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Walgreens-Alliance Boots deal: Global Rx power takes shape

With its $6.7 billion deal to acquire a large stake in Alliance Boots, Walgreen Co. has become the first American drug chain to delve into overseas markets and set in motion what could be dramatic changes for its entire operation.

Industry reacts to Supreme Court health reform ruling

After the Supreme Court’s narrow decision late last month to uphold the bulk of President Obama’s health care reform legislation, advocates for community pharmacies and retailers weighed in with a range of reactions.

Cosby gives look at CVS' direction

Walgreen Co.’s loss has been CVS Caremark Corp.’s gain. The latter has fully capitalized on Walgreens’ contract impasse with Express Scripts Inc., according to CVS/pharmacy president Mark Cosby.

Walgreens to buy USA Drug for $438 million

Walgreen Co. plans to purchase regional drug chain USA Drug in a $438 million deal that will add 144 drug stores in seven states, primarily in the Mid-South and Great Plains.

NACDS Marketplace takes last curtain call

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores ended its quarter-century run of Marketplace Conferences here last month.

Thoughts turn to next year's Total Store Expo

With the last Marketplace Conference behind it, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is looking forward to next summer and the debut of the Total Store Expo (TSE) in Las Vegas.

Generics take bite out of same-store sales

Rite Aid Corp. and Walgreen Co. pointed to generic drug introductions as a key factor in same-store sales declines for June.

SDM unveils health care web portal

Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) has unveiled a website, Shoppers Health Care Portal, designed to facilitate the search for reimbursement information and thereby improve patient care.

CVS' new website offers personalized experience

CVS/pharmacy has revamped its website to offer shoppers a highly personalized pharmacy and retail experience.

Fruth, Cardinal renew Rx distribution pact

Fruth Pharmacy has extended its relationship with Cardinal Health Inc.

Walgreens-Boots: International presence strong, growing

The international expansion of a U.S. drug chain was a long time coming, but when it happened it happened with a bang.

Court ruling: Medicaid expansion under cloud

A portion of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act could have an impact on community pharmacies that fill prescriptions covered by Medicaid.

Rite Aid settles with managers

Rite Aid Corp. last month agreed to pay nearly $21 million to settle 15 class-action lawsuits brought by store managers seeking overtime pay.

CVS Caremark appoints Gold CIO

CVS Caremark Corp. has named former Avaya Inc. executive Stephen Gold as its new chief information officer.