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Health insurance exchanges get off to rocky start

NEW YORK — The much-anticipated debut of the enrollment period for health insurance exchanges saw millions of Americans overwhelm the websites set up to let them get coverage.

Pharmacies are helping patients cope with ACA

The kickoff of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period has kept community pharmacy chains busy.

Washington gridlock casts shadow

The economy faced a greater threat from hitting the debt ceiling than from a government shutdown, experts said this month.

Industry groups back Rx legislation

Community pharmacy advocates have thrown their support behind a congressional plan to reform the nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain and impose tighter regulations on pharmacy compounding.

Walgreens posts solid quarter across business

Fourth quarter net income surged more than 85% at Walgreen Co. as the company rebounded strongly from a year-ago quarter that was severely impacted by weak sales, costs related to its purchase of a stake in Alliance Boots GmbH and a big LIFO charge.

Rite Aid on track with ‘wellness’ remodels

Rite Aid Corp. aims to have about a quarter of its store base converted to its “wellness store” format by the close of its current fiscal year next March.

Loblaws taps exec to oversee SDM integration

Mark Butler has been named Loblaw Cos.’ executive vice president of integration with responsibility for planning the supermarketer’s assimilation of Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM).

DeParle joins the board at CVS

CVS Caremark Corp. has named Nancy-Ann DeParle, a former top aide to President Barack Obama on the health care overhaul, to its board of directors.

Bartell adds new twist to latest drug store

Bartell Drugs is opening one of its largest stores ever in the Puget Sound area.