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Special Report: The Top 10 Pharmacy Retailers

Little has changed in the makeup of the top pharmacy retailers over the past year, but competition is sure to keep intensifying amid the changes being brought by health care reform.

Canadian titans Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart set to merge

The market reacted enthusiastically to last month’s joint announcement that Loblaw Cos. would acquire Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4 billion (Canadian).

Loblaw-SDM aims to enhance customer experience

Executives at Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart see the union of their companies as enhancing their efficiency and their appeal to the consumer.

Courtman hones the Health Mart proposition

Steve Courtman, president of Health Mart, the 3,126-store pharmacy franchise run by McKesson Corp., is confident the retailer has what it takes to flourish in an environment where the rules that have long governed health care delivery are in the process of being rewritten.

Jean Coutu fills its war chest

The Jean Coutu Group’s decision last month to sell its remaining Rite Aid Corp. stock has led some industry watchers to speculate that the company may be either looking to acquire another Canadian retailer or put itself on the block.

Rx loyalty cards become more prevalent

The proportion of pharmacy customers who say they have a loyalty card or discount card or have been offered one was up significantly in the 2013 edition of the Pharmacy Satisfaction Pulse survey, conducted for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Decision to delay ACA provision wins praise

The Obama administration’s decision to delay an Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that large employers provide coverage for workers is a “wise move,” said a top official with the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Inaugural Total Store Expo gets under way

The moment has arrived: Twenty-seven months after the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced the creation of the Total Store Expo, the event is here.

Three chains won’t sell new issue of Rolling Stone

The three major drug chains have banned sales of the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine, which pictures accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

Walgreens tabs Lelinski as VP of market access

Walgreen Co. has named Mark Lelinski corporate vice president of market access.