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CVS Caremark executives bullish about future opportunities

Despite warning that earnings and sales growth next year could fall below long-term goals, CVS Caremark Corp. executives told those who gathered for its annual analysts meeting that the company still has a bright future.

CMS’ new take on AMP rule assessed by NACDS

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is applauding a proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would withdraw two components of a contested 2007 rule that were related to pharmacy reimbursement for Medicaid.

Roberts named COO of Caremark

CVS Caremark Corp. has appointed Jon Roberts as chief operating officer of its pharmacy benefit management business.

Price cuts seen as key to holiday sales gains

Retailers can look forward to holiday sales that are stronger this year than in 2009, but only if they cut prices.

Drug disposal plan launched by Walgreens

Walgreen Co. has begun selling special envelopes to help consumers dispose of medications that they no longer need.

Immunizations raise profile of retail pharmacy

Chain pharmacies, already fully engaged in providing flu shots, have extended their immunization programs to respond to a whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak in California.

Walmart gets ready to go small

Walmart is stepping up its challenge to drug chains with the rollout of a new small-format store as part of an urban strategy.

Jean Coutu unveils hypertension program

The Jean Coutu Group Inc. has introduced a hypertension monitoring program that enables patients to control their blood pressure in cooperation with both their pharmacist and their physician.

Canadian drug chains in bind as big provinces cut back

For most of the past decade, community pharmacy has been one of Canada’s fastest-growing retail sectors. Not so in the first half of 2010.

NACDS Foundation backs call for improving medication adherence

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has applauded the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) for advocating a national strategy to examine the role “care teams’ can have on improving medication adherence.

Pharmaca tabs Janda VP of operations

Allison Janda has been named vice president of retail store operations at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.