail

In a triumph for retailers, the Senate has refused to delay cuts to debit card swipe fees.

Same-store sales trending upward

Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. continued their same-store sales resurgence in May, which industry analysts said could herald improving results for the drug store sector overall.

Navarro pushes e-commerce

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has added e-commerce capabilities to its Navarro.com website, enabling customers outside south Florida, nationwide and internationally to take advantage of the value proposition in its stores.

Two drug chains put focus on sun protection

Two of the industry’s largest drug store chains have initiated efforts to help their customers stay safe in the sun this summer.

MinuteClinic targets diabetes

CVS Caremark Corp.’s MinuteClinics are offering a free diabetes monitoring package this summer.

Walgreens names first chief diversity officer

Steve Pemberton has been named divisional vice president of diversity and inclusion at Walgreen Co.

HDMA gives Yost its highest honor

Retiring AmerisourceBergen Corp. chariman and chief executive officer R. David Yost has received the 2011 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s (HDMA) Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research.